I have a great question, why can't LV do something about their hardware, I am speaking of their goldtone hardware ? Why is it that Gucci, Fendi, and one of my favoirites, Longchamp, can? Granted LV's canvas holds up great and the bags are supposedly still handmade; however, you would think LV would have mastered a process where the gold hardware would hold up better . I have some bags that were used seldom and its the hardware that ages the bag!!! My Longchamps' hardware looks the same the day the bag was purchased. I was glad to see LV change their hardware to silver on their EPI line, hopefully this will hold up better. Nothing is worse looking than seeing a beautiful EPI leather bag with discolored hardware! LV are you listening!! ??? !!!!