Hi everyone, I hope you & yours are all enjoying the Xmas holidays. I have to thank you all again for being such wonderful enablers, especially several very helpful TPFers who I've been briefly chatting to via PMs! You know who you are! My S/S 08 Pale Magenta RH City arrived from Aloha Rag on X'mas eve. What great timing! When I ordered from AR I had specified the type of leather I wanted. They replied saying the leathers on the 08 Pale Magenta Cities they had were quite dry and crackly looking, they would pick the best looking one for me, but they wanted to check if I still wanted to go ahead with the order. I told them to proceed. I opened my present (to myself, LOL) on Xmas Day. The leather was drier and cracklier than my first 2 bbags. The leather is Agneau. My previous Violet First Agneau is much softer, thicker and luscious. The color didn't look very saturated under artificial lighting at night. But today I took photos in the daytime and it looks much better in the photos. I also have a SGH Pale Magenta City waiting for me. I will wait to see actual photos of that after X'mas before I decide which one to give up. I have heaps of photos following. My dog CoCo also wanted in on the action. Taken indoors, right next to the window, under day lighting (It is a scorcher of a day here in Perth, WA today! 41 degrees Celsius!) There is a ink? mark on one of the tassels. I could not get it to come off with a small amount of leather cream, but it doesn't really bother me that much.