I bought the black leather version of Alex in August and to my dismay, 2 months later the gold hardware had developed a dull, misty appearance. I tried wiping it with a soft dry cloth but it was actually engrained in the metal. Took it back to where I purchased it from and they are sending it to Italy for an investigation. Has anyone else had this occur? The bag is kept in its dust bag in a wardrobe along with others with gold hardware like Chanel, which are ok. This is the first Jimmy Choo that I have bought, the most expensive bag I have ever bought and the only bag I have ever had a problem with.