In another thread I told the sad story of how I, total moron, totally forgot the name and color of a leather I saw in the book at my boutique this past weekend (I think I was in birkin shock, when i had the opportunity to try (and buy) 2, one in chevre!!! I got lots of great help from all you ladies, but I finally couldn't take it anymore and just called today. My SA wasn't there (kinda glad, so I could ask someone else to check for me). .. .well, it is color: NATURAL leather: FJORD!!! Whew!!! Ok, so now for the advice part: I liked the color, feel of the leather etc, and I am on "the list" to receive a 35 in this color/leather, with gold hardware, when it arrives this winter. However, I am now questioning myself on several things: 1. is the color too light, will it get reall dirty and absorb oil from my hands, etc. 2. How is the leather, in terms of suppleness? My goal here is a supple bag. .. i wouldn't say slouchy, necessarily, but i don't really like rigid (thought the chevre and VL birks i tried were a bit too "stiff"). And 3. How is this leather in terms of durability? I am planning to use this bag alot, not keep it in the box. I don't mind the look of a well-worn bag, but don't want it to get "ratty". Does fjord develop a patina over time, or what happens to the leather as it ages/wears? I really liked the look of this, and think it will be gorgeous with the gold hardware, but I don't want to be too worried to use it -- then again, i don't really want to compromise too much on color. Sorry for the long rant. . . HELP!!!!!!