Hi ladies, need your opinion & advice here! After seeing how good the leather on everyone's new Rouge Vif is (and considering that I've been hunting for a '03 Red City ala Nicole Richie's for aaaaaages), I finally broke down and bought a Rouge Vif Work last week. It came home a few days ago and the color is absolutely stunning -- almost exactly what I wanted (well exactly would be Nicole's '03 color, but that's no longer available). But I'm one of those people who's super anal about the leather on B-bags (which explains why I couldn't bring myself to buy any of the spring/summer '06 color with the plastic-like, marbled leather) and am now getting picky about the leather on my brand new Rouge Vif Work. Type of leather is extremely important to me (as it's the #1 reason that drew me to B-bags in the first place), and I really really want the PERFECT leather red (if that is possible!)....with the leather being as close in quality to the '03 leather as possible. Now, below are photos of my Rouge Vif Work. The leather is thick and not plastic-like/marble-ly at all, thank God! The back of the bag has the EXACT type of leather I longed for -- so thicky and smooshy, distressed but not plasticky/marbly (I don't like completely-undistressed looks but can't stand marbled/plastic-like features either)....it really felt like the '03/'04 leather. HOWEVER the front of the bag is quite matte, perhaps too matte (?) -- the leather is still thick but it just feels stiff.....not as soft as the back....and somehow I'm just not totally in love with that leather on the front part. Is that leather difference (betw. front & back on the Rouge Vif) normal? Or is it just my bag? How does that matte leather age? Will it soften up with use and be more like the leather on the back? Or do I need to apply AG/other leather conditioners? I've been so on the fence about this leather that I've even contemplated returning it or selling it....and getting on the list for the City (is the leather on the Rouge Vif City bags better?). But I know the Rouge Vif Work is already becoming a rarety even this early in the season, so I don't know if I'll regret giving this baby up over the leather on the front of the bag (most people probably love that type of leather, but somehow I'd love it more if it were less matte & a bit more distressed like the back). I would love the opportunity to exchange it for another one but no stores in the US currently have any more Rouge Vif Work's (or the City) in stock. What do you ladies think I should do? Am I being overly demanding about the leather? Should I just give up my dreams of finding a '06 Rouge Vif with the '03 type leather (or just accept a compromise in between)?