I am now the very proud owner of an 04 LILAC First. I can not say enough about the color and the leather. Both are to die for!! This is my favorite by far of the 3 b-bags I have purchased. It cost a bit more but it was sooooo worth it. Thanks to a wonderful and very sweet PF'er Here are some pics since I want to show my new baby off: The funniest part of all of this is I just bought a bedspread and sheets and they are almost the exact same color. The bag is in amazing conditon and the handles are amazing for a bag this old. Plus the tassels are in very good shape as well. I just love, love, love this bag!!! Now on to my weird warning. You all are never going to believe what customs did to my bag and what Fed Ex told me after. When I opened the package I was very surprised to see red marker marks randomly on the dust bag. The same red marker that was on and under the tape used to reseal the bag after customs opened it. The dust bag was pretty dirty too. I looked the bag over and at first glance it looked ok. When I looked really hard I found a tiny red marker mark on my bag. You can't really see it unless you look close but I almost died when I saw it. I emailed the seller just to make sure but I knew in my heart that there was no way the bag left her in this condition. Of course I was right so I called fed ex and complained. They told me that I was lucky that even though it had been marked as a gift that customs might of thought it was a sample and marked it to prevent re-sale. The women told me that they have been known to even drill holes in items and I am lucky it did not come with a big hole in it. She also said I was lucky that it did not come with big red marks all over the bag. I am telling you I would of died if I took it out of the bag and a hole was in it. In my opinion who ever looked at this bag just had a red marker in their hands and just wasn't careful and stuff got marked. I would say they marked it on purpose but the marks on the dust bag are so random. Anyway I wanted to show off my new baby and give a word of warning about marking things as gifts when they are shipped.