i think the new bags are definitely an improvement on the '06 but i am not seeing the comparisons to the older bags. the older leather just offers so much more texture and variation. the bags just have that vintage feel IMHO. even the colors seem to be more natural. i am not saying anything negative about the newer bags because i think they are very nice but just that i know there are many of us who just prefer the older bags, colors. i really do think that the manufacturing process has changed. i may be wrong but i think that the leather is different as is the process whereby they color the bags. just because i am feeling sick today (and therefore bored), i have decided to post some pics. these are mostly for those of you new to bbags. the first few are of my '04 anis city and my '04 marron twiggy. the leather on these is the silkiest and best of them all. next is a s/s '05 black city. next is '04 black first. and finally my caramel flat brass.