I just can't believe this! I found that the silver hw on my black epi koala wallet is FLAKING. I bought this wallet one month ago, and I am very careful w/ my things, so this is really unexpected.. It appears that the palladium hw is just a thin silver foil over brass, se pics. The foil is now flaking and I have an ugly, golden scar on the kisslock of my wallet. Has this happened to anyone else? I will call my local LV store today, but since I bought this wallet in Paris, I'm not sure I can return it here. Maybe I have to send it back to France, does anyone know how LV normally handles returns of defective items?