I wanted to create a new thread on this, as this is a pretty serious issue, IMO. I wanted to warn all my Bottega friends. After posting what I thought of this hobo in person in the following thread, I saw the same bag at NM in Fashion Island this past Saturday. Although I quite adamantly dislike NM, I admit, I did go in to browse their bags as this store now carries Balanciaga bags, and I had never seen one in person before. OK, NM has a Intrecciato Intagli Hobo on display. Mind you, this bag can't be that old, it is a brand new style. A few weeks max, maybe? I had a lot of time to kill, so I looked it over pretty good, as I wanted to see if it had similar "issues" to the one that I returned. See this thread: http://forum.purseblog.com/bottega-veneta/bottega-veneta-intrecciato-intagli-hobo-vs-regular-hobo-223553.html Apparently, where it appears to be stamped, is actually CUTS in the leather! There were at least 3-4 clearly visible areas where the stamp had cut all the way through on the edge of the woven pieces. These little tiny pieces were tearing away, almost like it had been shredded. The stamping process, from what I saw first hand, has compromised the integrity and strength of the woven leather strips. If I had looked longer, I am sure that I could have found more. If you look too long at this style, your eyes start to play tricks on you. Not acceptable, IMO, for a $2200 bag. I would be willing to bet BV is going to have a lot of customer complaints/returns on this style.