They are both absolutely stunning, but I suggest the plain over the patent for two reasons:
1. The plain is much less expensive. You can get it and lovely matching accessories for the same price as just the patent one.
2. The leather will hold up much better. Though patent is easy to keep clean, you have to worry about colour transfer, cracking, and if you brush it against something it won't scuff or scratch, it will tear
. This happened to me just yesterday when I stubbed my toe wearing my patent coach