My SIL bought the chalk patent bowler, used it for about 2 weeks and the leather started fraying on the edges. And the hardware seems to leave a black mark on the leather. I think that might be due to regular dirt or dust and could be easily cleaned, but the leather splitting and fraying after 2 weeks of use is just ridiculous. Also, the thread was coming off on the side. Of course Saks took the bag back. I was inspecting my red bowler and noticed the edges of the zipper "might" be splitting as well. It's kinda hard to capture the details, but if you look closely, the edges of the leather has a lighter shade. I've never own any patent bags before so I don't know if this is normal. But given that we're paying so much for a bag, shouldn't this at least have been prevented? Now i'm so afraid of using my bowler bag, i love it too much to send it back to Saks, but at the same time, would hate if the same thing happened to mine.