Me too! That's how the first release was like! Too bad I sold the 226 at the end as it wasn't big enough for my use...I'm still kicking myself for not getting the 227 instead even though it was 8 years ago!!!
I just really miss that grey color on the distressed leather...and the old price...my 226 was ONLY $1995 plus tax!!!
Is there any variation to the leather?
Some pics on TPF look more distressed and flat and then the ones I saw at the boutique are less distressed and more puffy.
leather is a natural product. it is normal for it to vary. i personally like the more distressed look. i came across a made in italy reissue which leather was less distressed and not so black and then a made in france one which leather was distressed and the color was oh so black. i am referring to my own reissue here. i first had the made in italy one. i loved it but it had a quality defect and my boutique took it and gave me a new made in france one (without me even demanding for a return/exchange!). i am not sure if production location makes a difference. i think it's cool that the leather varies actually since we can get to choose and go for what we prefer which makes our bags unique to us.
Can you share a picture?
I have the original one too, I never sold mine and I love that distressed, flat leather!I used to own the original reissue 226 in grey when it was first released in 2005. Back then the leather was quite distressed in all available colors (black, grey, white). I think since then they release many other colors and leather variation each season and I guess depending on the season the leather may be more or less distressed.