If you don't like the leather then don't get it. Epsom is sturdy and I have a leather in epsom that has taken a lot of abuse that my chevre wallet won't. But for the money I'm paying, if I don't absolutely love the bag (and everything about it) I won't get it.
I am ALL about the leather. If the leather isn't right but everything else is, I'll take a pass. The ONLY thing that I could care less about is the hardware color....I can live just as happily with gold or palladium or ruthenium. But the leather MUST work for me.
I agree with Justincredible, Hermes bag is too expensive purchase so buy when only you really in love with bag or else you're not gonna use it as often. I recently just passed the offer to purchase the bouganvillier birkin in GHW, I prefer PHW.
Epsom is too stiff for me, I prefer Togo, clemence or swift for my H bags