I just got off the phone with the buyer for Balenciaga who confirmed that there will be NO change in the leather for 06. She was very honest in saying that Balenciaga has had a major growth in sales from 1000 bags produced a year to MUCH more at the current time. They have implemented more quality control strategies to ensure consistency, so there may be a little difference based upon that fact. She also was so very helpful in every way! She said that if I do not like the way the leather looks on the bag I receive tomorrow, to call an SA at the boutique who will look through the bags and find just the right one for me. I love Balenciaga!