Well, I have both and I actually prefer the one without the blue zipper. Having the bag all black makes it much more versatile. When you need to go into professional work mode, this bag can do the job. Alternatively, it works equally as well for casual wear.It's so beautiful! I agree that the new hardware makes it much nicer, I prefer it to the dogtags/tassels. The only thing that would bum me out is the lack of blue zippers, but that doesn't seem to faze you at all. congrats!