I went over to my local Saks, spotted the Balenciaga sign, bounded over to that section of the store, and for the first time held a Balenciaga city in emerald. I looked at the colors and decided with a friend that a black city would be this bets option for me, because the bag would need to last me a longlonglong time and I'd prolly get the white city horribly horribly dirty! Just a couple questions for those BBag experts out there-- I was expecting the leather to be buttery soft, and instead found it to be kind of waxy, and crinkly. Now, I know this is the 'new leather', but does the leather quality change that much if I wait to purchase till Fall '06? I really wanted the bag for summer, but would wait if there would be a huge difference. Also, I was suprised by the weight and feeleing of the handles. Do they eventually soften? Does the leather on the bag also soften? The SA on the floor couldn't answer for me because she said that this was their first season carrying Balenciaga. Thanks for the help!