This bag is growing on me. The size, pocket layout, and handle options are fantastic - it's the bag you know you should love because it looks great on paper (and in photos). When it arrived, I wasn't sure: reviewers on other sites have repeatedly commented on the crinkly quality of the leather, and (except for the pink pebbled version) the leather is definitely crinkly. I think this is where color matters. A lot. I tried a taupe color (no longer available) that looked dirty and worn out of the box: hard to know whether this was a prior return or whether it was just the way that color looked (it was the last one available when I bought it). I even looked at different colors in stored during travel to other cities (Cupid does not exist in any store where I live). I wasn't won over by anything I saw -- the crinkle leather really is hit or miss. This is too bad, because this bag in one of the other leathers RM uses would be amazing and luxe in any color. In the lighter (weight) leathers with gold or silver hardware, it comes close but doesn't quite click. At the time I purchased the first one, I noticed and liked the Ecru, but it was the taupe was on sale, so...I returned the taupe and forgot about the Cupid. Cut to a couple of months later, scrolling through Clearance sale items over the holidays, behold: Ecru, on markdown. Ecru caught my eye for the neutral tone - and black hardware (found only on Ecru) which can complement yet not clash with the tone of hardware on a belt, or boots or coat. Knowing it was a gamble on look of the leather itself, I took a chance. I am pleased to report
that as it softens, the shiny/crinkle is already mellowing into more richly weathered texture. For a light color with inherent shade variation, this bag is becoming especially lovely after less than a week. This bag needs to be seen & held before committing. Thanks to ZapposVIP, I tried again and found the love with Cupid.