Originally Posted by kert
can you elaborate?
Great quality black leather doesn't look much different from cheap black leather, especially in a casual bag like this, where you aren't going to try to put a shine on it, as with shoes. Black leather isn't going to look any better with age, either. Much of the charm of the SBL bags is in the complex "antiquing" effects that the light- and dark-brown colors will develop with use and age (see the photos in my original post for examples). Moreover, the black color just doesn't seem to jibe with the rugged design of the SBL briefcases -- it's no accident, I think, that the website has few photos of black bags.