Natural, Tumbled Essex by Horween is a great leather for those who want their leather to gather character. The minimalist light vegetable tan makes for a bag that will add gobs of character with age. The tumbling of the leather makes it softer and more the pores more open to the elements. People ask how they should treat it to resist scratches. I say, "If you feel compelled, use Montana Pitch Blend. Or you could leave it naturally and let it tell its own story."