I could use some advice on leather selection. I am working with Alan at Johnson Leather on a custom jacket. I originally planned to use their brown Horween Vermont horsehide. However, during the process I became interested in going with navy blue leather. In searching for the right hide, I found heavier than usual Vermont (3.5-4.0 oz) in dark navy. The sample is very nice. It is substantial but with a tumbled, soft temper. Only problem is that the vendor only had 3 second-quality hides. I decided to take a chance and had them shipped directly to JL. JL contacted me as soon as they received the hides. They sent me the attached pics. Alan and Damon noted the light and dark variations in color but indicated that they’d both be ok with the hides if making personal jackets for themselves. The newly made jacket won’t be completely uniform in color but could look fine with some wear. I need to make a decision now. I can return the hides for a refund before cutting. (I haven’t been able to find more of this leather; may have been a one-off run.) Should I go with the blue and embrace the variation? Should I go with the brown Vermont that JL stocks? Another option I haven’t thought of?