I'm not really a big 'purse' person myself. I just want the one perfect bag for big stuff occasions, and one for every day small stuff. I gave up ages ago on the 'perfect' bag being found ready made. I always end up falling in infatuation and then having to make inserts and adjustments, and then something wears out or breaks. And then there's the fabric issue. I see a purse or bag, I love it. However, the fabric is some bizarre color combo like neon orange and green, or a splashy print that goes with nothing. Or it has a bottom that will soak up all the dust and dirt of being lugged around, dropped on the car floor, set on the dusty car hood or roof while loading kids and groceries into the car; you know how it goes. Those cute little purse hanger things only work when you have some place civilized, like a restaurant table to put them on. The rest of the time, that bag gets set down in the most convenient place. I like a vinyl wipe clean bottom to a bag.
Some people like big carry all bags, some like small grab it and go bags, and some people need something they can stuff daily needs for a long commute into. These items can be as personalized as a blouse or dress or custom made skirt or pant suit is.
Some of the more recent patterns are really very nice. Hard working, but with style, and easily customized with the fabric of your choice. Remember that the photos are just an example, you can make the patterns up in anything you want, from faux leather to lace overlay. Check out the line drawings for each pattern for a better idea of what the bag looks like and fill in the pattern or colors with your imagination. You can change up the pockets, add more dividers, or zippered sections to suit your personal requirements! You can make your own fabric up on sites like Spoonflower and have a really unique item. These are just a few examples of the patterns available.
Simplicity Patterns has a huge selection of everything from Baby bags, to classy purses and clutches and cute animal face bags.