I have a theory about life. A girl can never have too many purses or too many shoes! But, I used to buy really cheap purses and they would only last for a month at the most. They would get dirty and were unable to be cleaned or they would fall apart.
A couple of years ago, I started investing in some better quality handbags. Last summer, I purchased a leather Dooney and Bourke purse that is sort of rainbow colored. This purse is the perfect size for everything that I like to carry with me and the material is durable. It's waterproof and any dirt wipes off with a damp cloth! The variety of colors in the pattern mean that it matches (or coordinates with) any outfit that I wear.
Even though I purchased this purse last summer, when I took it out about two weeks ago, it still looks brand new! I'm sure a fashion diva may frown upon that fact that it is "last year's" style but for me, this purse has been the perfect summer bag.