I'm not really hard on purses, but I find that even when I buy an expensive bag, the leather always tends to tear where the handles join to the purse, be it via rings or leather loops.
I'm a fan of Kathy Van Zeeland bags. They run around $100 or $120 here. I think I have 3 of them. However the purse I most use these days is a cross body one because I was using a cane for a couple years and it was hard to have one hand tied up with a cane and the other with a purse.
Here is the link to the Kathy Van Zeeland site.http://www.kathyvanzeeland.com/
I think that was the first ever brand name purse I ever bought. All the rest were just cheapies under $40.00 or so.
I have one purse that I bought in the 1980's. I tell you that they don't make purses like they used to! This purse is suede-like leather, and the only thing wrong with it is that the handle is tearing away from the purse loop. And I used that purse up until about 5 years ago when I traded it in for something lighter in weight. I would have kept using it but the purse seems to be double layered leather and has heavy hardware so it was becoming murder on my back even when it was practically empty.