After a good deal of hunting around for a new purse I discovered a friend was already making exactly what I had been looking for with a beautiful twist. Since the zip on my very first purse had broken I have been after a strong, simple, and ideally a leather purse. (I have had other purses in between, but in the last year reverted to my original purse for its simplicity.)
Code name Zippy Lovelock makes beautifully thougthful purses (and bags) from old leather scraps, lined with old mens shirts and other colourful fabircs offcuts. There is even a neat tuck in the shirt to separate a bank card from coins and protect the magnetic strip. Whatsmore, if I break the zip I know where to go for a repair.