my friend (thanks, anna!) sent me the link to this great tutorial: hoop handled handbag by delia creates.
she made one. i made one. you could make one too. i used one of the fabrics i bought in taiwan.
and a peek at the inside. i sewed in a lot of pockets.
one can never have too many pockets.
i wouldn't ordinarily choose this style of fabric for a handbag, but it just seemed so fun and so right.