After a lot of mulling over, I decided I need a structured black purse in my 'collection'. Grey is really my first choice but I think black would be a more professional choice. As you have probably gathered, getting me to buy anything black is like pulling teeth.
I've narrowed my choices to the following:
My first choice is the Mulberry Bayswater. It's a relatively inexpensive good-sized sturdy bag. It has all the qualities of a great workhorse and it fits what I'm looking for - black, structured, professional-looking.
This next one is a shocker, lol, the Fendi Maxi Baguette. It looks more like an oversized evening bag. Most "professional-looking" bags seem to have a bit of a masculine feel. The chain strap on this bag definitely adds a bit of femininity and daintiness and takes away that masculine but also perhaps a bit of the "professionalism" too.
The YSL Muse is also a great choice and it has all the qualities of the Bayswater but I really want this bag in Grey so I probably won't get it in Black.