I bought a metal clasp from Spotlight (crafts section near the beads etc) The purse was hand - stitched with linen thread. I used beeswax to 'seal' all of the rough edges on this one. I did not fancy having fraying velveteen everywhere.
The lacing eyelets were hand bound in buttonhold stitch. The cord was handmade, as was the tassels. These are great skills to learn. You can buy your threads in the colours you want and make your tassels and cords to match.
I used purple and white, as these are my heraldic colours.
LACMA website: http://www.lacma.org/
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Weiditz, Authentic Everyday dress of the Renaissance, (Trachtenbuch) Dover Publications NY. 1994. ISBN: 0-486-27975-8
Boissard, Jean Jacques, Habitus Variorum Orbis Gentium, 1581. (this can be found on the web)