High-end premier designer purses started out without a lining ... I tried to find the reasoning and/or history of lined bags and couldn't - the lining may have come about due to our need to have pockets to carry more things.
In other words, lack of a lining does not mean inferior quality.
Agreed. I remember from years past having everything in my bag coated with bits of suede. Not my cuppa. I'm pro lining myself although I prefer a lining that is light in color. Do not like the 'black hole' business.