Judith Leiber, neé Peto, began making designer handbags at the end of World War II, after she'd fled the Holocaust to Switzerland. She was the first woman to join the handbag-maker's guild in Budapest and is most famous for her minaudiere style, usually covered in crystal.
This extraordinary bag, however, is made from stunning snake skin. Python is typically used for bags like this, but their scales are big and gaudy, so Leiber has created this astounding bag with the smaller more delicate skin of the karung snake.
In a dazzling ivory color, this clutch is a bit larger than the more commonly seen rhinestone encrusted minaudieres. It features the classic button clasp adorned with a shimmering faux pearl where you will also find a little decorative gecko, also covered in karung skin, and embellished with rhinestone eyes. His body is 14k gold plated.
He is your little company on your outings!
A long strap can be removed from the inside of the bag for easy shoulder carrying; you'll also find a number of extra goodies! Within the bag there is a gold plated comb with golden tassel, an extra coin purse made from sumptuous ivory grosgrain as well as a small mirror nestled inside its own light-blue "Judith Leiber" dust bag.
The interior of the handbag is lined with this same luxurious grosgrain fabric. Finally, you'll notice the interior boasts the traditional gold plated plaque which reads "Judith Leiber New York". In near-perfect condition, this handbag exhibits no discernable flaws and will come to you with its original dust bag; this wonderfully soft bag is light blue and features the Judith Leiber name in large, white screen-printed letters.
A stunning example of the wide variety of luxurious handbags produced by the inimitable Judith Leiber, this one is no exception.
We looked high and low for this bag and we finally found one. It is so darling and the gecko makes this a signature Leiber.
Measurements: Height: 6 ½" Length (side to side): 9" Width: top, 1", base, 3 ¾" Gecko: 2 ¼" long, 1 ½" wide
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