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Morris Moskowitz Designer Leather Paisley Purse, Odyssey C.1970. This outstanding and unique leather purse was designed around 1970 and was named “Odyssey”. The Morris Moskowitz Corporation was organized in 1948. To the world of fashion it was known as MM. MM’s business was high quality designer purses. Mr. Moskowitz searched the world over for beautiful, unusual fabrics and designed his purses around each chosen fabric.
Odyssey, the name given to these paisley-design purses, is the perfect designation. The “epic journey” the name suggests was travel to Far East lands with their Kashmir shawls and paisley designs that have always delighted the fashion world. The design on MM Odyssey bags were taken directly from those fabrics.
The shape of this purse is a fold-over clutch with a gold link chain shoulder strap that easily stores away inside. The exterior of the large purse is glorious. It has a warm caramel colored background with multi-colored buta or boteh, the ornamental teardrop shaped motif with a curved end. Those multi-colors are strong but with some muted tones in turquoise blue, tan, gray, cream and mocha. Additionally, wide borders and trellis style decoration are filled with floral designs. The clutch has a strap with a push-in snap closure and an exquisite faux tortoise buckle-like ornament attached. The exterior back/reverse on the purse has a large, open pocket lined with tan grosgrain.
The main interior and a roomy open pocket are lined with a soft, supple tan colored leather. There’s also a zip pocket lined in tan grosgrain with gold metal pull tag sporting the MM logo. Impressed in gold on the interior is MM Morris Moskowitz, Genuine Leather, and an applied white fabric label stamped with JOSEPH, the apparent retailer of this fine bag. JOSEPH is a highly regarded fashion retailer that originally began with one store in London in the 1970s but has expanded with stores now worldwide.
SIZE: 13” wide; 7.5” high; 2” deep at bottom.
MARKS: Labels as noted above. The original hang tag is present for this Odyssey purse.
CONDITION: Near Pristine. Very lightly used. There is light wear at the bottom left front corner. There is a red line at the very bottom of the back pocket interior that is difficult to see and difficult photograph.
MM MORRIS MOSKOWITZ Hang Tag Information.
“Using original Paisley prints on genuine leather represents the highest achievement of the leathercrafter’s art, a luxury that pays for itself in daily use and enjoyment of its softly blended colors and classic designs.
Expect only the best of the past, present and future from your MM handbag. Look for yesterday’s attention to details: superb hardware, coordinated linings, meticulous stitching. Look for fashion that fits today’s demanding, fast-moving lifestyles. And tomorrow? You will reach automatically for your ODYSSEY handbag because you will have discovered that—whatever you’re wearing—it provides the perfect accent.”
Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: tan & multi, Size: N/A
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Morris Moskowitz Designer Leather Paisley Purse, Odyssey C.1970.
$95 USD SOLD
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