This outstanding vintage python Varon handbag is practical and functional while simultaneously being exotic and chic. The bag is designed in a satchel style with two sections. There is one roomy compartment with a snap closure. It has enough room to hold lots of paperwork and a tablet. A second slightly smaller pocket with a zippered closure provides additional space. The larger section has one slip pocket and a zippered pocket. The compartments are lined in smooth cream colored leather. “Bags by Varon” is imprinted on the front of the slip pocket with an “Elaine Leather” label attached below, and the Varon name is embossed on the zipper pull for the second compartment.
The front and back feature a design created with strips of genuine python snakeskin topstitched in a diagonal pattern, creating a mosaic of shades and natural patterns. The python leather pieces vary in width and the shades of brown range from ecru and tan to ochre, russet, and deep brown. The result is distinctive and stylish. The sides and bottom of the satchel are smooth leather in a sandy brown color with piping along the sides and bottom edges. The bag has gold-plate hand carry handles, but it is also convertible and has a long strap with golden swivel clasps which allow it to be attached or detached, or the strap can simply be stuffed into the main section.
The strap has a 15 inch drop, an excellent length for a shoulder bag, and the smaller handle is 2 by 5 inches. The bottom of the bag is 1 ½ inches across. There are some light scratches on the gold-plate handles, but the bag is otherwise in marvelous vintage condition with tight stitching and no spots, stains, holes, or scents. The snakeskin is in excellent shape with no tearing or flaking, but I have applied my favorite exotic leather conditioner to add to its longevity.
Varon Handbags Ltd of New York opened in 1966 and created fashionable and distinctive handbags until they closed in 1995. This fabulous python satchel is an example of their quality work. Simultaneously practical and exotic, utilitarian and chic - this is the perfect accessory for a woman on the go!