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 vintage bag, however, is plated in exquisite yellow gold. Depicting the shape of a little suitcase, the bag features two buckled "straps" carved in high relief on the front.
This beauty's design is to look like a doctor's bag or suitcase, but in a smaller, highly stylized form.
Delicate etching adorns the bag and resembles the stitching normally found on a leather bag. An incredible cross-hatched finish gives the handbag a remarkable texture and reflective quality.
A solid handle sits on top of the rim, though a longer, articulated chain handle nestles within the bag, should the wearer wish to carry the handbag on their shoulder.
A classic push button clasp allows the bag to open easier, revealing a gorgeous gold leather interior. Of course, the traditional gold-plated Judith Leiber placard is located on the interior.
There is some wear to the interior and exterior of the handbag, mostly minor surface scratches and small areas of darkening, though the handbag dates from the 1960's and is in good vintage condition.
Vintage Leiber bags are extremely collectible, not only because of the unending quality, but as evidence of the always changing design of Leiber bags.
Her bags are so famous, certain collections are on permanent displays in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), and the Victoria and Albert Museum (London).
This is just yummy. Hands down beautiful.
Height: 4 ¼" (without handle), 6 ¾" (with handle)
Length: 5 ½" (side to side)
Width: 2 ¼" (front to back)
Length of chain handle: 38"
Weight: 1 lb
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1960's Authentic Rare Judith Leiber "Suitcase" Purse