I must have said this a thousand times but I can't believe the diversity of Leiber's handbags. A simply shaped bag can be styled and designed into hundreds of varieties.....amazing creativity. The shape of this bag is often used in Leiber bags. It is a clutch handbag that can be converted to a shoulder bag. It is rounded and has a rounded frame. Fairly typical Leiber. However, here's how this purse differs. Usually Leiber bags of this type are made of karung snakeskin that covers the body of the bag. This bag is made from a soft, buttery suede that begs to be touched. Its nappy texture ,common to all suede, is clean and virtually free of spots or debris. The "nappiness" of the suede is exaggerated by the camera and can be reduced by "brushing" the suede with your hand in one direction. It is similar to velvet which also has this characteristic. What high quality suede! The color is a wonderful and rich camel color. This type of Leiber bag was usually made in panels that were separated with snakeskin piping. This bag also has the karung piping separating the suede panels. THe snakeskin is a light beige color with tiny brown scales. The snakeskin also covers the side gussets. The contrast between the camel suede and the beige snakeskin provides interest unseen in similar bags. The arched bright gold frame has deep lines in it. There is a stepped clasp that comes from the back. It consists of two octagon shaped pieces that are covered with the karung skin. A oval tiger's eye jewel is centered in each octagon in a gold rimmed bezel. The bag can be converted to a shoulder bag using the familiar Leiber conversion inside the bag. The chain is jewelry quality and has a drop of 20". The inside is lined with a light chocolate brown satin. There is a zippered pocket which contains an information card from Leiber. The gold panel stating "Judith Leiber" is affixed inside as well as the stamped words "Made in Spain." A felt dust storage bag comes with this purse (someone wrote "tan" on it). The inside looks as though the bag has not been used. In fact the condition of the entire bag appears as though its use was minimal if at all. The measurements are 8 3/4"w x 6"h x 1 1/2"d. As stated, the condition is fabulous, I would even describe it as near mint. The camel color, the soft suede and the finishing details all combine to create a purse that is smart, classic and unusual. COndition: Near Mint Excellent VINTAGE Condition *** Please note that the "nap" on the suede is greatly exaggerated by the magnification of the camera***
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