Leave it to Judith Leiber to put a smile on one's face even on a dark and dreary day. An instantaneous smile appears upon looking at this delightful bag. It is a "happy" bag and its message is "the sun will come out tomorrow." The bag is rectangular shaped with rounded corners and curves in other places. It is baguette style being long and narrow. It has a fold over flap. It is done in a rich and smooth black silk satin that has a slight sheen. The material is soft and gentle to the touch. The front and back are moderately ruched resulting in pleating that complements the shape of the bag. Now for the "happy" part. The accents are all done in the skins of the karung lizard, the exotic reptile preferred by Judith Leiber. These skins are dyed a wonderful amethyst color. The focal accent is a "flower" placed in the middle of the flap just over the closure. It is huge having a diameter of over 3". It is has a pin button as its center and from there gentle pleats result from ruching. There are 3 layers on top of each other each having this ruffled effect. This gives the bag depth, dimension and of course interest. The small scales of the skins are a bit darker and contrast nicely with the lighter background. It is amazing how Leiber created such an adornment statement without using glitz and jewels! Typical Leiber!!!! There also is karung trim bordering the semi scalloped edge of the flap and the additional open storage compartment on the back of the bag. This trim is a little different being that the scales are larger and present like "polka dots" against the lighter background. This amazing attention to detail is so unique but here again, typical Leiber. The bag opens and closes with a snap mechanism. There is a black silk carry strap that attaches to the internal optional mechanism with toggles. This is in case one wants to remove the strap and use the purse as a clutch. The drop is 19". The inside is done in the same black satin and there is an open slip pocket and a zippered one. The original dust bag and a small tasseled Leiber comb is included. The silver tone identification panel is affixed inside. The inside is in great condition without any issues. The bag measures 9"w x 4 3/4"h x 1 1/4"d. The bag is in wonderful condition, There is a tiny amount ot glue seepage coming out of the middle button. Not a big deal and really only noticed upon close inspection. This bag can be dressed up or down. So instead of singing the Pharrell Williams song "happy" , how about the Turtles (remember ????) song "So Happy Together." That's how you will feel when together with this amazing Leiber purse, you let a "smile be your umbrella." Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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