If you ever felt like you needed a day at the beach,perhaps wearing this bag will fulfill that need. This sunny summery "beachy" bag was created by Joseph, a mid century designer in the ranks of Nettie Rosenstein and Harry Rosenfeld, luxury designers of the mid century. A bag such as this, so strong in its beach effect and in such fantastic condition is indeed a rare find. The bag is sculptural in shape, resembling a vintage picnic basket. It is significantly wider at the top than at the bottom. The material used in the bag is a woven raffia that is designed in a crisscross pattern. This pattern gives the bag interest and depth. The raffia adds texture. It is done in a sea foam color,resembling the color of "celery." There is an iridescent quality to the raffia, giving it a slight shine. It is similar to a cellophane effect. However, it is the top of the bag that makes you want to take a "dunk" in the ocean. It is completely densely covered with tiny conch shells and soutache trim. The shells have a slight aurora borealis shine. They are not flat on the surface but are positioned so that they rise above it. It you can imagine these glittering shells on the sand, this is how they would look. The soutache ribbons are sewn in swirls and the shells fit into the spaces. The ribbons are the same sea foam color as is the bag. It is truly amazing and it appears that all shells are present in spite of the age of the bag. There are two rounded carry straps done in the same raffia. The drop is 6". The bag opens and closes with a zipper that has a decorative ball attached to the pull tag. The inside is lined with a blue moire fabric. The inside has an open slip pocket and the fabric label "Bags by Joseph Made in Italy" is sewn inside. The inside is in wonderful condition. I don't believe this bag was used often. The measurements are 13"w (at the top)5"w at the bottom, 5"h x 4 1/2"d (at the top) 3 1/2"d (at the bottom). The bag shows minuscule indications of use such as signs of dried glue, which is to be expected of a bag of this age. The color has slightly faded but it has done so in such a uniform fashion that it is not noticed. This bag is a true find. It is a bag with a theme that screams beach. The condition is amazing. Such fun to look at and wear. Puts a definite smile on one's face! Who doesn't love summer and the beach???? Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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