During the early mid century Josef was one of the premier designers of the time. He usually created gorgeous beaded purses but also dabbled in many other styles. One thing is for sure, his bags were all luxury and high end. This purse is a bit unusual for Josef since its style is ultra modern. It is medium sized and the bottom is slightly wider than the top. The fabric used is a soft and smooth wool that is dyed a deep chocolate brown. There is ruching at the top which results in pleating throughout the bag. The bright gold tone frame is curved at the corners. The piping is thick and chunky. On top of this frame rests one of the most spectacular clasps I have ever seen. It is huge measuring 6"w x 1 1/2"h. It is made of clear lucite and shiny metal. The metal is a gold tone "block" situated in the middle of the clasp. On each side there is a "bullet" like accent made of clear lucite. The lucite is beveled and pointed. It is angular and "sharp." The entire clasp is thick, deep and chunky. It is amazing. The clasp lifts upwards to open the bag. On each side there is a rectangular gold tone hardware accent to which the wool carry strap is attached. These pieces do not move and they are positioned to reflect the"points" of the clasp. Creativity at its best! The handle is doubled and there is a band in the middle. The drop is 7 1/2". The inside is lined with a luxurious deep brown satin fabric. There is ruching INSIDE the purse! There are two open slip pockets and there is a large coin purse which is attached to the bag by a rod in the middle. "Bag by Josef" is inscribed in gold letters inside the bag. The inside is in fabulous condition as though this bag was never used. The measurements are 8"h x 11"w x 2". The outside of the bag's condition is commensurate with the inside: either never used or very well cared for. Very minor scratches on clasp. This handbag can be dressed up or down. Fabulous with a formal dress or cool with jeans. A bag like this doesn't come along often! Sure to command stares and compliments! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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