Sometimes a mid century purse designer surprises you! Although most of their designs complied to the times, sometimes there was one handbag that stood out above all the rest. That is the case with this outrageous bag by Murray Kruger, circa 1960's . There is very little documentation about the Kruger company except that he was a member of the mid century organization known as National Authority Ladies Handbag Industry, of which most designers were members at the time. His bags excelled in quality but besides a few extra ordinary ones, they were styles and designs of that period. This bag is different! It takes the "Laugh In" genre to the limit something Kruger didn't usually do. It is a WOW bag! First of all, it is huge measuring 14h" without the handle. Its shape is that of a vertical rectangle. It is made from a patent vinyl that is thick and not flexible. It is shiny and bright. The brightness is compounded by the color: sunflower yellow!!! It doesn't get much brighter than that. Parts of the bag are bordered with a black vinyl trim. The contrast of the black and yellow reminds one of the "bumble bee." The front appears to be divided into three sections but it isn't. There is a fold over flap at the top and an open compartment at the bottom. These sections are defined by the black trim which decoratively divides the appearance of the front of the bag. There is a large padded flap that covers the "push in" closure underneath. Sounds like lot going on but it is really a quite simple design. It is the colors that give it its tremendous "punch." The back is solid yellow and the gussets at the side are accordion type. There is a handle that resembles a briefcase handle. In fact, this entire bag can be used as a briefcase or a handbag.....its up to its owner. The handle is on a gold tone thick bar. It is both a textured and smooth brown plastic. The inside is divided into 4 compartments: three open and one zippered. The side gussets are lined with a white canvas like fabric while the rest is lined with the black vinyl. Two larger pieces of cardboard remain in the bag to keep its shape. "Murray Kruger Made in France" is printed inside the bag. The inside is very clean. The black back side of the front flap does show cracking. The measurements are 14"h, 16 1/2"h with the handle, x 10 1/2"w x 3"d. The bag is in great condition. There are some spots on the back of the bag, they are not too bold and probably would come out with elbow grease and a common household cleanser (glass plus). (Remember the camera magnifies everything). The gold bar appears to have a bit of pitting, common for a bag of this age. This briefcase/bag is amazing. I have seen it in white on another sit for $850 (WHAT!!!!). Although it was the age of Twiggy etc, this bag was "out of sight" even then. Funky at its finest! Not for everyone, but if you just love it, go for it! It certainly will get you attention!!! Condition: Excellent- VINTAGE Condition
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