Judith Leiber is known for her majestic minaudieres as well as her exotic skin handbags. Most often, she included a bit of "glitz" to her bags. She has managed t to this with python skins by adding a metallic "wash" over the skins. This creates a bag that has a glittery effect with a shine and a shimmer. This describes the bag being offered today. It is medium size and can hold a cell phone. Its shape is essentially rectangular with a curved bottom ( very typical handbag shape). The skins are in great condition with very little lifting even though this purse is a early Leiber. However, as I have often stated, lifting is not a defect and is considered a part of the natural skin again process. The color is predominantly neutrals such as shades of brown and greys. However, the metallic gold overlay gives the bag a golden look. It has a sheen and a glow. It is just splendid. The frame is of the "gate" type. When opened it forms a square. There are four sections each bordered in silver tone metal. These sections have strips of the python within their borders. The silvertone clasp comes from behind and is very stylistic looking. It snaps downwards with a click. There is an optional thick and chunky jewelry quality chain that has a drop of almost 15". Rings on the outside of the frame connect to the toggle ends on the chain to remove the chain and wear the bag as a clutch. The inside is lined with a light beige satin fabric. There are two open slip pockets and the "Judith Leiber" silver tone identification plaque is affixed inside. The inside does show wear and use. The bag is priced accordingly.
The bag measures 6"h (including the clap) x 9 1/2"w x 1 1 2/" Considering its age, this bag is in great shape. There are signs of wear on the silver tone metal of the frame and as well as previously mentioned, wear on the inside. Nevertheless this is a highly versatile bag. Perfect for a lady's luncheon date or a dressy nighttime event. It is unusual and its subtle shimmer raises it to another level of not being "just another skin bag". Judith Leiber again dazzles! Condition: Very Good VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Leiber "Glitter" Python Snakeskin Bag