Judith Leiber is best known for her minaudieres, that is her tiny and petite purses . However she did on occasion design large handbags as well as a few briefcases, although they are rare and far between. This briefcase is a rare find since it is as fashionable today as it was yesterday. It serves a definite purpose while as the same time it is beautiful and feminine. Not often or easily found today. It is huge measuring 15 1/2"w x 12"h x 2"d. It is made from the skin of the python which are dyed a deep black. The skins are highly glazed so that there they have a shine. The tops are covered with trapunto embroidery which is a quilting method also referred to as the "stuffed technique." It is done with black thread and a puffy look is created. The stitching forms a grid consisting of lines forming diamond shapes that intersect with loopy stitches that almost form a “flower.' This covers the front flap and the back of the case. The rest of the case is the python skins without the embroidery. The bag closes with two straps that insert into a buckle like mechanism (see pictures). The bag is carried by a handle with a drop of 3". When the outer flap is lifted there is a soft leather panel with many pocket for items to be stored inside. There is a large zippered pocket on the back of the outer flap. There is an inside zippered pocket too. The inside is lined with a black grosgrain fabric. The inside is in great condition with the expected signs of wear and age.The "Judith Leiber" identification plaque is affixed inside. There is an adjustable carry strap made of the same python with a drop of 13 1/2". However, the case has been used. There are signs of wear throughout but it still has many days ahead of it namely because it is a Judith Leiber. The handle and the closing straps especially show use. The bag has been professionally repaired but even the best restorer cannot bring it back to a new state. Despite all this, this case is gorgeous and will comfortably fit your lap top. It is unique and has a panache seldom seen in brief cases. It is priced accordingly at a low bargain price.
Condition: Good VINTAGE Condition
Vintage Leiber Snakeskin Briefcase with Trapunto Embroidery