Here's a story that say it all: a lady created a hand made purse because she didn't have another and someone bought it from her as she was walking down the street. The owner of the hand made bag was the woman who began the fashion house named "Roberta di Camerino". Originally named Guiliana, this handbag "maven" fled Venice and settled in Switzerland during the war years. Her bags and accessories were known for their use of rich and lush fabrics, namely velvet and for their vibrant colors. The hardware used was made hand made specifically for each bag. Their headquarters are again in Venice and there are boutiques all over the world. This particular clutch bag has many of the Roberta di Camerino classic elements. It is large for a clutch and is wider at the bottom than at the top. The sides slant upwards. The bag is covered by di Camerino's classic velvet in her classic colors. The velvet is sturdy and yet very luxurious to the touch. The pattern is fairly simple: the front of the bag is divided into four horizontal sections each a different color. The three bottom sections are narrow and they are black (at the bottom), red and green. The velvet in the red section has an oval which has the stylized "R" in red on a black background. A deep blue encompasses the top half of the front of the purse. The back is entirely this blue. There is a shiny gold tone frame with a large stylized "R" incorporated into the clasp. This "R" is an important detail in the appearance of this purse. Its large size makes it predominant and provides for great interest. The inside is lined with a black navy leather. The identification states "Made in Italy by Roberta di Camerino Leather Lined" . It is written in gold letters. The inside is in wonderful condition. The bag measures 11 1/2"w (at the widest) x 7"h (including the "R") x 1 1/2"d. The bag is also in wonderful condition. There are some scuffs on the velvet and some insignificant indications of age but nothing major. This is a classic Roberta di Camerino purse.....in its simplicity it is sophisticated and striking. A classy bag for all occasions. Condition: Excellent Vintage Condition
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