What a delightful and colorful ribbon band handbag by Claudia Ciuti, Made in Italy, circa late 1900's. Claudia Ciuti learned shoe making in Florence and opened a store on Madison Avenue in 2005 selling luxury leather goods. This purse immediately attracts the eye with its swirling design made from thin ribbon bands. The purse is rhomboid shaped, wider at the bottom than the top The bag is on the small size. The body of the bag is a soft black suede. However, very little of the suede is seen since most of the front and back is covered with swirling, curving and flowing thin strands of colorful ribbons. They seem to swirl into each other and the design is fluid and creates movement. The colors are bright and they are shades and hues of all the colors of the rainbow. The ribbons seem to change colors mid stream so that, for example, a ribbon may start out as azul green and turn into pine green mid stream. Sort of a ombre effect. This adds to the excitement and interest of the bag. The ribbons are not flat against the surface of the bag thus creating depth and dimension. The frame is covered with black textured shiny leather as are the gussets and the pull tag. There are two thin leather carry straps with a drop of 4 1/2"d. There are two decorative silver tone bands on the straps. A large rectangular silvertone tab lifts up to open the bag. The inside is lined with a black signature grosgrain fabric. There is a zippered pocket. The "Claudia Ciuti Made in Italy" sewn in identification label is inside the bag. The inside looks look it was never used. The measurements of the bag are 10"w x 6"h x 3"d. The bag is in great condition, cant find any issues to mention. I just love this bag. Dress it up or down, it will attract attention and praise. Very unusual, very creatively designed and timeless, this bag is a winner! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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