The first word that comes to mind when looking at this fabulous Judith Leiber purse is "grape." The color has captured the appearance of grapes early on the vine, It is a purple that has a lot of mauve in it. It is soft, strong and sweet. The color is unusual and not often found in attire, especially handbags. Leave it to Judith Leiber! The bag is small sized and it is curvaceous, the bottom and top are rounded. The bag is a supple and soft leather (like kid glove leather) that is styled so that it could be fabric. The grape color leather has a slight shiny metallic look to it. The leather is ruched at the top and it is "pinched" throughout. This creates pleats and ruffles giving the bag a layered look. There are leather "ties" throughout which extend outwards. This accent gives the bag a feminine appearance. The layers give the bag depth .
This design combined with the statement making color creates an exceptional and unusual appearance. The bag closes with a shiny gold tone kiss claps. The "frame" is about a 1/2" inch below the purple leather rim of the bag . It is a "half moon" shiny gold tone metal that has three large stones embedded in bezels. Two stones are tiger eye and the middle one is a dark amethyst. The frame is dual sides being that it is the same on the front and the back. There is a long and thin carry strap made of the leather. The drop is 18". The Judith Leiber optional hardware that converts the bag from a shoulder bag to a clutch is inside the bag. The inside is lined with a purplish/brown grosgrain fabric. There is a zippered pocket and an open one. A small mirror with its original small flannel dust bag is inside. The gold tone Judith Leiber identification plaque is affixed inside. There is slight discoloration of the fabric near the "elbows" of the bag, other wise it is spotless. The measurements are 71/2"w x 8"h x 2"d. The bag is in great condition. There are minimal signs of use and age, nothing significant. This bag is exceptional in many ways: the color, the "folded tie design" and the soft leather. The busy body of the bag contrasts with the sophisticated and tailored simple frame. It all works in the usual Leiber way! Magnificent! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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