Offering a vintage evening bag by designer icon Martin Van Schaak, circa 1960. Martin Van Schaak designed purses for a select clientele whom he visited in their homes (since he did not display in stores) and custom designed purses with them. Noted clients include Jackie Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn and Sophia Loren. He used only the best materials and was a significant influence on later designers, such as Judith Leiber. His designs are highly collectible and sought after. This purse is made from a striated sturdy navy blue silk material. The vertical stripes give the purse dimension and a navy on navy appearance. The focal point of the purse is a huge Maltese cross in green enamel and goldtone metal. The cross is 2"w x 2"h. In the middle of the cross there is a raised flower in goldtone metal with rhinestones, it is 1/2" in diameter. The entire ornament is recessed into the purse (it is set into a recessed square) so that only the floral piece protrudes. There are 3 sections of the inner part of the purse: 2 open compartments and a middle compartment which closes securely with a goldtone clasp. Inside this middle section there are 2 open pockets and a zippered pocket. The "Martin Van Schaak New York" stenciled in gold is stamped inside. There are 2 navy handles to carry the bag, these handles are slightly worn on their underside. The dimensions are 8+" h x 6+" w (12+" including the handles), 3+"d. THis purse has been worn, however signs of age are minimal and it remains an example of Martin Van Schaak's timeless designs. High quality and luxury materials, detailed and intricate workmanship and rich and unique design are all evidenced in this purse. Condition: Very Good Vintage COndition
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