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I can just see actress Sandra dee (who?) in the role of "Gidget"(who?) wearing this bag to the junior prom. Bags such as this one capture the essence of the 1950's. In my mind, lucite bags were the "breakout" bags of the mid century. They were a coy way of letting loose in a very structured and neat world. They still followed the "rules", but there was a hint of adventure, femininity and a boldness that no other type of bag could capture. This bag is a Suki Original a company that began in 1952 by Joseph Small. He began by making the "basket" bottoms and diversified when he met the artist Natalie. Their bags combined innovative materials to create "handbags of distinction for resort and cruise wear." They were featured in Jordan Marsh department stores. Most of their bags had decorative handpainted exotic and funky decorations on the lids, although others had floral accents. This bag is most unusual for a Suki bag. Although it is oval shape and its bottom is basket like, its size is significantly smaller than most. This gives it a more dainty and feminine vibe. The color of the bag's bottom is a navy blue, which is highly unusual since most bags were white, wheat and occasionally black. Also the lid is a clear lucite, again very rare since white milky lucite was commonly used. The bottom is covered with both a navy blue fabric that resembles a shiny satin and there is a deeper black trim like textile. Bands of the two alternate and cover the surface. There is texture. Very different for Suki. The lid is a clear lucite. There is a piano like hinge at the back. There is a clear lucite horseshoe handle with a drop of 5". The clear lucite catch opens and closes the bag. In between this clip and handle, there is a hand painted Asian or Middle eastern exotic lady perhaps a princess or dancer. She looks as though she could have been on "The Thief of Bagdad" movie set. She has a jeweled hat and as well as a large gold bib. She is very detailed, especially her face. She appears seductive and erotic. There is a little paint loss but it is in between the handle and the catch so that it is hardly seen when the bag is closed. She is amazing! There is gold tone hardware that has a patina. The inside is lined in a grosgrain fabric that has a diamond pattern with gold specs. The color is a buttery wheat. The "Suki
Original Miami Fla" cloth label is adhered inside. There is glue seepage throughout, not unusual when glue is used. This occurs over time. There are four protective "feet" at the bottom. The measurements are 7"w x 4"h x 3 1/2"d. The bag has a few issues as previously mentioned. However, it still has a wonderful appearance and Suki collectors will rave at the rarity of it. All others can enjoy this fun filled bag from the past. It doesn't get more retro than this! Condition: Very Good+ VINTAGE Condition

ITEM ID
RL-2342
COLOR
Blue
FASHION ERA
1950's
ITEM TYPE
Vintage

Vintage Unusual Suki Original Handbag

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