If you don't have a purse like this one, then may I suggest, you should get one! Perhaps the most important staple in a fashionista's closet is the classic black bag. Just like the classic little black dress, the black purse never goes out of style and becomes one's go to bag for many occasions. Imagine a classic black bag by Judith Leiber......it doesn't get much better than that. This bag is an early Leiber bag but its style is ageless. The bag is rectangle shaped but there are many curves. Its style is one where there are three compartments, one closed compartment in the middle and two open compartments on the sides. The bag is covered with a luxurious soft leather with a very fine grain. It is a deep black. Now the amazing detail of this bag are the stiff "pleats" that appear on the front and the back. These raised folds diminish in length. I did an exhaustive google search to try to find another bag with these unique lines, and came up with nothing. It seems to me that this is a leather skill that is advanced and difficult to achieve. I was hoping for more information on the shaping of these stiff raised lines, but I couldn't find anything. In any event, this characteristic gives the bag depth and provides maximum interest to the bag. There are two thin leather carry handles with a drop of 8+" (9" to the beginning of these strips).
The bag opens with a shiny silver arc that is lifted to open the middle compartment of the bag. You can see it when looking at the bag. The inside is lined with a matte black fabric. There is a zippered pocket and an open one. The gold metal Judith Leiber identification plaque is affixed inside. There are the remnants of glue from a former label, probably from the luxury store where the bag was bought. Other than that, the inside is very clean. The measurements are 8 1/2"w x 6"h x 2"d. The bag is in great condition with minimal indications of use and age. Remarkable since it is an early one. This bag will never go out of style. It is smart, sophisticated, classic and interesting. It has confidence. And it is a Judith Leiber...that says it all! Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition