This early Escada handbag is an example of the timeless and classic beauties that fashionable ladies desire. It is elegant and classy and makes a statement in a sophisticated way. The Escada brand was created by Margaretha and Wolfgang Ley in Munich Germany in 1978. THey named their company after a winning racehorse they bet on. The company was originally known for its knit wear and sportswear. Margaretha died in 1996 and the company has since changed ownership several times. However, it still remains an important luxury fashion group. THis purse was designed by Margaretha since her name is on the label inside the bag. It is a nice sized envelope bag made of the softest quality leather, possible kidskin. To feel it, is a pleasure. The foldover flap nearly meets the bottom of the bag. There is a wide panel on the bottom of the foldover which is patent leather and upon which there are three striking bold accents. THese accents are a shiny goldtone, two are a classic stylized "star" and the middle one is a circle with a large glass onyx cabochon in the middle. The jewel is domed. The accents measure approximately 2"w x 2"h. They definitely make a statement. There is a lovely carry strap made of a combination of leather and gold chain. The chain is high quality. The drop is approximately 21". This chain can easily remain inside the purse making the bag a clutch. The inside is leather lined and is in great condition. A zippered pocket with a star charm attached to the pull tag is inside. The metallic gold lettering on the sewn in label reads "ESCADA Margaretha Ley Made in Germany". The measurements of the purse are 8"w x 9"h x 1 1/2"d. There are no issues with this purse. There are a few very faint surface scratches which will probably come out with polish. They have to be looked for and are not obvious. THis purse is wonderful. It is so stylish and attractive. It has a tailored look and yet it is eye catching. This is a winner! COndition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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