DESIGNER BRAND: Gucci Made in Italy (interior gold-plated metal logo).
TYPE: Folding 2-way clutch that can be converted into a shoulder bag of an equestrian style: a removable shoulder strap with snaps; folding gussets; contrast black seam dressing; an easy squeeze clasp in equestrian style. Beautiful and neat.
SKIN: Java lizard accented with smooth leather
COLOR: Mauve skins, tan smooth leather
METAL: Polished gold tone belt closure accent (shows slight gold plating loss expected on vintage pieces).
INTERIOR: Leather (two compartments, with a slip pocket and a zippered pouch).
CONDITION: Near mint vintage condition with only minor signs of gentle use. The skins are marvelous, so pliable and shiny. Simply beautiful.
STYLIST'S TIP: Toss this classic 1970s purse over your shoulder, paired with casual separates in neutrals or colorful graphic prints in warm colors, to showcase her exquisite mauve tone.
HISTORY: The House of Gucci was founded by Guccio Gucci in 1906 in Italy. Their first U.S. store was opened in 1953 at 7 East 58th Street, NYC. The name of Gucci has always been associated with high fashion, fine leather goods and wealth. Their specialties has included quality leather and skin goods that target the relaxed, casual American market. In the late 1990s, Tom Ford introduced some changes to their classic designs by incorporating modern features and elements, which helped to elevate the position of the brand to the status of a modern icon. (Copyright 1999-2012 Victoria Stowe. All rights reserved.)
BOOK: Read about coveted vintage lizard handbags by Gucci in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe on pp. 99-101. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.