DESIGNER BRAND: Judith Leiber (interior silver tone label-plate)
TYPE: Convertible evening clutch or a evening bag with a shoulder strap (a self-covered frame and a wide bottom).
DECORATION: Art Deco style clasp in silver-Tone metal with a large, fancy cut, polished, genuine semi-precious rose quartz. Encrusted with dozens of clear rhinestones.
CIRCA: 1970s - 1980s
SKIN: Genuine Karung snakeskin (a pleated design) in exquisite shade of pastel yellow.
METAL: Polished silver tone accents (frame, clasp, strap)
INTERIOR: Satin in champagne color (a slip pocket and a zippered pocket).
CONDITION: Vintage mint to near mint condition that looks virtually unused. Soft, smooth skins. Pristine interior, intact gems. Exquisite
HISTORY: Judith Leiber (Peto) launched her business in 1963 together with her husband, Gerson Leiber, to become one of the most successful in the history of American fashion. Famous for her whimsical minaudieres sparkling with thousands of Swarovski crystals, as well as colorful exotics encrusted with semi-precious gems, she has been awarded numerous accolades. Artful Leiber creations can be found on display at numerous department stores and boutiques worldwide, as well as in private collections and museums, including the Fashion Institute of Technology, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the Victoria and Albert Museum in London (England). In 1993, the Leibers sold their firm that was acquired by the new owner. Currently operating from New York, they are expanding into the European and Asian markets, as well as in India and Dubai. Devoted fans of Judith Leiber include many celebrities and dignitaries from all over the world. (Copyright 1999-2012 Victoria Stowe. All rights reserved.)
BOOK: Read about coveted vintage lizard handbags by Judith Leiber in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe on pp. 103-109. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.