DESIGNER BRAND: Judith Leiber (interior gold tone label-plate)
TYPE: Convertible clutch portfolio with a wardrobe of removable straps (a longer 24" shoulder strap and a shorter 12" top handle), in an original duster. Large and practical, it is accented by a beautiful tiger eye cabochon gem set in polished gold-plated setting stamped "Judith Leiber". On the top of the body, there are two sliding mechanisms that allow to change the handles, or use it without handles as a large and sleek clutch. There's a deep exterior pocket on the back for easy reach, and an additional lidded pocket under the front flap. Quite an unusual, very large piece in a streamline style
CIRCA: 1980s - 1990s.
METAL: Polished gold plated accents.
INTERIOR: Rayon faille
CONDITION: Vintage mint to near mint condition that looks hardly used. Intact in and out. Gorgeous and excellent. Absolutely Fabulous.
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 handbags by Judith Leiber in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.