DESIGNER BRAND: Lederer Made in France 711 Fifth Avenue N.Y. (interior stamp) Grimaldi (interior stamp)
TYPE: Flap Satchel Pocketbook (a deep front flap, a top handle, folding gussets)
CIRCA: late 1960s
SKIN: Crocodile (an expensive, whole, single, symmetrical central belly cut on the back and the flap; a top handle backed with skin; lap polished finish).
METAL: Polished gold plated brass clasp and handle mounts.
INTERIOR: Leather (several slip pockets and a pouch with a metal zipper)
CONDITION: Vintage near mint, with some very minor signs of gentle use and time (metal is not as bright as on brand-new bags, which is expected). Beautiful, supple skins, clean interior and strong, sturdy handle.
STYLIST'S TIP: Update your chic wardrobe with this timeless piece of fashion history - you won't be disappointed.
HISTORY: Lederer de Paris, Inc. was founded in Europe by Ludwig Lederer in 1898. By 1939, when their first U.S. store was opened in New York (711 Firth Avenue), they were operating over 20 boutiques worldwide. Meticulously handcrafted from start to finish, their luxurious skin bags were meant to last. Their vintagepieces from the 1940s-1960s are coveted by collectors for their complex techno-designs, finest skins and superb handmade craftsmanship. (Copyright 1999-2012 Victoria Stowe. All rights reserved.)
BOOK: Read about collectible vintage crocodile handbags and trunks by Lederer de Paris in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe on pp. 117-123. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.