DESIGNER BRAND: Saks Fifth Avenue Made in France (gold tone interior stamp), Grimaldi Crown brand
TYPE: Frame satchel with a top handle (a structured body, wide tailored gussets, a self-covered frame; protective feet on the bottom). Grand size and tons of presence and personality.
CIRCA: early 1960s
SKIN: Crocodile (lap polished, in deep ebony black). Elegant and spacious.
METAL: Polished gold plated clasp and accents with very slight, normal loss of plating.
INTERIOR: Genuine kidskin (a slip pocket, a wall pocket and a large interior wallet with a clasp).
CONDITION: Vintage mint, looks hardly used, if ever.
STYLIST'S TIP: An absolute must-have for any wardrobe to mix-n-match with any outfit in any color. Grand and exquisite, it is a true luxury necessity to satisfy most discriminating taste.
HISTORY: For over a century, Saks Fifth Avenue department store - the purveyor of luxury - has been catering to the discriminating taste of their elegant clientele. The SFA label has always been synonymous with the best style and quality in fashion. Their exotic skin handbags have been often crafted by best designer brands in the U.S. or Europe. Specifically, their outstanding vintage crocodile and alligator handbags from the 1950s and 1960s have been in demand with fashionistas for decades. In the 1950s-1960s, those marvelous, top quality treasured were sometimes made per the designed approved by the Royal House of Grimaldi of Monaco, marked by their crown logo.
BOOK: Read about collectible vintage alligator handbags by Saks Fifth Avenue in our fashion encyclopedia "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe on pp. 86-91. You're welcome to purchase an autographed copy of the book from our Malleries boutique.