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Judith Leiber

American, 1921-2018

When it comes to handbags, no designer can compete with Judith Leiber’s (1921–2018) ability to create magic using opulent crystals and wildly imaginative and playful shapes. The Hungarian-born designer made minaudières (small, decorative handbags, often without handles or a strap) in the form of crystal-covered swans, cupcakes, lipstick, wads of cash, teddy bears and other delightful objects. These dazzling objets d’art have been regularly seen in the hands of First Ladies, movie stars on the red carpet and even in the prestigious collections of institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Like many pathbreaking inventions in the history of design, Leiber’s minaudières were the result of a happy accident. In 1967, she began working on her first metal handbag. The piece in question was named the Chatelaine, and the design was a graceful drop-shaped purse in gold-tinted metal. But when the samples came in, Leiber saw that the bottom of the bag looked greenish and discolored as a result of the plating process. She had the ingenious idea of applying crystal rhinestones to the base to cover up the flaws. The dazzling bag was a huge success and would become her trademark.

Born Judith Peto in Budapest, Leiber overcame many hardships before her breakthrough. At the start of World War II, she was working at the Pessl handbag company in Budapest where she quickly climbed the ranks to become a master craftswoman. When the war escalated, she and her Jewish family were forced by the Nazis to live in a cellar of a ghetto, and several of her relatives were killed in concentration camps. “I designed handbags in my head to get through the misery,” she said. After the liberation of Budapest, she married Gerson “Gus” Leiber, an American GI, and moved to New York. In 1948, she began working for the fashion house Nettie Rosenstein. One of her first major pieces was the handbag embroidered with glittering rhinestones and pearls carried by Mamie Eisenhower at the 1953 inaugural ball. In 1963, she finally set up her own company.

Leiber’s whimsical designs embellished with Swarovski crystals and semiprecious stones defied traditional notions of luxury handbags. She also created striking clutches and bags with leather and fine textiles from around the world. In her 65-year career, she designed over 3,500 bags, which have been worn by First Ladies including Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush, pop icons like Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez and celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kris Jenner (who collects Leiber’s handbags). In 2005, the Leiber Collection Museum opened in East Hampton, New York, as a permanent space to showcase her work. The minaudières remain coveted objects celebrated worldwide for their eclectic beauty and glamorous charm.

The value of a good handbag cannot be overstated — find a collection of vintage Judith Leiber handbags and other fashion accessories today on 1stDibs.

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Judith Leiber Yellow & Orange Lizard Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Vintage yellow and orange lizard clutch by Judith Leiber. Gold-tone hardware. Optional chain-link shoulder strap. Kiss-lock closure at top. 8" length, 6" height, 1.5...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Dazzling Judith Leiber Crystal Minaudiere Evening Clutch With Honeycomb Design
By Judith Leiber
Located in Tustin, CA
Meet a clutch with real icon status! This timeless and elegant hand made couture designer Judith Leiber rectangular shaped honeycomb pattern minaudiere evening bag or clutch has roun...
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Early 2000s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Foo Dog Minaudière with strap
By Judith Leiber
Located in Annapolis, MD
Leiber’s classic Foo Dog minaudiere made with gold-tone hardware covered in striking black swarovski crystals and silver, blue, green, yellow, pink and red crystals set in a crosshat...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Couture White and Black Crystal & Pearl Decor Sunglasses and Case
By Judith Leiber
Located in Munich, DE
For more than 50 years, Judith Leiber’s evening bags, crystal minaudières and other accessories have been recognized worldwide for their attention to detail. Many of the minaudières ...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Vintage Black Alligator Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Vintage Black Alligator Clutch in excellent condition. black alligator exterior trimmed with gold hardware and removable black corded shoulder strap with tassel detail....
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Vintage Swarovski Crystal Basket Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
STUNNING Judith leiber Swarobvskli crystal basket evening bag in very good vintage condition. Worn by Rihanna at the 2018 Met Gala. Silver swarovski crystal exterior in unique baske...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Oval Bow Trim Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
BEAUTIFUL Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Oval Bow Trim Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch in excellent condition. Clear Swarovski crystal exterior in an oval shape surrounded by crystal ...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Blue and Purple Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful Judith Leiber Blue and Purple Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch in excellent condition. Blue and purple crystal exterior trimmed with silver hardware and a to...
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Early 2000s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Crystal Encrusted Monogram evening clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber crystal encrusted monogram evening clutch or shoulder bag. This beautiful bag in monogrammed LMJ, in crystal rhinestones set against black rhinestones. The bag frame is...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Resting Crane Bird Diamante Gold Trinket Pill Box
By Judith Leiber
Located in Montreal, QC
Beautiful Hard to Find Gold tone Judith Leiber Trinket Box fashioned after a Japanese 'Koro' or incense holder in the form of a Resting Crane; highlighted with sparkling CZ crystals ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

JUDITH LEIBER Vintage Lion's Head Brooch Pendant Gold Tone
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This Judith Leiber brooch is composed of a gold hue metal and can be worn as a pendant as well. In great vintage condition, shows some signs of wear and discoloration (see photos; fr...
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20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Deep Red Lizard Top Handle Handbag - SHW
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber Deep Red Lizard Top Handle Handbag - SHW Circa 90's This beautiful structured handbag in a beautiful deep red lizard color, is in excellent condition. It has an art dec...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber "Shades of Violet" Lucid with Micro Rhinestone "Leafs Sunglasses
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Judith Leiber wonderfully detailed huge sunglasses with "Shades of Violet" lucid accented with detailed micro rhinestone "Leafs" on the arms. The front measures 6" across, height is ...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Gold Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Creations so breathtaking and creative are hard to find! This awe-inspiring Minaudiere clutch from Judith Leiber is just what you need to grab all the attention at those soirees and ...
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2010s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Vintage Gold Monkey Belt Buckle with Red Stone - circa 1980's
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber Vintage Gold Monkey Belt Buckle with Red Stone - circa 1980's. This piece is in good vintage condition with discolorations on the gold color that are consistent with ag...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Limited Edition Judith Leiber Rachel Zoe Python Medusa Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Limited Edition Judith Leiber Rachel Zoe Python Medusa Bag in very good condition. Purple python exterior trimmed with maroon leather, matte gold hardware and elastic side pockets. D...
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Early 2000s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Vintage Black Alligator Crystal Strap Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Vintage Black Alligator Crystal Strap Evening Bag in excellent condition. measurements: 6.25"x4x3.5" 7" handle
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Karung Clutch with Rhinestone Bird Clasp
By Judith Leiber
Located in Alford, MA
Black karung clutch by Judith Leiber perfectly embellished with a black enamel and rhinestone bird clasp. Converts to shoulder bag with narrow strap that conceals within. Nice interi...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

JUDITH LEIBER Enameled Gold Ear Clips
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Fanciful Judith Leiber ear clips, looking like wrapped candy, in enameled 18kt gold. Lieber mark. 1 1/2 inches.
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Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Silver Bullfrog Miniaudiere, 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
No need to kiss anymore frogs- your price charming has arrived (in bag form, that is!) Add some novelty to your evening looks with our amazing 1980s Judith Leiber silver bullfrog bag...
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1980s Judith Leiber

JUDITH LEIBER Semi Precious Stone Charm Belt never worn 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Wallkill, NY
Judith Leiber gold gilt chain link belt with semi-precious cabochon stones set in frogs, owls and birds and charms. Measuring 42 inches end to end. This is out of a massive collectio...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Silver Grey Snakeskin Python Three way Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
GORGEOUS Judith Leiber Silver Snakeskin Python 3 way Handbag in excellent condition. silver grey snakeskin python exterior trimmed with brushed silver hardware and crystals along to...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Vintage Judith Leiber Buddah Crossbody Clutch Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The purse is designed by Judith Leiber, it is made out of gold pleated with Swarovski crystal detail, featuring gold leather lining interior and push- lock closure ...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Silk Semiprecious stones Gold Chain Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber, Judith Lieber
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Judith Leiber’s accessory designs elicit easy elegance and sophistication. Her creative yet meticulously crafted accessories have not only embodied style but have been regarded as ar...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Vintage Massive JUDITH LEIBER Monkey Necklace
By Judith Leiber
Located in Kingersheim, Alsace
Vintage Massive JUDITH LEIBER Monkey Necklace Measurements: Height: 7.08 inches (18 cm) Width: 3.18 inches (8.1 cm) Wearable Length: 21.06 inches (53.5 cm) Features: - 100% Authent...
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20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Tiger Vanity Objet d'art, 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Extremely rare 1980's Judith Leiber Tiger vanity objet d'art . Gold plated hardware, with an encrusted Austrian Swarovski Crystals base. There are a total of eight see other listings...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Floral Embroidered Silk Clutch, 1990s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Exquisite Bohemian Judith Leiber original design clutch new with tags. This beautiful clutch features a wonderful floral embroidered detail. The superb champagne color silk is accent...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Couture Jeweled 'Bluebell' Crimson & Blue Sunglasses with Case
By Judith Leiber
Located in Munich, DE
For more than 50 years, Judith Leiber’s evening bags, crystal minaudières and other accessories have been recognized worldwide for their attention to detail. Many of the minaudières ...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Vintage Judith Leiber Snake Clutch Crossbody Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Beverly Hills, CA
Product details: The purse is designed by Judith Leiber, it is made out of gold pleated with Swarovski crystal detail, featuring gold leather lining interior and push- lock closure ...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Dark Red Satin Silk and Swarovski Crystal Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
GORGEOUS Judith Leiber vintage satin and swarovski crystal evening bag clutch in excellent condition. Dark red pinched textured style satin silk exterior trimmed with gold and silve...
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1980s Judith Leiber

1980's Judith Leiber Gold Tone Chain Link Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in San Francisco, CA
1980's Judith Leiber gold tone multi-tiered chain link belt. Adorable hanging rhinestone-encrusted purse charm*. Large hook closure. Signed Judith Leiber. *slight wear on plating...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Jeweled Clutch, Black And Clear Crrystals With Silver Strap.
By Judith Leiber
Located in Buchanan, MI
Judith Leiber Jeweled Clutch, Black And Clear Crrystals With Silver Strap.
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20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Rare 1960s Taupe Patent Leather Suit Case Mini Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber rare 1960s taupe patent leather suit case, mini handbag. Trimmed in gold metal hardware, this small bag impersonates a suit case and was named so by Judith Leiber. Rigi...
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1960s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Vintage Roman Soldier Cameo Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
BEAUTIFUL Vintage Judith Leiber Swarovski crystal minaudiere clutch in very good condition. Silver and gray swarovski crystal exterior trimmed with silver hardware and front gray rom...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Gold Snake Chain Jade & Carnelian Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Judith Leiber accessories are often renowned for their glitzy and kitsch aesthetic. However, her designs run the gamut from novel pieces to time-tested classic simplicity which has e...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Python Chest of Drawers Custom Made for Judith Leiber Store, NYC c.1990
By Judith Leiber
Located in Portland, ME
Unique and luxurious. This one of a kind chest of drawers covered in Python Snakeskin was custom made for the Judith Leiber Flagship store in NYC. Leiber is know the world over for h...
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1990s American Modern Judith Leiber

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Brass

Judith Leiber Crystal Tulip Minaudiere
By Judith Leiber
Located in Athens, GA
Judith Leiber Tulip Minaudiere filled with crystals by Swarovski. Stunning art bag with purple and multi-color crystals. Gold hardware. Can be worn as a clutch or a shoulder bag with...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Handbag - Brown Gold Alligator Leather Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage Judith Leiber evening bag in chocolate brown alligator leather featuring gathered pleat details, double handles with gold tone hardware, button clasp closure, and optional sk...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Goldtone Cat Keychain
By Judith Leiber
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Judith Leiber goldtone metal cat keychain with a silvertone ribbon. Marked: Judith Leiber. Chain: 4.75"L. Charm: 1.5"L x 0.75"W x 1"H.
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Green and Blue Reptile Leather Clutch Bag, 1986
By Judith Leiber
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Creativity is certainly a defining feature of Judith Leiber bags. From rhinestone encrusted sculptural pieces, to hand-decorated leathers in unconventional color combinations, Judith...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Pink Alligator Box Clutch With Crystal Closure
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
FABULOUS JUDITH LEIBER pink alligator box clutch in excellent condition. Pink alligator exterior trimmed with silver hardware and a stunning clear swarovski crystal detail. Lift la...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Lizard Crossbody and Clutch with Rhinestone Top
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This Judith Leiber black lizard bag is a specular vintage find. It features an according style opening, 4 interior compartments, 1 zip closure, 1 pocket, and 1 outer pocket. The bag ...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Crystal Jeweled Frog Minaudière c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in University City, MO
Judith Leiber Endearing crystal jeweled minaudiere' evening bag c 1980s The beguiling frog is encrusted with elaborate tiny glittering diamante crystals. Adorned with green glass c...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Rare Vintage Alligator Kelly Flap Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The Vintage Kelly Flap style Alligator bag from Judith Leiber is one of the famed luxury goods house's most coveted and exclusive items. This flap bag is bathed glazed black glossy a...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Collectible Couture Bag Flower Pattern Beaded Made In Italy
By Judith Leiber
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Brand: Judith Leiber Couture Bag ( Collectible ) Flower Pattern Beaded In The Finest Italian Crystals Comes With 2 Original Combs & Mirror Made In Italy Dimensions: 4.5"H x 8.5"W x 3...
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20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Rhinestoned Chevron Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Take on the evening with this stunning Judith Leiber evening bag! Circa 1970s, this bag features a beautiful metallic gold, orange, white and black chevron motif finished with glitte...
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1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Green Snakeskin Wallet
By Judith Leiber
Located in Atlanta, GA
Beautiful Judith Leiber green snakeskin wallet with deep green leather lined interior and gold metal hardware accented with semi precious stones. The interior opens on one side with...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Purple Ombre Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Annapolis, MD
This bag features silver and tonal purple swarovski crystals, gold-tone hardware, a push lock clasp and a detachable rope chain. It comes new with tags, originally priced at $1,700.0...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Swarovski Crystal Ball Minaudiere Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
RARE Judith Leiber Black crystal sphere minaudiere shoulder bag in excellent vintage condition. Black Swarovski crystal exterior trimmed with gold edges and clear crystals along top...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Ivory Lizard Compartment Purse with Gold Chain Handles, 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Tucson, AZ
"And though she be but little, she is fierce," said Shakespeare. With a whopping seven interior compartments AND a matching coin purse in an 8" package, this handbag might have been ...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Chinese Dragon Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your look with this amazing Leiber! Circa 1970s, this red satin bag features a gorgeous rhinestoned Chinese dragon motif, gold hardware, dual top handles with red rhinestones...
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1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Gold Swarovski Crystal Sitting Duck Minaudiere
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Beautiful Judith Leiber sitting duck minaudiere in very good vintage condition. Gold sitting duck form with clear Swarovski crystal embellishments around the exterior. Side lifting ...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Gold & Multicolor Crystal Striped Purse
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Gold, silver, red, and green hard frame crystal striped purse by Judith Leiber. Chain-link strap. Closure at front. 3.5" height, 4.25" length, 1.12" width. Condition...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

1980s Judith Leiber Grey Patterned Leather Clutch with Art Deco Details
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning Judith Leiber clutch from the 1980s. Rectangular shape with grey gathered skin. Art Deco inspired details with silver tone tubogas style trim across top that is embellished ...
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1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Violet & Multicolor Snakeskin Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Violet and multicolor snakeskin frame clutch by Judith Leiber. Gold-tone hardware. Green satin interior. Optional shoulder strap. 4.5" height, 6.5" length, 1.25" wid...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Embellished Patchwork Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your look with this amazing Leiber! Circa 1970s, this bag features a gorgeous patchwork motif with colorful rhinestone embellishing, a removable black rope shoulder strap, an...
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1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Belt W/ Gold Rectangle Buckle
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Black Belt W/ Gold Rectangle Buckle. In excellent condition Measurements: Longest length - 34.75 inches Shortest length - 27.5 inches Width - 2.75 inches
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber 1980s Solar System Symbol Choker
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
The incredible 1980s Judith Leiber choker is sure to be your new favorite! This rare choker is gold plated and features the various symbols for the planets in our solar system. The c...
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1980s Vintage Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Lucite & Gold Metal Buckle Black Lizard Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber black Lucite & gold metal buckle, black karung lizard adjustable belt. The belt is black karung lizard and slightly contoured, it adjusts by sliding. The buckle is long...
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1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Silver, Red, Swarovski Crystal Ball Minaudiere, Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Vero Beach, FL
Vintage Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Ball Minaudiere, Evening Bag This dazzling silver Swarovski ball evening bag is accented in red crystals and detailed with clear crystals on ...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Judith Leiber

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Crystal

Judith Leiber Furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Furniture by Judith Leiber are available for sale on 1stDibs. These unique items are frequently made from animals' skin and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many choices in our Judith Leiber Furniture collection, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. In-stock we have 1 vintage editions of these items, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many original furniture pieces by Judith Leiber were created in Europe during the 1980s in the Modern style. Judith Leiber Furniture prices may vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. Prices for these items start at $2,550 and top out at $2,550, while pieces like these can sell for $2,550 on average.

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