Skip to main content

Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber (Hungary, United States, 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.

Applied Filters244 results
Designer:Judith Leiber
to
26
Item Location
229
4
191
53
1
4
13
240
7,380
4,734
3,863
3,131
207
36
1
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...
Category

1980s 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...
Category

1980s 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...
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Grey Alligator Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
Product details: Grey alligator frame clutch by Judith Leiber. Silver-tone hardware. Leather interior. Optional strap. 5.75" height, 8.25" length, 1.5" width. Condition: Pre-owned. V...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary 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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary 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...
Category

1980s 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...
Category

Early 2000s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Avant-Garde White Enamel Mouse Brooch c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Avant-garde white enamel mouse brooch c 1980s The whimsical brooch is designed with a pair of mice The mother has her small offspring perched upon her back Their eyes,...
Category

1980s Artisan Vintage Judith Leiber

Materials

Enamel, Gilt Metal

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...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Pink Swarovski Crystal Minaudière Clutch Evening Bag Purse
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A Judith Leiber pink minaudière evening purse entirely covered with pink Swarovski crystals. Features gold tone metal trim, a hinge-top opener/clasp and gold leather lined interior....
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Silver Faux Snakeskin Python Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
stunning Judith Leiber Silver Faux Snakeskin Python Clutch in excellent condition. Silver faux snakeskin python exterior trimmed with silver hardware in a unique cage pattern along ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

1980s Judith Leiber Brown Stamped Leather Bag with Tigers Eye Cabochons
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning 1980s Judith Leiber shoulder bag. Brown stamped leather with gold tone hardware, tigers eye cabochons and tiny orange glass bead details. Beautiful seaming on front and back...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Suede Leather Belt w/ Gold Square Buckle Circa 1990s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Black Suede Leather Belt w/ Gold Square Buckle Circa 1990s. In excellent condition Measurements- Longest length: 34 Inches Shortest length: 26 Inches
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Gold Frame Tiger Eye Lizard Clutch Shoulder Bag 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber gold frame, tiger eye stone clasp pale taupe lizard clutch or shoulder bag from the 1980s. Hidden gold flat chain strap, the bag is lined in gold faille. Interior zippe...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Lieber Gold with White & Blue Enamel Flower / Bouquet Brooch
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully made white with blue enamel domed bouquet of flowers brooch by famous fashion designer Judith Leiber. The craftsmanship is super as all her creations are known to be. J...
Category

Early 1900s Antique Judith Leiber

Materials

Gold Plate, Enamel

Judith Leiber Dark Plum Purple Enamel on Gold Flower Pin
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully made dark purple plum enamel on gold flower brooch by famous fashion designer Judith Leiber. The craftsmanship is super as all her creations are known to be. Judith's j...
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Materials

Gold Plate

Judith Leiber Honey Amber Enamel on Gold Flower Brooch
By Judith Leiber
Located in New York, NY
A beautifully made honey gold amber color enamel petal flower brooch by famous fashion designer Judith Leiber. The craftsmanship is super as all her creations are known to be. Judith...
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Materials

Gold Plate, Enamel

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...
Category

1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Floral Patchwork Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your look with this amazing Leiber! Circa 1970s, this bag features a gorgeous floral patchwork motif with colorful rhinestone embellishing with a black rhinestoned top closur...
Category

1970s 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...
Category

1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Gilt Metal Diminutive Size Figural Hand Brooch c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Gilt metal diminutive size figural hand brooch c 1980s The unique stylized hand brooch is sheathed with luminous gilt metal The palm of the hand is holding a small size...
Category

1980s Modern Vintage Judith Leiber

1980s Judith Leiber Hunter Green Patterned Leather Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Stunning 1980s Judith Leiber hunter green patterned leather thin belt. Gold tone ribbed metal tubular buckle detail. Buckle closure is metal hook and eye. Green leather interior with...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Lizard Kelly Handbag Vintage
By Judith Leiber
Located in North Miami, FL
This classic and timeless vintage Judith Leiber black lizard Kelly handbag is forever. The condition is fantastic and the beautiful gold tone clasp and hardware is in great condition...
Category

1960s Judith Leiber

1980s Judith Leiber Black Patterned Leather Belt with Monkey Buckle
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s Judith Leiber thin black patterned leather belt. Buckle features three gilt metal monkey faces with two rounded triangle red cabochon stones in gold tone metal settings. Monkey...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

1980s Judith Leiber Purple Patterned Leather Belt with Cabochons
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980s Judith Leiber rich jewel toned purple patterned leather belt. Art Deco silver metal details at buckle with gold tone trim. Purple, green, orange, brown and red geometric caboch...
Category

1980s 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 ...
Category

1980s 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.
Category

20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Multicolor Swarovski Crystal Leather Minaudiere Box Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Judith Leiber has created this fashionable accessory using Swarovski crystal and textured leather. The blue box clutch opens to a leather interior that is secured by a silver-tone lo...
Category

2010s 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
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

1970s Judith Leiber Lizard Crossbody/Clutch w/Mirror and Coin Purse
By Judith Leiber
Located in Port Hope, ON
This bag can be worn crossbody or detach the strap and use it as a clutch. There is a slit pocket in the back and the lining features both a zipped and a slit pocket. The front is d...
Category

1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Red Skin Belt W/ Gold Clasp
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Red Skin Belt W/ Gold Clasp. In excellent condition Measurements: Longest length - 35.25 inches Shortest length - 20.5 inches Width - 1.5 inches
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber White Belt W/ Gold Lions Head Clasp
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber White Belt W/ Gold Lions Head Clasp. Measurements: Longest length - 39.5 inches Shortest length - 23 inches Width - 1.25 inches
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Cream Belt W/ Signature Jewels On Gold Buckle
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Cream Belt W/ Signature Jewels On Gold Buckle. In excellent condition Measurements: Longest length - 34.5 inches Shortest length - 22.5 inches Width - 2.25 inches
Category

1990s 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 ...
Category

2010s Judith Leiber

Gilt & Peacock Green Enamel Articulating Bracelet by Judith Leiber, 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
- Vintage item - Measures 7.5" length - .75" width - Gold plated - Shimmery peacock green enamel - Hidden push box clasp - By Judith Leiber (signed on interior) - Circa 1980s ...
Category

1980s Modern Vintage Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Satin Belt W/ Rhinestone Accents
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Black Satin Belt W/ Rhinestone Accents. In excellent condition Measurements: Longest length - 33.1 inches Shortest length - 31 inches Height - 1.5 inches
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Wide Leather Belt W/ Silver Hardware
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Black Wide Leather Belt W/ Silver Hardware. In excellent condition Measurements: Longest length - 34.8 inches Shortest length - 28.5 inches Height - 2.4 inches
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Black Snake Skin Bag W/ Gold Details
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Black Snake Skin Bag W/ Gold Detail. From 1980s in excellent condition, Measurements: Length - 16 inches Height - 9 inches Width - 6 inches
Category

1980s 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...
Category

1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Asian Motif Silk Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Take on the evening with this stunning Judith Leiber clutch! Circa 1970s, this clutch features a beautiful Asian motif finished with glittering multi-colored rhinestones, two exterio...
Category

1970s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Large Black Crocodile Purse with Snap Top
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber Large Black Crocodile Purse with Snap Top. In Excellent condition, This hand bag or tote can be used for carrying laptop, iPad as well. VERY RARE Measurements: Heig...
Category

1990s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Camel Leather Evening Frogs Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Paris, FR
1980s Judith Leiber camel leather evening clutch featuring a gold tone top toggle closure with cutes silver-tone frogs, an inside logo plaque, satin interior with one slit and one zi...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Perfume Bottle Keychain Key Holder
By Judith Leiber
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Judith Leiber goldtone metal perfume keychain with a carnelian accent. Turn-lock closure. Marked: Judith Leiber. Chain: 4.75"L. Charm: 0.37"L x 0.5"W x 1.37"H. Age wear.
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Opulent Jeweled Large Scale Gilt Metal Butterfly Belt c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Opulent crystal encrusted large scale gilt metal butterfly belt c 1980s The massive gilt metal butterfly buckle is embellished with rows of intricate diamante crystals ...
Category

1980s 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.
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

1980s White and Gold Judith Leiber Novelty Belt
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
1980's Judith Leiber belt. White patterned leather with gold tone twisted details across the front. Adjustable to be worn at waist or at hips. Gold Judith Leiber logo stamped on inte...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Ornate Moons & Stars Celestial Glass Beaded Charm Belt c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Ornate moons & stars celestial glass beaded charm belt c 1980s The elegant belt is comprised with a collection of star-shaped charms encrusted with diamante crystals Co...
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Crystal Equine Black Leather Belt circa 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Crystal equine black leather embossed belt The stylish belt is adorned with a horse head encrusted with intricate glittering tiny black crystals that cover the face an...
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Brown Karung Clutch Purse Gold Rose Closure
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
This is a rare and beautiful Judith Leiber brown snakeskin leather clutch purse with accessories. It features a magnetic closure embellished with gold roses and shinning crystals, a ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Collectible Couture Bag Two Sided Beaded Pattern 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 It Comes With Original Comb & Mirror Made In Italy Inside: Black Satin Lining Co...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Couture Collectible Multicolored Embroidered & Bedazzled Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Rancho Santa Fe, CA
Brand: Judith Leiber Couture Bag ( Collectible ) Judith Leiber golden evening bag multicolored embroidered and bedazzled handbag is made with a top frame and snap clasp. This bag is ...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Stylish Judith Leiber Snakeskin Cream Colored Cross body
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Stylish pleated cream colored skin, tonal stitching with gold tone hardware at closure. The snakeskin strap is also cream color and can be removed. Beautifully constructed in 1986...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

A latticed silk and paste evening bag, Judith Lieber, 1980s, USA
By Judith Leiber
Located in London, London
A very smart and elegant evening bag from Judith Leiber in the 1980s, made of 'woven/plaited' or 'latticed' bands of coffee coloured/soft bronze silk, set off against dark topaz rhin...
Category

1980s Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Jewel Clasp Burgundy Lizard Clutch Shoulder Bag with Accessories
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber jewel clasp, burgundy lizard clutch or shoulder bag with accessories, comb, mirror and change purse including protector bags and box. The bag is in beautiful condition,...
Category

21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber 1980's Vintage Snakeskin Belt With Jeweled Trojan Horse Buckle
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber 80's carousel inspired belt is worthy of Disney World with this golden tone horse buckle embellished with lovely cabochon stones ranging in color from peach and pink to...
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber White Art Deco Croc Clutch With Crystal Handle
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber Art Deco white Croc clutch bag with straight simple lines includes a handle at each side that has crystal inlaid hardware that swivels to create the handles. The int...
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Turquoise Croc Clutch With Crystal Top Closure
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber turquoise genuine crocodile clutch features a silver tone metal frame and a large crystal on the flip clasp for closure. The interior is lined with metallic pewter tone...
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber Minimalistic Velvet Clutch W/ 3 Large Crystals & Silver Tone Strap
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber cannot be categorized as a minimalist but, with this bag, she is! Leiber worked in many styles and materials, but is best remembered for her iconic, bejeweled minaudiè...
Category

Late 20th Century Judith Leiber