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Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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.

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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 Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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....
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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...
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1970s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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...
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1960s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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...
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2010s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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1970s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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...
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1970s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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1990s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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.
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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,...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Brown Velvet & Satin Shoulder Convertible Clutch Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This Judith Leiber brown velvet and satin shoulder and clutch bag is lined in brown satin with one side slit pocket and one zippered pocket. Single flap closure with magnetic snap i...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber 1970's Vintage Red Karung Snakeskin Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber 1970's vintage red Karung snakeskin bag. This bag is in good condition with minor wear on the bottom consistent with its age. It comes with a dust bag and coin purse. T...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Black Suede Karung W/ Structured Top Handle Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber black karung bag with gold tone hardware contains single chain link structured top handle with suede leather intertwined. This flap bag opens to an interior black wit...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Pink Python Shoulder Bag With Jeweled Clasp
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber Pink Python Shoulder Bag With Jeweled Clasp proves that Judith Leiber is much more than the "Queen of Minaudieres"! Bag features ulta-luxurious python in shades of pin...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

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 black evening bag multicolored embroidered and bedazzled handbag is made with a top frame and snap clasp. This bag is m...
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20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

1980s Judith Leiber Luxe Patchwork Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Toronto, Ontario
Known for her exquisite use of exotic skins, this 1980s patchwork multi-skin brown and black geometric over-sized clutch with punch clasp by Leiber is a must have. The clutch has a f...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Glass Stone Blue Suede Clutch - Shoulder Bag c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Glass elegant stone blue suede clutch - shoulder bag c 1980s The stylish handbag is covered with pale muted blue suede covering designed with sinuous floral motfis thro...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Gold Tone Leather Shoulder Flap Bag Stone & Crystal Closure
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber metallic gold tone leather includes bold chain link strap that can be removed to use as a clutch. The Art Deco closure on the flap is decorated in mother of pearl encr...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Embellished White Karung Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Alford, MA
White karung clutch by Judith Leiber featuring a jeweled frame rectangular goldtone frame. Narrow karung strap converts the clutch to a shoulder bag. Interior with side compartments ...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

JUDITH LEIBER Black Crystal Embellished Chain Handle Minaudiere Box Clutch NWT
By Judith Leiber
Located in Thiensville, WI
DESCRIPTION: JUDITH LEIBER Black Crystal Embellished Chain Handle Minaudiere Box Clutch NWT Estimated Retail: $1,595 Brand / Manufacturer: Judith Leiber Collection: Designer: M...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Vintage Tan Alligator Mini Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
BEAUTIFUL Vintage Judith Leiber Tan alligator mini handbag in excellent condition. Tan alligator exterior trimmed with gold hardware and crystal accents. Front flap snap closure ope...
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1990s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Black and Gold Woven Pearl Embellished Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
FABULOUS Judith Leiber Black and Gold Woven Pearl Embellished Clutch in excellent condition. Black nylon woven with gold thread trimmed with embellished closure featuring orange pea...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

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 Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Crocodile Evening Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Palm Beach, FL
This authentic Judith Leiber Crocodile Evening Clutch is in pristine condition. Neutral exotic skin clutch carries just the essentials for an evening out on the town. Light metalli...
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2010s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Lizard Crystal Sunglass Ccase
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Gorgeous Judith Leiber Lizard Crystal sunglass case in excellent condition. Metallic lizard leather exterior trimmed with silver hardware and clear crystals along front flap closure...
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2010s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Silver Metal and Crystal Floral Oblong Minaudière Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Elegant Judith Leiber silver metal and crystal oblong evening bag clutch featuring a scrolling foliage flower design on a silver - toned metal bag. The hardware is silver. It has a...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Crystal Jeweled Frog Minaudière c 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
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 Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Floral Minaudiere with Tassel Rope
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
GORGEOUS Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Floral Print Minaudiere with Tassel Rope in excellent condition. Multicolor floral print swarovski crystal exterior trimmed with a yellow go...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Jewel Encrusted Gilt Metal Chinoiserie Minaudière c 1970s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Jewel encrusted gilt metal minaudiere' c 1970s The opulent Chinoiserie style clutch is sheathed in a brushed gilt matte metal satin finish The lid cover is adorned wit...
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1970s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber Clear and Green Rhinestone Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Judith Leiber clutch Clear and green rhinestones in a stripe pattern Silver snap closure Silver chain strap that can be stored inside Soft silver leather lining Comes with silver...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber 1980s Pink Snake Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your bag collection with this amazing Judith Leiber clutch! Circa 1980s, this bag is crafted from pink and black snake skin and features gold hardware, a chain shoulder strap...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses

Judith Leiber 1980s Green Snake Skin Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Elevate your bag collection with this amazing Judith Leiber clutch! Circa 1980s, this bag is crafted from green and black snake skin and features gold hardware, a chain shoulder stra...
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1980s Judith Leiber Handbags and Purses