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Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

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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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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Spotted Sleeping Cat Minaudière
By Judith Leiber
Located in Annapolis, MD
Gold-tone hardware in the shape of a sleeping cat, covered in silver and black spotted Swarovski crystals with a push lock closure. Condition: Great used condition. Exterior: Padd...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Rare Vintage Judith Leiber Crystal Chantelaine Minaudiere Production Sample
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Rare Vintage Judith Leiber Crystal Chantelaine Minaudiere in excellent condition. Gold coin purse shape body with black crystals along the top edge and silver, grey and black along t...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Gold Swarovski Crystal Evening Bag Minaudiere Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Gold Swarovski Crystal Evening Bag Minaudiere Clutch in excellent condition. Gold swarovski crystal exterior trimmed with a top button closure that opens to a gold lea...
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2010s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber 1984 Bullfrog Miniaudiere
By Judith Leiber
Located in Scottsdale, AZ
Add this amazing piece to your collection! Circa 1980s, this Judith Leiber frog miniaudiere features multi color Jade, Amethyst and Onyx stones with a push-lock closure. Gold Plated ...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

Vintage Judith Leiber Crystal Life Saver Minaudiere
By Judith Leiber
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Known for her tongue-in-cheek design perspective, Judith Leiber holds a special place in the history of modern accessory design. Though some may choose the word kitsch to describe Le...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Silver Karung Leather Gold Clasp Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber siver karung leather evening bag shoulder bag, with all the accessories. This beautiful bag has a long silver shoulder straps with tassels. the bag closes with two gold...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Black JLP Black Silver Minaudiere Clutch Double sided $2625. New
By Judith Leiber
Located in Wallkill, NY
Judith Leiber Monogram Hinged Hard Shell Clutch JLP Double-sided Black and Silver crystals. 3.5 in H x 6 in W x 1 3/4 in D - 50 in. chain, New with Tags. Please be sure to check our...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Python Structured Frame Bag with Trio of Accessories
By Judith Leiber
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This gorgeous and rare Judith Leiber Python Structured Frame Handle Bag is crafted with luxurious genuine natural python and features two top handles and gold-tone hardware. The si...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber White Crystal Gold Disco Ball Minaudières Evening Bag with Tassel
By Judith Leiber
Located in Miami Beach, FL
RARE Judith Leiber white crystal sphere minaudières shoulder bag in excellent vintage condition. White Swarovski crystal exterior trimmed with gold edges and clear crystals along top...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Gold with White Crystal Box Minaudière Evening Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Miami Beach, FL
Elegant Judith Leiber minaudière looks like a gift box or pillow with a Swarovski crystal ribbon. The bag features a press crystal lock closure with golden hardware, The shoulder s...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Red Snake Skin Clutch Handbag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Wallkill, NY
Lovely petite red 1980's snakeskin clutch shoulder bag by JUDITH LEIBER! Wonderful supple skins with shiny gold-tone frame and snakeskin flip-top clasp. Shoulder chain strap folds in...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Couture Black Rhinestone Silver Metal Evening Bag 2016
By Judith Leiber
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
Judith Leiber Couture black rhinestone, crystal rhinestone and silver metal chain handle, silver metal frame evening bag from 2016, original price $3495. This bag is barely, if ever ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Gold & Clear Swarovski Crystal Casket Minaudiere
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
BEAUTIFUL JUDITH LEIBER Swarovski crystal casket minaudiere in excellent vintage condition. Gold exterior trimmed with clear swarovski crystals in the signature "casket" style. Push...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Vintage Judith Leiber Python Snakeskin Nude Tan Jeweled Shoulder Bag or Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Chicago, IL
Stunning vintage JUDITH LEIBER nude python shoulder bag or clutch and matching tasseled comb (can even be worn as a crossbody)! Signature Lieber silhouette that snaps shut to keep ev...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Exquisite Crystal Encrusted Figural Woman Minaudière circa 1980s
By Judith Leiber
Located in Santa Barbara, CA
Judith Leiber Exquisite crystal encrusted figural woman minaudiere' The opulent gilt metal figural evening bag is designed with an elegant woman's head. Encrusted with contiguous row...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Gemstone Shell Minaudiere Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Gemstone Shell Minaudiere Evening Bag in excellent vintage condition. Gold shell shape with clear swarovski crystals and tiny multicolor gemstone deta...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Black and Silver Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Black and Silver Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch in excellent condition. Black and Silver swarovski crystal exterior with gold hardware trim. Top button...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Vintage Box Clear Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
BEAUTIFUL Vintage Judith Leiber Swarovski crystal box minaudiere in excellent condition. Gold box form with clear Swarovski crystals surrounding the exterior. Gold padded leather e...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Green Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Green Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag in excellent condition. Green swarovksi crystal exterior trimmed with silver hardware. Top button closure opens to a silv...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Black Suede Evening Bag Clutch with Silk Tassel
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Black Suede Evening Bag Clutch with Silk Tassel in excellent condition. Black suede exterior trimmed with gold hardware, black swarovski crystals, and a removable black...
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1980s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Multicolor Swarovski Crystal Top Flap Box Minaudiere Evening Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Judith Leiber Multicolor Swarovski Crystal Top Flap Box Minaudiere Evening Bag in excellent condition. Multicolor checkered print Swarovski crystal exterior trimmed with gold hardwar...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Butterfly Crystal Minaudiere Bag
By Judith Leiber
Located in Boca Raton, FL
Judith Leiber accessories hold nothing back when it comes to creativity and vivid color. Encrusted in crystals and stones, Leiber’s work immortalizes the various motifs in an array o...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere with Semi-Precious Stones
By Judith Leiber
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere -- featured is a beautiful Judith Leiber minaudiere encrusted with swarovski crystals and semi-precious stones on a gold-tone metal frame w...
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Late 20th Century Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Swarovski Crystal Rabbit Minaudiere
By Judith Leiber
Located in Carmel by the Sea, CA
Judith Leiber minaudiere features a floral pattern on a bunny rabbit metal frame encrusted in multicolored swarovski crystals and a top push-clasp closure. Optional chain handle and ...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Green Crystal Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
GORGEOUS Judith Leiber Green Crystal Evening Bag Clutch in excellent condition. Green crystal exterior in classic envelope rectangle shape. Front flap snap closure opens to green a...
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21st Century and Contemporary Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Clear Swarovski Crystal Mini Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch
By Judith Leiber
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Adorable Judith Leiber Clear Swarovski Crystal Mini Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch in excellent condition. Clear swarovski crystal minaudiere exterior trimmed with gold hardware and ...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières

Judith Leiber Red Swarovski Crystal Minaudiere Evening Bag Clutch Holiday Runway
By Judith Leiber
Located in Wallkill, NY
Stunning Clear and Red Swarovski Crystal on this magnificent Judith Leiber Clutch. A must-have for the upcoming holiday season, as well as any black tie event. Runway ready! Gold lea...
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1990s Judith Leiber Evening Bags and Minaudières

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 Evening Bags and Minaudières