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Judith Leiber Glass Stone Blue Suede Clutch - Shoulder Bag c 1980s



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 throughout The clasp frame is embellished with a row of smooth oval-shaped glass stones in a myriad of colors on both exterior sides. The versatile handbag may be carried as a chic clutch; transitions into an elegant shoulder bag The interior is lined with vibrant turquoise blue taffeta Stamped: Judith Leiber on a gilt metal plaque Measurements The length across the clasp opening side to side measures 7.75 inches The furthest length across the mid-section side to side measures 10.5 inches The height from the center clasp to the handbag base = 6.5 inchess The drop length from top of the chain strap to the bag base = 24.5 inches


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  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)Length: 10.5 in. (26.67 cm)
  • Style
    Opulent Evening (In the Style Of)
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Material Notes
    The pale muted blue suede clutch - shoulder bag is designed with floral motifs. The versatile design transitions from a clutch to a shoulder bag. The gilt metal clasp frame has a row of glass stones
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Overall nice pre-owned vintage condition. The suede covering does have some wear primarily on the lower section on one side.
  • Seller Location
    University City, MO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU73610275222

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About the Designer

Judith Leiber

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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