Designer Judith Leiber: These images are from an article about Judith Leiber’s fantastic handbags by Lindsy VanGelder, “It’s in the Bag,” with photographs by Lizzie Himmel and published by Connoisseur in April, 1990. If you are a Leiber fan–or a handbag fan–you’ll want to dig up a copy. The article provides a solid description of Leiber’s methods of design and manufacture, and–important to those interested in dating handbags–it provides Leiber’s basic biography in the context of her handbags.
Leiber was born in 1921, became the first female handbag apprentice in Budapest, lived through the Holocaust, emigrated to the United States, met and married an American GI, Gerson “Gus” Leiber–all while making hand made handbags. She sold many to her husband’s friends–for just a few dollars! (What an investment!)
That’s Leiber and her husband, above, of course. Below, Leiber’s 1990 hand pleated red leather bag with Austrian rhinestones and red satin. And, a 1990 miniature (black leather) carpet bag, and a 1990 black bag with chevron stitching.
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