The first time I was introduced to Judith Leiber bags was when I was on a private cruise years ago where I noticed there were a few ladies on board carrying one for each night of the week! Yes, I did say...one for each night of the week!!! I was literally
in awe THEN and I still am NOW!
The Hungarian born designer Judith Leiber was born in Budapest Hungary in 1921 and is a designer of luxury handbags. Peto as her real surname was, was the first woman to join the handbag-makers
guild in Budapest. A Jew, she escaped the Holocaust of World War II to the safety of the Swiss house when her father was able to obtain a Swiss pass, a document that gave the bearer safe passage. This exact pass is on view at the Holocaust Museum
in Washington, DC. After working as a handbag designer for other companies. Leiber founded her own business in 1963. Sold at exclusive boutiques around the world, her handbags cost several thousand dollars and have become a status symbol for many woman
including several Presidential First Ladies. Leiber is most famous for her Minaudières which are covered in crystals and which often exceed €5,000, animals are a recurring theme. There are 4 boutiques in the United States,
of course New York City being one of them.
She received a lifetime Achievement Award from the Council of Fashion Designers in 1994. Samples of her work can be found as near as London, in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Metropolitan Museum
of Art in New York City and at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. She retired in 1998. In September 2008, she was rated the most prestigious luxury handbag brand for the second year running by the New York based luxury Institute.
that the rhinestone crystals are painstakingly glued on by hand, what thrills me the most about these bags are the different shapes that have been created, cakes, fruit, the birds & other animals, and just how they open and how beautifully finished they
are. Most of these designs are used as evening clutches, and are of course for very swanky glamourous affairs!
I JUST cannot get over these breathtaking glittering crystal designs that are Judith Leiber.
I hope you enjoy the
few exquisite bags that I have displayed below, the names I have given them are mine not Leibers.