Judith Leiber Book Minaudiere

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The name Judith Leiber is synonymous with small, bejeweled evening bags called minaudières. Small by design, a minaudière is meant to be carried easily in the hand, containing only a few essential items. In Leiber's world, the essentials are a handkerchief, a lipstick and a hundred euro bill. This one is large enough for any smart phone and will actually hold more than enough for your night out. Surprise your wife with an outstanding Judith Leiber piece on Christmas, Valentine’s Day and other occasions. According to handbag historians, the minaudière was developed during the late 1920s when Charles Arpel (of Van Cleef & Arpels) noticed socialite Florence Gould using a cigarette case to hold her necessities. Arpel elaborated on this practical idea, creating small, decorated cases for the same purpose.

  • Authenticity number: 39418
  • All the various color crystals are bright, sparkle intensely and are present
  • Clasp works well and closes securely
  • Typically lined with kidskin set off by a signature nameplate
  • A gold, braided carry rope hidden inside adds a soft accent to this jewel and that detaches when not in use
  • Comes with the Leiber accessories: a tiny pouch containing a comb and mirror
Judith Leiber
Made in United States
8.5 x 13.6 x 6.5 cm

Judith Leiber

Hungarian handbag designer Judith Leiber is renowned for her crystal-encrusted couture creations, from hand-beaded parrot-shaped clutches to vibrant sculpted elephant evening bags. A fusion of fashion and art, the label is beloved by many a style-seeker for its meticulous craftsmanship and whimsical signature designs. Eccentric, quirky and effortlessly fun, each Leiber piece packs a statement punch guaranteed to liven up any ensemble.

Judith Leiber Couture is a pioneer in the world of luxury bags. Dubbed as 'The Bag Lady of Park Avenue', her designer bags are famous for being carried around by some of the world's most noted celebrities. The bags have been carried by First Ladies and Hollywood royalty alike, and are on permanent display in the world's finest museums such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution and The Victoria and Albert Museum.

No two Judith Leiber clutches are alike, each a fanciful creation meant to be carried, discussed and admired. Since 1963, Leiber has approached evening bags - jeweled, embellished, sculpted or classically traditional - with the same attention to detail and construction as the couturiers do clothes.