After five years of running PurseBlog, it is rare that I run into a brand new designer that I feel absolutely amazed, excited, and captivated by. That is precisely what I feel when I look at Peter Nitz Zurich designs. His designs captured my attention from the very first glance and have yet to let me go. Peter’s dream was to own an atelier where he would shape and stitch the finest available skins entirely by hand and accent them with beautiful jewelry to create unique and precious handbags. And this dream has come true in his namesake company. Most of the designs from the masterpieces collection are custom made to order. The prices vary depending on the combination of the type and size of the skins used along with which piece of jewelry is used.

On using brooches in his designs Peter told me,

“I am a collector and lover of all things vintage and antique. I was always drawn to these amazing antique brooches that just do not get the attention they deserve because brooches are not really that fashionable these days. Bags on the other hand are! So I thought it would be a great way to bring these incredible pieces of jewelry back to life again.”

On his favorite combination he has designed Peter said,

“My personal favorites have to be the spider and fly, which is fun because you can play around with the placement and they have a little bit of movement when you carry the bag. Also the Victorian moonstone moth which is simply an amazing piece of antique jewelry. I have a nice little collection of brooches waiting to be used on the right bag and some of my very favorite jewelry pieces are still in there”.

I love a well-crafted exotic bag for a dressed up look. These clutches not only fit the bill, but also clearly show high quality skins being used. On top of that, the added ribbon and jewelry detail is the perfect touch to help these bags stand apart from others. I am sold!

Make sure to inquire via Peter Nitz online for more information and pricing!


Annalena clutch in vivid blue matte alligator with Victorian moonstone bee | $14,000


Ribbon clutch in slate-gray matte alligator with silk velvet ribbon in salmon | $14,000


Annalena clutch in ivory natural matte crocodile with diamond and emerald frog | $9,000


Burgundy matte alligator clutch with grey grosgrain ribbon and spider/fly | $9,000


Annalena clutch in black matte alligator with diamond and pearl bee | $10,500


Ribbon clutch in natural ringed lizard with a plum colored grosgrain ribbon and pearl and gold insect | $3,200


Lillie envelope clutch in fuchsia shiny lizard and large bee with diamonds/sapphires | $9,000


Ribbon clutch in grey matte alligator with a hand-dyed silk velvet ribbon in pink and antique diamond brooch | $14,000

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  • PhotoGirl

    Gorgeous! And utterly out of reach.

  • CoutureCoco

    O M G! I absolutely love them all! I have lots of little brooches too that never get worn so guess what I’ll be doing now…?
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  • T

    Beautiful!!!! I have a armoire full of brooches that belonged to my mother and grandmother ( both collected antique jewelry)and I rarely wear them but this is a great idea. At least the ones that utilized ribbon. How did he attach the ones that are on the skins directly? Love that he found a niche and has made it his own.

  • Jan

    Lovely, but not for the ordinary gal-move over Hermes….

  • Alana

    Absolutely gorgeous!!! Thanks for sharing this new designer with us!

  • Jac

    Amazing!

    I also have some old broaches lying around, DIY time.

    My favorite is the grey and salmon combo, those colours look great together.

  • mochababe73

    Without the ribbons and brooches, they would be rather plain. But I agree with Jac. They do look like a do it yourself.

    • Lisa

      Yes a member posted these about a year ago in the craft section, as DIY insperation.

  • merve

    I love the idea but his prices are too high for a virtual unknown. I prefer to give the money to Gonzalez or Castro or VBH…

  • merve

    ….unless he decided not to attach diamond and sapphire brooches but maybe semi precious stones instead. Who wants to put their clutch down knowing there is a 10k brooch on it?

  • Michael Tonello

    Move over Hermes. Old world hand craftsmanship the way Hermes USED to do it. And it should be pointed out this Mr Nitz uses the finest skins available, unlike say Nancy Gonzalez which uses croc of a far lesser quality (ditto VBH) and machine stitching.

    • mehleekhtinstien

      OMG I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE YOUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Staci

    I agree with Michael Tonello, the bags represent superb craftmanship using only the finest skins which explains the rather steep price. The brooches are beautiful and the silhouettes are classic.

  • Sonya

    These are wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  • Valentina

    Gorgeous. I loved every single one of them! (that’s a first…)

  • serene

    I fell in love with the cluthes but the prices.. :(

  • Sara

    I love these! I still use brooches even though they are not “fashionable”. I wish I could afford one of these gorgeous bags!!!

  • Michael Tonello

    To say “without the ribbon and brooches they would be rather plain” is like saying Louis Vuitton without the LVs, or a Birkin without the strap and lock, would be rather plain. But all three DO HAVE the “without the…”, so that statement is moot.

  • Vitta

    The clutches are lovely! You can have a similar effect for less if you decorate a vintage exotic-skin clutch with a gorgeous, vintage jeweled dress clip or scarf clip. See the new book “Exotic Skin: Alligator and Crocodile Handbags” on Amazon.com. It has the whole chapter featuring original vintage skins with vintage jeweled clips.

  • Tracey G

    wow, interesting collection (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    wow, interesting clutches (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    stunning collection of clutches (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love all of these—stunning! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love all of these—stunning!.. (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    wow, love the intricate detail (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    wow, love the bow details on the clutches! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    would love to wear these at night (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    looooovvvving these clutches (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    loovving these (ipad)

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