After featuring a crystal-encrusted Valentino bag so prominently yesterday, it’s only fair to recognize the brand that made sparkly animal clutches into a worldwide business. Judith Leiber can bedazzle anything and make it into a great work of inventiveness, but my favorites from the brand are often among its more restrained offerings.

It’s difficult to imagine a context in which the Judith Leiber Crystal Chain Strap Clutch could be considered “restrained,” and yet that’s exactly what this evening bag is, when compared to a Swarovski-studded Dachsund.

Art Deco-inspired fashion has an exuberance and life to it that I just love – we had just emerged from the first World War and had yet to see the Great Depression, the Holocaust or the Cold War. The economy was booming, opportunity appeared to be everywhere, and you can see that reflected in the clothing and design that reached acclaim during the era. The lines and colors in this minaudiere are clearly referential of that era, and it makes me want to go out and find a spangly, drop-waist party frock with which to pair it. Buy through Saks for $2495.

  • edoardo

    This is a very beautiful bag, the play of the crystals is amazing… But I’m sad to see that also Leiber is felt into the “yet seen models”….This type of clutch it’s, now, a clear simble of McQueen or Bottega Veneta… Leiber is interesting and everytime new because she makes bag with new shapes…if she becomes to make “classic” elegante veneing clutch she’ll be like the other designer!

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    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Well, Leiber has been doing box clutches like this for decades, in addition to its more well-known object bags. The brand also does clutches that aren’t entirely covered in crystals and some that are exotics. If there’s a type of clutch out there, Leiber has probably made it at one point or another.

  • MAX

    I just wanna look at it for as long as i can I wanna see it in person. so beautiful.

  • Vitta

    This style is a great representation of the Judith Leiber’s early original designs (ca 1960s-1980s) re-created by the current designers at Judith Leiber LLC. It renders beautifully her famous lady-like silhouette and the luxurious, contrasting combination of black and gold. Exquisite!

  • Jelita78

    $2495 clutch?
    is this gold plated or what? (ipad)

  • Julia

    pretty…and really expensive (ipad)

  • helen

    Perfect for a night out at the museum. Preferably the MET. (ipad)

  • Cindy

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