Without any context, who would have thought that carrying around a crystalized zoo animal would be so posh? Somehow, year after year, Judith Leiber makes its eccentric, idiosyncratic style work. The brand’s crystal-studded minaudière bags are Leiber’s most iconic pieces by a mile, and even though there are imitations, nothing beats owning the real deal. From the first teardrop-shaped minaudière, which debuted decades ago, Leiber’s designs have become steadily more unique and more daring.

While Leiber’s clutches are by no means practicable or accessible, when you are carrying a Judith Leiber crystallized minaudière, none of that matters. You’re carrying a work of art, a statement piece, something that you can choose to uniquely represent your personality or interests. Animals from fantastical to fierce have always been one of Leiber’s signature themes, and over time, the company has designed itself a veritable menagerie. Visit all of the animals in the Judith Leiber Zoo after the jump.


Judith Leiber Duck Minaudiere, $4,995 via Judith Leiber


Judith Leiber New Lion Minaudiere, $5,995 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Botswana Zebra Minaudiere, $4,995 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Black Lab Puppy Minaudiere, $4,795 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Koi Fish Minaudiere, $4,495 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Farfallina Butterfly Minaudiere, $5,195 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Elephant Minaudiere, $5,795 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Cardinal Minaudiere, $4,295 via Neiman Marcus


Judith Leiber Cat Capone Minaudiere, $4,995 via Neiman Marcus

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