Legendary Handbag Designer Judith Leiber Dies


Snap shut your crystal-encrusted clutch in honor of a legend.  Judith Leiber, the doyenne of sparkly minaudieres, has passed away at age 97, hours after the passing of her husband of 72 years. For many handbag lovers of a certain age, Leiber bags were the first introduction to the glamour of a small twinkling bag.  Whether you preferred a classic box clutch or a sculptured ode to a cupcake, french fries or peacock, a Judith Leiber creation was a fashionable statement.  First ladies Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton had Leiber bag fashioned after springer spaniel Millie and cat Socks, respectively.   Leiber was a Holocaust survivor who met her husband Gerson during World War II.  They sold the company in 1993 and Leiber retired in 1998.

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