Judith Leiber

R.I.P. Judith Leiber



Judith Leiber by Gordon Munro

Rest in peace handbag legend Judith Leiber, who died within hours of her husband last weekend at the age of 97. Her story was fascinating. An émigré from Budapest, she set up her own company in New York after learning her trade at Hungarian handbag-makers, Pessl. Her bags were a favourite of First Ladies – notably Nancy Reagan – but it was when she evolved from leather and satin to her surrealist crystal designs (in the shape of fruits, flowers and even Humpty Dumpty), that she found a cult following in showbiz A-listers and serious collectors. (more…)



On my radar: a cache of vintage Judith Leiber minaudieres for sale



Judith Leiber minaudiere Lot 184 Christies bags and accessories sale 2017

I bet you didn’t have me down as a Judith Leiber kind of girl. But I have a secret thing for these teeny tiny kitsch crystal-covered minaudieres. They’re like pieces of jewellery really, there’s no way you’re getting more than a lipstick and a pound coin in there.

Judith Leiber started her company in New York in 1963, an émigré from Budapest who designed handbags in her head to get her through the misery of living in one room with 26 others during WW2. (more…)



THE DRG STYLE INDEX: LOUIS VUITTON, JUDITH LEIBER, KING & TUCKFIELD, ANDIE, COMME DES GARCONS



Here’s the latest weekly DRG STYLE INDEX ranking, a round-up of the brands currently buzzing on my radar…

1. BUT IS IT ART?
Jeff Koons Louis Vuitton collaboration
Louis Vuitton has done it again, riling the purists with its Jeff Koons collab that launched last week. A collection of accessories that reproduces old masters paintings onto tote bags with the artist’s name picked out in graphic typography, its aim according to Koons is to bring high art to the street. (more…)



Watches and Clutches



Watches and clutches – don’t they we go well together! I don’t know if it’s Tommy Ton’s attention to micro-styling or simply the breadth of choice out there, but I can’t help noticing how many people are coordinating their clutches to their watches. Even Garance is at it… (more…)