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Handbag designer Judith Leiber, the queen of crystal clutches, died over the weekend at the age of 97. Her purses were long the favorites of Hollywood stars and multiple First Ladies, including Barbara Bush and Hillary Clinton. The Budapest-born artist’s work, frequently tongue-in-cheek and whimsical, often cost in the four and five-figure range.

Even in her late 90s, Ms. Leiber showed a sense of humor: In 2017, she designed a limited edition, crystal-embedded clutch shaped like rolled up dollar bills, done in collaboration with Alexander Wang. It cost $5,000 and was carried by Beyonce in the Tidal X: Brooklyn event in New York City in October 2017.

A Judith Leiber CupCake Minaudiere Evening Bag, in pink gold and shaped like a cupcake, can be found on eBay for $4,000.




#1 Saddened by this news?LKN1974 2018-05-09 19:13
I am saddened that I will never have the pleasure of knowing this beautiful, and charismatic woman, personally. But I came across this article when it caught my eye. And by the time I finished reading it, as well as the great picture included, had my in tears. I wish that I had known her, she looks like she would have had so much fun living in her skin, and I just know that we would have been kindred spirits! Even though, I really doubt that I could've carried that beautiful and fun looking clutch of hers that was included in the article. I definitely plan on meeting her someday, for sure! I can't wait!

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