The Leiber Story

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Why should little kids have all the fun when it comes to toting their stuffed animals around? It’s time to bring the zoo with you, thanks to Judith Leiber’s new collection of bags that are more suited to hang on a Snob’s arm! A woman’s first Leiber clutch is akin to unofficial entree into a secret club of fabulous people who exist only on canapés­. Even Carrie Bradshaw, who once balked at Big’s gift of a crystal­ encrusted bird, eventually caved for strawberry cupcake minaudière by the brand. If you want a chance to be a part of the clutch carrying elite or a straight ticket to the snooty A-­lister’s soirees, the easiest way is to get a Leiber and join the gang of the “Leiber-rettes!

These limited edition pieces of wearable art have made it to all, from Academy awards to First Ladies, top-notch magazines to fashionista’s all over the globe. Some of the jeweled clutches look like they belong in a museum. In fact, some of them actually ARE displayed in museums! Australian crystal covered minaudieres are crafted to resemble things like bows or hot-air balloons, ice-creams or cats. When I first found this œuvre d’art from Judith Leiber zoo collection, I felt like I was one of the Pavlov’s dogs. Judith Leiber Couture Lion Astor clutch bag was executed with meticulous attention to detail and flawless handcraftsmanship. It was fully beaded with fine Australian crystals and interior with lambskin leather lining. I love handbags. I love crystals. I love animals. This piece of art was a perfect blend of jewels and bags (the two things that I adore!). 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. These pieces are meant to be cherished for years and passed on from generation to generation!

To be honest, who would have thought that carrying around a crystallized zoo animal would be so posh? Somehow, year after year, Judith Leiber makes its eccentric, idiosyncratic style work. It is synonymous to sophistication, elegance and class. I personally feel it is a rare blend of art and bling. Buying a Leiber should definitely be on every girl’s goal list but the prices may not be so much of a Happy Ending for your bank account! You know as they say Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Well, crystals are a close second.

Until Next Time,


Bella Karisa

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Look 1

Top + Skirt : Fancy Pants

Accessories : Fancy Pants

Heels : BCBGMaxazaria

Clutch : Judith Leiber

Location Courtesy : Sofitel BKC, Mumbai

Look 2

Gown : Bershka

Earrings : Valliyan by Nitya Arora

Hand Bracelet : Outhouse

Heels : Tresmode

Clutch : Judith Leiber

Photography : Sai Ghatpande

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