Cupola Minaudiere sits pretty in Red and Gold

Time to ditch that monstrous body bag! Stow your gloss, mints, and calling cards in a more elegant purse. More than just a utilitarian object, Judith Leiber’s Cupola Minaudiere inspires conversation and delight. Siam red with tonal Austrian crystals, this bag with hinged top sports gold-tone hardware. The braided shoulder straps enhance its exclusivity and the tassels trimmings add the finishing touches. Judith Leiber, a leader in couture handbags, has made a significant contribution to the style and sophistication of the well-dressed woman. She is best known for her signature crystal covered minaudieres – small ornamental cases for a woman’s cosmetics, jewelry, or personal items – in the fanciful shapes of animals, fruits, or anything that inspires her fancy.

Her creations have been carried by every First Lady since Nancy Reagan and in Hollywood, her handbags have graced such celebrities as Greta Garbo, Elizabeth Taylor, Joan Rivers, Beverly Sills, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Hurley, Bjork, Renee Zellwegger. Selling for $2,995 at Bergdorf Goodman, you can carry this unique work of art at myriad events from presidential inaugural balls to opera premieres.

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