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Unwavering Luxury: What Goes into Each Judith Leiber Bag

If you love a designer handbag, then you are aware of the legendary Judith Leiber. 

One of the most iconic handbag designers of the century, this is one woman who knew a thing or two about how to bring a smile to a someone’s face. 

Known for her use of crystals, rhinestones, and semi-precious stones, you can recognize a Judith Leiber couture creation from a mile away. 

So, how are these stunning handbags made?

Read on to find out everything there is to know about this luxurious brand, including what goes into each Judith Leiber clutch and what makes them so special. 

Plus, take a sneak peek at some of this season’s must-have designs! 

The History Of The Judith Leiber Brand

Before Judith Leiber came along, handbags were not as imaginative or as colorful, usually coming in just one color and material. 

Seeing that there was definitely a gap in the market and a demand for more choice, Judith Leiber made it her life’s work to bring joy to women all over the world with her crystal-covered couture clutches. 

Born in 1921, Judith Leiber grew up in Budapest, Hungary, and it was here that she learned about pattern making and the craftmanship of making bags. 

After the Second World War, Leiber worked for a variety of handbag brands where her passion for the craft was firmly cemented. However, it wasn’t until 1963 that she finally launched her own company. 

It was a simple mistake that led to her trademark use of rhinestones for her one-of-a-kind designs. When one of her handbags became stained, she quickly rectified the situation using a selection of rhinestones. Wowed by her creation, she started to incorporate jewels and crystals into her designs, and the Judith Leiber brand we know and love today was created. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

How Are Judith Leiber Bags Made? 

Did you know that the time it takes to make a Judith Leiber couture clutch from concept to creation can take up to two years? While this may seem like a long time, even to make such an intricate bag as a Judith Leiber one, there is so much that goes into their unique design and creation process. 

Each design is conceptualized in the Judith Leiber New York studio and then brought to life by their classically trained sculptors. The finished plaster model then travels all the way to Florence in Italy to be refined and duplicated in brass. 

Semi-precious stones are sourced from all over the world and custom fitted for each minaudiere. Facets are then created with a diamond tipped mill and polished to perfection. 

Judith Leiber bags are made from only the finest raw materials, such as Italian leather, 24-karat gold, premium quality crystal, sterling silver, and raw brass. 

The model is then scanned to create a 3-dimensional mold which is used to make steel stamps. Every design that has been produced since it began in 1963 is kept in the archives of the factory. 

Next, a brass plate is then stamped, cut, and soldered. Once the assembly process is complete and the minaudiere has been polished, a final gold or silver plating bath finishes the sculpture. 

We then head over to New York, where the design really starts to come to life, and crystal artwork is designed from a palette of 130 colors of crystals. The artwork is meticulously hand-painted onto the brass sculpture, which takes three days to complete. 

Once this has been completed, the selected crystals are set over a period of five days by one skilled artisan, and then the process is complete. 

What Makes Judith Leiber Bags So Special? 

As you can see from the above, the care and consideration that goes into each Judith Leiber creation is immense, with multiple processes that all need to be perfectly executed to get the desired end result. 

All in all, there are 20 artisans involved in every couture creation, with many of these skilled individuals dedicating their entire lives to honing their craft. Each with a love of craftsmanship and a commitment to perfection, these artisans are what makes each Judith Leiber bag so special. 

Coming soon 

If you can’t wait to get your hands on one of next season’s Judith Leiber couture clutches, then take a look at what’s coming soon below. 

Roller Skate Let’s Roll 

A must-have clutch for the summer, the Roller Skate Let’s Roll is fun and frivolous and is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Covered with pretty pink and white crystals and cute rainbow detailing, add this to your wish list, and you will be the envy of all your family and friends. 

Lunch Box Best Ice Cream 

Available now, the Lunch Box Best Ice Cream Clutch is a sweet treat with a difference. Featuring an awning stripe design of a nostalgic sweet shop, this delightful clutch boasts a metallic leather lined interior and a removable couture shoulder chain. 

Sparkle Net Pouch Clutch in Light Rose

Inspired by the traditional fisherman’s tote bag, the Sparkle Net Pouch Clutch is here in a light rose shade. Perfect for the warmer months of the year, this dreamy pink satin pouch is layered with pink crystal covered silk rope for a truly breathtaking look. 

Featuring a simple drawstring closure and top handle, you will have all the space you need to carry your summer essentials. 

If you choose to invest in one designer handbag this year, then make it a Judith Leiber couture creation. Providing the utmost luxury and attention to detail, each bespoke bag is made with love and care, and this is reflected in the end result. 

Want to purchase a designer bag as an investment? Judith Leiber handbags are known for holding their value and making an excellent investment. Plus, as they are designed to last, you can pass down your collection of Judith Leiber purses for the next generation to enjoy. 


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