Before World War II, before she became a fashion icon, Judith Leiber, who died on Sunday, April 29, at age 97 - a few hours after the passing of her husband of 72 years - made high-end handbags in Budapest, Hungary.
At 95, Judith Leiber carefully walks down an aisle of her palladian-styleHamptons museumsurrounded by 1,500 handbags, most of them bedazzled with thousands of crystals. Her eyes graze two small metal clutches—one shaped like an eggplant and the other, an asparagus. "I just thought it was a good idea to try to make something strange we'd never made before," Leiber shrugs. "They're still selling."