by Meaghan Mahoney Dusil & Vlad Dusil
Just as there are countless designers to choose from for the perfect gown, there are plenty of exquisite handbag designers as well. However, the very first designer who comes to mind is Judith Leiber. These handbags are so much more than bags; these eye-catching statement pieces sparkle as soon as the lucky celeb carrying one steps out of her limo.
Hungarian-born Judith Leiber began designing handbags for other designers before branching out and starting her own company. I, for one, am glad she did. Best known for her signature crystal-covered minaudières, Judith Leiber’s couture bag designs will definitely be noticed. It is pretty clear why celebrities and their stylists pair a fabulous gown with a Judith Leiber clutch. Jennifer Garner, Cate Blanchett, Halle Berry, Anne Hathaway and Penelope Cruz have
all graced the red carpet with a Judith Leiber creation in hand.
We have three gorgeous Judith Leiber bags you should keep an eye out for. The Mojave Minaudière with large Austrian crystals ($2,995) is a show stopper.
Combining the rounded edges of the clutch with the avant-garde Austrian crystals was brilliant. This clutch would work well with a feminine gown, adding just the slightest hint of edginess to the overall look. At the same time, this clutch takes an edgy, glammed-up gown to the next level.
If a sleek look is what you are after, the Atella Stingray Clutch ($1,395) is an ideal option. It gets hot walking the red carpet with all of the lights, but you can stay cool when carrying this clutch. Beyond being elegant, unique and gorgeous, stingray skin always stays cool, even in your hand. The snap closure is adorned with crystals and adds that bit of shimmer and shine everyone expects from a Judith Leiber handbag.
Finally, if you are hoping to really carry something unique, perhaps something you have never seen before, try the Humphrey Australian Crystal Tortoise Minaudière ($5,295). It is hard not to appreciate the incredibly fun aspect of this clutch that pairs perfectly with its sophisticated, elegant and stunning features. The playfulness of the design goes from fun to sophisticated when you remember that the bag is made of thousands of hand-placed crystals.