Mention the name Judith Leiber amongst a group of women, no matter their age, and watch for stars to form in everyone's eyes. The Judith Leiber name is synonymous with opulent glamour, evoking visions of whimsical crystallized minaudieres, the elegant ladies-who-lunch who carry them and their eager daughters who have learned to covet the handbags from a young age and will someday grow to inherit their mothers' collections. While the iconic handbag designer, now 90, doesn't make many public appearances, Lauren Stillman , a regular contributor to The Inside Source , eBay's digital style magazine, had the chance to hear her inspiring entrepreneurial tale and even ask her a few questions as she spoke to the Costume Council of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art LACMA last week. There, Cameron Silver, proprietor of renowned vintage fashion boutique Decades, moderated a panel discussion with Leiber and Mary Gleason, brand president, and guests were invited to browse an on-site retrospective of vintage handbags from Leiber's personal and museum collections. After meeting her husband, Gus, Leiber moved to the United States, where with Gus' encouragement, she launched her eponymous designer handbag line in
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At 95, Judith Leiber carefully walks down an aisle of her palladian-style Hamptons museum surrounded by 1, 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. It has been 70 years since the designer—who married an American soldier during World War II after living in a Jewish ghetto basement with 60 other Holocaust survivors—arrived in New York on a brideship provided by the U.
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