The Judith Leiber sale kicked off this morning at a spacious space on Fifth Avenue in the Flatiron. Each design makes a statement, whether it’s a Hello KittyÂ minaudiÃ¨re or an evening bag in the shape of a lady bug. Â Here you’ll find plenty of the designer’s signature evening clutches embellished with crystals and made of exotic skins, including python, crocodile and ostrich.
The sale is well laid out – clutches, handbags and accessories are neatly placed on tables.Â As for prices,Â minaudiÃ¨re started at $300 (originally $1995). Â However, expect to pay 60 percent off retail most items such asÂ a silver curved minaudiÃ¨re with 19″ chain for $500 (was $2495); fully beaded crystal minaudiÃ¨re for $1,198 (was $2995); a python clutch for $500 (was $1,695); crocodile clutch for $2,678 (was $6695).Â In addition, I spotted belts (silk satin and leather) are on sale for $50-$150 ($325-$595) and pillboxes for $60.
Considering the pricey price tags, one customer was shocked to find the crystals on the clutch she picked up to be falling off. Also, some of the tags read: “Made in China.”Â A bit surprising and the discovery put a few of us off.
Where/When:Â 225 Fifth Ave., nr. 26th St.; Sept 14 to 16, Wedâ€“Fri (9â€“7p), S (10â€“4p).