close up of city convertible clutches

On Tuesday, the Judith Leiber sample sale opens to the public. On offer are clutches that were showroom samples. While items are marked 60-70% off retail, the sale price for most things here is still quite pricey.

We stopped into the preview on Monday evening. Be prepared to shell out some serious cash at this sale where prices averaged well above $1,000. There’s a large variety of minaudieres and clutches made of Swarovski crystal, exotic skin, crocodile, plain leather and silk.

Signature Clutches from $500 to $3,000+

We liked the deco-styled minaudieres, classic and very tasteful. They were priced at nearly $1,400. If that was too much, there were a few small plain crystal clutches starting at $500. Exotic skin bags were around $1,500 and many of the crocodile clutches were well over $3,000 on sale.

Overture Bags at $100

Not everything was that pricey. At a table towards the back were more affordable deals from the diffusion line, Overture, which were priced at $100. Damaged numbers were going for $50. While the price may be right, in our opinion, these made in China bags couldn’t compare with the made in Italy ones which were clearly better quality and much more stylish.

Where/When: 225 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY; Nov 19-24; Tues-Fri (9am-7pm), Sat-Sun (11am-7pm). Cash & Major Credit Cards Accepted.

close up of crocodile bags

close up of crystal bags

a few art deco style bags