The family of Joseph Small, the founder of Suki Originals, has shared some history on the company for collectors. (Aug. 2, 2012.)
Sometime after a move to South Florida in November 1952, Joseph Small established Suki in Miami. He was the owner and initially they produced Lucite tops for prefabricated bottoms. Joseph, with the assistance of artist Natalie, soon designed and began production of the innovative multimedia bags for which Suki Originals is best known. heir bags were sold through Jordon Marsh department stores. A special design with Queen Elizabeth's royal crest was designed by Joseph Small and sent to Buckingham Palace.
This half page ad in the January 1955 issue of Handbags & Accessories, page 41 announces Suki of Miami's participation in the Main Floor Accessories Show, January 9th-13th, 1955. 1955JanuaryFirstFloorAccessoriesShow
March 1955 Handbags & Accessories, pg. 52
980057:Wonderful vintage bag with lid embellished oriental lady peeking from behind her fan. Unusual black woven fabric sides simulate mouton lamb!! Diagonally set hinged single black Lucite handle. Shiny metal hardware and clean interior. Measures 11.5 x 5 x 3.75". Excellent condition. Not For Sale