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A flexible plastic sheeting material used in the bodies of handbags. It came in many colors and could be textured to similate other materials like fur or woven fabric.

A bag by Hesslein-Samstag was used to illustrate "Beauty on a Budget" on page 47 of the July 1947 issue of Handbags Illustrated. This was style 2061, retailed for $5.00 and came in a variety of colors in calf grained or panent leather vinyl.

"Vinylite plastic resembles fine calf in a deftly contoured bag which beckons the Fall season. Note the loop-the-loop handle treatment and rosebud zip pull. It has an outside pocket, too. Hesslein-Samstag Inc." See more Hesslein-Samstag bags Hesslein-SamstagInc

Often, in its clear form, flowers or collaged trims were sandwiched between fabric bodies and layer of this kind of clear vinyl. Bags were also made with clear Vinylite bodies, embellished on the outside with flowers or shells. Later, glitter, leaves and other materials were embedded in the flexible vinyl for bag bodies.

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