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Post WWII bags in leather and variety material

Italian leather bags were widely imported in the mid-50s when post-WWII production was up and running again in Europe. Embassy Plastic Product's EmbassyPlasticProductsInc bags came in any color, as long as it was NATURAL in "Handbags & Accessories" August 1956, page 5

The 1960s

Crochet Raffia Handbags circa 1965

A00644: This classic 60's crochet raffia bag is marked "Made in Italy". The triangular center section has a three dimensional popcorn stitch, offset by a flatter shinier stitch on either side. The front and back are identical. The sparkling gold lift up latch opens to a spotless black fabric interior. The bamboo handle and quiet dignity impart an oriental impression. Excellent unused condition. Measures 10 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches. Value $40

C00047: Chocolate brown patent leather, nubby wood handle and shiny gold metal trim are the perfect foils to the white raffia body of this Italian made summer bag. The off white cotton interior features a large metal zip pocket and carries the fabric label reading "Simon New York by Mr. Ernest Made in Italy." The bag closes with a large metal zip across the top. Excellent condition inside and out. Measures 9 1/2 x 4 x 7 1/2 inches. Value $65

Lucite Bags 990785: Luxurious black Lucite convertible shoulder bag has a 38-inch chain handle that folds inside if you prefer a clutch. This is a later 60's ~ 70's vintage bag made in Italy for Bonwit Teller. The interior is fully lined in black suede cloth, trimmed at the edges with black braid. Excellent condition inside and out. Measures 7 x 2 1/2 x 5 inches. SOLD for $140 in 2004

JACOBSON'S: Made in Italy A00601: Italian woven leather bag "Made for Jacobson's" with beautifully Contoured carved wooden handles. The body of the bag is constructed of strips of leather and cotton twine, woven in a diagonal pattern. This tote style bag could be worn over the shoulder, if desired. The top portion of the body is lined in supple brown leather. Deeper inside, the bag is lined in brown twill, with a single voluminous plastic zip pocket. This is a more recent bag with a magnetic class and is circa 1990. Excellent condition inside and out. Measures 12 x 4 1/2 x 18 inches including handle. SOLD for $95 in 2002

Fabric Bags

Emilio Pucci Style Fabric Bags 980190: Oh so 60's Pucci Style silk cube bag. Marked only "Made in Italy for Neimen-Marcus." Lavender leather trim. Center opening top with metal edge and lever latch. Black satin lining. Excellent condition. Measures 3.5" on a side. SOLD for $150 in 1998

Pucci was the rage in the mid-60s. Jana was the authorized Pucci maker and manufactured bags in Italy of the uS market. Many companies, including Meyers and Julius Resnick, climbed on the bandwagon, producing bags in Pucci and Pucci-like fabrics. The New York rimes took note of this trend in their issue February 23, 1966, page 34.

Everything's Coming Up Pucci by Enid Nemy

The distinctive Pucci type of print is one of the strongest fashion statements brightening the tag end of winter.

Some of the prints now being shown on almost every floor of department stores are originals, designed in a Florentine palazzo and bearing the "Emilio" signature. But, more often than not, they are a strong and moderately priced echo.

The growing number of Pucci-influenced items has apparently done nothing to dampen the ardor of the true aficionados. Sales of the originals have never been better, stores report. "The more they make, the better ours took,'* said a representative of Jana Accessories, the concern that makes the official Pucci handbags and accessories. The purse accessories cost from $6 to $20 and the handbags for $19 to $60 and “we don’t make enough to go around…purposely so.


On the other hand, Herbert Meyers, an executive of the Meyers Manufacturing Company MeyersManufacturingCo, says his company's print bags, strongly reminiscent of Pucci, are "quite a phenomenon — selling well across the country and accounting for probably 25 per cent of our business."

The six Meyers styles, ranging from an over-the-shoulder barrel to a design that is a cross between a. Pucci and a Gucci, sell for about $14 in almost every major store in the city.
Mr. Meyers has only one note of admonition: Pucci is the Italian designer of women's wear. His main office is in Florence. Gucci, an Italian company, makes women’s handbags and other leather accessories. It has branches in Europe and in this country.

"We would hope that these handbags won't be worn with print dresses. They are meant for plain linens and silks."

Julius Resnick, Inc. JRJuliusResnick, another handbag concern, is busily readying six new inspired-by-Pucci styles to retail for about $7.


The over-all effect will be completed with eyeglasses and cigarette cases and cosmetic and coin purses at $3 each.
Wilroy, Inc. where $25 to $50 Ban-Ion and silk Jersey dresses hang in closets from bed-sitting rooms to Park Avenue duplexes, does less than 5 per cent of its business on Pucci-like prints, but even that figure is formidable in a firm that manufactures in thousands of dozens. The newest addition to the vast Wilroy line is the collection of silk raincoats ($70). These will soon be made in Ban-Lon as well. One of the most eye-catching prints in blue and violet has everything but the “Emillio” signature.

"We have our own took," Jack Barr, the vice president, says- "We try to balance our shipments so that there will be a selection of prints for every kind of woman—including the women who like the Pucci look. They aren’t our main concern, but we have them.”
Women who wear authentic Pucci silk jersey pay $140 to $170 for them. The look at Mr. Dino, Inc. is a colorful one, with a Mr. Dino signature on each dress or overblouse, discreetly placed at the hemline.

"We felt the influence of Pucci strongly at first," rays Joan Kay, sales manager of the four-year-old concern. "But we have a definite signature of our own now and our name has become ft prestige thing."

Mr. Dlno's overblouses and shirts cost from $17 to $25, Pucci's from $40 to $65. Berets, scarf hats and kerchiefs are also being made in the vibrant prints.


One of the few areas left virtually untouched in the children’s market. But at Rue des Enfants, the two partners Sheila Marks and Linda Goldberg, have designed a hooded lounging outfit in Pucci inspired fabric “for sophisticated children of sophisticate mothers.”

The two fabric concerns that print many of the Pucci-like designs- Robaix Inc. and Edwards Inc.- both do so only at the specific request of a customer.

“We do custom designing and a manufacturer must order at least 1,000 yards,” says Jerome Rossman, Jr., president of Robaix. "We have about 15 of these Pucci-type prints, but we were asked to do them."

The Pucci look In a Ban-Lon dress by Crazy Horse is surrounded by the Pucci look in Ban-Lon handbags by Meyers. Ban-Lon, a synthetic fabric, is made by Fair-Tex Mills, Inc. The bags sell for $14 in almost every major store in the city.

E00078: This beautifully made silk bag is marked Made in Italy. The fabric’s design is derived from Persian textiles of the 16th century. Soft oyster color leather lines the interior. Large taffeta lined open pockets provide interior organization. The condition is very good, with some wear to the fabric most often handled in the latch area and a faint interior stain at the bottom of the lining. Measures 7 ¼ x 3 ½ x 7 with and 11” twisted handle. Value $70

FERRAGAMO 990842: Muted purple Ferragamo leather bag with narrow 40" shoulder bag strap which can be folded inside if you prefer a clutch. Beautifully detailed gold metal bow trim on the envelope flap. See detail. Marked on the leather label "Salvatore Ferragamo A1219590 Made in Italy." Fully lined in beautiful black leather with a single plastic zip pocket with Ferragamo metal zipper pull. Excellent unused condition but several mars on the leather front and back from storage. Measures 8 x 2 x 7 1/2." SOLD for $90 in 2000

990841: Beautiful Burgundy Ferragamo Leather bag with pierced eyelet edge trimming the matching reptile binding. Adjustable length 34" handle can be folded inside if you prefer a clutch bag. Marked on the leather label "Salvatore Ferragamo Frienze 7 Made in Italy." Fully lined in black leather with a single metal zip pocket, sporting the Ferragamo metal zipper pull. Excellent unused condition with a few surface mars on the leather front and back from storage. Measures 12 x 2 x 7 1/4." SOLD for $125 in 2003

J.L. Hudson's Made in Italy A00597: Mustard yellow Italian leather handbag with all edges outlined in black. Front and back of the bag feature lift up tab latches which opened two large black leather lined sections, each with a single open pocket. One of the sections has some damage to lining of the side gusset. Between these two sections is a third which latches with gold magnetic class its black leather lining shows some scratches and features one open and one metal zip pocket. In embossed leather label reads “Made in Italy by Hudsons Detroit.” Very good condition. Measures 9 x 3 3/4 x 7 in. with double 10 in. handles. SOLD for $70 in 2000

Paristyle Made in Italy ParistyleHandbagsInc A00758: Rose-Pink Suede Paristyle convertible clutch has a real glow. The gold twisted link chain handle is 18” long and fold inside if you prefer a clutch. The simple tan suede-cloth lining shows flexure wear, but is otherwise pristine and is marked in blue “Paristyle Made in Italy Genuine Leather.” Excellent condition. Measures 8 ¾ x 1 x 9”. SOLD for $58 in 2001

PATRICH of FIRENZE 960385: Black faille handbag, Made in Italy by Patrich’s of Firenze. Front and back "wave" pattern is produced by stitching hundreds of yards of 1/8" woven tape to the surface of the bag. Silver metal spring latch opens to reveal spotless fully lined black satin interior, with two open side pockets, double sided mirror and matching coin purse, attached to the frame with a silver metal fitting and elastic. The center section divides two satin lined full sized open sections which provide more carrying capacity than one might expect. Double fabric strap handles. Excellent condition. Measures 9 1/2 x 1 1/4 x 6 1/2". SOLD or $50 in 2000

ROBERTA di CAMERINO 971136: Check your March IN STYLE magazine, page 245 of Laura Vogel’s vintage handbag article for examples of these classic bags by Roberta di Camerino. This embossed velvet bag in light brown is a true vintage example ca. 1957. It’s marked in gold "Made in Italy by Roberta of Camerino Expressly for Saks Fifth Avenue." Solid push down metal latch opens to reveal an immaculate tan leather lining with 2 open and one metal zip pocket. Some visible loss of nap on the corners and handle edges, otherwise excellent condition. Measures 11 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 8". SOLD for $95 in 2000

WALBORG: Made in Italy WalborgCorporation 980801: Festive and classy Walborg Lucite and metal SHOULDER bag, made in Italy! Features oval diagonally detailed lucite panels front and back. Metal frame is textured in almost thready woven pattern. Side hinge pleats and interior of gold velvet. All interior edges embellished with woven trim. Goldtone chain is 29" long. Measures 6 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 6". Excellent condition. SOLD for $205 in 2000

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