Judith Leiber

Five Things To Know About… Judith Leiber

Judith Leiber bags, evening clutches, purses and minaudières are so unique that some of the world’s most prestigious museums have deemed them to be works of art. Founded in 1963 by Judith and her husband, the artist Gerber Leiber, Judith Leiber has outfitted celebrities, socialites, princesses and queens with some of the most luxurious accessories on the market.

In recent years the renowned accessories company has expanded its offerings to include sunglasses, belts, fragrances, and a bridal collection. Five more interesting facts about Judith Leiber:  

1. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Judith Leiber is a Holocaust survivor. During World War II, she trained with the Hungarian Handbag Guild and was the very first woman to be recognized as a master of the bag-making craft.

2. Since 1953, nearly every First Lady of the United States has carried a Judith Leiber handbag to the presidential inauguration ceremony.

3. Museums around the world, including London’s Victoria and Albert and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, feature Judith Leiber handbags in their permanent collections.

4. In 1998, Judith and Gerber sold their company and retired.

5. In 2005, the Leibers opened the Leiber Museum in Springs, New York, as a gallery and showcase for Judith’s creations and Gerber’s modernist paintings and sculptures.

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