Designer by Judith Leiber
After decades of working as a handbag designer in Budapest, Hungarian-born Judith Leiber founded her own brand in 1963 and became known for her Swarovski crystal-encrusted minaudières, molded after shapes of unexpected objects and most popularly, animals. Her creations have become a status symbol for some of the most influential women in the world, including several presidential first ladies.
Transcending the accessories category, Leiber’s purses are recognized as objets d’art and are exhibited in cultural institutions such as the Smithsonian, The Met, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. The late designer retired in 2004, and her company landed under the ownership of Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger who became the brand’s co-owner, creative director, and ambassador.