1960s Martin Van Schaak Custom Black Lizard Box Bag

Martin Van Schaak


Wonderful structured black Java lizard skin bag by Martin Van Schaak. This custom - made handbag with handles on is reminiscent of the traditional doctor bag, with two top handles with a zippered opening in between. The exterior of the handbag features an open curved-top pocket with custom gold - tone monogram belonging to the original owner. The purse has a spacious interior with multiple pockets lining the walls. Purse includes lock and key.

Martin Van Schaak began his career in the 1940s, when he sold his first purse to the wife of the Dutch ambassador. He soon rose to prominence in the high - end evening bag scene, competing with the likes of Judith Leiber, Roberta di Camerino, Koret, and Josef of Hollywood. Van Schaak pieces are refined and rare - he does not advertise, and most of his pieces are custom made for clients in the Know.

Clients include: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Joan Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Marlene Dietrich,Joan Gardner, Betsy Bloomingdale, Clare Boothe Luce, and Connie Mellon.

  • Country of Origin
    United States
  • Condition
  • Materials & Techniques
    Black Java Lizard, Lock, Key
  • Size

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