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.
Gorgeous glossy A-frame top handle handbag by Lucille de Paris! This black alligator handbag has a structured body, rigid top handle strap, and alligator with gold - tone top trim and clasp. The clasp is arrow - shaped with vertical notched indentations on the side. The interior is lined in leather, features a zippered pocket, an attached coin purse, and the famous Lucille de Paris alligator embossed in gold.
Lucille A. Hahn and Charles Hahn opened “Lucille de Paris” in the 1930s; they manufactured custom beaded bridal bags. The company moved from Paris to New York in the 1940s, and expanded beyond their bridal purses and into making exotic leather handbags. The company created both standardized pieces and custom - made pieces for discerning clients desiring unique handbags. Lucille de Paris handbags were sold at Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and Crouch & Fitzgerald.