When I had my turquoise Kate Spade fixed, my eye wandered over the shop and spotted a few handbags on the wall. I dismissed the needlepoint one as it had damage and is the very same pattern as my Paris bag (when will you be finished???). On the top was this black patent leather one. I checked for wear--none. I checked for damage--none. I opened it up and checked for stains--none. In fact, the original tissue paper was still inside.
I asked the shop owner about it and he said vintage, owned by one person and never carried. I thought the price a tad high, but didn't have any shaped like this. Well, my green Hobo is close. The handbag found a home. Isn't she gorgeous?
Upon inspection when at home, I found the label Nettie Rosenstein. I googled and OMG! I had NO idea. This designer crafted Mamie Eisenhower's inaugural gown. Did clothing, jewelry, had a perfume line. She was da bomb. Even today, her handbags fetch in the thousands. There are plenty of affordable ones on eBay, ETSY, etc.
Here's some information I found on Wikipedia about Ms. Rosenstein: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nettie_Rosenstein
On 1st dibs an array of bags, jewels, clothing: http://www.1stdibs.com/search/?q=nettie+Rosenstein
And on MaryBawa.com is more about Ms. Rosenstein: http://www.marybawa.com/historyofashion/fashionframe.html
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Vicki Batman blogs about handbags every Monday which having a diet Coke and writing funny fiction. Her fun, romantic mystery, Temporarily Employed will be available thru The Wild Rose Press soon. Stay tuned!