This bag is a true piece of fashion history from 1950s with a clear Lucite
moulded flower and leaf motif on the handle and body of the bag made by the
iconic maker Janet David of Miami.
This beautiful bag is in good condition with no major damage apart from very
minor scratches commensurate with it's near 60 year old age.
Lucite is an early form of Perspex and was first introduced into the fashion
scene in the late 1940's / early 50s by such names as Tyrolean, Jewel Plastics
Corp, LLewellyn, Rialto, Maxim, Wilardy etc.. The Lucite material was produced
by Dupont and Miami based producers arose from the fact it was made illegal to
use in New York because of it's inflammatory properties.
These early bags were not cheap at the time selling for the $15 - $65 where (a
rather crude inflation calculator) prices New York apartment rents at $50 a
The joy of these bags is that the material allowed design to make a huge
stride forward in allowing the designer to be freed up from the constraints of
materials available up to this point and an explosion of designs hit the market
and you will be hard pushed to find two identical bags in this short lived era
where technology and design combined produce an explosion of colour, form and
variety in the world of hand bags that ended in the early 1960s.