"Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story"

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(Apr. 4-Aug. 6) — Judith Leiber spent sixty-five years in the handbag industry, from an apprentice in Budapest to Holocaust survivor to the owner of an internationally renowned handbag company based in New York City. As the only female pattern-maker, and with the unusual ability to make a handbag from start to finish, Leiber brought a distinctly European training and skill set to the United States, where handbags were made with assembly-line skill division. This allowed her not only to succeed as a designer, but also to revolutionize the meaning of handbag craftsmanship for the American consumer.

"Judith Leiber: Crafting a New York Story" includes handbags that encompass the history of her eponymous company, which Leiber founded in 1963 at the age of forty-two, through 2004, when she designed her last handbag. Although biographical in nature, the exhibition also explores the gendered significance of the handbag in twentieth-century Western culture, and the centrality of immigrant entrepreneurship in the fabric of New York.

Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun: 10 am – 6 pm
Thu: 10 am – 9 pm
Closed Mon and major holidays


Sunday, August 6, 2017 (All day)


Museum of Arts and Design
2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019


(212) 299-7777


$16, $14 Senior, $12 Students; Free for Members and 18 and under.