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1980s Neiman-Marcus Big Red Italian Leather Clutch Bag
A luxurious collectors' purse both ladylike and businesslike, this vintage fold-over clutch was fashioned in Italy for America's most famous upscale retailer. It's of soft, supple leather throughout: scarlet red outside and black within. It must have been extremely expensive when new, and it's so clean now that it appears never to have been carried.

Measuring a spacious 12" x 12", it folds to 12" by 8" and has a top zipper closure with a pretty golden-colored pull. The fold-over design was originally created to hold a lady's gloves in the top section, so these are often called "glove bags". Today that part of the bag will be perfect for keeping a cell phone and other small electronic items quickly accessible.

Most likely dating would be 1980s, since this sleek shape was quite popular then, and provenance is a Midwestern estate. Inner tags read "Neiman Marcus" (one name on each side) and "Genuine Leather Made in Italy". A few teensy scuffs on the edge piping of one side seem to be from storage, rather than use, and will cover easily when you give the bag a polish. Similarly, storage produced a few creases, which aren't considered a "flaw" but typical and age-appropriate for such soft, high-quality leather. Their appearance should lessen as the bag is used, instead of kept in one position.

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