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Alligator & Crocodile

Victoria Stowe

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Ultimate Status Symbols to Wear and Collect

"Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile" by Victoria Stowe is an illustrated fashion encyclopedia of the 100-year history of ultimate status symbols in fashion: luxurious exotic skin handbags. It tells the fascinating story of almost forgotten American mid-century designer brands, which defined the trend development in luxury fashion alongside with Hermes, Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton. These brands include the houses of Lucille de Paris, Judith Leiber, Nettie Rosenstein, Harry Rosenfeld, Martin Van Schaak, Lederer de Paris, Koret, Coblentz, Evans, Deitsch, Mark Cross, Manon, Lesco, Vassar, Bellestone, and others. 


If you're intrigued by the drama of upscale exotics, then take a sneak peek inside this beautiful volume to browse the gorgeous illustrations featuring our important luxury collection handcrafted years ago from leathers of alligator, crocodile, ostrich, lizard, and snakeskin. Come to understand how collecting vintage contributes to preservation of endangered species. Learn how to create your unforgettable personal style by mixing vintage with modern fashion; how to tell the difference between skin types; how to take good care of your vintage treasures; and how to find the best buy. Enjoy!

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