Perfume-Bottle Accessories from Judith Leiber (1921-2018)


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I’ve just re-read Judith Leiber’s obituary (April 30) in The New York Times. I’ll never own a Leiber minaudière—they’re well beyond my financial ability—but I’ve always loved looking at them, either in photos or on the shelves of the Leiber niche in Bergdorf Goodman’s handbag department.

Leiber said in 1994, “I think everything we do should have whimsy in it.” 

In keeping with our theme…let’s look at a few Leiber accessories inspired by perfume bottles!

Above: the Bal Noir minaudière ($4,295 at Neiman Marcus!), with black crystals, tiny pearl beads, and gilt filigree.

Screen Shot 2018-05-01 at 2.12.35 PM.pngHere’s another view of the Bal Noir, open to show its metallic leather lining.

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Leiber also offered jewelry designs. Here’s a rectangular perfume bottle pendant with clear crystals and a heavy chain.

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And here’s a rounded perfume bottle design with clear crystals and a colored stone for its “stopper.”


Leiber also licensed a line of fragrances beginning in 2007. The brand’s 2011 release Night was packaged in a fabulously Art Deco-influenced bottle designed to match her Streamline evening bag.

Farewell, Ms. Leiber! Thank you for making the world a little more sparkly during your time here.

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