The fabulous fifties and early sixties
in America boasted many special styles, accessories, music and unique fashion items; Among them was the Lucite handbag.
In the 1950's DuPont developed a wonderful new plastic that was to become used
for the handbags we know today as Lucite box purses. This sturdy new plastic could be structured, molded and
carved into interesting new shapes never before known.
Lucite was created in many wonderful colors with interesting features such as marbling, added glitter, pearlized,
clear, opaque and transparent. Some had inset rhinestones and many had wonderfully ornate metal trim.
Ladies fell madly in love with these new modern bags.
There had never been such revolutionary
creative purses as these and they became very popular for about a ten to fifteen year period.
As with any purse, these bags came in varying degrees of
quality to accomodate any pocketbook. They were fun and unusual and remain so today as collectors and lovers of vintage
accessories snatch them up.
Most of our Lucite bags are in excellent vintage condition
and any damage is mentioned.
The most common names associated with Lucite purses are Wilardy,
Charles Kahn, Patiricia of Miami, Stylecraft of Miami, Gilli, Lewellyn, Maxim, Tryolean, & Rialto. There are others &
many were unsigned or have lost their paper tags.