Clutches worth grabbing: Astor Crystal Lion Minaudiere

So clutch: Astor Crystal Lion Minaudiere

Judith Leiber, the American luxury brand synonymous with minaudieres and flawless hand-craftsmanship, hasre-defined the accessories category with products that are on the cutting edge of high fashion, while always remaining timeless classics.

For 2012 prefall season, the master of minaudieres’ turned the attention to the great and imposing Astor, one of the marble lions that protect the steps of the New York Public Library.

Astor Crystal Lion Minaudiere ($5,995.00), the newest novelty shape for Pre-Fall 2012, is a Collector’s Edition with individually hand applied 5mm crystals, 19″ chain with 1 micron thick fine jewelry plating, metallic leather lining, and interior signature plaque.

Judith Leiber 2012 prefall collection highlights include a Kitali tortoiseshell pattern crystal clutch ($3,995.00), the Karuri Pattern Crystal Minaudiere ($4,995.00) with the patternings of one of the most majestic animals on the Serengeti- the giraffe, and the Awando Pattern Crystal Clutch ($3,995.00), inspired by traditional African textile prints.