Perle fur Perle II

Perle fur Perle II

Sabina Schurenberg has written an important book on German and Austrian beaded purses, Perle fur Perle II. Perltaschen aus Munchen und Wien 1910-1935. It is now available. The cost, not including shipping, is 169.90 euros. It can be ordered through this link: ORDER...
Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Reuse and Recycle – article by Barbara Catanese

Says Barbara: Even if I had been accustomed since my childhood to the idea of reusing, my wardrobe being based mostly on my cousins’ pre-worn clothes, I didn’t take much note of this process, as it was something perfectly natural to me.  When I became a collector I...
A History of Fashion Artist Maria Monaci Gallenga

A History of Fashion Artist Maria Monaci Gallenga

This fascinating article by Barbara Catanese highlights the life & history of Maria Monaci Gallenga.  Born in Rome in 1880, she became a forerunner of artistic fashion style during the Austrian Secession and the Italian Renaissance.   Read all about Maria: Flashes...

Plastic Purses – article by Wendy Dager

From (the always-entertaining) Wendy Dager of The Vintage Purse Museum: As promised, here's the link to the article I wrote about plastic handbags for The Vintage Purse Museum. It's very long and there were a lot of complexities (which I tried to simplify because I'm...

The Torse Bead

Surprise treasure - the TORSE  BEAD    Author: Vicki Schwager  So.... what is it? And, why would a purse collector want it? “Torse” is French for twist. A torse bead is a twisted metal bead, more precisely a twisted French Steel Bead. Some silver and gold ones are...