1960s Clothing

John Romain handbag 1960s leather tweed purse

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Size: 10” wide at base (8.5” wide at frame) by 6” tall by 2.75” deep
Label: John Romain / store label Bonwit Teller

An “It bag” from an earlier era, a John Romain handbag in leather and tweed was a sought-after handbag in the mid-to-late 1960s and into the early 1970s, particularly amongst the young, preppy set. They were relatively expensive bags, and nicely made, with fine, soft leather trim and classic details. Live the preppy teenager's dream of owning a John Romain bag by carrying this fine example, probably dating from the mid-1960s. The main body of the bag is oatmeal tweed (I think it is actually jute?) fabric, surrounded by rich, cognac brown leather on each side, trimming the front and back, and forming the 2 narrow top handles. The brass-colored metal frame fastens with a kiss clasp, and a tiny padlock with heart emblem decorates the front. 4 metal feet on the base help the bag to stand upright. It has a cognac leather lining stamped with “John Romain” and a tiny lion symbol, as well as a Bonwit Teller store label. In very good condition, this authentic vintage, top handle bag has some scuffs to the metal of the frame from normal use, and a tiny bit of verdigris on the metal studs securing the leather handles.

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