Etienne Aigner (New York, USA) Antic Red Leather Shoulder Handbag with Brass Hardware

$ 20.00

An antic red leather shoulder handbag from Etienne Aigner.  The outside has brass rivets and the iconic Etienne Aigner horseshoe logo.  The purse is opened with an internal squeeze flex-frame to reveal a single cloth-lined compartment and one leather-rimmed open pocket that is affixed with an Etienne Aigner label.  The handbag measures 12 3/4" across, 10 1/2" high with an additional 6 1/4" when factoring in the handle drop, and has an internal depth of 9 1/2".  The bag is in good original condition, with some wear commensurate with age and use.   

Etienne Aigner of New York

From Wikipedia:  Etienne Aigner was born in Hungary in 1904.  First a bookbinder, he started creating high-end leather goods such as handbags and belts for boutiques in Paris.  In 1950, after apprenticing with Christian Dior and Cristobal Balenciaga, he came to New York to expand his business.  The brand's signature color is called "Antic Red" and the Aigner logo is the letter "A" shaped into a horseshoe.  "AIGNER gave its products a rural, countrystyle feel. There was always a sense of the racecourse, a feeling of being by the fireside. A phenomenon that can still be felt today" (quote source:  Mr. Aigner died in New York City in 2000 at the age of 96.

Caring for A Leather Handbag

  • A general maintenance cleaning involves mixing a small amount of mild liquid dish soap (a couple drops in 8 ounces of water) with warm water and a soft microfiber cloth.  Ring out the cloth and wipe the purse following the grain of the leather and finish with a final wipe with a new clean damp cloth.  Always spot test a small area before cleaning.  Do not use saddle soap, bleach, vinegar, or ammonia.  Any specialty cleaners should match the type of handbag material. For example, a leather bag cleaner will not be as effective on suede as much as a specialty suede cleaner would be.    
  • Keep bag stuffed while not using it to maintain shape, and store in a dust bag or old pillow case.
  • To remove musty odors, place an open box of baking soda inside the bag and wrap in a pillowcase overnight.
  • Beeswax can be used to lubricate zippers for a smoother glide.