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An in-time-for-Christmas look at the bright world of leather
Jo Ahern Zill
December 07, 1959
Leather is very much the thing these days, whether to sit on, to travel with or to wear. A perusal of shops that specialize in leather—Gucci, Mark Cross, the Hermes boutique at Lord & Taylor and Dunhill Tailors—turns up an intriguing assortment of specialty items for travel.
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December 07, 1959

An In-time-for-christmas Look At The Bright World Of Leather

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Equally buttery are the French calfskins that Hermes uses and Lord & Taylor has at the main floor boutique. All of the Hermes appointments are handmade, the choice is wide. One gem is a simple calfskin portfolio, flat-folded, zipper-closed, with handsome brass lock. It is $38 plus tax.

A traveling handbag in the customary Hermes shape is extra deep to accommodate a jewel box which can be removed for deposit in a hotel safe upon arrival. It has a ruby velvet lining and zipped closing. The largest of three sizes is 32 inches and $94. Its matching jewel case is $77, both plus tax. They come in three colors: acajou (wine), black and natural.

A smaller gift in the same fine calfskin is an agenda book with two separate sections for appointments and addresses. It is packaged with a year's supply of refills dated in three-month sections (to cut down on bulk). Gold-leaf-edged pages are $3 per pack; a sterling silver pencil, $2 plus tax, and the notebook itself $11 plus tax.

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