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Location June 1949:

Bienen-Davis
159 Madison Avenue
New York 16, NY

The front cover of the July 1935 issue of Luggage & Leather Goods features photographs of "leading style authorities" for Fall 1935, including Edwin Davis.

Highlights for Spring 1942 included this Bienen-Davis "Underarm Skirt" Bag in the February issue of Luggage & Leather Goods, page 44.

"An example of self decoration is this large underarm skirt bag in red Washette calf. The only trimming is the gold ornamental pull tab on the concealed zipper opening, and the wide sash through the center made by a fold of leather. Has 2 inside pockets. From Bienen Davis."

Front cover August 1942 "Luggage & Leather Goods" illustrates "the new Fall handbags highlighted by striking Monocraft Initials. Leading designers use initials for tat smart accessory accent. To make your handbag displays more appealing, feature them with initials."

They exhibited at the Fashion Flair 1947FashionFair, June 12, 1947 at Madison Square Garden. "Handbags Illustrated" July 1947 page 56

Front cover "Handbag Buyer" June 1949

The back cover of the same issue heralds Jane Andrew Handbags by Bienen-Davis, designed to sell at $10.50.


The 1950s

Seasons and tastes change, an tapping into the process fuels profits. Softer lines for Spring are featured in the article,

The Soft Bag Is the New Breath of Spring

The gentler touch the rolling contour, the ovaled corner, the curving line, even for tailored wear is the sure sign of the smart bag of the season. Let this promotional theme help you sell more handbags"''' February 1950 issue of "Handbags and Fashion Accessories," page 45

"IMPECCABLE in taste and all occasion in purpose is this Bienen-Davis faille bag with luminous mock shell lock. Rolled for youth, simple for dignity. Moderate retail price."

Bags for Spring 1956 were presented on January 3, 1956 by agreement as a member of the National Authority for the Ladies Handbag Industry. 1956NationalAuthorityMembers

Federation luncheon scheduled

"The Federation of Jewish Philanthropies will hold a luncheon for New York handbag buyers at the Vanderbilt Hotel, New York City, on December 9th. There will be a discussion of buyer participation in Federation's annual campaign and dinner. Sidney Kadin is chairman for the handbag industry; Nat Berkowitz, Bienen-Davis, and Albert Waldman, Waldman Bags, co-chairmen of the buyer's cabinet issued invitations to the luncheon." (Handbags & Accessories December 1955, page 42)


C00169: Bienen-Davis black leather and suede Stripe Handbag Beautiful Bienen-Davis black leather and suede in patterned with alternating stripes of shiny and matte leather. The hook latch and handle hardware sparkle! The interior is divided down the center by a partition that houses a large eggshell satin lined open pocket that holds a black satin tethered coin purse. Fully lined in pristine black satin with one large metal zip and 2 open pockets. Some slight abrasion on the leather covering the back of the frame, otherwise excellent condition. Measures 9 3/4 inches wide, 1 3/4" deep and almost 9 inches tall with a beautiful 13" contoured handle.

Available for $135 at Bag Lady Emporium

B00153: A warm chestnut brown leather handbag by Bienen-Davis, beautifully crafted and sculptural in its detail. The angular top line and engraved gold lift up latch have great Art Moderne flair. The spotless brown satin interior features three open pockets and one metal zip pocket. A large square double-sided mirror in a matching brown satin case is included. Some slight surface wear front and back (See detail). Measures 9 x 2 1/4 x 8 inches.

Available for $70 at Bag Lady Emporium


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