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Vassar Bag Co., Inc. listed at 44 West 28th St., New York City (New York Times Oct. 10, 1933, page 30) "Import Reproductions retail $2.95."

The "What's New in Handbags" column of the same issue (page 76) included news about Vassar Import's Fall 1949 line. These styles retailed for $7.95.

Suedes Vary Luggage Influence

"French process suede, again in the forefront for early fall selling, is fashioned with subtle variations on the suitcase theme by one Madison Avenue house. Rounded horizontal body converges in double curves to form an interesting side outline and French bottom, while exposed gold corners punctuate the gleaming blackness on an otherwise covered frame. This is satin lined and comes also in both town and promenade brown, green, wine and taupe."

French process suede with a modified luggage effect has fine gold plated frame with tiny brass ring ornament. Inside zipper, smooth satin lining. Black, green, wine, town brown or promenade brown, taupe.


The 1950s

The HANDBAGS column of the same February 1950 issue of "Handbags and Fashion Accessories," page 71

William Green Joins Mam'selle

William Green, former president of the Handbag and Accessory Salesmen's Association, has become midwestern representative for Mam'selle Bags MamSellBags. He will continue to represent Vassar Import Bag Co., and Paragon Leather Goods ParagonBagCo.

Vassar created bags in many materials, but their most collectible specialty is beautifully tailored reptile bags. This evaluation of the Spring 1955 line appears on page 48 of the January 1955 issue of Handbags & Accessories.

Large lined cobras at a price

"Vassar Imports expects to make news with a soon-to-be unveiled collection of generously sized, leather lined cobra bags to retail at $10.95. Not quite ready at this writing, we're told the styles will include roomy, tailored types as well as some really large ones. Red, green, gray, amber and sport rust are the colors. More news is expected in a line-up of pearlized pastel Chan-dori lizard bags geared to shoe coordinations and priced to sell at $18.95.

Currently, Vassar is showing an excellent group of patent plastic bags to retail at $5.00 and $7.95. Important-looking styles include the big gateframe bag with shell clasp and a handsome flat pouch with gold metal monogram plaque in upper corner. Novelty metal loop handles and shell frames are other accents. Black kip trim on patent plastic adds a new note.

Oriental prints make up still more bags at $7.95 retail.

A white plastic caviar bead group of $5.00 bags features the open tote with aluminum silver chain handles and inside zipper section and a double handled pouch with white enamel."

Vassar Import Bag Co.'s factory in Stroudsberg, Pa., has resumed manufacture of reptile bags following reconstruction due to hurricane damage. (Handbags & Accessories December 1955, page 48)

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

RETIRINGóLouie Blum, well loved friend in the handbag industry, recently with Vassar Imports, and his charming wife Carolyn of Josef handbags, are retiring to New Orleans, Louisiana, where they have a new home. Carolyn is a native of New Orleans. (December 1959 Handbags & Accessories, page 51)


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