Old Bags Luncheon in Morris Township benefits Morris Museum
Bidding got fierce five minutes before bids closed yesterday at the third annual Old Bags Luncheon, at the Spring Brook Country Club in Morris Township.
Around 75 old and new handbags, donated by friends and special sponsors like Saks Fifth Avenue, LuLu Guinness and MaxMara, were on the table for a silent auction. Besides Gucci, Louis Vuitton,cheap adidas soccer cleats, Chanel, Lancel and Cole-Haan, there were vintage bags with no names but workmanship that was apparent to those who appreciate this most important fashion accessory.
"I love handbags and I wanted to support the museum," said Morris Township resident Eileen Reilly, who brought her friend, Charlene Dow-Edwards, from Trenton.
Friends of the Morris Museum hoped to raise $20,000, to benefit the museum in Morris Township.
Jamie DuffyThis Maxmara bag in a trendy mustard color was the favorite.
About 150 ladies attended the luncheon.
Costume designer Bettina Bierly of Harding gave a historical perspective on the handbag, often signed even before the ubiquitous logos of today. "Coco Chanel thought the handbag was very important," said Bierly. Now the handbag is "more like arm candy," she said.
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