You are invited…

Chris Kelly – Interior 76
Oil and pencil on canvas – 52″x46″

“The Truth and Beauty Paradox”

 Artist Chris Kelly at The Leiber Collection

Exhibition Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, from 1 – 4pm

Artist Reception and Discussion, Sunday, June 23 at 4pm

For more information, click HERE.

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Judith Leiber ~ Peace Dove minaudière

The Leiber Collection is proud to present two new exhibitions in the Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Judith and Gerson Leiber ~ Over The Top

“Judy shattered glass ceilings before glass ceilings were even a thing.” ~ Gerson Leiber

Famous for her iconic and revolutionary designs that marry glamour and sophistication with humor and whimsy, Judith Leiber broke many barriers that stood in her way as she rose to the top of her field.

In 1939 Judith Leiber became the first female apprentice at Budapest’s premier handbag company, Pessel Handbags.  She was the first female member of the Hungarian Handbag Makers Guild, and the first female Master Handbag Designer in Budapest.

 “There’s no mistaking her satisfaction at having broken the gender barrier. “I was the first girl apprentice in Hungary — until then they were all men.”  Yet her crowning gratification remains the soup-to-nuts skills she picked up as apprentice, journeyman and finally master.”                                                                             ~Laura Blum, Fashion writer

After WWII, Judith and Gerson came to New York City and Judith took the Fashion industry by storm, breaking taboos right and left, changing Fashion history forever. Judy was a phenomenon! New York was emerging as the new Fashion capital, and she was the only woman pattern maker in America. Her skills became highly sought after, and before long, she was hired by the finest lady’s couture designer in America, Nettie Rosenstein. Soon, Judith was running the entire Nettie Rosenstein handbag factory and designing the finest handbags made in America at the time. 

In 1963, when women were only just beginning to break down barriers to success in the workplace, Judith launched her own company, Judith Leiber Handbags, Inc.  Former Fashion Curator at The Museum of Arts and Design, Samantha De Tillio describes Judith as a “resilient, strong, ambitious Holocaust survivor, an immigrant entrepreneur: and a proto-feminist figure, because she was a go-getter businesswoman even before the women’s movement began.”

Judith became a successful entrepreneur, selling her handbags and minaudières in major department stores and fine boutiques across America.

Unlike many men of his time, Gerson said he was willing, even delighted to put his wife’s career first. He was a vital partner in the business, Judy’s “right hand”, while at the same time creating critically acclaimed prints and paintings using the Fashion World as his muse.  Gerson Leiber’s works of art are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum and The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, as well as other museums and private collections.

As one of the most incomparable and legendary handbag designers of all times, Judith Leiber inspired and empowered women with her iconic designs that are truly works of art. Her handbags were featured in the most esteemed fashion magazines such as Vogue, Women’s Wear Daily, Harper’s Bazaar, and others. In 1976 Judith won the COTY Award, the highest honor one could win in the field of fashion,  She was the first woman and the first accessories designer to ever win the award.

Laura Blum writes, “And the bag that earned Leiber her first Coty Fashion Award — cracking the male grip on fashion’s most prestigious prize — took a page from the Bauhaus. It’s as if Leiber painted with leather. And not just any hides would do: exotic species such as ostrich, alligator, karung snake and python regularly turn up in her menagerie.”      

Leiber was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award from the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 1993.  It was again the first time the award was ever given to a handbag designer. Her bags are in the collections of some of the greatest museums in the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, to name a few. 

“With her ability to make handbags from start to finish, she truly revolutionized the meaning of handbag craftsmanship in the U.S. Just about everything on her bags was done by hand, with a level of craftsmanship that has rarely been matched in the fashion world.”                                                                                       ~ Samantha De Tillio

Judith’s handbags have been declared objets d’art by Geoffrey Beene; and in the New York Times, Hilton Kramer, the paper’s former premier art critic, praised Gerson for his mastery and skill of composition and color. Harold Koda, former curator in charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, wrote: “…there is a beautiful resonance of aesthetic interests between Judith and Gerson, especially in their mutual love of brilliant color and rigorous structure.”

In 2005, Judith and Gerson opened The Leiber Collection in Springs and the museum and gardens continue to share their legacy and their extraordinary works of Art and Fashion. The Leibers’ desire for their Sculpture Garden to be a nexus for Art, Music, Performance, and an exchange of creative ideas continues on through our outdoor exhibitions and event series.

Judith and Gerson Leiber ~ Over The Top will feature Judith Leiber’s dazzling designs and Gerson Leiber’s fabulous Fashion prints and paintings.

To reserve timed tickets, click HERE.

Our 5th Annual Garden of Friends Exhibition

Our 5th annual Garden of Friends exhibition opening on Saturday, May 25 in the Leiber Sculpture Garden highlights exciting new work by some of the East End’s most talented artists, Monica Banks, Scott Bluedorn, Perry Burns, Philippe Cheng, Jennifer Cross, Eva Faye, Donna Green, Sandi Haber Fifield, Candace Hill Montgomery, Laurie Lambrecht, Jill Musnicki, Bastienne Schmidt, Sabina Streeter, Amy Wickersham and Almond Zigmund.

The idea for this outdoor exhibit was born to honor the spirit of Judith and Gerson Leiber and their permanent collection, always on display in the Sculpture Garden, which includes works by their friends and neighbors such as Bill King, Constantine Nivola, Hans Van de Bovenkamp, George Nama, Ronnie Chalif and others, and contemporary artists such as Margaret Garrett, Toni Ross, Chris Kelly, Bill Stewart and others.

The Garden of Friends embodies Judith and Gerson Leiber’s lifelong commitment to supporting the arts, and builds community through artist talks, workshops and special events.

To reserve timed tickets, click HERE.

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Come visit and enjoy!

The Museum and Sculpture Garden are open Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1 – 4PM and at other times by appointment.

To schedule Private or Group Tours please email info@leibercollection.org

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Susan Elizabeth Morrow

We are supporting our dear friend Susan Morrow’s Legacy Foundation in raising funds for ovarian cancer research and we hope you will join us!

A Promise Kept – The Susan Morrow Legacy Foundation Collection

For more information, click HERE.

To make a donation to the Susan Morrow Legacy Foundation, click HERE.

A Note from her Board members: “With overwhelming gratitude we thank all our donors and participants in helping us to support our philanthropic interests and goals. The foundation continues to support projects and programs that have a potential to make a difference in bettering the quality of others’ lives.

We are deeply grateful for the success of the recent auction of The Susan Morrow Legacy Foundation Collection. We are actively carrying out our endeavors to aide in the needs of more research for ovarian cancer.”

Gerson Leiber – Model in a White Gown

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In 2005, Gerson and Judith Leiber built a gallery to house their works of art and to chronicle their careers, offering an unparalleled retrospective of their creations over the past many decades.

The Leiber Collection, a magnificent Renaissance-styled Palladian structure, sits majestically in a sublime sculpture garden designed by Gerson Leiber. Considered by many to be the best-kept secret of the Hamptons, you are in for a real treat as you explore the exquisite jewel of a museum and meander through the charming and magical garden.

The Collection is open on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays from 1 – 4pm and at other times for private or group tours by appointment. Please email us at info@leibercollection.org for private tour reservations.



For more information phone (631) 329-3288 or email info@leibercollection.org.

The Leiber Collection is located at 446 Old Stone Highway in the East Hampton hamlet of Springs, New York. Click here for Directions.