Giuliana Cohen Camerino (1920 – 2010) was an Italian fashion designer who founded the Roberta di Camerino fashion house in Venice in 1945, the only major Italian fashion brand to be based in the historic seafaring and trading city. The label is principally known for its velvet handbags, though it has also produced womenswear and shoes. Her cut-velvet bags featured brass hardware made by Venetian craftsmen, and were carried by celebrities such as Grace Kelly, Farrah Fawcett, and Elizabeth Taylor. Roberta di Camerino was a woman who changed her destiny through her passions, a genius, who was capable to develop a great business from a hand-made bag and an artist, whose friends were Salvador Dalì, Giorgio de Chirico, Andy Warhol, Christian Dior and Coco Chanel.
Camerino won a Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1956 in recognition of the success and influence of her handbags.
Measures approximately 11 inches wide, 7.5 inches tall, and 3.75 inches deep. Handle height 4 inches.
Leather strap, bands, and interior. One zipper silky/satin lined compartment with the iconic brass “R” that dangles from the zipper pull. Another small compartment with the gold lettering on the outside that reads: “Robert di Camerino – Made in Italy”.
Mid to late 20th century with velvet, leather, and brass hardware.
Beautiful vintage condition with mild signs of wear.