Koret

“Success is in the Bag!”

Koret, Inc.

NYC, USA, 1929-present 

 

Founder: Richard Koret who also established the National Authority for the Ladies' Handbag Industry (NALHI) in 1935.

 

Specialty: cool, whimsical, luxurious exotic skin handbags popular with rich and famous in the '50s-'60s.

 

Sold by: Jay Thorpe, Saks Fifth Avenue.

 

Signature features: extravagant travel bags and mallets, sophisticated daytime bags, sensible pocketbooks, generous totes, stunning evening alligator and crocodile handbags gleaming with gems and gilt.

 

Affiliation: Tresor, Inc, Koret USA, Koret Classics, Koret America.

 

Licensing arrangements: Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Hubert de Givenchy. Also known under the variant name of Koret Givenchy, Inc. After eight decades of successful history, the firm is still in operation.

 

Mark: Koret.

 

Illustration: Koret alligator clutch ad, Harper's Bazaar 1941. 

 

Read more in our book

 

Source: ©2010 Victoria Stowe "Exotic Skin Handbags: Alligator & Crocodile." All rights reserved.

 

Koret bags ad, Vogue April 15, 1938
Koret bags ad, Vogue April 15, 1938

Koret ad, Harper's Bazaar 1941
Koret ad, Harper's Bazaar 1941

Koret Mallette & Chest Bag c.1950s
Koret Mallette & Chest Bag c.1950s

Koret bags ad, Vogue April 15, 1938
Koret bags ad, Vogue April 15, 1938

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