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