"Fashion-Tailored Exotic Handbags"
NYC, USA, '40s-'70s
Address: 10 East 34th Street, NYC.
Specialty: classic alligator and crocodile satchels and exotic skin shoulder handbags sold at Franklin Simon, Arnold Constable, Bonwit Teller, Saks Fifth Avenue, and B. Altman & Co.
In 1961, the National Authority for the Ladie's Handbag Industry (NALHI) announced the merger of Lesco, Ltd. with Lona company. The new firm, Lesco Lona, Inc. (136 Madison Ave, NYC) sold their casual bags at Altman & Co., Gimbels, Franklin Simon, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Illustration: Lesco lizard handbags ad, Vogue 1949.
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