Kate Hogan
August 26, 2011 08:30 PM

Courtesy Judith Leiber; INset: David Livingston/Getty

Style maven that she is, newlywed Kim Kardashian couldn’t go bag-less on her big day. And with an over-the-top glam celebration, it was only fitting that her purse kept with the theme. So Judith Leiber, known for her creative crystal evening clutches, designed custom bags for the whole Kardashian clan.

“They were incredible,” Kardashian tells PEOPLE. The design process began with a call between the Leiber team and the mother of the bride, Kris Jenner, who shared her thoughts on color scheme and the overall look and feel to the custom bags.

Leiber decided to begin by updating the Judith Leiber crystal monogram bag with classic block letters (Kim’s read “kHk”) and a contrast border at the edge of each bag, punctuated by large square crystal at each corner to accent the clean graphic lettering.

In keeping with the tailored black-and-white theme of the monogrammed bags, they also developed a custom pattern for a second bag for the bride: a Kardashian wedding cake minaudiere. Leiber wrapped the cake in jet ribbons created by enameled bow ornaments and size-graduated jet crystal baguettes. They then added vintage oval onyx cabachons and small mother of pearl tiles from Leiber’s stone archive to create the geometric motif. The team hand painted the wedding cake bag for Kardashian and then spent one week hand placing the stones in their New York City design studio and atelier.

To finish the stunning clutches, Leiber included the signature “something blue” lining she uses in all her bridal collection handbags. The sparkling bags were unveiled to Kardashian, her bridal party and mom Jenner the Thursday night before the wedding at the rehearsal dinner. “It was so much fun and it was kind of the night where everyone gave their speeches and just really had a good time,” says the bride. Tell us: What do you think of Kardashian’s custom bags?

Courtesy Judith Leiber

–Jennifer Garcia


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