On a glorious fall day, I took the class that takes my program Collecting Design, and went to the Hamptons on a one-day field trip. The first stop was a visit to the home and Collection of iconic handbag designer Judith Leiber in Amagansett. Judith, who was trained as a craftswoman in interwar Budapest has created a style in handbags that had been admired by such followers as Queen Elizabeth, Laura Bush, and Pat Nixon. She designed no less than 3,500 patterns in a long and rich career. Meeting the 93-year old Judith in person was a treat. She showed us her private collection of bags, ranged from the earliest black patent evening bag, which she created fifty years ago to the peacock jeweled piece of 2004, the last one she designed before retiring.