Given the perfect coordination typical of Mrs. Kempner's approach to dressing, it is a surprise to find that she was indifferent to handbags. And, while the number of shoes in her wardrobe is substantial, it is clear that shoes and bags played a lesser supporting and somewhat expendable role in Mrs. Kempner's arsenal of style. However, even among these more prosaic collections are a number of designs of notable originality and exceptional creativity.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Marking: a,b) [label] "VALENTINO / COUTURE / MADE IN ITALY"
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," December 12, 2006–March 4, 2007.
de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. "Nan Kempner: American Chic," June 16, 2007–November 11, 2007.