Wicker Las Vegas Casino-Motif Purse. 1960s. Maker: Faye Mell. Natural wicker purse with cloth front encased in plastic. Behind the plastic are matchbooks from old Las Vegas casinos. It also has miniature playing cards, a fake ten-dollar bill and a tiny roulette wheel. Rhinestones, sequins and brass hardware complete the look. Tag says "Handmade Exclusive Faye Mell Design Fleurette, Inc. Miami, FLA."
Faye Mell Designs by Fleurette of Miami is one of my very favorite designers of the mid-century. I was surprised to learn, via the website Findagrave.com, that Faye Mell moved from Florida to Los Angeles, very near me, in her later years. I'm disappointed that I was never able to interview this talented lady, who passed away in 2010, but glad to know that she received a nice tribute on this page.
Here’s my purse in natural wicker.
I also have a variation of it in brown wicker.
And black wicker.
Let’s not forget the gold lamè.
Did I mention I have TWO in gold lamè?
Don’t hate. It’s not nice.