Lurex, noun.


Lurex is a word that’s only been around since the 1940s, with unknown origin. It’s a type of yarn or fabric that incorporates a glittering metallic thread. (It’s also the name of a product that attracts, captures and kills mosquitoes, but that’s a whole ‘nother story). The authentic Gucci Scarlett Tote shown here is crafted in “GG” Lurex fabric with a sparkling metallic rose sheen and was made in a one-of-a-kind style with a feminine twist. It is also lot #153 in Auction Life’s Palm Beach Estate Finds & Spring Cleaning Auction planned for Saturday, May 7th.

The tote has a quite reasonable estimate of $300-$900. It’s one of several brand-name fashion accessories in the sale. Others include Chanel and Louis Vuitton. A little more about Lurex: it’s the registered brand name of The Lurex Company, Ltd. Lurex yarn is made from synthetic film, onto which a metallic aluminum, silver or gold layer has been vaporized. Lurex has been a popular material for movie and television costumes over the years. The bodysuit work by Julie Newmar as “Catwoman” on the ‘60s TV show Batman was constructed of black Lurex.