Alligator-embossed leather clutch by La Bagagerie Jean Marlaix. Faux-tortoiseshell chain. Made in France, circa 1970. With a penchant for the opulent and the playful, Claudia Strasser, founder of The Paris Apartment, launched her career in 1993 with a boutique in NYC’s East Village filled with French boudoir furniture, accessories, and flea market finds that she reincarnated into sparkling treasures. Her book, The Paris Apartment: Romantic Decor on a Flea Market Budget was released in 1997. Today, among her myriad charmed design missions, Claudia leads small groups on shopping adventures through her beloved Paris.