It was an afternoon of shopping and eating for New York’s lunching ladies, who came out to bid on their favorite handbags at the third annual Purses and Pursenalities Luncheon at the Metropolitan Club.

The event, which benefited the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club, also honored handbag designer Monica Botkier, Badgley Mischka’s Mark Badgley and James Mischka, and Judith Leiber, recipient of the Living Legend Award.

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Handbags ranging from a Tory Burch clutch to a Tod’s python messenger bag were on silent auction. Some pieces, like a green Hermès waist bag, generated several bids, and some had none. After an hour of socializing and shopping, the group moved into a ballroom for lunch and the awards presentation.

“What a fantastic crowd, the checks must have been mailed before the events of last week,” joked accessories designer Eric Javits, the emcee.

Javits presented the honorees with their awards, which took the shape of painted portraits of handbags made by the members of the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club.

“I am very happy to be here and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to continue what I started and make it even more beautiful,” Leiber said.

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