Olympia Le-Tan

Inspired by vibrant and old book covers, Olympia Le-Tan launched her You Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover collection in September 2009. Her love of literature was a passion she shared with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan, and her talent for embroidery was inherited from her grandmother. Each clutch is handmade in France, lined with beautiful Liberty of London fabric, and limited to only 16 pieces per design. I would love to own any of these incredible book bags –  it would look so lovely sitting on my bookshelf when I am not carrying it!


(images via Vogue.com & StreetFSNOlympia Le-Tan Book Clutches $1,1291-$1,502)

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  1. Love this bit of recycling, reusing and restyling.
    These are so lovely, and I see different versions of them at every art show in the summer in Toronto.
    They’re totally charming.

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  2. style-xyz wrote:

    wow, awesome idea!

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  3. OMG AMAZING Clutchs…I need one…are perfect =)

    =) ♥

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice weekend.

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  4. Candy wrote:

    I love these! I’ve been meaning to DIY these for so long now!

    xoxo
    Candy
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  5. christin wrote:

    i need one of these. so bad. i can’t.

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  6. january wrote:

    genuinely genius idea!
    january, x
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  7. Tabetha wrote:

    Lol I’m guessing the previous posters don’t realize that she has hand embroidered the clutch covers {not simply using a book cover}!
    What stunning work– I tried to learn how to embroider a long time ago, but other than being able to make simple flowers, I could never master the control and patience needed to do anything like this! Very beautiful!

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  8. Ría wrote:

    I love this idea! They are so cute!

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  9. Ola wrote:

    … perhaps a DIY idea? 🙂

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  10. Really beautiful, but really expensive, too!

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  11. Becca wrote:

    Completely amazing! I’d love to see them in person – the details look impeccably crafted.

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  12. natalia wrote:

    these are awesome!!
    ~Natalia

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  13. I’ve been sooooooo obsessed over these stylish book clutches. They’re definitely the kind of bag you can display. =)
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  14. Jessie wrote:

    these are great but ridiculously expensive. great idea though.
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com/

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  15. Amy wrote:

    These are too cute. I wish that they were more affordable – it makes me want to try a little DIY craft-time!

    xoxo,
    mon amy

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  16. I’d love to have that Cooking for two bag!

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  17. If only they weren’t so expensive! Well 1000$ are a lot of money for a student, especially when they will be spend to buy a bag! 😀 Well i have a hint if how to make such a clutch, i will try and i if i succeed i will inform you ladies!

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  18. The Cherryblossomgirl just did a post with the Lolita minaudiere! They are wonderful, aren’t they?

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  19. Lizzy wrote:

    Hello,

    French girl and definitely crazy about fashion I really do love Olympia Le Tan, I discovered her bag at Colette shop, but they are so expensive it’s just à dream!

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  20. Monique wrote:

    I’m utterly obsessed with these! I especially want the “Catcher in the Rye” & “The Great Gatsby” — a few of my all time fave literary pieces 🙂 I might just have to settle with carrying around hardcover versions, pretending they’re these gorgeous clutches!

    x Monique

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  21. francesca wrote:

    these are so damn cute!!!!! thanks for posting this. I want to find out more about her

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  22. These bags are beyond. I’m in love.

    Collections

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  23. @nerthus wrote:

    This is one of those rare pieces of art that truly shows a representation of women’s art, craft, and technology all rolled into one meaningful, useful, and beautiful object that gives a big ol’ cold stare to the art filtered through a patriarchal lens. LOVE it!!!!

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  24. cori wrote:

    these graphics are just phenomenal.

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  25. maria wrote:

    Nice pics!!!!!
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  26. Tammy wrote:

    These are great! I see a DIY with cigar boxes and felt covers. Shall we try?

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  27. ILoveDIY wrote:

    I saw these a few months back and made a book clutch DIY! mine is different, but inspired by this!

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  28. ILoveDIY wrote:

    Btw, my blog link is: madewith-luv.blogspot.com

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  30. Linda wrote:

    Why not carry a clutch made from a REAL book instead of the pricey designer clutches? http://www.etsy.com/shop/RokkiHandbags

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