Some people get inspired by reading books, others, like Parisian fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan are inspired by their covers and go on to create iconic bags and clutches from them. The collection of clutches and bags are all handmade and limited to only 16 of each design with the ‘first edition’ handmade by Le-Tan herself. Starting off in 2010, Le-Tan featured such instantly recognisable book covers as The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger, 1984 by George Orwell, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemmingway. The first series of 21 bags were painstakingly recreated from the first edition novels and inspired by Le-Tan’s love of old books. The collection is appropriately titled, “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover,” and mostly uses vibrant book-covers from the 1940s and 50s.
Le-Tan says of her iconic clutches and bags, “I just felt that some of them were so amazing that they had to be turned into something even more special.” And each clutch is lovingly handmade out of “Liberty print lining, felt appliqué and silk thread for the embroideries, and colorful canvas for the base.” Whilst Le-Tan presented her collection at the Paris fashion week at the Galerie Véro-Dodat she commented, “I was thinking there were all these beautiful books around and they were being forgotten with everybody on the Internet, so I made it so that you can carry them around.”Le-Tan interned at Chanel after attending art school in Paris, and worked for seven years at Balmain before setting up her own label. Her bags and accessories are now available at many online stores including Net a Porter and are stocked at fashion emporiums such as 10 Corso Como in Milan, Browns in London and Colette in Paris. She is a favourite of many a Hollywood celebrity and her clutches have adorned the arms of such actresses as Natalie Portman, who carried her Lolita clutch to the Black Swan premiere in New York back in December 2011 and French actress Clemence Poesy, who was spotted carrying a Olympia Le-Tan ‘La Belle et la Bête’ box clutch to the “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1″ World Premiere in November 2010.
The bags retail at around €1,140.00 each and you can get more information by visiting Olympia Le-Tan’s official website.