While fashion and high IQ don’t necessarily mix, the Olympia Le-Tan vintage book clutches provide an amusing and whimsical, if not ironical, touch to the retail wear industry. Le-Tan’s You Cant Judge A Book By Its Cover collection was first launched in 2009 with each unique embroidered cover design having limited reproductions. Every clutch is handmade in France and lined with beautiful Liberty of London fabric. Actress Berenice Bejo was recently spotted with a red and gold Olympia Le-Tan La Femme Amoureuse book clutch at the 2012 amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS in Cannes, France:
Berenice Bejo at AmfAR’s Cinema Against Aids gala 2012 during the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival Cannes, France – May 24, 2012
A clutch designed to copy a book is nothing new, and has been done before. But what’s so special about those from Olympia Le-Tan is the fine craftsmanship: they are carefully made by hand, the cover designs intricately embroidered. Materials are canvas, a gold metal frame, embroidered felt and of course floral fabric from Liberty of London as interior lining. One design is limited to 16 copies, an identity number is stitched at the rear of the clutch.
An OLT book clutch fetches between $1400 to $1900, and a few designs are available online. I seriously think those who chose this bag has, at one time, read the classic novels (and developed a liking for them too)! So how about grabbing some professorial or librarian chic, anyone? Literature and fashion can go hand in hand after all! Here’s an affordable book clutch I recommend:
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