"At the beginning people didn’t really know what they were," explains Olympia Le-Tan, "is it a book? A box? Oh it’s a bag!" Once a cause of intrigue, now the Paris-raised designer’s unique book clutches are instantly recognisable and coveted the world over by A-listers and stylish bibliophiles alike.
A fusion of Olympia’s two "obsessions", embroidery and literature, the charming clutches see the designs for real book covers hand-embroidered and wrapped around a box frame, so as to look like the bearer is carrying a book rather than a bag.
Spotted on the red carpet soon after the designer set up her eponymous label in 2009, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams and Clémence Poésy were early admirers, while Man Repeller’s Leandra Medine continues to build on her collection. And collector’s items they are, for each design is produced in a very limited edition and – like a good book – will transcend trends.
The ultimate party piece, and one that will look equally good on your dressing table, start your collection today.