Does anyone remember the Kate Spade New York Journal Newspaper Clutch? The one that looked like a rolled up newspaper? It has been a little while since it was seen in the pages of fashion magazines. I remember the short-lived frenzy. Everyone seemed to want it, but it was sold out everywhere. Shortly thereafter, Kate Spade produced a variety of book clutches. Each accordion-style framed clutch depicted the designer’s own interpretation of some classic novels’ book covers. Cute? Yes! But it seems Kate Spade was not the first to produce a series of clutches designed to look like books. Olympia Le-Tan has been producing dust jacket-inspired clutches since 2009.
The quality of these clutches is just phenomenal! I cannot get over the detail! The exterior of each clutch is painstakingly hand embroidered. Rather than a whimsical reinvention, this designer bases the clutches on actual book covers for these classic novels. Just take a look at the two pictured here: The Catcher in the Rye and The Great Gatsby. Gorgeous! It’s as if they were actual books sitting in an old library and you just plucked them off the shelf. I absolutely love the look and design of these clutches. Rather than an accordion-style frame, these guys open up like cigar boxes. They are a little larger, about the size of a hard cover. I love the playful Liberty-print lining and gold tone hinged clasp. It is the attention to detail that sets these beauties apart. They truly are something to be treasured. They cost a bit more than Kate Spade’s versions, but I think they are definitely worth the investment!
Discover the Olympia Le-Tan Classic Novel Clutches at Net-A-Porter!