Olympia Le-Tan with her handmade book-like minaudières made of cut-out pieces of felt and stitched to create a three dimensional version of first edition books like Lolita, For Whom The Bell Tolls and Madame Bovary.
Olympia Le-Tan has led an arguably interesting life, the daughter of a famed French Illustrator Pierre Le-Tan she started working for Karl Lagerfeld in the Chanel offices at 19 and seven years later went on to Balmain where she has Claudia Schiffer wear a t-shirt reading “Balmain Bitch”, Olympia was promptly fired. Around the same time she launched a line of handbags under her own name and also started to DJ at events for Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Purple Magazine’s after show parties.
Fast forward to 2009, Le-Tan launched her first collection of bags titled “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover”. Meticulously hand stitched with the finest felt sourced from all over Europe these delightful little gems have quickly become a crowd favorite and are consistently sold out but in case you are feeling spendy we managed to find a few rogue pieces at Opening Ceremony.
Scroll down to see a selection of her gorgeous book bags and watch Olympia in action at her Paris studio making the bags, explaining the design process and celebrate the launch in 2009.
Images VIA Olympia Le-Tan