Dispatches | September 17, 2010

French fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan, formerly of Chanel, feared that her favorite literary classics were being forgotten because of the Internet so she decided to turn them into clutch-style purses or “literapurses” as they are being called. The collection, “You Can’t Judge a Book By Its Cover,” includes sixteen first-edition cover designs of such literary classics as Lord Jim, Moby Dick, The Catcher in the Rye, and For Whom the Bell Tolls. The covers are hand-knitted and embroidered with silk thread over finely crafted Italian leather and lined with liberty-patterned fabric.

Stocking your shelves with Le-Tan’s handiwork will set you back about $1,500 a clutch, almost as much as a first edition.

You can take a look at her handiwork at www.olympialetan.com