Olympia Le-Tan

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 January, 2012, 12:00am


Who started it? As the daughter of French illustrator and bibliophile Pierre Le-Tan, Olympia has been around creative individuals her whole life. Her debut into fashion was a prestigious one, when she won an internship under Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel, and went on to take an apprenticeship with Gilles Dufour at Balmain.

While working with Dufour at his own label, Le-Tan began designing a line of accessories and launched an independent career with an eponymous label of French-made handbags and minaudieres.

Why we love it: for her first line, Le-Tan took inspiration from literature and, in 2009, created a collection called 'You can't judge a book by its cover'. She embroidered the covers of her favourite classic novels, creating a small range of 'book clutches' that she first distributed among friends and sold in small boutiques.

In a world of iPads and Kindles, the playful nostalgia of the book-cover aesthetic struck a chord. Le-Tan's book clutches have been pictured on the red carpet, held by the likes of Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman and Clemence Poesy. All the book clutches and handbags are handmade and wrapped in cotton canvas with silk embroidery, appliqu? and floral-print lining.

What we'd pick: our favourites are the dark green and pink Madame Bovary clutch (top; HK$13,999) and we love the kitsch retro vibe of the Good Housekeeping's Cooking for Two version (centre; HK$13,999). If books are not your style, try the milk carton handbag with gold metal clasp (right; HK$9,699). Olympia Le-Tan is available at I.T, Ice House Street, Central, tel: 2147 5077.