Clutch bags are a dime a dozen. Anyone can easily walk into a designer store and leave with a paper bag filled with elegant clutch bags of varying sizes, colors and finishes. Whether you want it miniscule or not, the likes of Prada, Chanel and Marc Jacobs are more than capable of filling that missing void in your bag arsenal. While a sleek and sexy clutch bag will be a perpetual essential, we at Fashion Glamour also have a soft spot for handmade artisanal pieces that beam with exquisite craftsmanship. Adored by fashion savants around the world for her literary-inspired handbags and minaudières, Olympia Le-Tan is one of those designers.
Catching our capricious fancy are two stunning embroidered clutch bags—the L’amore and Il Gattopardo handbags. Inspired by novels of the same titles, we’re lured in by the glorious hand-embroidery decorating the front cover. The L’amore design’s immaculate blend of sorbet pink, blue and yellow reminded us of spring bouquets. Meanwhile, the beloved novel of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa gets a striking translation courtesy of the vivid red background.
Although the designs appear to be easy to pull off since they essentially adopt novels’ cover arts, the effort it takes to create each piece by hand is what makes a Le-Tan piece covetable. A cut above the rest for its stunning attention to detail, we’re hoping to nab even just one of these two designs that retails for $1,880. While Net-a-Porter has already noted these two as sold-out, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that somewhere in France, artisans are working on delivering more of these designs.
Photos from Net-a-Porter