The New Chick Lit…


I am absolutely in love with the rectangular clutches by Olympia Le-Tan.  Each cover is a hand-knit copy of a literary classic from Lolita to The Catcher in the Rye.  “I was thinking there were all these beautiful books around and they were being forgotten with everybody on the Internet, so I made it so that you can carry them around,” says Olympia.  I think it’s a brilliant idea and am seriously coveting the The Pearl edition below.  Which would you choose???



(via Beautiful Decay and

20 comments on “The New Chick Lit…

  1. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    The Kate Spade ones are super cute as well although it looks like there’s a bit of controversy over whether they stole Olympia’s creative vision. I like them both!
    XO Katie

  2. teenfashionista

    Definitely Catcher and the Rye. It’s cliched to say, but that book changed my life and it would be so great to carry it around with me everyday in clutch form.

  3. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Teen Fashionista — Isn’t it wild how one book profoundly affected so very many young people and continues to do so today?! I remember the first time I read it—talk about blowing your hair back! XO

  4. Brandi

    I absolutely love the idea of a book clutch…especially if it fits a book inside. I’m not sure if any one of these is quite right for me though — I think I’d slightly prefer a science book like Bell’s “Speakable and Unspeakable”. I like the way those words say something about the contents and about life.

  5. the NEO-traditionalist Post author

    Becca — You are too sweet to have thought of me! I have the new Real Simple sitting around here (I’m a proud subscriber!), but haven’t had a chance to look yet. How adorable are those elephants?! Thank you for sharing them! xoxo

    Brandi — A science book?! This is why I love you. You’re so your own person (and a fabulous one at that). I dreaded science classes in school (oh the doodles I drew in chem class…), but you make it so cool! You’re the best! XX

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