I will admit to not fully understanding how the Marc Jacobs website works (People kept saying that they were having a 70% off sale yesterday but everything looked like it was full priced to me? What?), and the fact that Jacobs is using it to sell Olympia Le-Tan Book Clutches is just another thing about it that confuses me. I can’t think of another major high-end brand that sells things that aren’t actually its own products on its website.

Which means that as soon as I saw the clutches, I was ready to write a post about how Jacobs was the latest designer to jump on the book clutch bandwagon, but instead, it looks like the brand is using its huge reach to support an independent designer. Kind of a refreshing move, right?

Olympia was the originator of the book-clutch concept, and her items are made in small batches at the company’s Paris studio. Le-Tan tends to choose edgier or darker works than the equally well-known Kate Spade book clutches, and instead of a laminated finish, these clutches are embroidered. Each of these titles comes in limited runs of 16 pieces, so if you have the cash and any of these books are an old favorite (AHEM, TRUMAN CAPOTE), think about picking one up as a Christmas present from you, to you. Buy through Marc Jacobs for $1500.

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  • susan

    Nice but a litle too much for my blood.

  • Alexandra Davidoff

    Great gift for fashion concious book worms.

  • Dana

    Maybe in another 10 years… Good looking clutches though.

  • Nadia

    They’re kinda like novelty items lol no pun intended, I wouldn’t buy it for myself, but it’d make a great gift for the right person

  • AW

    An interesting thought and certainly different but the price is a bit steep for what is essentially a novelty item :(

    • Sil

      yeah, i had no idea they were so expensive!
      but i guess they’re just for collectors

  • katia

    I don’t know! love the idea, don’t know if i would wear it! Probably i would i like different things

  • Alexandra

    I love the idea of these but the price is a little too steep.

  • 19yearslater

    The Kate Spade ones are cuter. These look home made.

  • Jennifer A.

    It’s still going on for FW11! Here’s the email with the code: http://enote.mjin.tl/#121611. And I did not realize quite how expensive those Le-Tan clutches were. I can imagine they’re time consuming to embroider, but probably anyone who really embroiders could make one IMO.

  • Dana

    this combines my two loves in life: books and purses but unfortunately its too expensive! i’ll just have to settle with dreaming about it

  • Kathryn

    Very cute. But even though I’m a bookworm, it’s a little expensive for the design/material.

  • Jennie

    Whimsical but too expensive!

  • Alice

    this idea is not new maybe was Kate Spade who created them first (I love Kate spade she is the best bag-designer in the us!!!)

  • http://www.fashionfanatic.nl/

    I just wrote a blogpost about these awesome glasses i found from Marc Jacobs.. think I’m one of the most sincere MJ fans ;)

    Ps I really like you blog!


  • Shereen

    I much prefer the Kate Spade book clutches. More whimsy and better selection of “books”

  • Random, I know, but J.Crew sells Quoddy shoes, Fenton/Fallon jewelry, Authier, Belstaff, Aigle riding boots, Mackintosh coats, Globe-Trotter luggage, Comme Des Garcons, and other non-Crew items on their website. As you can see, they tend to partner with more elevated brands.