The Leopard Book Clutch
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THE LEOPARD BOOK CLUTCH
a product of Olympia Le-Tan
An iconic book clutch with brass frame and hardware. Hand embroidered cotton canvas with silk thread and wool felt appliqués. Liberty print lining.
Limited and numbered edition: 06/16
Dimensions: 140 x 200mm
Olympia Le-Tan is a self-taught fashion designer. She was born in London and raised in Paris. She started her career at the Chanel design studio with Karl Lagerfeld then went on to Balmain where she worked closely with Gilles Dufour who then created his own brand with Olympia by his side.
In 2009, she launched her eponymous accessories label, combining her two obsessions, embroidery (a talent she inherited from her grandmother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières.
If you've read this classic piece of work by Giuseppe di Lampedusa, you can now wear it on you.
The Leopard (1958) by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa chronicles the changes in Sicilian life and society during the Risorgimento. It speaks about the struggle between mortality and decay, abstraction and eternity.
Published posthumously in 1958 by Feltrinelli, after two rejections by the leading Italian publishing houses Mondadori and Einaudi, it became the top-selling novel in Italian history and is considered one of the most important novels in modern Italian literature. In 1959, it won Italy's highest award for fiction, the Strega Prize. In 2012, The Observer named it as one of the 10 best historical novels.