Anyone who knows me knows:I am passionate about books. Not only by the infinite possibilities that your pages bring me, for all the doors open and open me in me, but I also got for them a “carnal love”, I love the book as object, a physical relationship.
A few years ago, when I met the work of English-French designer Olympia Le-Tan, I was swept away, hard to see their book-clutches and just do nothing.
According to opelikafashion.com, olympia is the daughter of Peter Le-Tan, one of the most renowned French illustrators. His father is also a famous collector, with special interest in books. Having grown up surrounded by them, it is not surprising that they have become a strong reference to your creations. Have the talent for embroidery, Olympia would have inherited from your grandmother.
The collections have few pieces, which are numbered on the back. Each bag is stitched and embroidered by hand with exquisite finish. Four of his inspirations: the old covers of classic literature, the pin-ups such as Betty Page, the illustrations of your father and your grandmother’s style.
Olympia was born in London and grew up in Paris. Its formation is enviable: studied at the ArtSchool and passed by Chanel, working with Karl Lagerfeld. Then, by Balmain, working with Gilles Dufour.
Among his customers, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Tilda Swinton and Clémence Poésy who bet on book-clutches of Olympia to passages by praised red carpet.
The film director Spike Jonze also charmed by the exchanges of Olympia and asked a reproduction of the classic “The Catcher in the Rye” by j. d. Salinger. In return, Olympia has proposed to make a short film together, the wonderful “Mourir Auprès de Toi” (“Die by your side”), which took about a year and a half to get ready, and more than 3000 pieces of felt, all handmade by her, would have been used. The film was directed by Jonze and Simon Cahn, and scripted his own Olympia.
The stop motion was set in charming bookstore “Shakespeare & Co” in Paris (best case scenario there could be) and tells the story of two literary characters who fall in love. It’s beautiful and fun (wait for the end credits), one of my favorite shorts of all time (also for the great trail). Practically a “Toy Story” of the books (everything happens at night when the store is empty and the books come out to “play”).
To learn more about Olympia and Peter-Le Tan, read the article “Like Father, Like Daughter”, published in the New York Times in February 2013.
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