Yea or Nay: Olympia Le-Tan ‘A Girl In Every Port’ Bags

Posted on March 26, 2014

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    • Evan

      The book ones are really cute, but not for the price I’m guessing they’re sold at.

    • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

      Didn’t she do these kind of bags before? Or is this her schtick? Either way they’re too twee and one note.

    • Constant Reader

      I would happily carry that Leonard Bernstein one, but holy cow! As Evan pointed out, that 7-inch bag is $1500 bucks (and sold out at one site I looked at).

      • charlotte

        In that case…Goodbye and thanks for all the fish!

        • Constant Reader

          I love you for the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference!

        • RL McGruder

          I love you for that reference too – so much so that I didn’t upvote you in hopes of keeping that number at 42!

    • kimmeister

      Yea. Not for a formal occasion, but totally fun.

      Meanwhile, I’ll continue pondering how the last name Le looks goofy when you hyphenate it.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      The bags with handles look like portable record players. Gorgeous!

      • maxxman

        I was thinking lunch boxes.

    • Vegas Girl

      I actually prefer Kate Spade’s book clutches. I think the leather looks a little more polished.

      • Kate4queen

        I have one of the Kate Spade one’s and it is very nicely made indeed. :) But I still covet these too. :)

    • http://urban-gypsy.com/ Tess Danesi

      Yay to the book clutches, nay to the lunchbox looking things (unless you’re between the ages of 3 & 12).

      • Constant Reader

        i would actually like them better if they were lunchbox-sized instead of tiny. But my inner kindergartner already comes out to play far too often, I think.

    • Pennymac

      Yay to these! They are silly and fun. The pricing is ridiculous, though.

    • MemHey

      Buy the real book that an etsy seller has turned into a clutch! Or carry the real book and pretend it’s a clutch.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Or just carry the book and read it. :)

    • ChelseaNH

      As accessories? Not so much. As objects that need to exist in this world? Oh yes. Especially the Fancy Free bag.

    • Sarah

      I like these, because I’m a Navy brat, and all this stuff speaks to my seafarer’s daughter upbringing. I also support anything that is made to look like a book. I would, however, never carry any of these, because they are Twee, and I’m a grungier sort, who is mean to bags and gets them dirty.

      • somebody blonde

        Personally, I imagine myself owning only one of these, which I use only on very special, dressy occasions. But I don’t have enough money to even really imagine it.

    • MilaXX

      YEA! They’re cute

    • LeelaST

      Too Twee by far. And on the PETA side – should anyone be featuring whale hunting?

    • Lex

      I have to say that I kind of love these. Boho chic whimsy! Yes please!

    • Trickytrisha

      Kind of bewildering. Nice to look at but to actually use? Doubt it.

    • demidaemon

      I am going to say NAY based on the cheapness of it all.

      • sojourneryouth

        I don’t really understand the aesthetics of these bags. I literally have no frame of reference for their “style”, other than just generally old-fashioned. I usually like offbeat items, but literally all of these leave me cold as handbags. Kitschy kitchen or bathroom decorations, sure, but handbags–NAY!

        • demidaemon

          I think they were going for some sort of cross-stich effect, but when you are paying hundreds to thousands of dollars for a bag you could have payed twenty bucks to do yourself, there is a major problem.

    • MK03

      For the obscene prices these will probably go for, I expect something nicer than craft-store felt cutouts.

    • helene

      i think these are stunning. as someone said below, i wouldn’t want the whalehunting or hemingway deep sea fishing one, but other than those, they are really beautiful. wish i had the bucks to buy a bunch!

    • littlemac8

      Yea! I’m a sucker for anything book-related. Also love the round caviar purse. Would love to own one of these and leave it lying around artfully!

    • Susan Velazquez

      These are so cute but I could totally DIY this if I found the right Pintrest board.

    • quiltrx

      WANT that Mariner’s Compass one in the small pics. And someone to buy it for me.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Yes, that one is the best,

    • BlairBear

      I say yea because I believe they repurpose old books so I think that is pretty cool and they look kinda cool. So they may not be practical or easy to style but I think they are cool

    • Lori

      Yea. I want several of these.

    • clatie

      These are cute but I am a grown woman. NEXT.

    • Heather

      I like the books and the Leonard Bernstein one. Obviously not for myself, since i don’t have$1,500, but for famous people… yeah.

    • marlie

      These are really cute! Hopefully they’ll be executed correctly on the runway. And when I hit the lottery, I might have to get one of them.

    • Jacob Bowen

      LOVE the book clutches, and LOVE some of the ones with handles!

    • BLauD

      Really love them.
      As a grown woman, I like a little whimsy and nerdiness added into an otherwise serious look.

    • nowlo

      13-year-old me would have loved these

    • Tricia

      Amazing. I want that Virginia Woolf one NOW.

      • somebody blonde

        That’s the one I want too.

      • StarburstLady

        Me too! I have a copy of the book with that exact cover, in fact!

    • Cassidy Olsen

      Adorable and could probably work with an outfit if deployed correctly! Give me the pink a de la cote one and the round one with the fish, please.

    • Kate4queen

      ooh!!

    • another_laura

      Nay. Way too twee, even for a person who can appreciate some nautical fiction.

    • Pablo

      Yay to everything about this

    • zenobar

      Many sailors in my family, so I have a fondness for them all. But – where is “How To Avoid Huge Ships” by John W. Trimmer? Because that’s a cautionary treatise worth commemorating.

      • formerlyAnon

        Heh.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      YES PLEASE ALL. I just got an adorable new pair of sperrys for my birthday (the leather is embossed with little anchors!) and I could use an adorably nautical handbag to go with it. Alas, moneys.

    • SewingSiren

      Ilovethem.

    • Truthiness2U

      Love them, want them. One doesn’t have to pull a full-out Zooey Deschanel and ManicPixieDream girl their entire outfit, including one of these. I think they could be a nice pop of colour/whimsy to an outfit.

    • suzq

      I want them all. The embroidery is exquisite. I love them more than the sequined versions she did before.

    • SophieCollier

      YEA and I want a few. That compass rose one, for starters…

    • jif

      Yay to all of them. <3

    • NMMagpie

      LOVE

    • m3grrl

      Whale hunting as fashion? Not so much.

    • ankali

      I like the idea, but some of these (especially the lunchbox ones) are just ugly. Yea-ish?

    • somebody blonde

      YEA! So adorable!

    • Qitkat

      I love them. The illustrations are so witty and colorful. But I would probably create my own.

      • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

        What you said.

    • formerlyAnon

      Mild yea. There are several I think are clever or cute, but they’re not my style in a hand bag. I know people who’d love them. No one I know can afford them, but there are lots of people out there who can, I suppose.

    • Judy_S

      I look at this array and think, my, she has been busy, hasn’t she? Look at all she’s done! Can I have one to put up on the refrigerator?

    • http://Reneesance.etsy.com Reneesance

      I rather lust after the compass rose purse.

    • OffToSeeHim

      There used to be a BK, don’t know if she’s still around, that did this and did it better.

    • BayTampaBay

      NAY! Let ‘um go down with the ship.

    • MarissaLG

      YEA. Cute, silly & fun.

    • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

      I LOVE.

    • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

      As a lifetime purse addict and crafter, it delights and angers me to see these pieces. Delights because it’s wonderful to see these kinds of things finally considered High Fashion. It enrages me that it took so long for High Fashion to stop looking down its nose at the ‘handmade’ look and that they’re too expensive to own by 99% of the people who would love and use them. Kittens, if you want to see how to make them inexpensively or find folks who do, they are out there.

    • lalahartma

      Nay.

    • mcbishop

      Yea.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Um, how shall I say this?

      Fuck no.

      Yeah, that sums it up.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Nay. This stuff has been on Etsy for quite some time, and Kate Spade has been doing the books for a while now too.

    • save_the_hobbit

      Gorgeous, I love them. I like when high-end stuff actually looks like it required work to make.

    • crash1212

      YAY. Lots of YAY here.

    • tereliz

      I usually like book clutches, but these aren’t doing it for me. The round ones, however, I JUST LOVE, especially the one with the pink fish and the compass rose. In.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Totally Yeah! Though I wish the material were leather instead of fabric, because it is easier to keep clean.

    • Colleen

      I want every single one of these!

    • kategs

      Oh I like these, especially the round one with the tiny fish!

    • RescueMe23

      I’ll pass.

    • Clash D

      On the right girl with the right styling, this could be really cute.

    • http://jahnapeloquin.tumblr.com Jahna Peloquin

      One of each, please? They’re so very Wes Anderson

    • kmc1138

      I actually really love these bags, but I think their price tags would be steep even for hand embroidered items, which I am guessing (literally guessing, was too lazy to google and find out) they are not. I look to these more as inspiration for a DIY bag (because unlike most fashion, a DIY here could be at least comparable and at most much more personal and fun).

    • Imasewsure

      The right edgy ladystars could make these work. Yes they are juvenile but I like them! YEA

    • conniemd

      Yea. Off the beaten path for sure, but what a great vibe to be carrying one of them.

    • Gatto Nero

      I’m not big on whimsy, but I really like these.

    • JP

      If I could get a custom book cover one, I’d totally dig it.

    • willworktomorrow

      LOVE. For smart girls who love fashion.

    • Dagney

      cute, though inching toward Pinterest/Etsy. Petsy!

    • Joyce VG

      Take my money!

    • Zeee

      I LOVE these. The one with the little pink fishies is my favorite.

    • DLJoe

      The look like extremely well made craft purses. Very nice, but not at all worth the designer price tag.

    • Jean Beaton Leavitt

      These would be a good investment

    • semirose

      Look at that etsy realness

    • crashtestbonnie

      I loathe Hemingway in general and TOMATS in particular, but damn me if I don’t covet that clutch!

    • Farthingale

      Is “Something About A Sailor” a vintage instruction manual of hooking?

    • Anplica Fiore

      I’ll take one of each, thank you!

    • Danielle

      YES YES YES YES YES YES YES

    • http://cheekypinky.wordpress.com cheekypinky

      *grabbyhands*

    • lesmaha

      So cute!!

    • QB.

      magazine noemelia.