why read a book when you can wear a book?

Way back in 2009, french designer Olympia Le-Tan launched her "You can't judge a book by its cover” collection, consisting of beautifully bound classic literature converted into clutch purses. 

The novel idea (pun intended) resulted in a unbelievably chic and sophisticated range, with an equally chic fan base. 

Not surprisingly, the popularity of the literal book-bags have influenced a handful of designers- from Kate Spade to indie craftsmen on Etsy- to create their own lit-inspired bags. 

Check out our favorite picks below and let us know if you can find a Lolita one anywhere!