why read a book when you can wear a book?

by ali hoffman

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!

Tan Book Purse, faux leather book bag with ringbinder attached flap, $44 @ Fred Flare

Kate Spade, 'Emma Book Clutch', $325 @ Kate Spade

ASOS, 'Book Club clutch', $43.10 @ ASOS