1984, Lord Jim, The Catcher In The Rye, The Pearl, The Pure and the Impure, and Le Rouge et Le Noir. Actress Chloe Sevigny requested a bag based on Moby Dick and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton commissioned a special order to commemorate Auntie Mame.
Naturally, one of the bags is especially dear to the book loving designer's heart: "The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter is my favorite book and my favorite bag." Le-Tan says the line was inspired by book jackets from the 1940's and 1950's, which she first saw in the library of her father, Pierre Le-Tan. In addition to being an avid book collector, Mr. Le-Tan is also the author of numerous picture books for children, and a renowned illustrator whose work has appeared in Vogue, Atlantic Monthly, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and The New York Times Magazine, as well as on the cover of The New Yorker.
Designer Le-Tan will produce only 16 copies of each title in her line. The rarity of these first editions is reflected in their wallet-draining price tags: each clutch retails for a cool $1500. One can only hope that the buyers who can spring for the bags might also shell out for the books that inspired them. And maybe even get past the covers.