Olympia Le-Tan’s Japanese Book Clutches

Her SS16 collection—a tribute to Tokyo's Hotel Okura—embroiders Rashomon, Hokusai and Hello Kitty onto handbags

Paris-based, self-taught fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan has been creating covetable book-shaped clutches in small editions since 2009. Recreating everything from classics like Shakepeare’s “The Merchant of Venice” and William Golding’s “Lord of the Flies” to cookbooks and the more obscure and vintage, each intricately embroidered evening bag celebrates craftsmanship and literature—and brings to mind a time not-too-far-ago when people actually carried books. Most recently, Olympia …

Bukvy Multi-Purpose Bags

A tote, backpack, laptop bag and handbag all in one from the Swedish design duo

“It started with an idea of the ultimate bag. One bag in many forms evolving as life does,” say Joanna Bark and Elena Ekström, founders of the Bukvy, whose multi-purpose bag doesn’t sacrifice aesthetics. The two designers knew each other as children and used to dream up the ultimate survival bag. “It needed to flat, able to contain a milkshake, be usable in space and …

MYR Studio’s “Rain Series” Accessories

Crafted from Tärnsjö skins, Johanna Landis' handbags are at the forefront of contemporary Swedish leather goods

Most people would rather stay inside on a gloomy gray day; Swedish designer Johanna Landin, on the other hand, found her brilliant idea in the middle of a drizzle. Observing the patterns that rain makes as it falls on concrete, Landin discovered an aesthetic arrangement that would eventually become the driving concept behind her first-ever handbag collection. Using water-based leather dye, Landin hand-stains four different …