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 …

Tips from Ozzie Sweet’s 1958 book ‘My Camera Pays Off’

We apply the prolific commercial photographer's advice on taking better photos, 60 years later

Recently a friend of ours discovered, while cleaning out her mother’s storage unit, this 1958 book from prolific professional photographer Ozzie Sweet: “My Camera Pays Off.” It must have been quite useful to its former owner (her mother was an editor at a photography magazine) but after diving into Sweet’s hardcover ourselves, we also found that his advice on how to take great photos still …

Wild Life Press + Table of Contents

Alt culture publisher Steve Terry brings limited edition and one-off vintage books to the Portland concept shop

Steve Terry is the man behind Wild Life Press, an independent publisher that creates limited edition books (among other things, like a lookbook and even a flexi disc) working in close conjunction with the artist or subject. And by “close,” Terry doesn’t mean phone calls or emails—it involves, for example, sitting down in Ernie Glam’s apartment and going through boxes and boxes of more than …