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Olympia Le-Tan’s Clutch Is a Splurge-Worthy Gift For the Cat-Loving Literati

The designer’s customizable “Love Cats” clutch is limited edition so act meow.

by Avery Felman
May 3, 2022
the olympia le-tan pink clutch next to a cup of coffee
Olympia Le-Tan

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The Venn Diagram for “cat people” and “book people”? It’s pretty crowded in the middle. That’s why the latest clutch designed by book devotee, friend to animals, and fan of the cat motif, Olympia Le-Tan, is both genius and inevitable.

Made from hand-embroidered silk thread and felt appliqué, her accessories are held together by a brass frame that make for a delicate, hand-crafted piece of art durable enough to use for years. That is, if you don’t just want to mount it on your wall. (Each one is printed with its own limited-edition number.) Le-Tan, who cut her teeth at Chanel and Balmain, comes with cool-girl cred, too — her literature-inspired clutches have been worn by such style icons as Chloe Sevigny, Elizabeth Olsen, and Reese Witherspoon.

The millennial pink clutch’s pithy cover, which reads “Why I love cats more than people” seems to be the Le-Tan family aphorism. Olympia’s sister Cleo Le-Tan runs New York’s first animal-centric bookshop, Pillow-Cat Books, and their father, Pierre Le-Tan, is a renowned French illustrator of children’s books — often featuring pets in his stories.

Notably, this latest design is described as just the first volume in what will hopefully become a long, fruitful line of clutches for cat lovers.

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Avery, editor at The Wildest, and her cat, Chicken

Avery Felman

Avery is an editor at The Wildest. She has written for numerous publications, including Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and V Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her fiancé and cat, Chicken, and has high hopes that one of them will let her adopt a dog.