Kate Spade’s ‘Book of the Month’ clutch bag: bringing new meaning to the term “book bag”

Well, it’s about time we bookworms were recognised by the fashion world, isn’t’ it?

Kate Spade’s Book of the Month Clutch isn’t actually a book: it just looks like one, with its laminated silk twill sides styled to look like an old-fashioned library book (you can choose from Great Expectations, The Great Gatsby and The Importance of Being Earnest). The ultimate in so-called “geek-chic”, all you’ll need is a pair of cat’s eye glasses for that perfect, book nerd look. Oh, and you’ll also need $325, which is more than even we’ve ever had to pay in library fines, and that’s saying something.

Like it? We do, but the collection hasn’t been without it’s share of controversy, with some commentators feeling the idea has been rather too blatantly inspired by Olympia Le-Tan’s beautiful embroidered book clutches, some of which can be seen under the jump:

9 Comments

  • July 28, 2010

    Andrea

    I absolutely adore these! As a little literature nerd, these are absolute love. Thanks for posting!

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  • July 28, 2010

    Julija

    the idea is cute, but I prefer magazine bags 🙂 http://www.asos.com/Paparazzi/Paparazzi-Fiona-Flower-Hard-Clutch/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1081570&SearchQuery=paparazzi&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=20&sort=-1&clr=Pink
    one friend of mine actually thought it was a magazine 😀

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    • July 28, 2010

      The Fashion Police

      Ah, we featured those a couple of years ago – I like them too, although I’d be interested to see them in person!

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    • July 28, 2010

      Katie

      A friend of mine took one of these to her prom- it looked so cool, and utterly original 🙂

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  • July 28, 2010

    Rebecca

    Yeah, this is much better than things I usually hear described as “geek chic” (cheap satchel bags covered in space invaders and Nintendo shirts for example), and I do so love a little Fitzgerald. Also, I think Oscar Wilde would approve!

    I still probably wouldn’t carry one though. Heck, I’m always carrying an actual book around. (fun side note- walking home at night tonight in my tall heeled boots, reading while I walked, stepped in a muddy puddle-filled ditch, fell on my belly. Classy).

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  • July 28, 2010

    kookakicha

    I love books and these would look so well when added to my collection!

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  • July 29, 2010

    Sonya

    As someone completely addicted to books and reading, I ADORE these! Now, I’m just going to have to save up enough money to buy one of these.

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  • July 29, 2010

    Natasha

    I love these but they’re a bit expensive for something that is essentially a novelty bag.
    The Literay Book Company does something similar and much cheaper.
    http://www.theliterarygiftcompany.com/book-handbag—george-herbert-985-p.asp

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  • July 29, 2010

    Trix

    pretty sure I saw this idea on etsy a long time ago…

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