Nifty clutch purses based on book jackets

My mom always called her handbags pocketbooks and the term seems charmingly applicable here. Check out these nifty clutch purses based on book jackets. You can find them online at a variety of venues from high-end offerings to Etsy.

The Catcher in the Rye bag and the The Heart is a Lonely Hunter bag are both from Olivia Le-Tan’s “You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” collection. Dazed Digital reports:

As her father was an avid book collector, Olympia Le-Tan grew up in a house where the walls were covered in beautiful books, sparking off her own passion to collect old novels herself. She was inspired by the first edition covers of her favourite classics such as ‘The Catcher in The Rye’, ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, ‘Moby Dick’, ‘1984’, Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’, ‘The Misfits’, as well as a selection of police novels by French author Georges Simenon. There are 21 different book covers, all limited editions of 16 pieces (her lucky number). Ironically named after the Bo Diddly song, the collection is titled “You Can’t Judge a Book by Its Cover”.

Read more here.

What book cover would you like to see or have as a handbag?

I wouldn’t mind having this one as a clutch,

or, even better (!) this one,

Thoughts of purses, pocketbooks and handbags have inspired the following poem:

the reticule observes:
Annette Marie Hyder

dangling by cords of silk or leather straps
studded, zipped or snapped
i’m happiest when
my mouth holds secrets and my belly is fat

Here’s one of my handbags based not on a book, but on an album cover and vinyl record:

Jim Morrison looks at you broodingly from the front — and the back is The Doors Greatest Hits album.

Links of interest:

Nancy Drew clutches at Etsy
Origin of the word pocketbook
Bookcover archive blog
Readerville Journal: Most Coveted Covers
Poem with a drawstring purse in it
Capacious Hold All