Could upcycled book-purses be the next big eco-fashion it thing? That, I’m guessing, is what other green fashion bloggers wondered when they first saw the photos of Natalie Portman toting a “Lolita” book-purse at the premier of “Black Swan.”
Unfortunately, Natalie’s purse doesn’t appear to be upcycled. The “Lolita” book-purse is the branchild of French designer Olympia Le-Tan, whose handstitched versions of mid 20th-century novels are gracing fashion magazines and red carpets. As far as I can tell, Olympia’s book-purses are pretty — but not particularly eco-friendly.
Unless, that is, Olympia’s accessories inspire fashionistas to create their own versions of the book-purses via upcycling! After all, few can afford Olympia’s originals. Each made in a set of only 16, the purses cost $1,330 to $1,870 each at Opening Ceremony. The “Lolita” purses appear to have sold out despite the high price tag — but I’m guessing an inexpensive DIY upcycled option appeals more to MNN readers.