It may have been Natalie Portman carrying her ‘Lolita’ clutch on the red carpet and Clémence Poésy attending the Harry Potter premiere holding a ‘La Belle et la Bête‘ book bag, both by designer Olympia Le-Tan back in 2010 that sparked this cute schoolbook turned clutch trend, but I think it’s just heating up now.
Olympia Le-Tan’s unique and trendy schoolbook clutch collections combine her two obsessions, embroidery and literature to create her one of a kind handbags, in very limited editions of 16 purses each, but at $1,711 a pop, hopping on this trend will likely leave you homeless. But alas, I have found tons of schoolbook clutches made from real books, often with cool vintage bindings, that are budget friendly, unique, make perfect gifts, or give your party look a pop of intellectual whimsy.
27 Schoolbook Clutches 1 of 22
Olympia Le-Tan Schoolbook Clutches 2 of 22
The original trend-setters, these embroidered schoolbook clutches by Olympia Le-Tan are to die for... but slightly out of budget.
OLYMPIA LE-TAN COTTON TRAVEL BOOK CLUTCH $1,711 at Luisaviaroma
OLYMPIA LE-TAN COTTON SCHOOLBOOK CLUTCH $1,711 at Luisaviaroma
OLYMPIA LE-TAN SIDDHARTA COTTON BOOK CLUTCH $1,711 at Luisaviaroma
Book Clutch Purse — Dictionary 3 of 22
I love the green color and copper details of this book clutch made from the book "Pictorial Webster's A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities."
Book Clutch Purse- Dictionary (With compact pocket mirror) $155 at Etsy
The Wild Things Book Clutch 4 of 22
Beautiful hollowed "The Wild Things" book-clutch/wallet is fully customizable and totally cool.
The Wild Things Book Hollow Book Clutch $45 at Etsy
Persuasion Book Clutch 5 of 22
Delicate and eye-catching coral pink leather bound edition of Persuasion by Jane Austen, with stunning endpaper design, gold and white print on the spine. It's cute and quirky, fun and conversational, with enough room for carrying all your girly essentials.
Book Clutch Purse - Persuasion by Jane Austen $81.64 at Etsy
Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Zip Clutch 6 of 22
This sweet little Pride and Prejudice Book Purse/zip clutch is actually NOT made with an old book cover, but from this Etsy seller's own book designs, all printed on cotton fabric and bound, as a normal book would be. It's finished with golden metal corners to embellish and protect the clutch. I love the zipper for added security.
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Blue Peacock $82.90 at Etsy
Kate Spade Book Clutches 7 of 22
A little more expensive, but well worth it, these cute retro-inspired Kate Spade book clutches are quirky, sassy, and could totally be mistaken for actual books!
Kate Spade New York Women's The Great Gatsby Book Clutch $362.62 at Amazon
Kate Spade Book Of The Month Clutch $318.18 at Amazon
Kate Spade 'book emanuelle' box clutch $262 at Nordstrom
Kate Spade 'Learn the Hustle' Box Clutch $262 at Nordstrom
Kate Spade Portrait of a Lady Book Clutch $262 at Nordstrom
Book Clutch Purse — Little Women 8 of 22
I love the colors of this Little Women book clutch by Louisa May Alcott with the matching fabric along the sides. The scissors print may make the best gift for a hair stylist.
Book Clutch Purse- Little Women- Louisa May Alcott $155 at Etsy
Antique Book Clutch 9 of 22
The old-world feeling of these antique book clutches made from vintage books are super original!
Please note, the Wuthering Heights book clutch is a sample only, however the other photos are the books currently available from A to D.
Antique Book Clutch $30 at Etsy
Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Clutch 10 of 22
A reissue of the 1946 edition Alice In Wonderland, John Tenniel illustrated permabound cover is paired with a vintage evening clutch inside that features a large pretty bow clasp, attached coin purse, and has a cross body convertible gold chain handle that can be folded in to carry as a true clutch.
Book Clutch Purse — German for Beginners 11 of 22
There's something so lovely and chic about this vintage book clutch Focus on German for Beginners by Leroy R. Shaw, a wonderful mixture of Literature and Fashion.
Book Clutch- Purse- German for Beginners Book- Custom $155 at Etsy
Gatsby Book Clutch Bag 12 of 22
A beautiful deco inspired cover edition, with its striking black, mint green and gold embossed design, this Gatsby book clutch would be a fabulous little detail for a '20s themed party.
Book Clutch Purse - The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald $98.14 at Etsy
Winnie the Pooh Book Clutch 13 of 22
This sweet little Winnie The Pooh book clutch is not made with an old book, but original artwork printed on cotton fabric and bound, as a normal book would be. It's finished with silver color metal corners to embellish and protect the clutch.
Winnie the Pooh Book Clutch $82.90 at Etsy
Book Clutch Purse- Jane Eyre 14 of 22
I love this bright yellow, black & white Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte book clutch. It would make any outfit pop.
Book Clutch Purse- Jane Eyre $165 at Etsy
Nancy Drew Book Clutch 15 of 22
Upcycled Nancy Drew book The Mystery of the Tolling Bell is a fun and clever book purse that will never fail to delight you and others every time you open it.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Book Clutch 16 of 22
This pretty gray, pink, and black edition of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen with stunning, rose pink blossom design on the front and back cover, makes the perfect clutch bag.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Book Clutch Purse $81.64 at Etsy
Jules Verne “Doctor Ox” book clutch 17 of 22
The Great Gatsby 18 of 22
This book clutch has been made with a cover of the all time favorite classic The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. This stunning book is a stylish mustard with detailed white and black illustrations.
Book Clutch Purse- The Great Gatsby $165 at Etsy
Book Clutch/Wallet from Vintage Book Gloria at Boarding School 19 of 22
This blue bound vintage book from 1923 shows its antiquity with minor fraying and creasing on the back, which enhances its authenticity. Why carry your essentials in an ordinary designer clutch? Gloria at Boarding School is a darling book clutch.
AutoMobiles 20 of 22
A book clutch with decent space for your wallet, keys, and cell phone with a great antiqued cover.
Automobiles book clutch, old book style $28 at Etsy
Repurposed Book Purse Nancy Drew Clue of the Tapping Heels 21 of 22
This handmade repurposed book clutch made from a Nancy Drew book called The Clue of the Tapping Heels by Carolyn Keene, is clever and cute.
Repurposed Book Purse Nancy Drew Clue of the Tapping Heels $37.99 at Etsy
Jane Eyre Clutch 22 of 22
A beautiful leather bound edition of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte with burgundy velvet ribbon complimenting the gorgeous end paper design, and a silver button closure, turned clutch bag.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Book Clutch Purse $86.59 at Etsy