Five captivating books & five bags to carry them in
A park, a sunny bench and a little time to read. What if the height of fashion were matching your book with your bag?
The winning combo: The Honoré 404 Panthère + Out of Africa by Karen Blixen
The book: Published in 1937, Out of Africa is an autobiographical tale of the main character’s time in Kenya, how she related to nature and the African people – and her passionate love affair with a safari hunter. Almost 50 years later, Sydney Pollack made the novel into a stunning film adaptation of the same name starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
The bag: a cute tote with the perfect pocket for this 416-page tome. The panther print cowhide Honoré 404 Panthère bag is motivation to mingle with the Urban Nature collection’s animal theme and the wild side of Kenya’s big cats.
The winning combo: The Foulonné crossbody bag + The Life Before Us by Emile Ajar
The book: Rosa is an old Jewish woman who opens an orphanage for the children of prostitutes to protect them from harm and starvation. It is the story of Momo, a quiet 10-year-old Muslim boy, and his love for his adopted mother. The book won the Prix Goncourt in 1975, although author Emile Ajar refused the prize. And for good reason because this was a pseudonym for Romain Gary, who had already won nine years earlier and knew he was not allowed a second award.
The bag: The year The Life Before Us won the Prix Goncourt, 1975, was the same year the iconic Foulonné was introduced, that instantly recognizable line. Made from refined yet rugged leather, the Foulonné crossbody version has two zipped pockets on the front, just perfect for holding the book and a pack of tissues to wipe away tears of joy and sorrow…
The winning combo: The Le Pliage Néo Fantaisie handbag + Au fil de l’eau (Along the Waterways) by Paul-Louis Couchoud and others
The book: This is the first French collection of haiku, those bite-sized poems from Japan that follow strict rules: three lines with five, seven and five syllables, respectively. They have a seasonal reference and a caesura, or “cutting word,” to signal the fleeting and impermanent nature of things.
The bag: Le Pliage is Longchamp’s signature line and, like haiku, was inspired by another Japanese art, origami, which is all the rage at the moment. The Le Pliage Néo Fantaisie sports a neon camouflage print that’s just what you need to face the urban jungle and venture into the grass at your favorite Parisian park.
The winning combo: The Paris Rocks crossbody bag + A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
The book: When Ernest Hemingway was reunited with a trunk he’d left at The Ritz, he discovered copious notes he had written 28 years earlier. He took the scribbled pages and started writing this autobiographical work recounting his first years as a penniless writer in Paris and his undying love for the city. The book was published posthumously by his widow.
The bag: The name Paris Rocks says it all. Paris dances, Paris celebrates, Paris sparkles. As if this crossbody bag were made to hold this book, its diminutive size makes it easy to get away for a few hours and live as if the only thing that matters is love and literature.
The winning combo: The Pénélope shopping bag + The Odyssey by Homer
The book: A sequel to The Iliad, Homer’s ancient Greek saga spans the 10-year journey of Odysseus after the Trojan War as he searches for his island of Ithaca, where he is reunited with his son Telemachus and beautiful wife Penelope, whom he rescues from a large group of suitors.
The bag: The Pénélope line and Odysseus’ wife have much more in common than their name. Slinky handles, fringed tassels, rich leather, a fusion of four sophisticated colors – a stylish bag that’s reminiscent of the beauty of Odysseus’ wife, who was lusted after by 114 suitors while her husband was away and used many different tricks to stay completely faithful to him.
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