Spike Jonze Makes Movie With Handbag Designer (Video)

The "Where the Wild Things Are" director has made some out-there but very stylish films, and his latest is animated by Parisian Olympia Le-Tan.

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He's the auteur behind Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and Where the Wild Things Are, and a little wild himself. Olympia Le-Tan is a Parisian avant-garde handbag designer who concocts thousand dollar clutch bags that look like books. Seriously. They are all hand done, and Le-Tan designs all the fonts, cover art - her bags are a cross between Dali and Warhol with a little Hermes mixed in.

Spike Jonze saw the bags, was charmed, and asked Le-Tan to create a Catcher in the Rye embroidery for his wall. Her remuneration? Le-Pan only wanted a Spike Jonze film in return. So they made one together.

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The new stop-motion animation is called Mourir Aupres de Toi (To Die By Your Side), and is set in the famed Paris antiquarian bookstore Shakespeare and Company, where James Joyce was first published by its founder, Sylvia Beach.

Jonze and Le-Tan wrote the story together: as animated pieces of book covers created of course by Le-Tan -- a skeleton and a girl on a Dracula book -- come to life in a very cute love story. What else would you expect of a handbag artist?

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Details about a real release of the film aren't out there yet -- it might just appear on YouTube and Facebook. But no matter what, Le-Tan is certainly the first handbag designer to design animation for a film. We're sure it will help her sell more bags.

If you want to check them out, go to

Making Mourir Auprès De Toi from simon cahn on Vimeo.

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