Olympia Le-Tan is a self-taught fashion designer. She was born in London and raised in Paris and likes to say she is English, French and Vietnamese. She started her career at the Chanel design studio with Karl Lagerfeld then went on to Balmain where she worked closely with Gilles Dufour who then created his own brand with Olympia by his side.
In 2009, she launched her eponymous accessories label, combining her two obsessions, embroidery (a talent she inherited from her grand-mother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières. The bags are handmade with love in France in very limited editions.They are now distributed in over 80 select shops around the world. The brand’s signature book-clutch has been seen on Tilda Swinton, Natalie Portman or Clémence Poésy to name a few.
In 2011, Olympia’s felt embroideries were the main inspiration for the short stop-motion animation film Mourir Auprès de Toi which she collaborated on with Spike Jonze and Simon Cahn. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and was then presented at the Locarno Film Festival.
In January 2012, Olympia Le-Tan was the guest designer at Pitti W in Florence. For the occasion she created a special collection inspired by Italian literature and cinema, which was presented at the Museo Bellini.
In March 2012, she launched her first ready to wear collection, classic clothes with a twist, a mix between Olympia’s British and Paris heritage using velvets, tartans, college stripes and Liberty print fabrics.