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A *stylish* purse. Get it?

Posted by Christopher Shea  March 17, 2010 10:47 AM

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Who's the more powerful arbiter of style: Anna Wintour or the University of Chicago Press? The artist Caitlin Phillips, founder of Rebound Designs, in Washington, DC, riffs on the double meaning of style with her Chicago Manual of Style book purse, fashioned out of an actual copy of the 14th edition of the academic bible, familiar to anyone who's had to write a thesis. It goes for $155, and of this writing there was one left at the craftsy online store Etsy.

Phillips has also made totes out of Sense and Sensibility and The Good Earth, created wallets out of paperbacks--she'll do a book for you by request, as long as it isn't the Koran--and she sells a line of brooches, called Naughty Bits, each presenting a unique snippet from a torrid romantic novel. (She makes no more than one brooch for each phrase.) Among the printable lines are "she arched her back" and "draw those tight crests to."

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Hat tip: Jennifer Howard

(Images: Etsy and Caitlin Phillips)

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