ROYAL MUSEUMS GREENWICH PARNTERS WITH OLYMPIA LE-TAN TO LAUNCH LUXURY HANDBAG COLLECTION
Royal Museums Greenwich (RMG) has partnered with luxury brand Olympia Le-Tan to launch a new luxury handbag collection.
The Paris-based brand known for their beautiful hand-embroidered clutch handbags, bought by celebrities and collectors, has picked material from RMG’s library and archive to transform into stunning artisanal clutches.
The first bag to launch is of the classic 19th century science fiction novel ’Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea’. Written by one of the forefathers of science fiction, French author Jules Verne, this first edition was strikingly illustrated by the artist Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville.
Royal Museums Greenwich is comprised of the National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the Queen’s House, all located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Maritime Greenwich in London. RMG is the place to discover sea and space exploration, pioneering architecture, internationally-renowned art and British history. It is the ‘home of time’ and the world-famous Meridian Line, and houses the world’s largest maritime collection. The collection of over four million objects tell inspiring stories of exploration and adventure across the sea, ships, stars and time.
RMG’s Brand Licensing Consultant, Elizabeth Bowers: “It’s been such a joy to work with the team at Olympia Le-Tan to find inspiration for this collection. We’re thrilled to see our archive re-imagined in this way and transformed into objects worthy of a place in a museum collection themselves!”
Olympia Le-Tan General Manager, Aude Sergent: “Collaborating with Royal Greenwich Museums is a way for us to bring a part of the museum home, that’s why in this special time, we have chosen this notable Jules Vernes cover from the archives! With this dreamy collaboration, we wanted to reimagine and highlight the importance of the incredible RGM archives, while creating a unique opportunity to have a piece of art at home.”
Brands who collaborate with RMG gain access to the exceptional collections for inspiration to create unique, innovative and beautifully designed products in association with the prestigious heritage brand. RMG holds a rich collection of maps, charts, globes and atlases from the 15th century to the present day, including over 100,000 historical sea charts and maps and the most significant collection of globes in the world. RMG also holds one million ship plans and historical scientific instruments that document 800 years of astronomy, navigation and timekeeping.