Olympia Le-Tan is a self-taught fashion designer. She was born in London and raised in Paris. 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 grandmother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières. In March 2012, she launched her first ready to wear collection, in the official Paris Fashion Week calendar. These classic clothes with a twist and a sense of humor are a mix between Olympia's British and Parisian heritage.