I was recently contacted by Melissa who runs Literary Book Gifts. Melissa is from Toronto, Ontario and has just launched her business this year. She tells me she started the business because she has a great love of literature, and a background in design. She has offered my blog readers a very generous 20% discount on any orders by using the code PORTOBELLO20 on the website literarybookgifts.com. On the website you will see lots of gift ideas such as t-shirts, backpacks and tote bags. I particularly like the Peter Rabbit t-shirt and the Black Beauty t-shirt as well as the first one Melissa tells us about below.
I asked Melissa to tell me about a couple of her designs that she was particularly pleased with.
When I read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, I was struck by the elegance of its story, and how real the characters felt. I wanted the shirt to show all of this as well as the romance of the novel. When I landed on an illustration (from a book from over 100 years ago!) I knew it was the one. It took a lot of tidying up but in the end I think it captures everything I was hoping for and more.
Dracula by Bram Stoker is one of my favourite novels. I didn’t think a bat was very fit for a t-shirt so I decided on a picture of a man in a top hat, walking into a dark night. If you look at the image from afar it looks very much like the silhouette of a bat in flight. I believe this is a perfect allusion to Dracula, a man, bat, and vampire.
If you like the idea of getting a literary gift for a book-loving friend, or indeed just treating yourself, make sure you have a browse through the website. And don’t forget to use that 20% discount code.