17 Jul


So what is the mysterious item? ls it a bird, a plane, is it superman? No, it is none of these — the Longchamp Le Pliage is a very handy special and cute handbag, made of nylon, with some very elegant touches of Spanish leather.

This bag is French, which might account for the elegance and amazing popularity of what is basically a casual, easy-to-fold bag made of nylon. That doesn’t sound very glamourous does it? But somehow it just is. ln Paris alone there and thousands and thousands of people who carry their Longchamp Le Pliage everywhere. lf they are not carrying one, it is probably folded up carefully inside another bag, because that is what Le Pliage means — the foldable bag.

These cleverly designed hand bags are sold the world over. Patterned on Japanese origami, these bags are spacious and roomy, are made in many colours and can be seen just about anywhere you go.

The Longchamp outlet in La Vallee, Paris sells this beautiful little handbag for many euros cheaper than the flagship store Maison Longchamp, which is in the heart of Paris itself. This luxury leather goods store came into being, in 1948 after the Second World War and today it sources leather for its designer bags from the finest tanneries in Europe.

But back to Le Pliage — this lovely triangular-shaped tote comes in a rainbow-like variety of cool colors. Every shade and hue from coral, cherry red, navy, purple, bilberry, beige, black to lemon and light green is represented, so somehow you can always buy a Le Pliage that matches the clothes in your wardrobe. Or, as many before you have done, you can purchase two, three or four. This brand has gained such worldwide recognition that you can purchase it in many styles and not just the original tote. There are backpacks, cross-body bags, large totes, shoulder bags and large shoulder bags, satchels and even new designs made of leather. No matter what, it is still a Longchamp Le Pliage!

You can buy a Longchamp Le Pliage just about anywhere in the world as well - Malaysia Europe America Britain, even in Australia. The Longchamp Le Pliage is available on sales sites all across the internet and on eBay. Gumtree a local trading site in Queensland, Australia, may even have an advertisement or two for a Le Pliage!

There is a simple way to tell if you’ve bought a genuine Longchamp Le Pliage. Look closely at the flap on the front of the bag: is the Longchamp Jockey symbol perfectly centered there? Does the inscription read Longchamp? An authentic Longchamp Le Pliage will also have fairly flat, not rounded handles with a black or dark brown stripe painted on them. lf these two points of authenticity do not show up exactly as they do on an original Longchamp Le Pliage, oh so sorry, you may have purchased a fake!