When I went to Paris, I knew that there was one purchase I really wanted to make: the Longchamp Le Pliage. The Longchamp Le Pliage has been on my style wish list for years, and of course I wanted to get it in France where Longchamp was founded. Although it has been on my wishlist, I could never bring myself to pay full price in the States. Sure, I’ve purchased handbags more expensive than the Le Pliage, however the thought of buying a handbag that was nylon and shapeless at the price Longchamp sells it for just really drove me crazy. Really, nylon? I’d much rather have leather…or so I thought.
Originally, I’ll admit that I wasn’t quite sold on the Longchamp nylon. My fear with nylon bags is that they won’t hold up as well as my leather bags. I haven’t had the Le Pliage for long, but it’s holding up just as well and just as much weight as my leather bags can. What I especially love about this bag is that the interior is incredibly easy to wipe down and clean. No need to go to a special handbag repair shop, buy any specific cleaning agents, or anything of the such to clean it out.
The leather handles and flap of the Le Pliage elevate the style and also help make it more sturdy. I underestimated the usefulness of the flap over the zipper. When I leave the flap closed and open the zipper to where the flap begins, it’s difficult for even me to get my hand in the bag. It makes me feel a lot better carrying this bag around the city knowing that it isn’t all that easy for a pickpocket to access.
This is definitely my new go-to travel bag. Formerly, I used to carry my Kate Spade Beau Bag around for everything. While I still love my Beau, it’s heavy, being all leather, and the straps are too short for carrying on my shoulder. The Le Pliage so far has been ideal for travel as it’s big enough to fit not only my 15″ MacBook Pro, but also a couple notebooks, a book, a few chargers, and a cosmetic bag or two. I’m thoroughly convinced that this bag has no real bottom. It’s also incredibly lightweight, and the straps are long enough to wear the bag over my shoulder, and short enough to carry on my arm.
I’m really glad I purchased this bag directly from Longchamp and in Paris for two reasons:
1. I was informed by the Longchamp sales associate that if you buy directly through Longchamp, you get a lifetime warranty. Take it back in to any Longchamp store and they’ll fix it at no charge. I heard from several people before purchasing this bag that the Le Pliage is prone to getting holes in the nylon at the corner of the bag, however was reassured that if that does happen, the bag will be fixed for me.
2. With the current price conversion between the Euro and USD, buying not only the Longchamp Le Pliage, but luxury goods across the board are less expensive in France. In Paris, this bag came out to approximately $102 USD, whereas it would be approximately $157 USD in the United States.
The one drawback I’ve noticed about this bag so far is that the light pink gets dirty really easily. To be fair, that’s kind of on me for choosing a light color knowing that this bag will probably be dragged through hell and back with the amount of traveling and running around that I do.
Although initially skeptical of buying a nylon bag anything over $40, I really couldn’t love this bag more. I want to take it everywhere and I want it in every. single. color. The nylon actually makes this bag incredibly lightweight and easily cleaned, which is perfect for carrying it anywhere your heart desires. Whether you’re running around a new city or schlepping through TSA for the millionth hour, the Longchamp Le Pliage is the bag for you. I honestly mean it when I say that this bag is 100% worth the price, even the price in the United States.
Below I have the various Le Pliage sizes linked, as well as my favorite supersoft lilac scarf!