We all know and love the French luxury label Longchamp. In fact, we probably all know someone who owns at least one of their Le Pliage bags. When founder Philippe Cassegrain created the Le Pliage bags back in 1993, he took inspiration from the Japanese art of origami. And now, in a full circle moment, the fashion brand has collaborated with the Tokyo-based design studio, Nendo, to reimagine their classic Le Pliage for the next generation.
The classic bags offer two distinct experiences: one when it’s carried and another when it’s folded and tucked away. And now, Nendo has reinterpreted it to offer a third experience—home storage. Which honestly, is pretty genius.
The Longchamp x Nendo collaboration feature three variations of the iconic Le Pliage bag which are elementary in shape yet refined in execution. The first (red) is a cone-shaped bag with just one handle which can be carried in the nook of your arm or hung from a hook or rail. Its leather top is reminiscent of the Le Pliage signature flap and allows for easy access. The second (yellow) is a round-shaped bag which took inspiration from the traditional furoshiki folding cloths—popularly used by the Japanese prior to the introduction of Western-style bags. Its unique feature is not unlike the furoshiki where it adapts to whatever it carries, giving you complete flexibility of function. The third bag (blue) transforms into a cube that can used for storage or transport and also doubles up as a study and spacious holdall.
The cone-shaped and circle-shaped bags are available in two sizes, while the cube bag is available in three different sizes. All three designs come in pale grey, dark blue, mustard and burgundy, with white or black trim. There’s also a limited edition version of the cone bag in black lambskin which pays homage to the classic Le Pliage Cuir. Prices range from $105 to $230.
The Longchamp x Nendo collection will be available in Singapore from 2nd July 2019 at Longchamp boutiques.