Longchamp Le Pliage
Since its release in 1993, the Le Pliage has been sold over 20 million times which makes it the best-selling model of the long-established French fashion house Longchamp. Inspired by origami, the ancient Japanese art of paperfolding, the Le Pliage was named after the French word for “fold”.
What makes the Longchamp Le Pliage so special?
The Le Pliage is made of lightweight, yet very durable nylon and can be, true to its name, quickly folded up to the size of a paperback. The Le Pliage is closed with a practical zipper and a push button. With its classic and understated design, Le Pliage is a timeless model that can be worn across generations and used for any purpose, whether it be for sports, work or university or, in the larger version, for a weekend away. Due to the use of highest quality nylon, the Le Pliage is extremely durable and easy to clean. There are also no limits to the design of the Le Pliage and the wide choice of colors makes it one of the most versatile bags in the fashion industry. Over 500 versions of the Le Pliage are now available, including wool and velvet finishes. In 2012, the leather version of the Le Pliage was released, Le Pliage Cuir, which folds up just like the iconic version made of nylon. The range is also expanded through collaborations with renowned designers such as Jeremy Scott or Mary Katrantzou who are especially known for their extravagant prints. Many pieces of these limited special editions are already considered rare collectibles and are no longer available. If you like being creative, you have the possibility to customize your very own Le Pliage with many different features in the Longchamp online shop.
How can the Longchamp Le Pliage be styled?
The versatile design and the excellent quality of the Le Pliage also convinces style icon Alexa Chung who actually had been the testimonial for the French luxury house for many years and is known for her sixties flair and certain “je ne sais quoi” which is reminiscent of Jane Birkin. Alexa Chung likes to wear her Le Pliage Casual Chic, whether it be with denim dungarees, a striped shirt, a hat and ankle boots or converse sneakers and a floral dress in midi length, the Le Pliage is the perfect everyday companion.
Kate Middleton is also a self-avowed fan of the Le Pliage as the timeless Longchamp style fits perfectly into the classic and elegant wardrobe of the Duchess of Cambridge. For everyday wear, Kate Middleton combines the shopper version of the Le Pliage, preferably in black, with tight jeans, a tailored blazer and classic nude-colored pumps, a colorful patterned scarf completes the look. For the weekend trip away, she opts for a more playful look with ballerinas and a flowy dress.
For actress Katie Holmes, the Le Pliage is an absolute lifesaver, be it for the gym, the shopping spree or out and about with daughter Suri, the Le Pliage is always by her side. Katie Holmes likes to elevate her simple looks consisting of light blue boyfriend jeans, gray cashmere sweaters and suede booties by opting for colors such as a bright orange or vivid red.
How much does a new Longchamp Le Pliage cost and what is a good price for a second-hand Longchamp Le Pliage?
The price of the Le Pliage depends on its size, the material used and the style. The classic Le Pliage made of nylon is available in size S for 60€, in M for 70€ and in the shopper version for 85€. The leather versions in the Le Pliage Cuir series are available from 380€ for the smallest size. Due to their high quality and longevity, however, it is also advisable to have a look in the second-hand market. Second-hand prices for the Le Pliage are often just a fraction of the original selling price while the condition may be as good as new. In addition, the second-hand market is the only way to obtain Le Pliage styles from limited collections that are officially not available anymore.