Longchamp Le Pliage – the Classic Lightweight Foldable Tote Bag
Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company, founded in Paris, France, in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain.
Jean Cassegrain produced the world's first luxury leather-covered smoking pipes, then expanded into small leather goods, such as wallets and passport covers. Longchamp launched its first women's handbag in 1971 and soon became one of France's leading leather goods makers.
Innovations in lightweight luggage
The company's real breakthrough came with the use of nylon. In the 1970s, Longchamp created a lightweight leather and nylon fabric luggage collection, in contrast to the heavy suitcases usually sold at that time. This innovation led the company to design a nylon and leather women's handbag collection, Le Pliage.
Inspired by the art of origami
Inspired by the Japanese paper-folding art of origami, the innovative Le Pliage women's foldable handbag was an instant hit and continues to be the company's best selling product. Le Pliage's signature design, which originated in nylon, has been re-envisioned and re-invented in countless shapes, patterns, colours and fabrics over the decades and new designs are released each year. A Le Pliage tote bag is a versatile and stylish addition to any woman's wardrobe and packs easily for travel.
A family-owned company at the forefront of fashion
The company today designs and manufactures a wide range of luxury goods, including leather and canvas handbags, luggage, shoes, travel items, fashion accessories, and a line of ready-to-wear women's designer clothing.
The company conducts business in 80 countries and currently has around 1,500 retail outlets. The house of Longchamp is still privately owned and managed by the Cassegrain founding family. Search eBay today.