One piece, worn two or more ways? Longchamp has our attention
Over the years, the humble bag, invented for practical reasons, has transcended form and function. It’s become the object of our desires; an accessory that can pare down or pull together an outfit. But ask a girl who has one too many micro bags and she’ll tell you that at the end of the day, a great bag is not just about the make or the maker. The bag you’ll carry everyday is the bag that can do exactly that: carry it all.
What makes a winning piece, though? I’d say one that’s practical, well-made and playful in design. This month, we have our eyes on Longchamp. The French label renewed its collaboration with accessories designer Stéphanie D’heygere to create a collection that combines fashion and function. Dedicated to mobility and inclusivity, the gender-neutral capsule reimagines the iconic Le Pliage in products that adapt, transform and fold in an instant. “When I first met Stéphanie, I was completely bowled over by her work and the whole universe she created. Her designs have a real identity, but also an extremely ingenious dimension that speaks to Longchamp. After our successful debut collaboration on a poncho in 2019, we wanted to take the next step by exploring a greater range of possibilities,” shared Longchamp Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine.
Each piece from the Longchamp x D’heygere collection shares the same ingenious idea of incorporating an additional function aside from the original one. Pants can be rolled and unrolled, belt bags (though I wear mine as a shoulder bag) transform into a backpack, the umbrella is slung across the body, and the rain hat easily folds and unfolds. But their brand of ingenuity is not loud. Expect to see gender-neutral and timeless styles, and nondescript colorways save for the occasional pop of fuchsia pink and leopard print.
The collection is also inspired by a contemporary and sustainable spirit. Longchamp and D’heygere made sure to produce a capsule made with recycled materials, such as recycled polyester and nylon. The result? Practical and playful essentials you can carry and wear everyday.
Art Matthew Fetaler