Today it’s going to be a different kind of post. I woke up way too early in the morning to vote and after a heavy breakfast, I have time to kill at 8am. That pretty much only happens when there’s a vote. 😉
Anytime I want to invest in something more expensive of the handbag variety, I spend days daydreaming about it but also checking on reviews, experiences be it on You Tube or on blogs. I feel I should contribute to the same with my review for the Longchamp Le Pliage bag.
This is the Longchamp Le Pliage Tote Bag in Bilberry which is a dark purple shade. It’s one of the fall colours but I believe it is permanent now. You can see it in detail here along with all dimensions. The different sizes can be confusing at times. Basically it’s the medium sized one with long shoulder straps. I bought this back in 2010 so I’ve had it a good four years and it’s been my everyday bag since.
The outer flap and straps are cowhide leather which is very durable. The body is nylon fabric with water-resistant lining on the inside.
You will like this if you want something semi structured that can get through all kinds of weather. I mean, this has been through torrential downpours, light drizzles, snow and my-feet-are-melting heat. It still looks good. There’s also the infamous “condensation” incident where I left a bottle of cold water in my bag and I returned to basically a bucket full of water with my contents floating inside. So yes, it’s been through a lot of trauma but it still looks great and there aren’t too many battle scars.
You definitely won’t like this if you are someone who relies on a lot of pockets inside the bag. There’s just one tiny pocket towards the top. To be honest, I pack my stuff in pouches anyway since I like to switch around bags when I’m going out and it’s easier for me to manage things and not misplace them that way. So the lack of pockets doesn’t bother me. I do wish there was one to keep the phone though.
I find this very comfortable to wear. The shoulder straps are the perfect length, they don’t dig into the shoulder or slip off either. The leather is very durable and still looks new. I also find that this suits my frame well. I’m 5’3″ and tiny. I find it very difficult to carry totes and oversize bags, I don’t want it to look too big on me. This is a perfect size in proportion to my frame. You can see me wearing this here.
It’s quite roomy and can generally fit a bunch of things. My large planner, purse, makeup bag along with other knick knacks fit in comfortably. It can also fit an iPad but the bag becomes a bit more structured.
The only wear and tear that I’ve seen is at the bottom corners and a bit of puckering of leather near the zip. If you live abroad and go to a Longchamp store, they generally fix these things for free though! Excellent customer service on their part. I also haven’t had any problem with the zipper, it runs smooth. Cleaning and upkeep is also easy. I’ve heard of people just chucking this in the washing machine which sounds scary to me but I like to soak it in water and lightly scrub areas that need attention.
This was around £60 at the time (around Rs. 5900) and it was my first purchase from Harrods, so it’s very special to me! ^_^
You can generally get this at airport Duty Free shops; a good place to buy these. I also have a bigger version of the bag and that’s perfect for cabin luggage. These are slightly more expensive than your usual bags, it’s not exactly proper high end but very much worth the money. If you’re thinking of buying one of these, go ahead, you won’t regret it!
Also thrown in a little what’s in my bag at the end!