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Le Pliage

I think we all recognise these iconic Longchamp bags. My mother has one that she’s had for years and my grandmother had one before her.

Until recently I pretty much associated them with mums, aunts, granny’s. Basically anyone but a twenty-something year old. That was until I went to Paris. (Did you know? I went to Paris the other week! Have I spoken about it? No? Sorry. I’ll shut up…soon)
Established in 1948 Jean Cassegrain, Longchamp was first established to make leather covers for smoking pipes. In 1955 they started to produce small leather goods and this naturally extended into handbags. Longchamp are now an established luxury leather handbag and leather goods company and have recently enjoyed collaborations with Kate Moss, and more recently, Jeremy Scott.

In Paris I noticed that women of all ages were carrying Le Pliage, in all shapes and sizes and the majority of them coordinating with their outfit. Ever since I have been obsessed. 
This evening, whilst sitting inside and dodging the torrential rain I found myself browsing on the Longchamp website and discovered that, not only do they deliver to Ireland (trust me, quite rare for a brand’s own website) but  they also have a facility where you can customise your own Pliage, even engraving the leather with your initials! 
I’ve designed mine with a black body, red stripe and my initials on the leather. All of this for only €80!
Along with the standard colours and collaborations available it’s definitely worth a look on the website to see if you can find your own Longchamp bag. 

Shopping for Paris : Handbags

WARNING!! For the next 3 weeks there is a distinct possibility that I will wreck everyone’s heads by talking non-stop about Paris. I’ve never been before and i’m beyond excited.

Between now & then I’m going to be looking for key pieces to make my birthday trip as stylish as can be. Well, it is Paris after all…
I’m also looking for some shopping tips – especially vintage – so if you have any, please share in the comments!

Today i’m looking for the perfect bag to bring with me. I have a gorgeous brown leather vintage satchel which i’ll be bringing, but it’s quite small so I need something a bit more multifunctional that will fit camera, bottle of water, possible picnics, raincoat etc.
If I bring too big a bag I will find a way to fill it with unnecessary crap so i’m  not looking at anything too big and it must have an inside zip as otherwise i’ll definitely lost stuff, i’m stupid like that.

ANYWAY, here’s a few of my faves from what i’ve seen online so far.

ASOS Washed canvas pocket detail webbing strap bag (phew!)
River Island yellow satchel bag
Topshop taupe suede slouch satchel
Modalu leather Kensington satchel bag
Zara double handle city bag
Topshop top handle leather bag
At the moment I think the ASOS canvas bag is winning, for it’s simplicity and functionality, but I love the colour of the above Topshop bag. Hmmm….decisions, decisions…
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