If you remember my Style To-Do List from April, you will recall that I had a Longchamp tote on it! Because I travel as much as I do, I knew that it would be solid investment (that I have been eyeing up for years). Everyone swears by them but I debated for the better part of two years if it would be worth it to invest that much in a simple canvas tote bag. I finally decided to go through it as that much time spent thinking on it has to mean something. Now that I’ve spent some time with it, I’m sharing my thoughts and review!
I decided to go with the large Le Pliage tote in New Navy, which is a good size at 12.25 x 11.75 x 7.5 inches without being massive. With actual use, I think it is the perfect size- you can fit six to seven days of clothes in it if need be without being a hindrance for day to day use. I went with the longer strap length to allow it be used as a shoulder bag. (The shorter straps limit you to carrying it in your hand, which difficult if it’s heavy…) This size sells for $145 USD (plus taxes), I bought this at Nordstrom in Pacific Place in Seattle!
Longchamp totes are based on Japanese origami principles, meaning that it can be folded up when not in use. As someone who owns several handbags, tote bags, weekenders, and pieces of luggage, I will jump on anything that allows me to reduce storage space. When it is completely full, it still fits under the seat of plane with much room to spare! When it’s folded down, it’s virtually no space at all. Along with that, it is sleek and simple and goes with anything! It’s not like a travel fanny pack that you look at and know exactly what it’s for and when people would use it.
The picture below is about four days of clothes, and it’s roughly half full! When I took it on the plane, I had my Chromebook, my tablet, my phone, a bottle of water, a bag of Starburst and a bag of Bits and Bites, my Vinyasa scarf, basic toiletries, and a few other odds and ends. It should have been very full but was less than half full, space-wise. I would be hesitant to load it up weight-wise. It can certainly hold a lot but I wouldn’t push it for long periods of time in the case of wearing it out.
It’ s only been a few weeks, but I’m very impressed with it! After using it and handling it myself, I am incredibly happy with it. I don’t plan on using it as an every day bag but I will use it when I have larger loads to carry with me! What is your Longchamp experience, love it or hate it? Leave it in the comments!