Kate Middleton’s Love of Cheap Longchamp Tote Bags

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Let’s be real for a second and acknowledge that 99 percent of Kate Middleton’s royal wardrobe is pretty inaccessible to us normal people. She is, after all, a princess with a princess’s budget! But, surprisingly, one of the Duchess’ favorite accessories has been (and will likely always be) a cheap Longchamp tote bag which, frankly, is a bit more affordable for the masses. In fact, you could probably run out right now and buy the same one Kate has!

Kate’s obsession with the colorful, nylon, Longchamp Le Pilage totes — which retail for $145 goes back several years. In fact, one of the earliest times she was photographed carrying one was back in November 2005 during a holiday shopping spree with her mother, Carole Middleton, in London. At the time, Kate was just a 23-year-old, recent college graduate lugging around all her crap in a giant, black tote bag like the rest of us. Relatable, right?

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Kate carrying a Longchamp bag in 2005.

Fast forward a few years and Kate married Prince William, became the Duchess of Cambridge, and had two beautiful children. Since becoming an official royal, Kate has sadly stopped using a cheap Longchamp bag day-to-day to instead carry teeny, tiny clutches instead. We really can’t blame her because what does she really need to carry with her at this point? She has people for that, duh. But, just when you thought Kate’s obsession with the chic tote bags stopped in the mid-2000s, it definitely didn’t…

Though the Duchess herself hasn’t been spotted carrying a Longchamp in several years, her personal assistants and stylists still seemingly lug around Kate’s belongings in the classic bags. Crazy, right? When Kate and William touched down in Assam, India during their royal tour of India and Bhutan in April 2016, the mom-of-two’s personal secretary Sophie Agnew and stylist Natasha Archer were both photographed carrying Longchamp totes with the rest of Kate’s luggage.

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Kate’s assistant and stylist carrying her bags.

While we don’t actually know if the large, dark purple tote or the smaller, pea green bag in the pics belonged to Kate, if her right-hand women carry cheap Longchamps too they must be pretty fashionable, right? We’re hopeful Kate still loves the bags as much as the rest of the world seems to because, honestly, it just makes us love her a little bit more.

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Longchamp Bag Loves: Penelope Arty

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A Victor Vasarely work.

French luxury brand Longchamp’s Fall/Winter 2017-18 accessories line doffs its hat to some of the season’s key trends: optical art, structured shapes and boho chic.

The 65 year-old brand is well-known for its iconic Le Pliage. Inspired by Japanese origami in its effortless ability to fold into an elegant pouch, the tote can be seen everywhere, in every colour and in artist-inspired limited editions.

The creative inspiration for their new Fall/Winter women’s replica bags is the 1970s Parisienne, a free-spirited, independent, strong woman embracing the trends of her time. Titled L’Art D’être Une Femme, the art of being a woman, the collection previewed in an artfully recreated Parisian apartment at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in Mumbai on 10-11 May.

In all the four lines in the new Longchamp outlet collection, the Pénélope Arty tote is the most arresting. It references Victor Vasarely’s Op art and geometric architectural prints. The optical illusion and kinetic depth is recreated with handcrafted patchworks of treated leather meticulously stitched together for painterly effect. The play of textural differences—matte, gloss, metallic and velvet—cleverly reinforces the illusion of depth. Helmed by artistic director Sophie Delafontaine, this Op-art detail showed in the brand’s Fall/Winter ready-to-wear collection as well.

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The Pénélope Arty in amethyst, Rs1,46,500.

The Arty bag is easy to carry. Drawstring tassels, a playful detail, are a clever carry-forward from the existing Pénélope line. And there is a generous zippered pocket inside. Luxury leather longchamp handbags outlet tend to literally weigh you down but a noticeable feature of cheap Longchamp bags is their surprising lightness even when they are crafted in full leather. The secret is a patented technique to treat leather so that it retains its grain but remains incredibly supple. The other secret to lightness is to keep metal hardware to the minimum, as they do.

Besides Pénélope Arty, there is L’Effrontée, which is smaller in size and shape, targeted at “the slightly impertinent woman with lots of character”. The cross-body version packs in a lot of space. The combination of sizes lends itself easily to bag layering. The Madeleine is for the purist, with a rich grain finish and a silver bamboo-inspired clasp, an echo from the brand’s Russo Club line. For Le Pliage fans, there is the new Jeremy Scott designed graphic tote in fire-engine red.

Longchamp is taking pre-orders; the new collection will be in outlet stores in September.

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Longchamp outlet to ramp up further its presence in Italy

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A fiercely independent family company with nearly €600 million in turnover and 70% of production exported. A brand of handbags and accessories that for years has been the best known brand in France and a very strong bond with Italy in terms of taste, style and business model. And yet, until five years ago, Longchamp – founded in Paris in 1948 – had a presence in our country that was still much less pervasive than in other European markets, although it’s profile has risen over the past decades.

“When, in 2011, the Cassegrain family proposed to me that I open an Italian branch and laid out their goals and ambitions, I though that it would be a difficult but not impossible challenge,” said Paola Patrone, country manager for Longchamp outlet Italy. “The seriousness of the project was clear, as was the availability to make key investments right from the start, despite the fact that only five years before we had been in a full-blown economic crisis of consumption. So I accepted and today I think that we are already at a good point with respect to the goals that the founders/owners, and myself as well, want to reach.”

Definitive 2016 financial data aren’t out yet, but in 2015 Longchamp revenue rose 14% to €56 million. There’s likely to be an additional increase for the year just ended, which will bring revenue close to the €600 million mark.

“In 2011, Longchamp was only present in Italy in some multi-brand stores with few products besides handbags. Today, we have six boutiques in Milan, Florence, Rome, Venice, Genoa and Portofino, all in prestigious locations, alongside luxury brands, and we are in about 100 other high-end locations,” Patrone said. “We have been growing uninterruptedly for five years and in 2016 revenue rose by 8.3%. A this point, Italy is one of the major European markets for the brand.”

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But our country is also important from a strategic perspective. “The handbags and accessories, which will always be Longchamp’s core business, are made in France, where we have six factories. But that’s not the case for the two categories introduced to give the brand more global breadth (it’s currently present in 80 countries). Pret-à-porter, which we show twice a year in Paris during Fashion Week, is all made in Italy, and our shoes are 90% made in Italy,” she says.

The boutiques are an important way to introduce our Longchamp outlet online brand to foreigners: Italian customers make up about half of business, the rest are tourists from around the world.” Longchamp’s best-seller is Le Pliage, the foldable nylon bag launched in 1993 and available in leather since 2012.

“Over time, we created Le Pliage bags in every color and size, working with artist like Jeremy Scott,” recalls Patrone. The price (which starts from €80) makes it an excellent way to enter the Longchamp world. But we are perceived as a true luxury brand and with a strong skill in workmanship and the choice of material. It’s no coincidence that the best-sellers in our clothing line are leather jackets and pants. Longchamp also offers handbags that can cost thousands of euros depending on the size and material,” she said.

Being able to set the starting price at €80 is one of the advantages of being independent and owned by a very united family. Of not having outside pressure and being forced to drive up margins and revenues. “For the Cassagrain, the important thing is to grow in a healthy way, maintaining intact the price-quality ratio,” she concluded.

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Longchamp reissues his Roseau bag, in jacquard fabric and on behalf of your favorite city

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To all fashion lovers, city dwellers and great traveling, the house dedicates its new bag Roseau 1948, in limited edition, in the name of your favorite city. Promise of beautiful escapes …

Generous volume, pure lines, jacquard fabric chic and personalized version: here are some arguments of shock to seduce the elegant of the season. Your new companion is there! Straight from the timeless line Roseau of the French house Longchamp, this new little mixes both simplicity and sophistication; Including emblematic codes such as galloping horse, horseshoe, tobacco pipes and others encapsulated in a vintage escutcheon. The whole in a version jacquard cloth trimmed with navy leather for ever more elegance, but especially dressed the name of your city adored.

Passing through Hong Kong or stopping in Amsterdam, you can choose your signature, your city of election embroidered with red, memories of an unforgettable journey or gift of a moment shared. Unless you prefer the shores of Portofino or St.Barth, or do you pass through Berlin, Frankfurt, Madrid or Barcelona? Others will opt for the exoticism of Kuala Lumpur, the mysteries of Macao, the splendours of Beijing, Shanghai, Singapore … Or why not Paris, cradle of Longchamp outlet?

Twenty-four cities * in all, but be careful, do not delay taking your ticket for these customized versions, priced at € 280, which will only make a few happy around the world!

  • Amsterdam, Barcelona, ​​Beijing, Berlin, Brussels, Dubai, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Knokke-Heist, Köln, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Madrid, München, Paris, Portofino, , Taipei, Vienna, Zurich.

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Longchamp tote turns into a wacky revamp

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French handbags cast Longchamp is best accepted for its durable, foldable totes in plain, solid shades. Its accepted Le Pliage bag is generally agitated by women to plan or while travelling, and some even use it as a babyish bag.

For spring/summer 2016, the cast has already afresh launched a limited-edition architecture that shows a ablaze abandonment from its accepted basal and attenuate aesthetic. Though it may complete like an absurd pairing, Longchamp has been partnering with American appearance artist Jeremy Scott for 11 years to action barter ablaze and absurd versions of its signature Le Pliage bag. Generally times, the collaborations reflect Scott’s adventurous and arguable ready-to-wear prints.

This season, the bag appearance red white and dejected popsicles, which are moulded to resemble the Empire State Building.

Scott is a approved assistant in the appearance industry. Since 2002, he has been partnering with Adidas, accepting advised active trainers and printed athleticwear for the brand. He aswell works carefully with celebrities, including Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus.

Scott is currently the artistic administrator of affluence Italian appearance characterization Moschino, area he has created absolute collections aggressive by cartoonish prints of teddy bears, Barbie dolls, Powerpuff Girls and McDonalds logos.

The Empire State Popsicle bag is now accessible at Longchamp food worldwide.

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