Longchamp Taps Accessories Designer Stéphanie D’heygere for Capsule Collection

Longchamp Taps Accessories Designer Stéphanie D’heygere for Capsule Collection

PARIS — Should you take a backpack or will a belt bag do for the day? Thanks to the unfolding collaboration between Longchamp and Paris-based Belgian accessories designer Stéphanie D’heygere, a person won’t have to choose.
Riffing off a 2019 foldable poncho design she made for the French brand, D’heygere has expanded Longchamp’s versatile Le Pliage tote into a six-item capsule collection suitable for urban dwellers come rain or shine.

While not every item in the six-piece line can be transformed like the oversize tote and belt bag that both unfold into backpacks, D’heygere made sure to add the fun in functional.

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An umbrella with a strap can be slung across the body, bandolier style. The poncho, a rain hat and trousers, easy to roll up and practical on the go, could well be streetwear or festival gear. All come in six colorways, from classics like navy and white to zestier choices, like fuchsia pink or a leopard print.

Longchamp artistic director Sophie Delafontaine met D’heygere while she was a jury member for the 2018 ANDAM Prize, where the Belgian designer won the accessories prize.

Delafontaine said she’d been “very impressed by the way [D’heygere] twists function, plays with functionality.”

Finding the idea of having multiple functionalities in a product “cool,” she invited D’heygere to revisit the French label’s famous Le Pliage foldable tote.

“It was a neat pitch because [Longchamp] asked me to work around Le Pliage but without doing a bag,” remembered D’heygere.

The result was a raincoat that rolled up into a belt bag that sold out shortly after its 2019 release and “embraced very well this idea of new mobility” that segued with Longchamp’s offering of lightweight, sturdy travel products.

For the second iteration of their collaboration, they expanded on this idea of mobility, here tweaked with the idea of “mobility in the city itself” and “twisting the Pliage spirit into a full capsule collection.”

Being in an urban setting means “temperatures are never ideal” for walking or cycling, “there’s a bit of rain, of wind and we also thought about the fact that it could be people in transit for work,” said Paris-based D’heygere, who feels that “practical but fashionable” could be that little extra push to get out the door.

Using recycled materials for this capsule segued with Longchamp’s more sustainable approach but is also a direction that D’heygere started exploring in the spring 2023 collection of her own brand, where she turned her stash of now-defunct DVDs into earrings.

Fuchsia is one of the six colorways in the Longchamp x D’heygere capsule.

D’heygere said a major draw in this collaboration is the “democratic” side brought by the French brand’s audience, many-fold larger than the one for her independent jewelry brand. Longchamp’s foldable tote is a bag that has a universal feel to it, having been “carried by so many different people [who] use it in their own way,” she said.

For Delafontaine, collaborating with creatives of all artistic walks is about “someone with a strong point of view, a strong universe [taking] the Pliage [bag range] somewhere else,” she said.

Among these directions were an origami-based capsule with Tokyo-based design studio Nendo that challenged the well-known tote bag’s shape; designs that were “very pop and with a sense of humor” imagined with Jeremy Scott, and turning Longchamp totes into “a piece of wall in the street” by dressing them through a collaboration with graffiti artist André Saraiva.

Priced between $175 and $390, the Longchamp x D’heygere capsule collection will launch on Jan. 3 on the French brand’s website and select retail locations globally. In Paris, a dedicated pop-up will take pride of place in Lonchamp’s Saint-Honoré flagship store.

Longchamp, With Special Guest Lana Condor, Hosts L.A. Dinner Party in Celebration of Box-Trot Bag

Longchamp, With Special Guest Lana Condor, Hosts L.A. Dinner Party in Celebration of Box-Trot Bag

Like many teenage girls, Lana Condor wore Longchamp’s Le Pliage bag in high school — “down to destruction,” she said with a laugh.
“I was so devoted to that bag,” she continued. “I wore it forever and ever and ever. To the point where the lining on the inside was like, ‘Give it up!’”

It was also her riding bag.

“I had a horse named Karrot, but with a K for karat gold — because, fashion,” she giggled. She started horseback riding at 6. “I also had a horse named Joe,” she later revealed. “But Joe was the worst. Joe was a bully. We don’t talk about Joe.”

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The 25-year-old actress, who rose to fame as Lara Jean Covey in the Netflix rom-com film series “To All the Boys” — after making her debut in “X-Men: Apocalypse” — was the night’s special guest at a dinner hosted by the French house in Los Angeles on Thursday night. “Rendez-Vous Au Sommet” was the theme, inspired by the snowy Alps.

Lana Condor

Courtesy of Longchamp/Owen Kolasinski

The evening was held to celebrate Longchamp’s newest bag: Box-Trot. A boxy shape coming in various shades and two sizes, it features a medallion in gold-tone metal on the folding snap — the signature horse and rider logo.

“I exercised some Lana go-against-your-impulse,” she said about picking out the style, choosing the mini in green. “I’m a big bag girl forever. I’m someone who wants to know I have all my things in the bag, period. And I don’t have mini bags mainly because I’m like, ‘Well I can’t fit my books in there. I can’t fit my iPad. I can’t fit my massive charger.’ But I said, ‘Lana this mini is so cute.’ And alarmingly, you can fit so much in it. I have a camera — “

“Guys, would you like a madeleine?” a waiter interrupted, presenting his silver platter. The butter cakes, too, were mini.

“No, I’m OK, thank you,” Condor responded, before turning back. “That looks like a pizza pocket,” she said. “If it was a pizza pocket, I would take it.”

She went on, holding the purse, “If you’re looking for a mini bag, but you’re also a big bag girl, this is it. I am shocked. I have a camera, my car holder, a charger, hand sanitizer, my keys. And I think I could put my phone in if I wanted. So, it’s kind of a perfect size if you’re trying to be cute and mini but also practical.”

Paul Lorraine, Lana Condor, Olivier Cassegrain

Courtesy of Longchamp/Owen Kolasinski

Condor wore Longchamp head to toe, including a black leather jacket with a white sweater, trousers and boots.

“This jacket, my fiancé tried on as well, so we’re going to be sharing it,” she said of actor Anthony De La Torre. Engaged this year, the two live in Seattle, Washington. “It’s great, but I’m like, it’s mine.”

She gave a cheeky smile before playfully shouting, “Mine!”

Asked about her recent work, she said she wrapped “Valiant One” with Chase Stokes, directed by Steve Barnett. The film is set in North Korea. “It’s no ‘To All the Boys,’ let me tell you. It’s no rom-com.”

The experience was physically demanding, she said. “It was probably the most empowering thing I’ve ever done.”

She’s been choosing projects “that spark joy,” she added. “And same with brands. I’m at this point in my life where I only want to work with people who share the same values as I do and make me feel happy. It’s one of the reasons I’m here tonight. I feel very honored.”

Held in a private residence in the Hollywood Hills, the dinner — prepared by Parisian chef Yann Nury — brought out a slew of young women, actresses Alyah Chanelle Scott, Larsen Thompson, Hannah Zeile and content creators Amanda Steele, Anna Sitar, Emma Brooks, Ellie Zeiler. All accessorized with the Box-Trot.

“Most of our relationships are very organic,” Paul Lorraine, chief executive officer and president of Longchamp North America, said. He cohosted the event with the brand’s managing director Olivier Miller-Cassegrain, great-grandson of Longchamp founder Jean Cassegrain. (It was in 1948 that the entrepreneur launched the company, named after the Paris racecourse, as producer of tobacco pipe coverings before creating leather goods.)

“We don’t really go out chasing or targeting people,” Lorraine said. “It’s the magic of Longchamp. They’ve been doing it for so long. And the relationships, the partnerships are longstanding. You can see tonight, it’s genuine appreciation…Our challenge on a media perspective is that we’ve been very humble. We don’t shout about the brand, because it’s not our nature. We let our products speak for itself.”

The company is looking to expand in the region, he said: “We’ve got a big business on the East Coast, and we want more on the West Coast. It’s always been an area that we’ve had great support, great engagement, and we just want to do more here.”

What’s in the works for next year?

“We’re growing more of our concession businesses,” Lorraine said. “That’s going to be a big role for us. Our product assortment is expanding on the families, editing our selection down but adding more color. We had a fantastic `22. We had a really good `21. `23, I’m mentally in Q3 already. It’s looking exciting for us. We’ve got great momentum.”

The 12 Best Men’s Toiletry Bags That Are Durable and Stylish

The 12 Best Men’s Toiletry Bags That Are Durable and Stylish

Every traveler knows that only the best men’s toiletry bags are essential to having a seamless, well-organized experience. By investing in a quality-made toiletry bag, you’ll be eliminating the stresses of traveling by being able to comfortably house all of your grooming, skin-care and wellness products without having to make edits to your packing list.
Whether you’re headed on a lengthy trip or just need to pack some essentials for the weekend, keep scrolling to find the best men’s toiletry bags that will elevate your travel style with their functional designs, practical sizing, easy-to-navigate compartments and durable materials.
1. The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Leather Toiletry Kit
Boasting durability with its sturdy, water-resistant leather, the Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Leather Toiletry Kit is available in four timeless colors and is perfect for weekend trips.

The Men’s Store at Bloomingdale’s Leather Toiletry Kit $45 Buy Now
2. Royce New York Classic Leather Toiletry Bag
Handcrafted for long-lasting performance with its Colombian Vaquetta leather, the Royce New York Classic Leather Toiletry Bag comfortably fits all of the essentials.

Royce New York Classic Leather Toiletry Bag $110 Buy Now
3. Bagsmart Toiletry Organizer Bag
A top-rated toiletry bag on Amazon, the Bagsmart Toiletry Organizer Bag is available in six smart colors and is equipped to house all of your toiletries with its roomy compartments.

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Bagsmart Toiletry Organizer $18 Buy Now
4. Idesort Men’s Travel Dopp Kit
Available in six classic color options, the Idesort Men’s Travel Dopp Kit features two spacious storage compartments that can fit everything from toothbrushes and razors to shaving cream and deodorant. 

Idesort Men’s Travel Dopp Kit $16 Buy Now
5. Calpak Hue Faux Leather Toiletry Bag
Minimalist and unisex by design, the Calpak Hue Faux Leather Toiletry Bag is made with scratch-resistant faux leather and boasts utility with its spacious design, which features pockets on the inside and outside for optimal storage.

Calpak Hue Faux Leather Toiletry Bag $48 Buy Now
6. Tumi Alpha 3-Split Travel Kit
Versatile and functional, the Tumi Alpha 3-Split Travel Kit features three zip-pocket compartments with clear windows so you can easily keep track of everything. Its carry handle also unsnaps so you can attach it to a towel bar for added convenience.

Tumi Alpha 3 Split Travel Kit $95 Buy Now
7. Shinola Leather Toiletry Kit
Elegant and refined with its rich dark brown leather exterior and sleek construction, the Shinola Leather Toiletry Kit features one interior compartment, two interior slip pockets and one interior card slot for effortless organization while you’re on-the-go.

Shinola Leather Toiletry Kit $225 Buy Now
8. Herschel Supply Co. Camouflage Chapter Travel Kit
In addition to livening up your luggage set with its bold camouflage print, this Herschel Supply Co. Camouflage Chapter Travel Kit also provides the perfect temporary home for your weekend trip skincare and grooming must-haves.

Herschel Supply Co. Camouflage Chapter Travel Kit $35 Buy Now
9. Boacay Premium Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag
Available in 15 colors and two varying sizes, the Boacay Premium Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag makes any destination feel like home with its multifunctional hanging design and storage compartments that allow you to easily navigate through your products. 

Boacay Premium Hanging Travel Toiletry Bag $21 Buy Now
10. Longchamp Boxford Toiletry Kit
Boasting a measured design that allows you to travel in style, the Longchamp Boxford Toiletry Kit features a waterproof interior and exterior to ensure that all of your favorite products are right where you need them.

Longchamp Boxford Toiletry Kit $85 Buy Now
11. Rains Waterproof Wash Bag
Made with water-resistant material and equipped for any type of journey, the Rains Waterproof Wash Bag offers ample storage space for your entire toiletry collection while also adding a sleek flair to your travel gear.

Rains Waterproof Wash Bag $34 Buy Now
12. Briggs & Riley Baseline Classic Toiletry Kit
Traditionally designed and thoughtfully constructed, the Briggs & Riley Baseline Classic Toiletry Kit comfortably stores all of your essentials and keeps them at arm’s reach with its convenient carrying strap.

Briggs & Riley Baseline Classic Toiletry Kit $65 Buy Now

Longchamp President Philippe Cassegrain Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Longchamp President Philippe Cassegrain Dies of COVID-19 Complications

Philippe Cassegrain, the designer of Longchamp’s famous Le Pliage bag, has died in hospital from COVID-19 complications, the French accessories house announced on Monday. He was 83.
Cassegrain held the title of president, and dedicated more than 60 years to the family-controlled firm. His father, Jean, founded Longchamp as a producer of tobacco pipe coverings.
According to Lonchamp, Cassegrain was drafted by his father to advance the firm’s international expansion, sending him off to Asia, Africa and the United States in the Fifties with Longchamp samples in his suitcase.
When he returned, he joined the business officially and helped his father in everything from creation and manufacturing to marketing to sales development. He took on the management helm in 1972, and introduced travel bags mingling nylon with leather.

In the Eighties, in concert with his wife Michèle Cassegrain, he introduced feminine handbags to the product universe, and in 1993 created Le Pliage, which would become its best-selling and most iconic style. The company has sold more than 30 million of the leather-handled nylon totes to date.
“Just like the brand logo, a rider on a galloping horse, Philippe Cassegrain was a tireless creative with insatiable curiosity,” Lonchamp said. “Every season, he worked to renew the men’s bags and luggage collections. Coming every day to the office, exchanging over and over with the workshops, passionate drawer, inventor, he injected smart and fair spirit in all its creations.”
Today, the business is in the hands of the third generation of Cassegrains: His eldest son Jean is chief executive officer; his daughter, Sophie Delafontaine, is creative director, and his younger son, Olivier, leads the brand’s American boutiques.
Recently, two of Philippe Cassegrain’s grandsons joined the company: Adrien as transformation director, and Hector as U.K. general manager.

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