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The perfect travel tote is hard to find — until you get your hands on one from Longchamp.
It’s been more than a decade since Longchamp’s nylon totes first entered my life, and over the years, they’ve seen me through all types of travel: Flights, trains, road trips, beach days, you name it. Named “Le Pliage” (which is French for "the folding" because when empty, they can be folded up into small rectangles for easy storage), the totes come in several sizes and even more colors.
My first trusty Le Pliage was a large shoulder tote in a shade of sandy nude. I used it in lieu of a backpack to haul textbooks across campus, and when I wasn’t using it for school, it was my go-to personal item for flights. Often I didn’t even need an additional carry-on bag.
While the exact style has evolved over the years, the updated version is currently on sale at Nordstrom at a 40 percent off discount, bringing down the price from $155 to $93.
Shop: Longchamp Le Pliage Club Tote, $93 (Orig. $155)
Although the nylon totes are super durable, I eventually wore down my first one and moved on to a new color. There are endless cute options, so it’s pretty hard to choose! I’m a big fan of this crisp crimson, which is available in the original Large Le Pliage style, as well as this bright, friendly orange. And you can never go wrong with navy.
Shop: Longchamp Le Pliage Club Tote in Navy, $117 (Orig. $155)
For me, the next item on my shopping list has got to be the Le Pliage Expandable Nylon Tote, which triples the bag’s capacity and can function as a full-on weekender. I could easily fit a few days’ worth of clothes and other necessities in this thing, and I love the detachable long strap. No hands is the way to go, especially when I’m in a rush.
While I do adore the classic navy, especially with the red detailing, it’s always hard for me to resist pink when the weather starts to change.
Shop: Longchamp Le Pliage Expandable Nylon Tote in Pink, $158 (Orig. $265)
Don’t need that much space? You can’t go wrong with the smaller size options, which still hold a pretty significant amount of stuff. This nylon backpack is a must-have, especially for outdoor activities.
As for a classic but less roomy tote, the small club shoulder size is great for summer months, and if you’re looking for a year-round staple, black might be your best bet.
Shop: Le Pliage Club Small Shoulder Tote in Black, $105 (Orig. $140)
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