I am a huge handbag lover – which is weird, because I’m such a deal-hunter in all areas of my life, but I have no problem plunking down a few thousand for a handbag if I really fall in love. For the past few years though, I’ve begun using the Longchamp tote more and more. It started when I needed a understated, practical bag that was commute-friendly (it never felt quite right to be carrying a LV or YSL bag on the train and running through the subway) but could also handle all my work docs.
- Double shoulder straps
- Front flap with snap and top-zip closures, interior pocket
- Unlined. Nylon with leather trim. Made in France
- 13″W base and 19.25″W top x 13″H x 7.5″D
- 10″ drop
I find the Le Pliage to be more sophisticated looking with the leather contrast flap, but material wise, the Planetes is much thicker material and feels much more luxurious. My co-workers and I have all used both the Le Pliage and Planetes daily for more than three years, but Planetes definitely holds up much better. The handles look entirely new even after daily use, with the bottoms showing only slight scuffing. If only the Planetes came in black with the brown leather flap, I’d be a happy, happy girl.
Nylon tote with leather trim and double shoulder straps. Front snap flap and top zip closures. Interior zip pocket.
- 11″W x 11.5″H x 7″D
- 9″ drop from shoulder
- Imported from France
And to throw in some money-saving ideas for these bags, you can sometimes find them at Nordstrom Rack, and I’ve even seen them at Marshalls.