Wardrobe Wednesday: Kate Loves Longchamp

Kate loves her Longchamp bags. The quality, durable, and somehow fabulously chic tote bags have been a closet staple for Kate since her university days. Even back then, while most of us were still saying “what’s a Long Champ?”(FYI, its pronounced “LOAN-shaum“), Kate carried a small brown Le Pliage to her graduation from the University of St. Andrews.¬†

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Kate carried a Longchamp bag on her graduation day – photo via Flickr

For many years, from her days as Kate Middleton to her engagements at the Duchess of Cambridge, the Le Pliage has become a royal closet staple. Kate used the small brown Le Pliage for many years as a handbag. Kate would later rely on a large red shopper as her go-to carry on during the North American tour in 2011. And, in more recent events, the Duchess uses the bag to tote around her essentials to royal events and engagements. (Sigh, if only we could peek inside her bag)

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via Bloomingdales

Longchamp is a French company founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain. The Paris-born company is known for its leather and nylon travel products, with its most famous piece being the Le Pliage tote. For the past 55 years, Longchamp has become a world-renowned designer of luxury bags. The products are known for their supreme quality and construction, with each bag, tote, and suitcase being made in France. Along with their major success in the last 20 years, they have participated in a few design collaborations. In 2006, Kate Moss became the face of Longchamp and helped design the Kate Moss for Longchamp line in 2010. It is rumored that the Duchess of Cambridge was a fan of Kate Moss – perhaps she was repli-Kate-ing before we were!

via Bloomingdales

Kate has owned plenty of Longchamp Le Pliage bags, including:

And even Pippa owns one in white! Personally, I own two Longchamp Le Pliage large totes and constantly consider purchasing a third. They are indestructible, unfailing, and effortlessly stylish. This is by far my favorite Kate-inspired purchase!

Get your own Longchamp bag, just like the Duchess of Cambridge!


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Christine is the editor of What Would Kate Do? and The Refined Side. When she isn’t writing, she can be found reading with a cup of tea. Her interests lie in history, etiquette, and consumer culture. She resides in Washington, D.C.
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