One bag that I have found plenty of use for through the years is the Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack. In the Before Times, I used it primarily for travel as it was packable and lightweight (~0.5 lb empty); now I use it on boba runs and take-out trips, as the bag is leakproof and easy to clean (wipe down, or put in a mesh laundry bag and machine wash, depending on the degree of soil).
For those of you looking for something with a classic look that’s also practical, look no further than the Longchamp Le Pliage Backpack. Continue reading for the full review.
DETAILS AND CONSTRUCTION
The bag is made from a durable nylon, which has been treated for water-resistance and can be wiped clean, that is easy to maintain. Like other bags in the “Le Pliage” family, the Le Pliage Backpack has a packable design that allows it to be flattened and folded when not in use. Some notable features: the sleek brown leather trim, which adds visual interest; a useful top zip around closure; a (mostly decorative) snap button closure, which I find difficult to use; a sturdy top carry handle; and the adjustable woven shoulder straps, which on the shortest setting leave behind a long tail that dangles (irritating, but not a deal-breaker).
This backpack fits a lot for its size (10.25″ W x 11″ H x 4″ D, compared to the “Mini” Le Pliage Backpack which is 7″ H x 8″ W x 4″ D); in addition to a mini laptop, sunglasses and eyeglasses, a full-sized wallet, a small makeup bag, some snacks, this bag will also fit a light sweater or a pair of flats without issue.
$125 is at once a lot to spend on a nylon bag, but also not an unreasonable price for a multiuse piece that will get regular use. The price certainly isn’t prohibitive, and if you are someone who likes to consolidate their belongings when on the go, this bag might be for you!