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Why This Cult-Status Bag Lives Up to Its Hype

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Every so often, you come across a piece that surpasses “favorite” status and goes on to become an essential you’re unsure how you have ever lived without. For some, it can be a classic watch or sturdy pair of jeans, while for others it might be a skincare savior or a comfortable pair of heels. For me? That life-changing item is a minimal black bag— the iconic Longchamp Le Pliage tote, to be specific.

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

Longchamp Large Le Pliage Tote

Back when I was in high school, it felt like every cool girl had this cult status carryall. Yes, it might’ve been a bit pricey for a teenager, but looking back, I remember feeling like it was almost borderline socially unacceptable to arrive at class without one slinked over your shoulder. So at 16 years old, I embarked on a weeks-long mission trying to convince my parents as to why I needed the bag over your run-of-the-mill knapsack. Full transparency: It didn’t take much persuading because my grandma, mom, aunts, and older cousins all owned one and they knew it would serve me well, too.

They weren’t wrong. More than 10 years later, I still tote it around with me all the time. This Longchamp bag has been with me everywhere over the last decade—and I mean everywhere: all through college, the many offices I’ve worked in, Europe, the Middle East, all across the United States. And it still looks as good as new.

Constructed from durable nylon with sleek leather straps, this bag is made to last and withstand the elements. It has a roomy interior that’s big enough to fit all your daily essentials and more, as well as a mini pocket to keep your smaller essentials at arm’s length. (I usually like to keep my lip balm or MetroCard there.) And no matter how much you stuff inside it, you’ll never have to worry about dealing with achy shoulders. It’s truly light as air with my work laptop, charger, wallet, and emergency cosmetic case. Another thing that’s pretty neat about the bag is that when it’s not in use, it folds up into an envelope, which comes in handy when you’re trying to save space in your closet.

For a designer bag, it’s also reasonably priced. This specific one starts at $155 and comes in a ton of different colors besides black, all of which are available at major retailers such as Nordstrom, Amazon, Bloomingdales, and Saks Fifth Avenue. There’s even a smaller version with a top handle or backpack option should you need something even more compact.

The fact that it’s racked up nearly 2,000 five-star reviews on Nordstrom and hundreds of positive reviews on other sites speaks for itself, too. It’s clear: The Longchamp Le Pliage is more than just an everyday bag; it’s a lifelong investment piece that I’m sure you’ll get as much use out of as I do.

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Sophie Dweck is the associate shopping editor for Town & Country, where she covers beauty, fashion, home and décor, and more.