Longchamp sees in 2023 with a new collaboration, uniting with Paris-primarily based jewellery and equipment designer Stéphanie D’heygere – by means of her eponymous label D’heygere – on a gender-totally free selection that guarantees to ‘transform the everyday’ with pieces that adapt to their wearer’s requirements, impressed by Longchamp’s foldaway ‘Le Pliage‘ handbag.
‘When I very first met Stéphanie, I was totally bowled around by her operate and the whole universe she developed. Her designs have a real identity, but also an incredibly ingenious dimension that speaks to Longchamp,’ claims Longchamp innovative director Sophie Delafontaine, who to start with collaborated with D’heygere on a restricted-edition poncho in 2019. ‘After [that] prosperous debut assortment, we preferred to just take the future move by exploring a higher assortment of possibilities.’
Longchamp & D’heygere: a collaboration to ‘transform the everyday’
Comprising two bags, an umbrella, a poncho, a rain hat and trousers – each and every a riff on vintage Longchamp archetypes – the collaboration is built on the idea of instilling the parts with an further purpose in addition to their authentic use. For instance, the trousers are designed to be rolled or unrolled to distinctive lengths, a belt bag can be remodeled into a backpack, an umbrella is designed to be worn as an accessory throughout the physique, while the rain hat ‘folds and unfolds with the speed of an origami’.
Like D’heygere’s jewelry and accessories – which generally function idiosyncratic aspects, like a holder for cigarettes on a necklace or earrings adorned with refreshing bouquets – there is a sensation of participate in to the collection, which comes in a vivid palette of fuchsia pink and leopard print, as perfectly as crisp navy, white and black. The recognisable leather closure of ‘Le Pliage’ appears on the front pocket of the poncho, for instance, whilst a model of the tote can be transformed into a backpack or shoulder bag.
‘Longchamp is a label that has followed me all around at any time due to the fact I was a baby. I appreciate its vitality, and I especially love the idea of its iconic Le Pliage [bag],’ suggests D’heygere. ‘I imagine it’s amazing that a person bag is carried by so many various persons, and that all people makes use of it in their individual way. Le Pliage is not only an crucial, but it also has a genuine temperament, and it was a pleasure for me to place my very own stamp on it.’
Sustainability is also central to the collaboration, the different items built from the very same recycled canvas as the household employs to construct its ‘Le Pliage’ bag. ‘Since the starting, Longchamp’s environmental dedication has been reflected in the toughness of its solutions,’ suggests Delafontaine. ‘Over the previous two yrs, we have innovated by transitioning the full Le Pliage line to recycled canvas… this is a genuine priority for us, which extends to our collaboration with Stéphanie.’
’Apart from the leather, which is constantly sourced from LWG-licensed tanneries, all the products made use of for this capsule are recycled.’
Delafontaine says she hopes the selection provides a number of companions for day to day life – a central tenet of Longchamp, which is centred on pieces that encapsulate relieve and wearability. ‘Our clientele are defined by their quickly-paced, urban existence, and this assortment offers them clothes and accessories designed for mobility and therefore for travel,’ she says. ‘The idea is to accompany our clientele in all situations. [This collection] adapts to each and every predicament and to the speed of our clients’ lives.’
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