LongchampLe Pliage (1993), Philippe Cassegrain
Founded in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain, and named after the famous Parisian racecourse, Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company, mostly known for its iconic Le Pliage bag. Longchamps started as a manufacturer of luxury leather-covered pipes, then expanded into small leather goods, launching its first women’s handbag in 1971.
The company’s real breakthrough came with the use of nylon. In the 1970s, Longchamp was one of the first companies to create a nylon fabric luggage collection. In 1993, Philippe Cassegrain designed what would become the company’s most famous handbag: Le Pliage. The Le Pliage (which means ‘folding’ in French) is a handbag that folds into a distinctive trapezoidal shape the size of an envelope. Available in a wide range of colors and styles and carried by Kate Middleton, Mary Berry, Katie Holmes, Amy Adams and Alexa Chung, Le Pliage is considered one of the most popular handbags in the world.
The house of Longchamps is still privately owned and managed by the Cassegrain family.
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