Photographs Courtesy Longchamp
They say you should never mess with a classic, but Longchamp’s latest offering makes a compelling argument for reshaping tradition. This month, the French leather goods company teams up with the Japanese design studio Nendo to introduce a collection titled Longchamp x Nendo, an ingenious twist on Longchamp’s iconic origami-inspired Le Pliage totes, which morph from large carry-alls to envelope-sized purses with a few twists.
Inspired by these origins, Nendo’s founder, Oki Sato, decided to riff on furoshiki—the traditional Japanese wrapping cloth, whose aesthetics are similar to those of origami—in his designs for the line. It comprises three collapsible totes, each of which can be transformed into either a cube, a flat circle, or a cone. “A transformable bag gives us freedom and enables two ways of living,” Sato says. “Whether you’re active or relaxing, you’re never without your favorite things.”