PARIS — Do you have to take a backpack or will a belt bag do for the day? Due to the unfolding collaboration between Longchamp and Paris-based Belgian equipment designer Stéphanie D’heygere, an individual received’t have to decide on.
Riffing off a 2019 foldable poncho design she made for the French model, D’heygere has expanded Longchamp’s versatile Le Pliage tote right into a six-item capsule assortment appropriate for city dwellers come rain or shine.
Whereas not each merchandise within the six-piece line may be reworked just like the oversize tote and belt bag that each unfold into backpacks, D’heygere made positive so as to add the enjoyable in practical.
An umbrella with a strap may be slung throughout the physique, bandolier model. The poncho, a rain hat and trousers, straightforward to roll up and sensible on the go, may properly be streetwear or pageant gear. All are available six colorways, from classics like navy and white to zestier decisions, like fuchsia pink or a leopard print.
Longchamp creative director Sophie Delafontaine met D’heygere whereas she was a jury member for the 2018 ANDAM Prize, the place the Belgian designer received the equipment prize.
Delafontaine stated she’d been “very impressed by the way in which [D’heygere] twists perform, performs with performance.”
Discovering the thought of getting a number of functionalities in a product “cool,” she invited D’heygere to revisit the French label’s well-known Le Pliage foldable tote.
“It was a neat pitch as a result of [Longchamp] requested me to work round Le Pliage however with out doing a bag,” remembered D’heygere.
The outcome was a raincoat that rolled up right into a belt bag that bought out shortly after its 2019 launch and “embraced very properly this concept of recent mobility” that segued with Longchamp’s providing of light-weight, sturdy journey merchandise.
For the second iteration of their collaboration, they expanded on this concept of mobility, right here tweaked with the thought of “mobility within the metropolis itself” and “twisting the Pliage spirit right into a full capsule assortment.”
Being in an city setting means “temperatures are by no means excellent” for strolling or biking, “there’s a little bit of rain, of wind and we additionally thought of the truth that it could possibly be individuals in transit for work,” stated Paris-based D’heygere, who feels that “sensible however trendy” could possibly be that little additional push to get out the door.
Utilizing recycled supplies for this capsule segued with Longchamp’s extra sustainable method however can be a path that D’heygere began exploring within the spring 2023 assortment of her personal model, the place she turned her stash of now-defunct DVDs into earrings.
D’heygere stated a significant draw on this collaboration is the “democratic” facet introduced by the French model’s viewers, many-fold bigger than the one for her unbiased jewellery model. Longchamp’s foldable tote is a bag that has a common really feel to it, having been “carried by so many various individuals [who] use it in their very own means,” she stated.
For Delafontaine, collaborating with creatives of all creative walks is about “somebody with a powerful perspective, a powerful universe [taking] the Pliage [bag range] elsewhere,” she stated.
Amongst these instructions had been an origami-based capsule with Tokyo-based design studio Nendo that challenged the well-known tote bag’s form; designs that had been “very pop and with a humorousness” imagined with Jeremy Scott, and turning Longchamp totes into “a chunk of wall on the street” by dressing them by way of a collaboration with graffiti artist André Saraiva.
Priced between $175 and $390, the Longchamp x D’heygere capsule assortment will launch on Jan. 3 on the French model’s web site and choose retail areas globally. In Paris, a devoted pop-up will take pleasure of place in Lonchamp’s Saint-Honoré flagship retailer.