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DARING COLLABORATIONS

JEAN LUC MOERMAN

JEAN LUC MOERMAN

In 2008, to celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary, the house decided to rerelease its “LM” collection, offering the leather of its bags as a field of expression for the Belgian visual artist Jean-Luc Moerman.

 

In 2008, to celebrate the brand’s 60th anniversary, the house decided to rerelease its “LM” collection, offering the leather of its bags as a field of expression for the Belgian visual artist Jean-Luc Moerman.

Known for his motifs from urban graphic culture that he applies on all types of surfaces and supports, the artist revealed his other source of inspiration in the “Moerman Edition” bag series: the time-honoured art of tattooing. On these skins, he unfurled organic forms that sprung from his reinterpretation of the original LM motif, infusing this line of vintage bags with a contemporary feel.

 

THOMAS HEATHERWICK

THOMAS HEATHERWICK

If there is one thing that defines the designer, it is the eclecticism of his style, which consists in discovering unexpected uses for all sorts of materials.

If there is one thing that defines the designer, it is the eclecticism of his style, which consists in discovering unexpected uses for all sorts of materials. The design of T. Heatherwick’s project, in collaboration with Longchamp, with its unusual characteristics, brilliantly bears his imprint.

Crafted in an extremely beautiful leather, with a zip that winds around the entire length of the bag, the Zip Bag opens up on itself, expanding to almost twice its size and revealing an unexpected burst of contrasting canvas colours.

T. Heatherwick’s intention was to transform an unusual material into a functional object: mission accomplished. Despite its technical construction, the Zip bag is both a practical item and an objet of desire – the perfect synthesis of Longchamp’s refined know-how and T. Heatherwick’s creative genius.

 

TRACEY EMIN

TRACEY EMIN

Tracey Emin 4 Longchamp: “International Woman” - “International Love”
 
 


Tracey Emin 4 Longchamp: “International Woman” - “International Love”
 
In 2004, Longchamp’s “Le Pliage” bags were ten years old and internationally renowned. In celebration of this event, Longchamp collaborated with the British artist Tracey Emin.

This encounter led to a story... That of an “International Woman” who, from city to city, was tirelessly searching for an “International Man” with whom she could experience an “International Love”.

“Le Pliage” served as the artist’s starting point for creating original works based on her favourite media and techniques: salvaged fabrics, patchwork, embroidery and drawing.

The “International woman” suitcase

Tracey Emin was particularly inspired for this suitcase created in a pink blanket, similar to the one on her childhood bed.

Only two hundred copies of this suitcase were produced. They all bear a rosette on which is inscribed the name of a different city, street or hotel, each synonymous with one of the artist’s romantic memories. Tracey Emin wrote these names by hand and designed the rider for the Longchamp logo. Each rosette is therefore an original created by the artist.

“Always Me” bags

The words “Always Me” are applied to the back of these bags and make reference to the highly autobiographical nature of Tracey Emin’s work. In her words: “No matter how much in love, you should never forget yourself”.

 

MARY KATRANTZOU

MARY KATRANTZOU

For Spring 2012, Longchamp revealed its new creative collaboration with one of the most promising new names in fashion: Mary Katrantzou.

For Spring 2012, Longchamp revealed its new creative collaboration with one of the most promising new names in fashion: Mary Katrantzou. This designer who hails from Greece and is based in London has become an icon for those in the know since her dazzling digital prints opened the graduate show for the celebrated Central Saint Martins college in 2008. She brought her unique creative vision to Longchamp, with a special edition of two shopping bags and the creation of an exclusive print for the famous Le Pliage® line.
 
Mary Katrantzou gave her own interpretation of the “When East meets West” theme, drawn from an extraordinary series of references, from the temples of Asia and floral parades, through dragons and lanterns, to the architectural motifs of Carnegie Hall. The biggest bag places at its centre the sculptural staircase designed by Thomas Heatherwick for Longchamp’s La Maison Unique store in New York. The sinuous steps extend into trompe-l'œil handles, which themselves end in the bag’s leather handles. The staircase, chosen by Mary Katrantzou as a symbol of modern Western architecture, is conceived as being inside an aquarium with a profusion of oriental motifs – orchids in vibrant colours, sinuous dragons, corals and rays of sunshine in a fan shape – to create an abundant yet perfectly organised collage, which is precisely the young designer’s signature. For the second smaller bag, Mary Katrantzou took a temple adorned with lanterns and flowers as her starting point, creating a fresh and airy motif that miraculously blends into the monumental interior of New York’s Carnegie Hall. Brown calfskin handles and brushed golden buckles complement the beauty of the prints and echo the bag’s trompe-l'œil details.
 
For Le Pliage®, Mary Katrantzou designed a poetic print composed of orchids and lanterns floating like balloons against a sky blue background. “What I like about Le Pliage®,” says Mary, “apart from the fact that it is so simple and practical, is that is makes the perfect medium for a print designer.”
 

JEREMY SCOTT FOR LONGCHAMP

JEREMY SCOTT FOR LONGCHAMP

EMPIRE STATE POPSICLE

This tasty new ice pop has us watering at the mouth
 

Especially in Jeremy Scott’s red, white and blue Empire State Building version for Longchamp.

KATE MOSS

KATE MOSS

In February 2010 we launched the first collection with the Kate Moss for Longchamp signature, after she had spent eight seasons as the face of the brand.

In February 2010 we launched the first collection with the Kate Moss for Longchamp signature, after she had spent eight seasons as the face of the brand. Kate Moss gave free rein to her creativity to design the perfect bag!

Each season, the fashion icon Kate Moss in partnership with Sophie Delafontaine, Longchamp’s Artistic Director, develops new styles, colours and materials for her successful bags such as the Gloucester.

Time and again, Kate lets her creativity run wild to create the perfect bag for every occasion, the bag of her dreams in every respect, while Longchamp brings its unfailing expertise to each piece.
 

SARAH MORRIS LONGCHAMP 2014

SARAH MORRIS LONGCHAMP 2014

The House of Longchamp has turned to the artist Sarah Morris to reinterpret its iconic Le Pliage ® bag in celebration of the line’s 20 th anniversary.

The House of Longchamp has turned to the artist Sarah Morris to reinterpret its iconic Le Pliage ® bag in celebration of the line’s 20 th anniversary.
In just twenty years Longchamp’s Le Pliage ® has become a world-recognized sign of chic, urban living on the move. Women across the globe have adopted this modern classic as their own. Perfect for everyday, Le Pliage ® is feather-light, folds to the size of a pocketbook and is strong enough to carry life’s essentials. It is a vibrant expression of color, the epitome of style, homage to Parisian lifestyle and a honed example of French craftsmanship.
Like a blank page, which provides fertile ground for the imagination, Le Pliage ® is the perfect canvas for innovation and artistic endeavor. Across its history, leading artists such as Tracey Emin, Jeremy Scott and Mary Katrantzou have been inspired to create special limited collections, taking their own work into a new dimension.
More than 30 million Le Pliage ® bags have been sold across the world to date, more than 30 million examples of invention,
of versatility and of style in motion.
The Sarah Morris collection comprises a colorful limited edition Le Pliage ® bag, inspired by one of the artist’s paintings from the “Rio” series. This leather shopper, produced in just 125 examples, was created in a specific shape: a square, which evokes the canvases that Sarah Morris normally uses for her creations. This bag is crafted in a smooth and sumptuous calfskin, which is extremely supple, allowing it to be folded. All examples are signed by the artist.
During her collaboration with Longchamp, Sarah Morris was fascinated by the fact that Le Pliage ® is both produced by hand
and on a mass scale. She redesigned the nylon Le Pliage ® bag to create a white bag, reproducing an extract from the painting Total Annual Solar Eclipse. Both sizes offer two 3D reinterpretations of the work. Sarah is full of praise regarding the Le Pliage ® bag’s universal success: “You see it everywhere, in every country, worn and used by all kinds of people who have absolutely nothing in common apart from this bag.”
Le Pliage ® is available in a rainbow of colors, which are precisely Sarah Morris’ area of work. The artist has created eight bespoke shades, all available with white or black handles. Delicate pastels – Robin’s Egg Blue, Banana, Pink and Light Grey – blend with bright shades of Kelly Green, Red and Blue, along with a Classic Black, in a collection that will beautifully enhance any wardrobe.
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