Longchamp sees in 2023 with a brand new collaboration, uniting with Paris-based jewelry and equipment designer Stéphanie D’heygere – by way of her eponymous label D’heygere – on a gender-free assortment that guarantees to ‘remodel the on a regular basis’ with items that adapt to their wearer’s wants, impressed by Longchamp’s foldaway ‘Le Pliage‘ purse.
‘After I first met Stéphanie, I used to be fully greatly surprised by her work and the entire universe she created. Her designs have an actual identification, but additionally an especially ingenious dimension that speaks to Longchamp,’ says Longchamp inventive director Sophie Delafontaine, who first collaborated with D’heygere on a limited-edition poncho in 2019. ‘After [that] profitable debut assortment, we wished to take the following step by exploring a better vary of prospects.’
Longchamp & D’heygere: a collaboration to ‘remodel the on a regular basis’
Comprising two baggage, an umbrella, a poncho, a rain hat and trousers – every a riff on traditional Longchamp archetypes – the collaboration is constructed on the thought of instilling the items with an additional operate along with their unique use. For instance, the trousers are designed to be rolled or unrolled to completely different lengths, a belt bag might be remodeled right into a backpack, an umbrella is designed to be worn as an adjunct throughout the physique, whereas the rain hat ‘folds and unfolds with the velocity of an origami’.
Like D’heygere’s jewelry and equipment – which frequently characteristic idiosyncratic parts, like a holder for cigarettes on a necklace or earrings adorned with recent flowers – there’s a feeling of play to the gathering, which arrives in a vivid palette of fuchsia pink and leopard print, in addition to crisp navy, white and black. The recognisable leather-based closure of ‘Le Pliage’ seems on the entrance pocket of the poncho, for instance, whereas a model of the tote might be remodeled right into a backpack or shoulder bag.
‘Longchamp is a label that has adopted me round ever since I used to be a baby. I like its vitality, and I significantly love the idea of its iconic Le Pliage [bag],’ says D’heygere. ‘I believe it’s fantastic that one bag is carried by so many various individuals, and that everybody makes use of it in their very own method. Le Pliage just isn’t solely a necessary, however it additionally has an actual persona, and it was a pleasure for me to place my very own stamp on it.’
Sustainability can be central to the collaboration, the assorted items constructed from the identical recycled canvas as the home makes use of to assemble its ‘Le Pliage’ bag. ‘For the reason that starting, Longchamp’s environmental dedication has been mirrored within the sturdiness of its merchandise,’ says Delafontaine. ‘Over the previous two years, we’ve got innovated by transitioning the whole Le Pliage line to recycled canvas… it is a actual precedence for us, which extends to our collaboration with Stéphanie.’
’Other than the leather-based, which is all the time sourced from LWG-certified tanneries, all of the supplies used for this capsule are recycled.’
Delafontaine says she hopes the gathering offers a lot of companions for on a regular basis life – a central tenet of Longchamp, which is centred on items that encapsulate ease and wearability. ‘Our purchasers are outlined by their fast-paced, city existence, and this assortment presents them clothes and niknaks designed for mobility and due to this fact for journey,’ she says. ‘The concept is to accompany our purchasers in all circumstances. [This collection] adapts to each scenario and to the tempo of our purchasers’ lives.’
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