Longchamp sees in 2023 with a new collaboration, uniting with Paris- grounded jewellery and accessories developer Stéphanie D’heygere – through her eponymous marker D’heygere – on a gender-free collection that promises to ‘ transfigure the everyday ’ with pieces that acclimatize to their wear and tear’s requirements, inspired by Longchamp’s foldaway ‘ Le Pliage ‘ handbag.
‘ When I first met Stéphanie, I was fully sailed over by her work and the whole macrocosm she created. Her designs have a real identity, but also an extremely ingenious dimension that speaks to Longchamp, ’ says Longchamp creative director Sophie Delafontaine, who first banded with D’heygere on a limited- edition wrap in 2019. ‘ After( that) successful debut collection, we wanted to take the coming step by exploring a lesser range of possibilities.
’ Longchamp & D’heygere a collaboration to ‘ transfigure the everyday ’
Comprising two bags, an marquee, a wrap, a rain chapeau and trousers – each a variation on classic Longchamp archetypes – the collaboration is erected on the idea of breeding the pieces with an redundant function in addition to their original use. For illustration, the trousers are designed to be rolled or unrolled to different lengths, a belt bag can be converted into a pack, an marquee is designed to be worn as an accessory across the body, while the rain chapeau ‘ crowds and unfolds with the speed of an origami ’.
Like D’heygere’s jewellery and accessories – which frequently feature idiosyncratic rudiments, like a holder for cigarettes on a choker or earrings adorned with fresh flowers – there’s a feeling of play to the collection, which arrives in a pictorial palette of fuchsia pink and leopard print, as well as crisp cortege , white and black. The recognisable leather check of ‘ Le Pliage ’ appears on the front fund of the wrap, for illustration, while a interpretation of the tote can be converted into a pack or shoulder bag. ‘
Longchamp is a marker that has followed me around ever since I was a child. I love its energy, and I particularly love the conception of its iconic Le Pliage( bag), ’ saysD’heygere. ‘ I suppose it’s awful that one bag is carried by so numerous different people, and that everyone uses it in their own way. Le Pliage isn’t only an essential, but it also has a real personality, and it was a pleasure for me to put my own stamp on it. ’
Sustainability is also central to the collaboration, the colorful pieces constructed from the same recycled oil as the house uses to construct its ‘ Le Pliage ’ bag. ‘ Since the morning, Longchamp’s environmental commitment has been reflected in the continuity of its products, ’ says Delafontaine. ‘ Over the once two times, we’ve founded by transitioning the entire Le Pliage line to recycled oil. this is a real precedence for us, which extends to our collaboration with Stéphanie. ’
’Piecemeal from the leather, which is always sourced from LWG- certified tanneries, all the accoutrements used for this capsule are reclaimed. ’
Delafontaine says she hopes the collection provides a number of companions for everyday life – a central tenet of Longchamp, which is centred on pieces that synopsize ease and wearability. ‘ Our guests are defined by their fast- paced, civic cultures, and this collection offers them apparel and accessories designed for mobility and thus for trip, ’ she says. ‘ The idea is to accompany our guests in all circumstances.( This collection) adapts to every situation and to the pace of our guests ’ lives. ’