I’ve always associated Longchamp Le Pliage Totes with sorority girls and prepsters of all types, but that may not be exactly accurate anymore. Sure, the brand is beloved by college students nationwide for their simple, lightweight, tan-handled nylon totes, but the French brand seems as though it would very much like to expand its reach beyond pear-studs set. Not only has Longchamp done several high-profile collaborations with bad boy designer Jeremy Scott, but its regular line of bags just got a big dose of modernity.
After looking at the images below for a little while, I’ve decided that it’s really the black handles that set the stage for the more fashionable future of Longchamp. You wouldn’t think that it would make such a big difference (after all, there are plenty of gorgeous designer handbags made of tan leather), but it totally does. The bags attached to those handles, in rich-toned leathers and textiles, feel a lot more grown up and stylish than their preppy predecessors.