Duchess Kate Middleton's Travel Bag
Le Pliage bags are made of ultra light nylon canvas (a Longchamp signature), and then chicly trimmed in soft cowhide leather. We imagine Kate using it to carry her plane shoes, scarf, a book or tablet, perhaps, and even a stuffed animal for Prince George. We love that she chose the classic navy travel bag for her recent trip. Even Prince William looked good carrying it!
Buy Kate's Travel Bag at a Discount
We found these coveted travel bags discounted by 25% at Nordstrom.
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This royal travel bag is also available directly from Longchamp.com, though they sell at the full retail price. Longchamp has upped the luxe on this everyday bag by -- get this -- offering customization services. It is available in different colors, including:
Navy (Kate's color)
Paper Pink (A very light pink)
A Parisian Staple
On my recent trip to Paris, I saw almost every other Parisian woman using a Longchamp Le Pliage not for travel but to carry everyday essentials like baguettes, fresh fruits, or flowers. It truly is a chic alternative to (ugly) reusable bags. You can carry a folded one in your purse and whip it out whenever you need to carry extras, or to go shopping.
Fold and Wash
The Longchamp Le Pliage makes a great travel bag because it's foldable. I personally like to bring one folded Le Pliage in my carry-on during my trips, so I can whip it out later to hold souvenirs. It folds flat are is super light. Here's what this travel tote looks like folded:
The nylon Le Pliage is easy to wash. The official care instructions advise owners to clean the nylon body using a soft brush or cloth, with neutral soap and good old water. But I have personally washed mine in the machine, on low settings and using a mild detergent, and the bag came out looking even better! If you have Longchamp's colorless leather cream, you can also apply that using a soft cloth to the leather trims every once in a while.
This travel bag is available everywhere and -- unlike Kate Middleton's Reiss dresses -- is not likely to get sold out. Buy the Le Pliage discounted from Nordstrom or direct from Longchamp.com.