From The Straits Times    |

Credit: Longchamp

Stroll along the streets of Paris, and you’ll likely come across a Longchamp tote or two. After all, the ubiquitous Le Pliage, made from a recycled polyamide canvas with cowhide trimmings, is lightweight, foldable and available in a dizzying array of colours, sizes and versions.

Look closely, and you’ll notice that the zipper on this well-loved bag features a jockey on a horse. This is significant because Longchamp is named after one of the most famous racecourses in Paris, thanks to founder Jean Cassegrain’s love for horseracing.

This same logo has now been reimagined as a metallic medallion in pale gold, and it sits front and centre across the French brand’s newest launch: The Box-Trot.

This cross-body style is made from smooth calfskin, and we predict that the elegant Cognac shade will be a crowd fave.

As its name suggests, this latest addition has a boxy, oblong shape, and comes in Mini, Small and Medium sizes, with the smallest adorned with an adorable top-handle detail. Designed for the busy woman on-the-go, the adjustable cross-body strap means it’s both fuss- and hands-free, while the sleek silhouette makes it an easy bag to take you from day to night.

Smooth to the touch, the calfskin leather used to make the Box-Trot has been sourced from Leather Working group gold-certified tanneries, which helps ensure sustainable leather production practices.

Spotted out and about: Julia Roberts wears the black Box-Trot during the promotion of her new movie Ticket To Paradise. The collection also has a coin purse with a strap that’s perfect for some cards and AirPods.

If sophisticated French chic is what you’re after, you’ll love the classic iterations in Black of Cognac. We’re fans of the Instagram-worthy Lilac, but if you want a pop of colour that’s a little bit more grown-up, consider the Cypress or Orange.

P.S. If you love matching your accessories to your bag, the range also includes a coin purse with a shoulder strap, as well as a long continental wallet.