Replica Longchamp Sophie Delafontaine: ‘Female designers work for women with shape’

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Born into the cheap Longchamp fortune, Sofie Delafontaine is anything but an entitled heiress. On her first visit to India to launch their flagship store in Mumbai, the brand’s artistic director reveals exactly why we need more women making the big decisions.

ELLE: This is a brand you were literally born into. What was it like growing up?

Sophie Delafontaine: We’re a family of workaholics. Watching my parents and grandparents gave me a sense of their work ethic and patience early on. We trust each other because we have the same values and ambitions.

ELLE: Was it always understood that you would have to work your way up?

SD: My mother, both grandmothers, even my great-grandmother all worked at a time when it was uncommon for women from good families to do anything other than be housewives and take care of the family. For me, having a career came naturally. I have three kids and it’s important for them to have a mother who is self-confident and happy to achieve things.

ELLE: How has the way women approach dressing changed since you entered fashion?

SD: Twenty years ago, bags were functional. In Europe, women had a black bag for winter, and a navy blue or beige one for summer. Different countries had different tastes: German women liked big bags with long straps, Japanese women wanted tiny replica handbags. But today, I am not speaking to one nationality, but to the spirit of the woman: she is confident and multifaceted, and constantly multitasking. So, the product needs to follow her life.

ELLE: Tell us about the legendary style of the Parisian woman. What can the world learn from her approach to fashion?

SD: [Laughs] I am Parisian, but I don’t really think we are special. But if I compare us with women in the US or UK, I would say that we appreciate fashion in a more discreet way. In other countries, they will have a total look, a focus on brand logos. Maybe the effect of this discretion is that Parisian women seem naturally elegant, even though there is a lot of hard work behind it.

ELLE: It’s also that, like Indians, the French respect the process of ageing.

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SD: Yes, I think that every age is beautiful. Every wrinkle is a part of my life, and I am not unhappy to be who I am today. This is the type of woman I am trying to reach—the kind who is confident enough to feel comfortable in her life.

ELLE: For many years, male designers dominated fashion, even though the industry is geared towards selling to women. Now that there are more women in positions of power, do you feel it has impacted the business?

SD: Male designers are very creative—if we are speaking of Karl Lagerfeld, Christian Dior, Cristóbal Balenciaga—but their perception of the woman is really the myth of the woman. Female designers really work more for women with shape, not just some tall, thin girl. We want to move, work, be able to drive a car. Sometimes, you have a collection where you can’t even move; the replica shoes are beautiful but difficult to walk in. Every pair of shoes I design, I try them myself. If I cannot walk in them, they’re discarded. There’s nothing worse than wearing 10- or 12-centimetre heels and being unable to walk.

There’s a Reason this Travel replica Bag Has Sold 20 Million Pieces Worldwide

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The Longchamp outlet Le Pliage gets a bad rap for being “basic,” a term ascribed to the preferences of women who like to play it safe. In that case, almost every woman reading this could be described as “basic” because have you tried toting this bag around? It’s amazing. It’s rain-proof, scratch-proof, and carry five heavy bottles of champagne if you need it to, all while being light, packable, and low-maintenance.

Now, what seems to be the entire universe’s go-to travel-slash-work-slash-shopping buddy has officially landed on Philippine shores, thanks to the opening of Longchamp’s first exclusive stand-alone boutique in the country. That’s right, you heard me: you can now get first dibs at the replica Longchamp Le Pliage in all its colorful, leathery, and utilitarian glory,  along with the rest of the complete seasonal collection for women’s replica handbags, without having to make pabili any longer. (@TitasofManila, rejoice!)

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At the boutique’s opening yesterday, we got to steal a few minutes with cheap Longchamp General Manager for Asia and Pacific François-Xavier Severin to know more about the Pliage’s enduring popularity, the new collection, plus his thoughts on Filipina fashion.

Longchamp outlet uk has long been a mainstay in the Philippine market, what made you decide to open a stand-alone boutique just now?

If we could have done it earlier, we would have done it. We were waiting for the right opportunity and right location availability—which definitely wasn’t easy. We actually like this (location) because as we can see, it’s really in the main traffic flow. The country has a very nice economy, which was also very important for us. We think that the Philippine people really have an appetite for the industry; this is the right opportunity we’ve been waiting for, and it’s been great.

The Longchamp flagship store in Hong Kong has the brand’s complete line, including the clothes and shoes. When do you think all that will arrive in the Philippines?

It’s a question that many people have been asking us for the past two days. We have a bit of a size issue—we could have sold well, but we would have needed a bigger space.  The store is only 60 square meters and we have to make some choices.  So we decided that with this space, we would only propose the woman’s cheap handbags and accessories, but at least most of those collections.

Personally, I’m very confident about introducing the ready-to-wear collection. We just opened up the store, so we want to be right with the customer and understand whether they are familiar with the ready-to-wear, if it is something that will be interesting to them in the future. I hope in one, or even in a few years, we can come back for the opening of a new store, bigger with all the new products in all categories. We can see that the Filipino people really like to dress, they really like to do make-up, they really like the trendy and luxury accessories, so there is no reason why the ready-to-wear will not be accepted here.

Given the Pliage’s popularity, what are you doing to fight the counterfeit industry that has risen because of it?

We’re actually doing a lot of things because of course we have a lot of counterfeit products. In a way, it comes because of the popularity, so we can also see it in a positive way, to see that we are okay. But it is a huge business; (counterfeit) is a huge market, and we have a department that is totally dedicated to (monitoring piracy). I can tell you they are busy 8 o’clock in the morning to very late everyday!

The Pliage is undoubtedly one of your most popular styles. It’s one of those designs that is so ridiculous because everyone has one. What is its enduring appeal that makes people continue to buy it?

The Pliage nylon is a phenomenal success as we have sold an estimation of more than 20 million pieces since its launch. It is still a very, very popular item. So why do people still buy it? Every season we propose new seasonal and unique colors, which remain in the spirit and the theme of the collection. We still also sell classic common-known colors as well.

But what is interesting is that we launched the Pliage Cuir last year, which is what you have there and is what the models are wearing. The Pliage leather is quite popular—it is going by very fast. You have people who were customers for the Pliage nylon switching to the Pliage leather. I think it is a different bag, but why is it a very nice evolution? The Pliage leather comes with a strap that you can carry cross-body, which is a bit more of a cooler profile.

Last but not least, we have the new Pliage heritage. It is much more structured, modern, fashionable. It has the details and shape of the Pliage nylon, but in a very rigid light.

How many Pliage bags do you produce in a day?

Well, it takes less than 15 minutes (to assemble one Pliage). We still own the largest leather manufacturer in France and we openly invite people to see the way we manufacture our product. They like very much to go see the Pliage nylon because we have to produce it very fast, making sure that the quality is always there and that every single bag is perfect. So one of these days, you could come over and see what’s (happens) behind, and you will see that it takes a lot of a experience and expertise.

Can you tell us a little bit about the bag’s history?

Philippe Cassegrain, a second generation member of Longchamp’s founding family, designed the bag. I would say he was a very practical person—practical but chic—and he was traveling a lot. And always in his mind was to find a way to provide a chic, large, practical, and very functional bag.

Inspired by the Japanese origami, (the bag) is all about the foldable concept. The only way to keep it very light and sophisticated was to mix very nice leather—the Russian leather we use for the flap—and the nylon, which is very easy, solid, resistant, but also still light and foldable. That was 20 years ago, and it has since become a very fast and very wide success.

The good thing about the bag is that it’s really accepted by a very wide diversity of women: from schoolgirl to the very high-end luxury woman.  We have many customers from Chanel and Hermes; they are also very pleased with our Longchamp bag. As one could say, “You can find in an airline, in an economy class, business class, and in first class,” which is very true—we’ve been here for 20 years, and see how successful the Pliage still is.

Do you also use the Pliage when you travel as well?

I have the Pliage leather in dark brown.

Men’s fake handbags are a growing category. Why didn’t you introduce a few men’s replica handbags as well?

Again, it’s really because of the space issue. We do have the full men’s bags travel line but we do need space, and we just don’t want to have them lost in a women’s environment. We had to make some compromise.

As I said, the market is ready and the customers are here, there is no doubt about it. It’s more of a matter of having the right place.

Replica Longchamp Goes Back to Its Roots With Masculine Focus

Whoever said replica Longchamp was a women’s brand? The Parisian label, founded in 1948, is putting a greater focus on its masculine roots and has set the opening of its first men’s store for October this year, right opposite its flagship on Rue Saint-Honoré.

“The house of cheap Longchamp started in a masculine universe,” creative director Sophie Delafontaine, granddaughter of the label’s founder Jean Cassegrain, explained at the brand’s first men’s presentation on Thursday.

“It was originally a tobacconist, and my grandfather started working with leather by making leather-clad pipes before developing a range of goods around the smoking world, then desk items and men’s leather goods. Luggage came next in the late Sixties and early Seventies, and the first women’s bag only launched at the end of the Seventies,” Delafontaine said. “From then on, the women’s business became the focus.

A look from Longchamp's spring 2017 men's collection

“We really wanted to put the focus back on men,” she continued. “We have been reworking the men’s collections for the past few seasons.” The brand has also been working on dedicating spaces to men’s lines in its boutiques around the world, said Delafontaine.

The spring 2017 collection for men includes two new lines, a minimalist range in smooth calfskin and another in grained taurillon leather. More sporty items include a backpack made from Kudu antelope suede and updated canvas designs with pops of color, one of the house’s signatures in its women’s collections.

“We’ve added lots of color, which was less the case in the men’s designs before, to add a touch of fantasy,” Delafontaine said.

There will also be an exclusive line for the new men’s boutique inspired by Delafontaine’s grandfather’s designs from the Seventies.

Longchamp’s Paris flagship is undergoing renovations and will reopen in August in an expanded space of nearly 6,000 square feet, up from 2,700. It will include a whole floor for the brand’s ready-to-wear and footwear lines.

Across the road, more than 2,000 square feet will be dedicated to men’s collections, with an offer including gloves, scarves, belts and men’s shoes, which the brand is introducing this fall, as well as its broader leather goods offer.

Kate Middleton’s Love of replica Longchamp Tote Bags Basically Makes Her the Most Relatable Royal Ever

Let’s be real for a second and acknowledge that 99 percent of Kate Middleton’s royal wardrobe is pretty inaccessible to us normal people. She is, after all, a princess with a princess’s budget! But, surprisingly, one of the Duchess’ favorite accessories has been (and will likely always be) a replica Longchamp handbags tote bag which, frankly, is a bit more affordable for the masses. In fact, you could probably run out right now and buy the same one Kate has!

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Kate’s obsession with the colorful, nylon, Longchamp outlet Le Pilage totes — which retail for $145 — goes back several years. In fact, one of the earliest times she was photographed carrying one was back in November 2005 during a holiday shopping spree with her mother, Carole Middleton, in London. At the time, Kate was just a 23-year-old, recent college graduate lugging around all her crap in a giant, black tote bag like the rest of us. Relatable, right?

Fast forward a few years and Kate (of course) married Prince William, became the Duchess of Cambridge, and had two beautiful (seriously, b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l) children. Since becoming an official royal, Kate has sadly stopped using a fake Longchamp bag day-to-day to instead carry teeny, tiny clutches instead. We really can’t blame her because what does she really need to carry with her at this point? She has people for that, duh. But, just when you thought Kate’s obsession with the chic tote bags stopped in the mid-2000s, it definitely didn’t…

Though the Duchess herself hasn’t been spotted carrying a Longchamp outlet uk in several years, her personal assistants and stylists still seemingly lug around Kate’s belongings in the classic bags. Crazy, right? When Kate and William touched down in Assam, India during their royal tour of India and Bhutan in April 2016, the mom-of-two’s personal secretary Sophie Agnew and stylist Natasha Archer were both photographed carrying fake Longchamp totes with the rest of Kate’s luggage.

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While we don’t actually know if the large, dark purple tote or the smaller, pea green bag in the pics belonged to Kate, if her right-hand women carry replica Longchamps too they must be pretty fashionable, right? We’re hopeful Kate still loves the bags as much as the rest of the world seems to because, honestly, it just makes us love her a little bit more.