Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company. The company was founded by tobacco shop owner Jean Cassegrai, in 1948 he started covering his pipes with leather. In 1955, the company started manufacturing leather goods (wallets and pouches) for men; they eventually released their first leather handbag for women in 1971. The company gradually focused on leather goods and luggage, and in 1978 the leather goods for smokers disappeared from their catalogues.
The brand also ventured into clothing and accessories. After Jean’s death in 1972, his son Philip took over the family business. What once started out as a tobacco shop in Paris, the family owned and managed company is now a brand known globally.
Longchamp is known for their leather cross-body, shoulder and sling tote bag, but their most popular product is the Le Pliage. The Le Pliage is a foldable tote bag, which makes it convenient for storing and traveling, though the bag was first made with nylon and leather accents (flap and handle) the brand has also released some bags made with all-leather material, available in wide array of colors, patterns, and design. Since its release in 1993, the bag has been popular with teenagers and adults, normal people and celebrities. Because of the design and quality that it offers the Le Pliage has become a bag recognized internationally.