Last summer, right before the end of my 7-week stint at Yale, KS #1 and I went shopping to take advantage of tax-free weekend in Massachusetts. Apparently, this magical time happens once a year, ostensibly to give parents a break as they shop for back-to-school stuff. (However, after a brief Google search, I couldn’t really find hard evidence that supports this reasoning. Anyone in MA wanna chime in on this?)
I’d already lived a pretty ascetic existence, the camp experience not being conducive at all to leisure, fashion or shopping, so both my psyche and my pocketbook were raring to go. Thus, it was with very little remorse that I made my first (and probably only) deliberate purchase of a fancy shmancy bag.
Now, I’ve previously maintained that women are divided into two main camps. There are your purse connoisseurs and there are your shoe mavens and never the twain shall meet (unless, of course, you’re independently wealthy or have a Mr. Moneybags that can supply you with both). I count myself in the latter camp and really couldn’t be bovvered with brand name bags. Why spend hundreds of dollars on a single Kate Spade when a $34.99 Merona bag at Target ferries my stuff to and fro quite adequately? My money is better spent buying more shoes.
But today’s HGB proves me wrong every day that I tote it around. The Longchamp Le Pliage is apparently the de rigeur bag in the New England area, primarily because it’s au courant and weather resistant at the same time. And I can attest to the latter. Sure, we don’t get squalls and gales in SoCal, but there has been many a time this school year when I’ve either dumped an entire water bottle’s worth of liquid in this bag or have gotten coffee splashed on it. A quick emptying and hanging over the tub, and this bag is still as good as new.
I also love the size of it. Longchamp makes this particular style in several sizes but the large suits me and my 15-inch Macbook Pro to a tee. When I finally surrendered my ancient PC to home computer status and switched over exclusively to the Macbook assigned to me by the school, this bag became a true workhorse. It not just transports my technologies (laptop, battery, cord and all), it also carries my lunch, aforementioned water bottle, silent reading novel du jour, makeup bag, foldable travel flats and other work detritus I manage to acquire within the course of a week. And because it’s PVC-coated nylon, Le Pliage doesn’t add pounds to my total carrying weight, making it easy on the shoulders.
My only quibble about this bag is its lack of compartments besides the barely adequate interior wall pocket that doesn’t hold a thing. But I suppose this is what makes it so lightweight and portable (did I mention you can fold this sucker into a nifty little envelope when not in use?).
So was it worth the $145 I spent last August? Well, if you subscribe to the whole cost-per-wear philosophy, and I’ve used this tote for 185 school days, then I guess a free bag is a pretty darned amazing investment.
P.S. I bought mine in the slate color shown here but I’m thinking of purchasing a back-up bag. Should I get red, gunmetal, lemon, or navy?!