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Longchamp Le Pliage or Vanessa Bruno Cabas?

(43 Posts)
bettykt Tue 18-Feb-14 11:42:47

I'm starting work soon and will need a strong sturdy bag to carry a large A4 ring binder type folder and some papers and was wondering whether the above bags are strong enough. I would also like to use the bag for holidays to carry around dc stuff. In the past for work I have used Orla Kiely Tesco jute bags but now I fancy something a bit smarter. Which would you buy? I know they are priced differently and am fine with that.

CointreauVersial Tue 18-Feb-14 12:54:35

Oooh, I am toying with the idea of buying a Le Pliage myself (the medium tote with shoulder-length straps), and was wondering about the strength thing, so will wait to see what people say.

buttercrumble Tue 18-Feb-14 14:00:40

Le pliage everytime smile

AmberNectarine Tue 18-Feb-14 14:16:29

I have both - the Pliage is more practical purely because the lining is rubberised and the handle longer. The Grand Cabas fits over my shoulder but is more of a snug fit and it does show dirt for than the Pliage. It is prettier though.

AmberNectarine Tue 18-Feb-14 14:16:54


polyhymnia Tue 18-Feb-14 14:37:46

Le Pliage definitely. Have used for it for work, college , holidays and it's always just right.

polyhymnia Tue 18-Feb-14 14:39:36

On strength, my Pliages have carried very heavy books, papers, laptops, etc and come through unscathed .

Pollywallywinkles Tue 18-Feb-14 18:24:10

I would go for le pliage with the longer handles so you can get it over your shoulder.

I love mine, its my workhorse bag. It's predominately my workhorse bag and I throw all sorts into it including A4 files and my lunch. I've had it about 4 years and it is still looking good.

Bonsoir Tue 18-Feb-14 18:25:40

I think you need both smile.

We have both in our family and they are useful bags for all sorts of things.

TheCraicDealer Tue 18-Feb-14 18:27:51

Le Pliage. I bought a coral one today for the summer holiday I've yet to decide on or book. I luffs it.

moondog Tue 18-Feb-14 18:32:35

The Pliage is great and always looks v stylish.
Vanessa Bruno one is a bit OAP by the seaside (nowt wrong with that but probably not one you want to channel in work mode)

bettykt Tue 18-Feb-14 20:17:59

Thank you for your replies smile seems as if Le Pliage is the one. Is the large one too big, the one that retails for around £68.00 or could I get away with the medium sized one? I don't want it to swamp me but it needs to carry my work stuff.

fififolle Tue 18-Feb-14 20:29:09

I'm also thinking of buying a Pliage- where is the best place to buy?

CointreauVersial Tue 18-Feb-14 20:30:39

I think know you'd need the £68 one. The one for £56-ish is more handbag-sized and an A4 file would be a squash, I think (can you tell I was inspecting them closely in JL last week? grin ).

CointreauVersial Tue 18-Feb-14 20:31:17

John Lewis!

fififolle Tue 18-Feb-14 20:31:29

I couldn't find them on JL website

AcaciaBeez Tue 18-Feb-14 20:35:13

I have both and if you need to put things like A4 paper and stuff go for the large. In fact I rarely use the medium just as teh large is so practical and eeven if empty is so light I don't mind carrying it around anyway

AcaciaBeez Tue 18-Feb-14 20:36:16

Also John Lewis says
Sorry - this product isn't currently sold onlineOur shops sell a wider range of products than we're able to keep online, and may stock what you're looking for.

They normally have them on stands in the travel section

Longdistance Tue 18-Feb-14 20:36:42

I have a Le Pliage. I had this bought for me in 2007 by dh. I have used this bag on and off since then, and am using it now as we speak. It has lasted that long shock that's quality for you.

I really want another one in a different colour, like burgundy, but don't know if it's an in season colour.

Btw, I have the handbag sized one, and can fit my iPad in it, with purse, diary x2, phone, make up, small family...

fififolle Tue 18-Feb-14 20:36:52

Thank you

bettykt Tue 18-Feb-14 20:46:15

fififolle you can buy them online from Selfridges and Harrrods. You can even order one directly from Lonchamp and custom it to your liking. It add £££ to the cost and is £££ for p&p. Hmm now which colour to have boring black or go with most things taupe? For an everyday bag I suppose neutral is best.

babybarrister Tue 18-Feb-14 20:57:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VarsityQueen Tue 18-Feb-14 22:07:30

thecraicdealer Coral sounds lush, where did you get one in that colour?

TheCraicDealer Wed 19-Feb-14 08:55:47

House of Fraser- here it is on the Longchamp site, but it's more corally in real life.

42notTrendy Wed 19-Feb-14 09:06:52

I love Mumsnet. I have been looking for a tote bag under £100 and you wonderful lot have just provided me with a perfect option. Thank you and thank you OP!

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