Everyone’s favorite foldable nylon tote just turned twenty years old, and Longchamp is celebrating the milestone with a colorful new collaboration. To add a bold twist to its classic Le Pliage bag, the brand turned to British-American artist Sarah Morris, who took abstract graphics from her Rio series of paintings and infused them into the anniversary collection.
“It was like redesigning an envelope,” Morris told InStyle at Longchamp’s anniversary celebration last night, which featured an eye-popping installation of bright totes strung from the ceiling of Affirmation Arts in New York City. “You don’t really have to do too much, because it’s a perfect utilitarian design. It was really easy to make it my own, but also keep what is their signature,” she said.
The new collection offers three different styles of the iconic bag, all with black and white handles: a white version that features Morris’s Total Annual Solar Eclipse painting silk-screened on the nylon, a square calfskin leather limited-edition tote, and eight totes available in a palette of colors from Morris’s Rio painting series. So, which of the line is the artist's favorite? “I love the Eclipse bag, but I also really like the banana yellow Palette bag,” she said.