Longchamp is a French luxury leather goods company founded in Paris in 1948 by Jean Cassegrain. The Longchamp House is still owned and managed by the family. The company is primarily known for its leather and canvas handbags, its travel items, and numerous fashion accessories.
The brand is present all over the world through more than 236 boutiques and a total of more than 1,800 stores in some hundred countries.
The artistic direction of the brand is handled by Sophie Delafontaine.
Longchamp often turns to designers and artists who propose special versions of their bags and luggage, sometimes sold in limited editions. Thus, in 1971 Serge Mendjisky added leather patchwork to bags. In 2004 Thomas Heatherwick invented the “zip bag,” a bag constructed around a long zipper. In 2004 and 2005 Tracey Emin personalized luggage.
Jeremy Scott has regularly proposed special editions of the Pliage bag since 2006.
In 2008, to celebrate its sixtieth birthday, Longchamp reissued its LM collection originally only available in Asia, also offering a version illustrated by Jean-Luc Moerman.
Kate Moss, the brand’s icon since 2006, also became a bag designer in 2010 with the launch of the first Kate Moss for Longchamp collection.
In spring 2012, the brand launched a new all-leather version of its Pliage bag.
Since 2006, each season Longchamp has also offered a range of clothing and shoes for women.