Friday, September 27, 2013

Question From a Reader: How do I know I'm buying a genuine Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag?

I received a couple of emails from readers last month. The first email was about working visa application to Turkey. The second one was about buying a Longchamp bag. I couldn't answer the first letter well because of limited knowledge so no post about that here. Instead, I am posting the latter which I think I can answer better and here it goes.

Hello sis. I read your post about your new Longchamp Le Pliage tote. May tanong ako (I have a question). How do I know if I'm buying a genuine Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag? Marami sa IG at FB ang nagbebenta ng Longchamp. Paano ko ba malalaman na hindi fake ang bibenta nila? Staka pag made in China ba fake? Pakisagot naman sis 'cos I really want to buy an LC, takot lang ako na fake makuha ko (A lot of people sell Longchamp in Instagram and Facebook. How will I know they're not selling fake bags? And is it fake if it's made in China? Please answer sis 'cos I really want to buy an LC, but afraid to get a fake one). Salamat (Thanks).

Well dear, I was exactly on the same boat before and was very close to buying a Longchamp tote from a certain supplier in Facebook. Glad that I asked for the help of an expert before making a decision. Turned out that the bag I was supposed to buy was a knock off.

Anyhoo, this is my pink Longchamp Le Pliage shopping tote with long handle in small size. An authenic Longchamp Le Pliage tote like this is around P7,000 but I got mine a little less than P5,000 on a sale at Rustan's Gateway Mall in Cubao. The dimension of this bag is 14″ x 10″ x 10″ with a 7 1/2″ handle drop. So, before you buy a Longchamp tote from any supplier online, be it Facebook or IG, make sure you check for the exact dimension of the Le Pliage bags you are buying.

Now let's go down to the details of the bag. Please refer to the collage of close up photos above. Notice that the handle is made of Russian leather, the inner pocket is perfectly placed and the brand name is embossed on the flap as well as the words LE PLIAGE "SHOPPING" – MODELE DEPOSE. I've read from other threads though that older versions of Le Pliage have different words with them.

More details to spot here. The jockey is visible at the back of the flap cover. The quality of stitching is very good. Pink for the nylon material and white for the leather material. The metal logo on the zipper is perfect and the "YKK" and a "T" sign is very clear.

The inside of a Le Pliage is white. The tag says made in France and it has the style number too. That's 2605 089 560, the same style number indicated in the card that comes along with it. By the way, Rustan's sells both made in China and made in France Longchamp bags so when you say made in China, it doesn't automatically mean it's fake.

I think you'll know a seller is selling fake bags if her price is way too low compared with legitimate online shops like Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and the like. Better yet, visit one of the Longchamp stores in the metro and check their bags yourself. Study the one you wish to buy carefully and take note of the details that I just pointed out. For the list of stores where you can buy Longchamp in the Philippines, check the list below.

Rustan's Makati
Ayala Avenue
Rustan's Dept. Store
1225 Makati City

Rustan's Shangri-la Plaza
Shaw Blvd. cor EDSA
Rustan's Dept. Store
1552 Mandaluyong City

Rustan's Ayala Center Cebu
Archinishop Reyes Street
Rustan's Dept. Store
6000 Cebu City

Duty Free Philippines Fiesta Mall
Ninoy Aquino Avenue
New Fiesta Mall Complex
1700 Paranaque City

Duty Free Philippines
Ninoy Aquino Int'l. Airport
Terminal 2
1300 Pasay City

That would be all. Thank you for your email. I hope I'll be able to help you with this post.
Good luck and happy shopping!

PS. Email me again if you have a follow up question.

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