The Longchamp Pliage backpack is an excellent travelling bag and would therefore make a great gift.
I saw an Italian teenager wearing one at London City Airport in September.
She wore it with a blue hoodie and ankle-grazer jeans and Superga trainers, naturalmente.
The backpack was the shining star of the outfit.
About a month ago, I saw someone at work wearing the bag with a smart work outfit and the bag didn't look out of place.
I extolled the virtues of the bag to my husband; and Lo! unto me, at Christmas, a bag was given.
I am not a fan of the Longchamp shoulder tote bag. Mainly because every girl at university had one and they look pretty uninspiring.
However, I think the backpack is cool. It's practical for holidays - you don't have to wobble through security with bag hanging from the crook of your arm taking up the same amount of space as a third buttock.
As the name would suggest, Le Pliage comes folded in a neat little rectangle.
Unfolded, it has enough room for ipad, camera, notepad and pen, sunglasses, passport and carry-on cosmetics.
It has a sturdy zip closing and then a leather button flap. The only design issue that I have with it is that there's a little tab beneath the button (you can see in the picture on the right) which I keep pulling to lift the flap up but it's attached to the bag. I'm worried I'm going to rip it off.
It feels well-made and I can't wait to take it out on her maiden voyage to California next week.