5 destinations to experience with Longchamp's Le Pliage backpack
Ask any intrepid traveller the key to an unforgettable adventure and we'll bet it's a unanimous chorus to go hands-free. How else will you tuck into a steamy beef sandwich at London's Borough Market, browse the knick-knacks at the streetside stalls of Place du Tertre in Montmartre, or caress the soft silks in the fabric markets in Marrakech?
But lest the Eastpak of college days casting a fresh-off-the-boat demeanor (whistle-stop grad trip!) upon your worldly expedition, here's what we recommend: Leather — not fabric — for a touch of sophistication, in a judicious hue befitting the itinerary of your intended locale; lightweight so you'll keep the pep in your step; and sizable enough to load all your on-the-road must-haves.
By the doyen of travel bags, we imagine Longchamp's Le Pliage Cuir backpack on five journeys around the globe — from a thrilling caper in South Africa to an unwinding jaunt in Kyoto, Japan.
1. LE PLIAGE CUIR BACKPACK IN PILOT BLUE
Jet off to... the French Riviera.
Take it on... evening strolls by the beach backdropped by the pink sunsets of Nice, a journey through the old world glamour of Monte Carlo, and hedonistic nights chasing the sun in Saint-Tropez.
Pack in... your most flattering swimwear for a spontaneous dip in the Côte d'Azur's cool, blue waters.
2. LE PLIAGE CUIR BACKPACK IN NATURAL
Jet off to... a South African safari.
Take it on... a lazy boat ride down the rivers of the Eastern Cape, a wildlife expedition at Kruger National Park, and horseback riding in Sleepy Hollow.
Pack in... your best lens for Nat Geo-worthy captures.
3. LE PLIAGE CUIR BACKPACK IN BLACK
Jet off to... Berlin, Germany
Take it on... a historic journey through the museums of the city, a taste tour of global cuisine whipped up at Kreuzberg's Bite Club food market, and after-dark trippin' to strobing beats at the legendary Berghain nightclub.
Pack in... a Longchamp silk scarve that doubles up as a rave-ready bandana.
4. LE PLIAGE CUIR BACKPACK IN PINK
Jet off to... Kyoto, Japan
Take it on... a bicycle tour of the Geisha district of Gion, a leisurely hike through the 10,000 torii gates of Mount Inari, and a day trip to the resplendent silver and golden temples of the city.
Pack in... your best walking shoes to navigate the labyrinth of Kyoto's tapered alleys by foot.
5. LE PLIAGE CUIR BACKPACK IN CHERRY
Jet off to... Marrakech, Morroco
Take it on... a scenic drive to discover the Berber villages in the Atlas Mountains, a night out sampling the local fare at the souks, and a balmy afternoon soaking in the brilliant blues of Jardin Marjorelle.
Pack in... a breezy kaftan to dispel the summer heat.
The Le Pliage Cuir backpack comes in eight colours and is available at Longchamp boutiques. Located at Ion Orchard, The Paragon and The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.