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Paris Fashion Week: Previewing Longchamp, ahead of South Coast Plaza opening

March 8, 2011 | 10:41 am

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I stopped by the Longchamp showroom to check out the wares, because I'm a fan of the brand's classic foldable nylon Le Pliage totes, especially when I travel. And I was delighted to hear there will be a Longchamp store opening in May at South Coast Plaza.

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The store will be stocked with summer bags then, including a Mexican-blanket-stripe beach tote that is part of the line designed by Kate Moss. But for fall, Longchamp is working a country theme, with the new suede Balzane satchel and the suede-fringed Imperial cross-body bag.

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For the city, there's a patchwork ponyskin tote and a tromp l'oeil version in nylon. See if you can tell which is which.

-- Booth Moore in Paris

Photos, from top: Balzane cross-body bag, Balzane satchel, Balzane suede-fringed Imperial cross-body bag, patchwork ponyskin tote and tromp l'oeil version in nylon. Credit: Longchamp

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