Longchamp bags

A poster in the Graffiti section wrote about buying Longchamp bags in the duty free shops in the European airports. She said she had saved $50-60 on the bags over the cost of the bags in stores here in the States. Does anyone know which airports have duty free shops that sell Longchamp bags? Thanks!

Posted by Teresa
Seattle
464 posts

I know Dublin Airport does (because I bought a Longchamp backpack there), but I don't remember which terminal. I'm pretty sure Heathrow Terminal 5 has a Longchamp shop too.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Thanks for that information. Unfortunately, I won't be in any of those airports? Does anyone else have some suggestions?? Thanks in advance!

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Going to the Longchamp website would be too easy. I want to know where to get a bag that is authentic but also save a few dollars IF possible. Thanks! :)

Posted by Sarah
Canada, eh
58 posts

I suggest checking the airport website for the airports you will be using. Most airports have some sort of list of their shops. You can also try googling something like "Frankfurt Airport Longchamp" and just replace Frankfurt with whichever airport you'll be using. Finally, while the duty free shops typically do have slightly better prices on the Le Pliage series, at least, the Le Pliages are cheaper in Europe anyway and the regular stores usually have a better selection. So, it might be worth your while to check out a regular Longchamp retailer on your trip, especially if your looking for a certain size/color combination.

Posted by Stephanie
Trussville, Al
185 posts

@Bev Not that this answers your question but just an FYI & not that it matters & you may already know this but the only Longchamp purse made in France is the one that has the Eiffel Tower imprinted on it. All others are made in China. We were told this by store personnel in April last year when our group went into one of the Paris stores to make a purchase.

Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6840 posts

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Posted by Michael Schneider
New Paltz, NY
6840 posts

"...Going to the Longchamp website would be too easy. I want to know where to get a bag that is authentic but also save a few dollars IF possible." In your original question you specifically asked which airport duty free shops carry Longchamp products. The link I gave you to the official site does just that. It not only lists company stores, it also lists third-party stores, including airport duty-free shops. I think it's safe to assume that the official site isn't going to direct you to a store that sells their knockoffs.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

Going to the Longchamp website would be too easy Nah, I'd much rather have you mugs do the looking for me....

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Yes, Michael and Nigel, you are correct. I asked a different question specifically pertaining to the duty free shops and then asked for more information. I know I could do the research and usually do. On the other hand, that is why all of us use this site and ask questions of others. I am sure you have given information to others, as have I, but we all know how to do research. When I look at the number of your posts, I can see that you have given LOTS and LOTS of help to others. However, I will agree with you that some of the questions asked could be resolved with a little research. Thanks to everyone who has helped with answers. Now, I just have to consider the price in Europe with the Euro at 1.30 versus the cost of the bag at Nordstroms. Maybe I will be so overwhelmed at the duty free shops or in the Paris store and I will come back loaded with Longchamp bags. No, not if my husband has anything to do with it! :)

Posted by Bets
Bloomington
1970 posts

"That's why all of us use this site and ask questions of others" All means 100%, but it doesn't include me. I ask a question only if I can't find the answer elsewhere, so as not to bother others needlessly. Someone here was kind enough to do the research and give you a website. Your response was quite "unusual".

Posted by Sylvia
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
331 posts

My daughter came back from Paris this past wednesday with her newly aquired Longchamp bag. She said that they Do sell them at CDG airport for about 10% less than she paid from a shop in Paris, but the selection at the airport is smaller.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Michael and Stephanie, a big THANK YOU! Michael, that was very nice of you to give such an inclusive listing of the shops. WOW! Very impressive. Stephanie, I knew that some of the bags are made in China. I didn't know that the "real" bags have an Eiffel Tour imprint on them. I will check the one that Nordstrom's sent to me. Thanks for that piece of information. Sylvia, thank you for that additional information about the selection at CDG being smaller. Bets, thank you for your response to keep me on the straight and narrow.

Posted by Patty
Steilacoom, WA, USA
307 posts

I'll buy mine wherever I can - Nordstrom, Printemps, CDG. Colors and sizes vary and the crowd at Printemps was pretty overwhelming, but I find them pretty functional. what I have to carry is so heavy, I need my purse to be light-weight. I think, and could easily be corrected, that the bag with the Eiffel Tower has a huge Tower as the design. They had them at Printemps, but I don't think I've ever seen them anywhere else.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Patti, I did see an ad for one of the bags that had an Eiffel Tower across it as a design. Last night, I checked my bag from Nordstrom's. It says it was made in China. I do plan to look in stores in France and in any airport duty free shops that I can. I looked up the actual addresses for the stores in Paris. The one on the Left Bank is at 21 Rue du Vieux Colombier. On the Right Bank, he location is 404 Rue St. Honore. I need to do a Mapquest to find where the stores actually are. For those of you who have purchased their bags in duty free shops or in France, where were they made? France or China? This is getting to be a long topic but with lots of good information. Also, what have been your favorite colors? I am torn among the chocolate, the indigo and the azure looking color along with the navy blue. One more thing, did you get the long handles for the shoulder bag or the short handles for the actually handbag/tote style? I know all of this is personal preference but in terms of the handles, that does make a small difference in how the bag is used. Thanks again! Thanks!

Posted by Ellen
Centennial, CO, USA
1396 posts

I'm the one that posted about buying in Duty Free shops. I got one in Zurich and one in Frankfort at the airports. I plan to shop again and see if there is a Duty Free at Rome to buy another color. I paid @$80 for my backpack that was retail at Nordstroms for $125, and about the same for the tote that is $145 at Nordstroms. You have to look around, and you will probably find Longchamp in most major European airports...the larger Duty Free shops seem to carry them.

Posted by colleen
dallas, TX, USA
149 posts

I had been wanting the Boxford Travel Bag (Dimensions : 45x35x23 cm
17¾x14x9 inch) for a long time. They cost around $300 here in the states. Got mine at CDG for 150 E. But, there was only one - I was lucky it was the black one I wanted.

Posted by Patty
Steilacoom, WA, USA
307 posts

I love this! I had to check the ones I can find easily. The ones I have close at hand both came from Nordstroms -one is made in France (a red shopper with long handles that can be zipped open around the middle to expand-anniversary sale). The other brown shopper has long handles and was made in China. I also have a black long-handled shopper that I got in Paris and a small tan with small handles that my daughter got when she worked in France.

Posted by Patty
Steilacoom, WA, USA
307 posts

Just checked with my daughter- one that came from France was made on China.

Posted by Ellen
Centennial, CO, USA
1396 posts

Yep, made in China...but think about it....Coach bags are made in China too. I think of Coach as AMERICAN, and my first bag I bought was made here, but now, no longer. It's a real bummer. I hope you find the one you want, made in France! Duty Free shopping, make sure you know the value of the Dollar vs. Euro when you shop so are sure you get a good deal. I know I paid about $88 for my backpack, and about the same for my medium tote. I'd love another, but I'm not spending $145 in Nordstroms + tax for another...I've got one, that should be enough in reality!

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Thanks to all of you for your information. I am going to look in France and the airports for Longchamp bags. Depending on what I find, I may or may not return the Nordstorm's bag. But I am still confused...would it be correct to say that some of the bags even purchased in France may have been made in China? Would it also be possible to assume that any bags purchased on the "real" store should have been made in France? I would hope so! I know heads are hurting because of all these questions and information.

Posted by Southam
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
916 posts

Curious: How much can be saved shopping for a handbag at a duty-free shop versus any other store or on-line? Are there actually any duties to be saved?

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

I don't know yet. The bag cost $165 at Nordstrom's. When I look at the real Longchamps website, I think bags like the one I want are $145 in US dollars. that would be a savings of $20. As you may have read, some of the bags have been made in China. I want one made in France. I can not afford the real leather ones so I will have to go with the cansas/nylon bag. Also, there is a difference in the same size bag between one with shoulder straps and one with shorter handles similar to a suitcase. I think the bag with shorter handles is $135 on the website. Since I have never looked in a duty free store, I don't know what the savings will be and since I want a "real" bag, I will just go to one of the two retail stores in Paris. I would be concerned that if I wait until I get back to a duty free shop (even though I will look), the bag may be one made in China. Just what I want to avoid. Again, thanks to everyone!

Posted by Stephanie
Trussville, Al
185 posts

@Bev, as I stated in my previous post our group of ladies who went into one of the Longchamp stores in Paris (can't remember which one)in April 2012 were told that the bags are made in China EXCEPT for the one with the Eiffel Tower imprinted on it. And as stated by someone else that made a reply to this post the Eiffel Tower that is imprinted on the bag is large. It sits on a diagnol that covers most of the bag. One of the ladies in the group I was with purchased this bag because she wanted a bag made in France. This was one of the nylon bags. Hope this helps.

Posted by Stephanie
Trussville, Al
185 posts

@Bev, one other thing for what it is worth, if I'm not mistaken my friend who purchased her "real bag" made in France was given a card of authenticity. I would be happy to check on this for you if you would like me to.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Ellen and others, I do plan to check the price at the regular French shop and the duty free stores. At this point,since I know the cost of a euro is .78 of a dollar, I can spend up to 113 euros for a bag. I'm not really good at math (I always screw up my Jeopardy bet) but I think I will be be able to figure the cost of the bag. It will depend on what the cost of the euro is when we get to Paris. Again, thanks to everyone for their help and information!

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
749 posts

I am looking at the longchampoutlet.com website right now and everything, Le pliage, messenger, duffel, even the bags with the Eiffel Tower are 57.99. Is this possible? Has anyone else checked this site. Seems too good to be true. Maybe a website bug?

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

That sounds too good to be true but it is worth checking. Who know Longchamp had an outlet? Is it only on the Internet? I will check it out! Thanks!

Posted by Elaine
Columbia, SC
749 posts

I can't even find the website now. It must be a fake. I KNEW it sounded too good to be true....you know that old saying.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Good evening! I did check out the Longchampsoutlet.com. WOW! It seemed as if everything was less than $65. Now, I do wonder about using that site. Do any of you know anyone who has used it? Why does it seem too good to be true? Might it be a scam as suggested by ? There were lots of different bags in many colors. I am almost tempted because you can return your ordered bag within 14 days. Thoughts?????

Posted by Sarah
Canada, eh
58 posts

Bloomingdales is having its semi-annual Friends and Family sale with 20% off of most things, including Le Pliage bags. The code is FRIENDS and the sale goes through April 7th. Even with 20% off, the bags are still cheaper in Europe, but if you're set on a specific color or need the bag before your next trip, 20% off isn't bad.

Posted by Connie
North Coventry
6 posts

The online outlet is not an official Longchamp outlet. They do have outlet stores (one is in NJ) but those have limited selections of the Pliage bags. I can't give you the numbers, but in 2011 when I was connecting through Heathrow, I calculated the prices on the Longchamp Pliage bags in Harrod's and there was defnitely a worthwhile savings. Later I regretted that I did not make a purchase. All the bags in the Paris flagship store definitely represented a savings over Nordstrom prices. I purchased the Pliage Eiffel Tower bag in Paris. However, I wasn't checking to see if they were made in France or not.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

I was in Minneapolis over the weekend and saw some bags on sale at Saks. However, they didn't have the La Pliage bags for which I was looking. The Minneapolis store was an "outlet" with their closest "real" store in Chicago. Even though I have the navy bag from Nordstrom's, I think I will wait until I get to Paris and the duty free shops to look for another bag. Nordstrom's said that I can always return the one I purchased. They didn't even have a time limit on returns. However, I am still intrigued by the Longchamp outlet store. I don't like knock-offs but since the Longchamp bags are currently being made in China, what would be the difference? Real bag from China or a knockoff bag from China. I know, real is real! Just wait, Beverly! Thanks again!

Posted by Connie
North Coventry
6 posts

Bev, Just a little insight from the legal/intellectual property viewpoint: The main difference is that the Longchamp company has spent considerable time and money to establish their trademark and their brand. We may not like the fact that they're making alot of their bags in China, but they still developed the design and they own the brand and the profits from sales are rightly theirs. If you buy one of the Le Pliage bags at either the duty-free store or the Longchamp store, you may not have a product made in France but you'll have a great bag and a souvenir of your trip.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Thanks, Connie! I do understand the legal and intellectual property issues. That is why I will wait and either buy in a duty free shop, in Paris or one of the stores here in the States. Do I like saving money? Yes, but I don't like knock-offs. I would rather do without because buying knock-offs only encourages that entire industry. Plus, having worked for a union, we don't like shipping jobs or products overseas to countries that pay their employees pennies with no benefits.

Posted by Nigel
East Midlands, England
8760 posts

Moral compass? Not only is buying from (and selling) counterfeit goods illegal and immoral, you also buy rubbish. At the official Chinese factories there will be oversight and quality control as well as most big companies enforce (to a greater or lesser degree of competence) working conditions and pay. Counterfeit companies have no such controls. It may even have a label (a counterfeit one of course) saying made in China but it may very well be made in a completely different place - maybe even by children in rags for no money.

Posted by Bev
Decorah, Iowa, USA
250 posts

Nigel, I agree with you. If you look at my post, I said I would rather NOT have a bag than buy from a source about which I know nothing. While the union for which I worked was not an industry that could ship jobs overseas, I don't like it. Streets...no! Outlets...no. Duty free shops or the Longchamp stores...yes!