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Longchamp Le Pliage Large tote...organizer insert?

OK gang...now that you all made me buy this for myself for Christmas, tell me if you use some kind of organizer insert? I've presently got my winter accessories stowed in it which I carry with me whenever I leave the house in winter so I don't need an insert but I can tell that I might need something when I use it for a personal item on the plane.

Part of the appeal and how I talked myself into it (aside from the wonderful "thunderstorm" color!!) was the light weight of the bag so I don't want anything too heavy. I've looked on Etsy and Amazon but have not decided on anything in particular. I've got an insert I use in a summer bag but it's not really big enough for this bag, I don't think. It was cheap and it looks it.

Or...do you just use it without an insert?

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I have used the Longchamp bags for the past 20 years without an insert. In October, my SIL showed me the insert she got for her bag off of Amazon so I bought one. I haven't used it enough since to be organized as to what is where, but it does separate things nicely. Big pockets and small pockets. Fits in the bag perfectly. I will be using in a couple of weeks and hoping I'll remember where things are in it! I do think the insert takes some space so you can't jam as much stuff in it, but that's OK for me.

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I have had these bags since 2001 and have numerous ones. I do not have any inserts for them. The newer ones have two pockets, one on each side (inside). For me, I don't want more stuff in the purse so would not use an organizer. The two pockets are plenty for me, FWIW.

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Pam, I haven't used it in the Longchamp bag but I bought the Tom Bihn Side Kick and have used it as an insert in other bags and it works wonderfully. It has a lot of pockets/compartments and holds a lot (3L capacity) but is lightweight (8-9 oz., depending on the fabric) and can also be used as a crossbody bag, sling pack or waist pack.

I plan on bringing it to Florida and Scotland - I really like it a lot. https://www.tombihn.com/products/side-kick

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I’ve used them for years as my everyday purse because they are so lightweight and don’t aggravate my shoulders like heavier purses do once they’re full. My favorite is one that I’ve only been able to find at the Nordstrom Anniversary sale that zips around the middle, adding an additional 4” when extended. I use pouches of varying sizes to keep things organized. In the last few years I’ve started buying pouches with the names of various cities/countries we’ve visited to use. When we’re traveling, I can throw my neck wallet in with the passport, so it’s easy to find and I can put it on when I need to.

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I have an insert - it really didn’t work for me. I use a couple of pouches to organize stuff with in mine.

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Wow, Thank you all! Heaven knows I have enough pouches!

Susan do you happen to have a link to the one that works for you? Is it felt?

Mikliz, mine is from the Green line so only has one interior pocket.

Mardee, so far I have resisted the Tom Bihn urge, hahaha! You know I am a weak vessel!

Patty, I’d looked at the extendable one as well! I got really cute pouches with Paris on them last year and I just smile when I look in my purse and see it!

Carol, thanks for sharing the insert didn’t work for you! That is helpful since I think we sometimes like the same things.

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PS Mine is size large. Scroll down on the link to see different sizes and measurements.

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I have also used them for years, I have 6 colors and sizes. I don’t use any insert but I do use either a belt bag or wristlet separately which I can through in when needed. I also use pouches for small items like mints, lipgloss, mirror, wipes, tissues, small tube of sunblock, etc. so if I have to check it at a sight I can take out my ID, money, etc. quickly. My husband doesn’t mind carrying it so that is a plus. We’ll be in Paris in April and I’ll see if there are any new styles or colors. I have gifted them to all my husband’s cousins/aunts in Croatia and they love it too.

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I carry a medium-size Longchamp handbag and have found its lack of interior and exterior pouches annoying, although I love the color, quality and style. My solution is the same as Barbara's: little zipper pouches for separating items.

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I'm a handbag lover and I like the Longchamp Roseau bags but I'm not really using inserts.
All documents stored in a big wallet. For the other things usually flying around in handbags I'm using a zipper pouche.

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PSA:
The Longchamp duty-free boutiques at CDG airport sell everything at -10% lower than the price you pay in town. One can never have too many Pliages or handbags.

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Hahaha....Bets, good to know on pricing!

And I appreciate everyone's comments and experiences!

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Pam, That thunderstorm color is gorgeous! (Would have looked great with that Samsonite Van Gogh roller. :-)

Silnylon stuff sacks or packing cubes might work well for personal item organization. I use a small stuff sack for my cashmere pashmina (15 yrs old)—contains the bulk and keeps it clean. I store a pair of undies and extra top (yes, Lands End modal) in another. I pack a bigger Eagle Creek silnylon packing cube for my sweater/puffy vest—the cube is neon orange, so I don’t leave that layer behind.

I use a Side Kick from Tom Bihn (yes, they’re all that) for my plane seat bag, and a Bihn 3D clear organizer cube for 311 toiletries (with a strap that clips to my bag). If I had a wide-open bag like Le Pliage, I’d corral everything else in another pouch. Can’t stand things rolling loose around a bag—a personal quirk. If it ain’t contained, I’ll lose it or forget about it.

Congrats on your new gift! - Sherry

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OMG Sherry! You know me too well, lol!! It would look great with that bag, wouldn’t it?

OK…2 votes for the SideKick.

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I often use the packing Cube Shoulder Bag from Tom Bihn in my personal item. It’s a larger bag that has a good form factor for packing—it would work very well in Le Pliage, I’d think. It doubles as a cross-body bag—worth the weight. I use an 8x5 Manila envelope in that for receipts and printouts (folded in half).

Since the Side Kick came out, I use that more often as a crossbody bag. Better organization inside, and it still holds a small water bottle. I got a Freudian Slip a few years ago, but returned it. Seemed too bulky to earn a place in my (full) bag.

@Pam, IMHO you deserve that Van Gogh bag for your bday. If only for the travel pun! :-). But wouldn’t it be lovely to open that case at the end of a long travel day and see the lovely print inside.

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Since the Side Kick came out, I use that more often as a crossbody bag.

tavapeak, I think you were the one who got me to buy the Side Kick with your description in another post. :) I have it as an insert in my personal item, then remove it at my destination and use it as a crossbody during the trip.

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BogieSan, thanks for the suggestion on the Freudian Slip. I want something with a horizontal orientation rather than a vertical one and will work my way thru all the different kinds of Slips although they are very narrow and the Le Pliage is 7.5 inches deep. The SideKick is a horizontal organization but only 2.8" deep.

I have now descended into madness, lolol....have now created a table in GoogleDocs for comparisons so I can keep track of dimensions of various suggestions and not have to keep flipping back and forth.

And yes....opening that VanGogh suitcase to see the almond blossoms would be so soothing!

Again...thanks for the suggestions!