Over the years, French luxury brand Longchamp has combined its equestrian roots with artisanal finesse and produced a bevy of timeless-meets-playful accessories for the fashion-forward woman. Ardent followers will already know of the maison’s inimitable Le Pliage tote, but the Longchamp Brioche and Roseau have been mainstays in its roster, too. The latest addition to this rolodex is the Longchamp Box-Trot bag: a sleek, boxy shoulder bag designed for everyday. Introduced as part of Longchamp’s autumn/winter 2022 collection and through its new film of the season titled J’aime les filles—French for “I love girls”—the Box-Trot plays a starring role amidst the relaxed intricacies of female friendship.
The film centres around two young protagonists who reconnect and make a list of fun things to do—from lounging on a bed amidst the bustling surroundings of the Sacré–Cœur to having a delightful snack of strawberries and tea. While the Box-Trot hangs nearby in bold orange, it also comes in four other colours (cognac, lilac, cypress and black) and three sizes (a medium crossbody bag with adjustable shoulder straps as well as a small and mini version). Made from smooth calfskin, the Box-Trot also features a horse-and-rider medallion in gold-tone metal and ample room for everyday essentials.
Here on our shores, we’ve tapped two Singapore-based, fashionable friends—host and journalist Yvette King and fashion designer Jessicacindy Hartono—to hone in on the savoir-faire of the Box-Trot as well as the spirit of female friendship as seen in J’aime les filles. “As a cross-body bag, the Box-Trot is really utilitarian. You throw in all your essentials and sling it over your shoulder or you can carry it around with a cute top handle. It is a bag that is complementary with most outfits from a chic blazer to a soft, summer dress and pretty much anything in between,” shares King. “It is clean and classic yet still casual and chic,” adds Hartono.
While King and Hartono first met through a work event, the two have become fast friends. “Jessica has always championed me and has been so generous with her friendship. Likewise, I’ve supported her many exceptional creative endeavours and generally speaking have watched her operate in awe,” muses King. “I love Yvette’s style. She is beautiful, kind and fun,” shares Hartono.
Here, the pair join forces to curate four ensembles centred by the Box-Trot bag, from an adventure out to the stables to having a leisurely stroll.
A day-trip to the Bukit Timah saddle club
When it comes to a fun activity, King shares that both Hartono and her are not opposed to an outdoor day at the horse stables—namely, the Bukit Timah saddle club. “I could imagine Jess and I venturing out to have a coffee near the stables in Singapore. We would both embrace the racehorse theme of Longchamp and really make a day of it. We both love to lean into a theme and explore new places,” explains King. While King would opt for a classic yet light ensemble of a cream sweater and tan boots, Jessica shares that she would be partial to a slightly more casual approach.
A leisurely stroll at the Botanic Gardens
Who says you have to dress down for a leisurely walk? For King and Hartono, at least, a day out at the Botanic Gardens can also double up as a fun day of photo-ops. “Both of us love Paris and flowers. Having a day out in the garden will most certainly be a nice way to spend our time,” says Hartono. While she would opt for a flowing dress and the extra small Box-Trot in orange, King shares that a tank top and comfortable and sleek trousers are the way to go.