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SUMMAGOLD Dec 17th, 2007 02:16 PM

Favorite Collapsible Bags
Any suggestions on collapsible tote bags? I had one and used it for years, but alas, it ripped at the seams coming back from Madrid. Collapsible totes are so convenient when I run out of space in my suitcase from souvenirs we purchase.

julies Dec 17th, 2007 02:20 PM

I've got about 6 different versions of le Sport Sac bags. They wear like iron.

suze Dec 17th, 2007 02:25 PM

I buy them as I go (they make nice souveniers from a trip) if & when I find I'll be needing more space. I don't bring them from home.

swisshiker Dec 17th, 2007 02:32 PM

I purchased my Baggalini bags (both medium and large) from

Here's the large, as an example:

The large is pretty large, to me sometimes too large, so I tend to use the medium more often. But I take both with me, just in case of major shopping sprees, lol! :)

avalon Dec 17th, 2007 02:33 PM

Another Le Sportsac fan weighing in. My favorite travel purse is the Everyday and I have several sizes of totes and even a week-ender bag that folds up into nothing. Expensive but try ebay!

janisj Dec 17th, 2007 03:00 PM

I have several - some Baggallini, some le Sport Sac, some no-name generic. All different sizes. I'm not terribly "brand loyal" and most of them work about the same.

I also have a Longchamp tote that I love, LOVE. But it cost more than all of my other ones put together.

swisshiker Dec 17th, 2007 03:01 PM

Oh, meant to say that I also saw one in the travel section at Walmart the other day.

julies Dec 17th, 2007 03:13 PM

I've never paid full price for any le Sport Sac. Got some at Marshall's & TJMaxx.

JohnFitz Dec 17th, 2007 03:34 PM

Longchamp bags definitely as they are super light .

Maribel Dec 17th, 2007 04:07 PM

I use Longchamp Le Pliage bags because they come in many colors, they hold an incredible amount, are so light and easy to pack, taking up no room in luggage.

DeborahAnn Dec 17th, 2007 05:31 PM

I purchased my baggalini on ebags, it's the large one and I take it on every trip. What I like about it is the fact that it folds into itself so takes up very little room. I take it with me on my shopping daytrips to New York City to consolidate my shopping bags. It has held up amazingly well even as a checked bag. Deborah

kschaub Dec 17th, 2007 06:26 PM

I just want to thank you for this post! I was looking for just this type of bag, and wasn't sure where to go! I just bought a baggalini bag for my upcoming London, Paris trip based on the info I found on this post!!! Thanks again to all you Fodorites!!! You folks rock!


Luisah Dec 18th, 2007 05:37 AM

I have several LeSportsacs ranging from small purses up to 22" bags that lock. All are lightweight and all purchased at TJ Maxx. They always include a small zipper pouch that I use for everything from cosmetics to prescriptions to my passport and papers.

I also have a large Longchamps pliage that is great but I paid about $55 for it and now it's well over $100. I like it a lot but it is a bit heavier than the LeSportsacs and has hand handles, not adjustable straps like the sportsacs.

mcnyc Dec 18th, 2007 06:44 AM

Also, check out the outlets. I purchase my lesportsacs at the outlets and have gotten quite excellent deals.

As for my favorite collapsible bag? My large weekender from lesportsac (surprise), with zippers that lock. It's traveled with me all over the world, and it's still holding up.

Lately, I've also taken my lesportsac tokidoki bag with me. Sometimes, I just want a light purse that'll fit everything, and these fit the bill.

Barb Dec 18th, 2007 08:16 AM

I love my lesportsacs too, but how do they hold up if you check them. I would like to pack any purchases in checked suitcase and put clothes and laundry,etc in lesportsac and check it. I was wondering about the handles getting caught on things. Has anyone checked a lesportsac?

SUMMAGOLD Dec 18th, 2007 10:52 AM

Bard, good question, has anyone checked in a lesportsac or any similar tote bag? I was thinking it would be good to check in loaded with our laundry.

marginal_margiela Dec 18th, 2007 11:04 AM

I have several Louis Vuitton Keepalls, which are collapsible. These will last you a lifetime.

I really like the Longchamp Pliage collection. And it doesn't cost a fortune.

The Great and Powerful Thingorjus

SUMMAGOLD Dec 18th, 2007 11:07 AM

I have an LV carryall too but would never take to europe. also it would be too bulky to pack into a suitcase going to. I plan to only to use the collapsible tote on the return trip.

SUMMAGOLD Dec 18th, 2007 11:10 AM

hey lesport sac fans, do they collapse like the baggalini totes?

Barb Dec 18th, 2007 02:11 PM

Yes, they fold up to almost nothing. A large tote can be folded to fit into a purse.

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