LeSportSac, but stylish?
June 6, 2015 9:15 PM   Subscribe

Can you please point me to some day bags that have the characteristics of LeSportSac bags (which I will outline) but are a bit nicer looking? Kipling and Lug are both out, as well.

What I like about LeSportSac and its ilk, for travel purposes:

-- packs much flatter than a typical leather purse; I pack light so I don't have room for a bag in my bag! (note: I know I can carry a bag onto the plane; I still want something I can pack)
-- lightweight, which is important when walking around all day (my shoulder tends to get sore easily)
-- can be wiped clean

Unfortunately, LeSportSac, Kipling and Lug are a bit too sporty for my taste. Do you know of something similar but more stylish? Thank you.
posted by paperback version to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (16 answers total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Response by poster: I should probably mention that as I'm in Canada, Zappos is not an option.
posted by paperback version at 9:22 PM on June 6, 2015

I have two bags that are exactly what you describe, though I got them both a long time ago. One is this one; it smushes nice and flat at the bottom of my bag.

I also have this one in a different pattern, and it can smush into a tiny amount of space (it's made of a nylon-y recycled material, rather than leather like the Fossil bag). On the other hand I realize that it's objectively kind of hideous. It definitely exists in other less offensive prints.
posted by goodbyewaffles at 9:36 PM on June 6, 2015

Try some of the Baggallini bags? Some are on Amazon so may ship to you. They're nylon, but they often look a little smarter.
posted by juniperesque at 9:48 PM on June 6, 2015 [2 favorites]

Longchamp bags. They have a tiny amount of leather (and I think are more heavy-duty than Le Sportsac) but are still lightweight.
posted by acidic at 10:44 PM on June 6, 2015 [5 favorites]

+1 for the Longchamp Le Pliage in nylon.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 11:25 PM on June 6, 2015 [4 favorites]

I have found both Travelon handbags and the ebags house brand of bags to be great for this purpose. I just spent 3 weeks traveling with this one in black, and (at least in black) it looks quite normal as a purse and not at all overly sporty. At the same time, I carried quite a bit in it while walking all over the map, and never once even noticed I was wearing it. It packs completely flat. I also have and love the Ebags Piazza day bag in a couple of colors, and that one is sportier but also a fantastic bag.
posted by shelbaroo at 2:09 AM on June 7, 2015

You are pretty much describing nylon Longchamp Le Pliage bags. Many people preferred their Planètes bags, but sadly Longchamp discontinued them in 2014, although you might still be able to find them at some stores.

There's also Hervé Chapelier, which I think falls somewhere in-between Longchamps and LeSportSac bags in terms of sportiness.
posted by needled at 4:41 AM on June 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

Seconding Hervé Chapelier bags, which are similar in function and fashion to Longchamp, but a little more casual-looking and less ubiquitous. (In my neck of the woods, nearly every twentysomething woman with yuppie/preppy aspirations has a Le Pliage; it's up to you to decide whether that's good/bad/irrelevant.)
posted by Metroid Baby at 5:33 AM on June 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

I love my Ogio bag. I have the Brooklyn style one. It's pretty utilitarian but also cute.
posted by phunniemee at 6:20 AM on June 7, 2015 [4 favorites]

Dooney and Bourke nylon bags might be of interest to you - they don't look that great online, but are incredible in-person. Usually a department store like Macy's will carry at least one design from their nylon range. (Shout-out to the Erica which is dressier yet not so dressy that you couldn't travel with it; I saw a hot pink one and it was very beautiful. Colors here.)

Michael Kors make a dressy, nylon cross-body that is really nice. They also do nylon totes.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome at 8:52 AM on June 7, 2015

Response by poster: Thanks, everyone. I do favour cross-bodies and goodbyewaffles got me looking more at Fossil, where I found this bag that is in the running now. I like how streamlined it is, though it might be just a tad small (I usually like to stuff in a scarf or extra layer and water bottle, at least) and Amazon's photo of the same product makes the colour look less appealing.

Travelon, recommended by shelbaroo, is not quite what I'm looking for but does have some good features for travel, if anyone's interested.

Although certain details (like my tendency not to like leather -- esp. brown leather -- trim on nylon), ruled out some of the other ideas, all the suggestions here really did hit the mark in terms of what I asked for, so thanks to everyone!

I'm still looking so, as always, please add anything else that comes to mind.
posted by paperback version at 10:20 AM on June 7, 2015

I'll put in a plug for Longchamp's Le Pliage Neo line as well as MZ Wallace's Metro and Sutton lines.
posted by evoque at 10:42 AM on June 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

If you don't mind a logo, the Marc by Marc Jacobs line has nylon bags. I believe the line is being discontinued, so there could be some on sale.

Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Nylon Natasha Cross Body Bag
Marc by Marc Jacobs Preppy Nylon Mini Natasha Cross Body

Marc by Marc Jacobs Domo Arigato Natasha Cross-Body Bag

Marc by Marc Jacobs Crosby Quilt Nylon Mini Natasha Bag
posted by missmerrymack at 2:10 PM on June 7, 2015

Another +1 for the Longchamp Le Pliage. The corners don't hold up super well to heavy wear but I got them warranty repaired for free (shipping is waived if you can drop off and pick up at a boutique).

They do come in some variants with non-brown leather trim, FYI.
posted by serelliya at 9:45 PM on June 7, 2015

Response by poster: They do come in some variants with non-brown leather trim, FYI.

Thanks. I took a look but they're just not to my taste, unfortunately.

Hm, I like the way the MZ Wallace Sutton looks in the street style pics (much better than the product pics). If only the large weren't so large (I'm fairly small) and the handles on the small version didn't stick straight up when worn with the cross-body strap! Not sure about the current colours, either -- black or grey would be fine but with the quilting, they read "winter" to me. Gotta keep lookin'...

Thanks again for all your suggestions. They're taking me down paths I would not have found otherwise!
posted by paperback version at 10:02 PM on June 7, 2015

Timbuk2 makes some lightweight and classy handbags. The Maya is customizable.
posted by koucha at 11:13 AM on June 8, 2015

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