It’s a Celebration! LeSportsac’s 40th Anniversary

While in an airport in 1974, a chance glance at a military parachute duffle inspired the first LeSportsac bag, which was then sketched, sampled, and hand stitched in a small New York city factory.

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Forty years later, that iconic weekender bag is still constructed in the same style – rip-stop nylon, metal hardware with soft but tough webbing to bind it all together. Who could have predicted how this simple combination of fashion and function would serve as a canvas for the likes of urban and pop-culture icons to high-profile designers alike?

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In 2014 we are looking back on our heritage (like the vintage Tattersall Weekenders pictured above) while moving forward, and it wouldn’t be an anniversary without bringing back some of our iconic silhouettes!

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40th_LeBlack_LeBlue Back from the archives are the Camera Bag and Pullman, two of the first bags ever cut from the synonymous LeSportsac rip-stop nylon, this time updated with padding for tech accessories and additional pocketing.  With bold solids and latte trim, this collection will be a subtle wink for long-time friends while feeling modern and fresh for new ones!

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40th_LeGoldenAdditionally, LePatch will be a fun hunt for your favorite print from the past – the full repeat of this print features 192 of the most well-loved LeSportsac prints since 2001!

40th_LePatchThe 40th Ziptop Shoppers are a fun way throwback to the era LeSportsac was born – with solids and fonts reminiscent of the original designs, it’s easy to celebrate with just one or all four totes!

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This Spring Collection is the first of four chapters in celebration of LeSportsac’s 40th Anniversary.  Keep an eye out for more exciting collections as we continue to herald our heritage with a series of unexpected partnerships with like-spirited brands!

Click here to shop our Spring 40th Anniversary Collection now!

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We Work Out! Best Bags for Getting Fit This Year

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With 2014 upon us, I’m sure everyone has started kicking into action with New Year’s Resolutions. Whether it’s connecting more with friends and loved ones, starting that DIY project you’ve been dying to try or just getting organized, you’re definitely going to have a lot to look forward too. Many of us here at LeSportsac have decided to get healthy and fit for 2014! We all have quite the sweet tooth and one of our buyers makes a mean S’mores Bar (I would give you the recipe, but I promise it would be your downfall). Of course we love a good gym bag but with our NY lifestyles it’s always great to have alternatives. Here’s a list of our faves, let us know if you have any recommendations as well!

Jogger?

 Arizona Pack
Straps enable you to keep it close and the bright color is perfect for weaving through traffic

9922    $108  http://bit.ly/1kUO13A

Double Zip Belt Bag

Keep everything handy for that 10K

5303$48  http://bit.ly/LP3faZ

 

 

Gym or Classes?

Voyager Backpack

Throw in your shoes, water bottle and an extra change of clothes.

7839$148  http://bit.ly/1dt6eeO

 

Tahoe Backpack

9925$148  http://bit.ly/1dt6FFY

 

Smartphone Sleeve
Great for throwing on the bike or treadmill

8166$48 http://bit.ly/1bRJRDS

Traditional?

Medium Weekender

7184$104 http://bit.ly/1mpgzOa

 

Medium Leisure Bag

9779$140 (currently 40% off with SAVE40) http://bit.ly/1eQvNJk

Visiting NYC? Check out our Columbus Avenue Boutique for exclusive store deals on some of these great styles.  If not, check us out at www.LeSportsac.com 

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Winter 13 Preview Week – Signature Collection

From work chic to street sleek, the LeSportsac Signature Collection makes its mark in its second season of functional style.  The cosmopolitan older sister of the Classic Collection, we designed Signature with savvy solids and trend setting fabrications which proves once again, utility and fashion are not mutually exclusive.

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Pictured above: Signature Tote in Patent Martini and Signature Shoulder Bag in Metal Martini.

Stand out from the typical sea of solids with an unexpected mixed media of patents, matte metallics and soft fabrics in the color-blocked Patent Martini.  All Signature styles are trimmed with ultra soft webbing and contrast linings, dressed up in gold-tone hardware for that extra touch of sophistication.

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Undeniably rocker, the Metal Martini is a walking contradiction – a matte metallic graphite that looks tough but feels buttery soft, these styles exude boldness in an outfit, and therefore your confidence. It was Freddie Mercury who said “I dress to kill, but tastefully.”  We say we’ll give you the tools, and leave you to your devices.

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This winter, shine on with your holiday self in the Starry Martini sequin fabrication, an irresistible sparkle that will set you apart on your evening festivities. A toast to you, this easy gold and black handbag/clutch duo are a no brainer!

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The sleek and chic Winter 2013 LeSportsac Signature Collection will be available at LeSportsac Boutiques and LeSportsac.com beginning in early November.

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Winter 13 Preview Week – Artist In Residence Audrey Jeanne

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Artist In Residence Audrey Jeanne is back with her final collection for LeSportsac this winter! Join her animal friends in this fun and lively print assortment arriving in mid-November. The New Marche Tote in Good Friends (pictured above right) brings together this collection with a playful placement of Audrey’s favorite furry friends – Alfred, Kim, Sam, and Arthur.

Get ready to get your Party Time on! This charming print is sure to warm your heart with its whimsical party scene featuring a multitude of animals playing musical instruments and twirling around the dance floor. Available in 12 styles, like our multifunctional Convertible Satchel and the Folded Purse, perfect for spicing up any soiree this season!

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If you have a soft side for cute little furry friends, Dreamy is the perfect print for you! This precious print features darling little squirrels prancing about in contrasting colors. You can grab it up in five fun styles, like our Triple Trouble Tote, Two Pocket Messenger, and Mandy Cosmetic pictured below.

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Our Frame Cosmetic gets dressed up So Pretty for the holidays with gorgeous metallic gold stitching and an embroidered pink bow. Arriving in December, you won’t want to let this treat get away!

W13_AIR_AJ_So_PrettyDon’t forget to check out the adorable Audrey Jeanne charms we have for you this season! The Click Click camera charm and Yum Yum donut charm will be great for gifting this December.
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For more information about Audrey Jeanne, visit her website www.audreyjeanne.fr.

The Winter 2013 Artist In Residence Audrey Jeanne Collection will be available at LeSportsac Boutiques and LeSportsac.com starting in mid-November through early December.

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Winter 13 Preview Week – SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

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Did you miss out on our SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Collection last year? Well it’s back for Winter 2013 and we’ve collaborated with the famous fashion illustrator Bernadette Pascua, from Decade: An Illustrated Diary. Bernadette brings her New York savvy idea of tough, yet romantic in this season which is made up of subtle geometric shapes, sparkling SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals, and butterflies galore. All available in December, these pieces are sure to make you fall right into your glamorous element. Pictured above: Swarovski Sidney Overnighter in Renaissance, Swarovski Small Veronica Hobo in Antiquity Sterling, and Swarovski Small Cleo Crossbody in Antiquity Gold.

Wild winter butterflies flutter about on Renaissance - a subtle and romantic print with soft peach, pink and beige tones, accentuated with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals, and the artist’s unique signature to add a special touch. Available in 7 great styles, such as the Swarvoski LeZip Tote and Swarvoski Melanie, this is a great print to carry all year round!

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‘Everything that glitters ain’t gold’ and our Antiquity Sterling shows us that it can shine the brightest. Our Sterling Lightning metallic finish ripstop gets a little extra embellishment for the holidays by the way of embroidered circles and miniature butterflies, interspersed with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals. Antiquity Sterling will be offered in a variety of styles, shown above in the Classic Piped Hobo and we’re even bringing back our Swarvoski Sidney Overnighter!

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An outfit is never complete without an accessory, especially ones this dazzling! Stash your cosmetics in golden glamour with our Swarvoski Rectangular Cosmetic in Antiquity Gold. This golden patent ripstop gets the same embroidery and crystal treatment, and will also be available in the Swarvoski Small Cleo Crossbody and Swarvoski LeZip Tote.

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A new style exclusive to this collection is the Antiquity Two Pouch Wristlet Set. This chic duo consists of a larger Antiquity Sterling zip closure pouch with a quick release wristlet strap and an adorable grosgrain ribbon bow on the front pocket, and nestled in that pocket is a smaller removable zipper pouch in Renaissance print. Both pouches are dotted with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals of course!

The LeSportsac x SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Collection featuring the artwork of Bernadette Pascua will be available at LeSportsac.com and LeSportsac Retail Boutiques starting in December.

 

 

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Winter 13 Preview Week – Dylan’s Candy Bar x LeSportsac

With Halloween right around the corner, we’ve got our minds wrapped up in candy here at LeSportsac headquarters! We keep refilling our candy jars (which have been emptying out at record speed!) as we head into the final season of our Dylan’s Candy Bar x LeSportsac collaboration. In addition to Candy Spill and Sweet Talk prints (which continue from Fall), the Winter Collection will feature several bright new graphic placement items, as well as a sleek new patent sprinkled with rainbow foil dots!

First up is the Candy Trio Set, a handy three pack of pouches that will help keep all your goodies organized, whether they are of the sugar-coated variety or not. (Arriving in November)

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Our accessories and totes go bold this season with bright fun color-blocking. The new “Candy” & “Sweet” Cosmetics are composed of vibrant solids accented with contrasting grosgrain and zippers, so you’ll never loose sight of your makeup at the bottom of your bag again. The exterior front panels are emblazoned with “sweet” and “candy” typography filled with Dylan’s signature rainbow stripe, while the back panels receive the iconic Dylan’s Candy Bar logo. (Arriving in December)

Another new style for Winter is the LeCandy Tote, which also gets the color-block and rainbow typographic treatment. It will be available in two vividly hued variations, Fashionably Sweet & Candy Couture, and include everyone’s favorite gumball charms! (Arriving in December)

 

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And finally we have the deliciously decadent Rainbow Foil Dot, which features a base of sleek Black Patent ripstop sprinkled with a myriad of multicolor foil dots, plus gold-tone hardware. It’s perfect for the fashionable girl who likes just a little pop of color, and will be offered in four styles: Candy Zip Cosmetic, Gumball Crossbody, Small Montauk Tote, and Candy Carryall. (Arriving in December)

 

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Satisfy your sweet tooth by shopping this collection at one our six LeSportsac Retail Botiques or LeSportsac.com. This arm candy will also be available at Dylan’s Candy Bar retail stores and on dylanscandybar.com.

 

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Winter 13 Preview Week – Classic Collection

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Can’t wait to sit around the fire, drink some hot chocolate and cuddle up with your favorite LeSportsac? Well lucky you, the Winter 2013 Classic Collection is on it’s way!  This season is all about glamorous gems, exotic animal prints, and shiny metallics – which are sure to boost your holiday spirit!

If you’re in the market for some serious bling, our Crystalized print will make you feel like royalty with its photo-realistic diamonds and gemstones in a multitude shapes and sizes. Even the Crown Jewels will be jealous! (Arriving in November)

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To take the glitz and glam factor to the next level, three of our most popular Classic styles get the royal treatment with sewn on “crystal” jewel embellishments and metallic print detailing. The Crystal Small Koko, Crystal Penelope Crossbody, and Crystal LeZip Tote (shown below) are sure to dazzle that special someone on your holiday gift list. (Arriving in November)

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What do you get when you mix a cheetah with a leopard? Well you get our new Animal Tango print of course! This purrr-fectly purple print is not only edgy in color, but also incorporates the look of photo-real distressed denim on our traditional ripstop nylon.

If you’re looking to add a little extra ferocious-ness, check out Animal Tango Studded! Four of our Classic styles in Animal Tango get accented with shiny silver pyramid studs, the Rectangular Cosmetic, Smartphone Case, Small Cleo Crossbody, and Voyager Backpack. (Arriving in December)

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Our Accessories on the GoPin Dot Collection gets a new addition - Lipstick Pin Dot print. Available in six styles that are sure to keep you organized during you holiday travels, like the Travel Cosmetic, Rectangular Train Case, and the Ruby Roll – which is ideal for stashing any new jewelery gifts you may receive.

Speaking of jewelry, three very special cosmetic bags in Lipstick Pin Dot get some additional graphic embellishment. The “Bling” Square Cosmetic, “Shine” Rectangular Cosmetic (both shown below), and “Sparkle” Extra Large Rectangular Cosmetic each feature a front panel with silver metallic wording and black jewelery silhouettes. These make great gifts for your fashion forward friends and family! (Arriving in November)

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January may be one of the coldest months, but we’re bringing you some heart-warming new designs. Be Mine embroidery features bright and cheery heart shapes stitched with love, and on our Large Weekender it will make even the dullest business trip seem like a romantic getaway!W13_HEARTS

For all those dedicated new moms out there, show your Devotion for your little bundle of joy with our Ryan Baby Bag. With a fun array of colors, it is the perfect bag to carry all the essentials for your little girl or boy.

And below is a quick preview of all the new Winter Classic fabrications coming to you in the next few months…

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