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Shoulder tote when folded up into compact size:
Detailing of the bag:
See my video review for size comparisons:
Which Longchamp bag do you own? Are there any you’ve had your eye on?
Update - February 2016:
Over 3 years later I am still using my Longchamp Le Pliage totes quite frequently. I always use my large Le Pliage as a personal item when I fly and I have used my black "medium" (which is now referred to as a 'small le pliage' on most sites) on the daily for work for well over 2 years.
I most recently replaced my black Le Pliage Medium with my Everlane Petra Market Tote (my review here) since I started carrying more stuff for the brutal cold winter season -- scarves, ear muffs, gloves, hats, etc.
Anyhow, both of my Le Pliage totes have held up extremely well. The corners of my black Le Pliage medium are a little worn, but not frayed and there are no holes. I'm pleasantly surprised at how well both totes have held up.
I do also want to address the fact that Longchamp now started calling their once "Medium Le Pliage" the "Small Le Pliage". From the time I initially posted this blog post until now, Longchamp did get rid of calling any of their le pliage shoulder totes "medium" size -- as there is only the small le pliage (used to be called medium), and the large le pliage shoulder tote now. Back a few years ago they did make a small le plaige that was very small and, in my opinion, not very functional as it didn't have the capability to hold much. I'm glad they got rid of that super small size, but now it's super confusing that the current "small le pliage shoulder tote" is the same dimension as what was once called the "medium". Do also note that to add to the confusion... Bloomingdales and some other sites still sell the "medium" size. Just always remember to check the actual dimensions before you make a purchase!
I've gotten a lot of questions on my YouTube video about which size is best for school. My answer: definitely the large Le Pliage.
If you're looking to fit notebooks, laptops, textbooks, binders: go with the large size.
If you're looking to only hold a few things like wallet, keys, phone, a tablet: the small size will work.
Please note the small (old "medium") will not comfortably fit a Macbook Pro 13" unless you put it in longways -- and it will stick out (see my photo below). I do have a case on my laptop, but even if I take it off it will be very hard to fit it completely in the smaller size Le Pliage.
Hope this update has helped answer a lot of your questions :)!