Monday, March 3, 2014

How to fix your Longchamp Le Pliage bag if it has bubbles

Years ago I purchased a Longchamp Le Pliage bag - it was a perfect gym bag that was lightweight and stylish. It's held up really well but after toting it around through the rain I started noticing unsightly air bubbles all over the bag; it was as if the bag hit puberty and got a bad case of acne! It appeared the nylon and vinyl backing were starting to come undone. I googled this problem and some people took their bag back to Longchamp but the replacement process seemed long so I just decided to fix it myself.

It occurred to me that I might just need to apply a little heat to get the layers to stick together again. Check out the pictures below; I think I did a pretty good job! All I used was a standard iron and an old t-shirt.

Here's a picture of the front which shows the bubbling (it was like this all over the other side as well).

A close-up of the bubbling:

I flattened out the bag the best I could and slipped an old t-shirt inside. I figured the heat may make the vinyl inside adhere to the other side so I wanted to keep the sides separated.

I set my iron on the highest dry setting - I didn't want any steam to come out.

I ironed the bag surface, moving the iron steadily so it wouldn't leave a mark. The air bubbles slowly went away as the nylon and the vinyl reattached.

Here's what the bag looked like after I ironed it a few times. Some areas required a lot of ironing so I just kept going over it until the bubbles disappeared.

A close-up - the bubbles are gone!

Update: The bubbles reappeared after I used the bag again so it seems that this is only a temporary fix. The good news is you can iron it again but just be aware that the bubbles may reappear. It certainly looked a lot better than having not ironed it!

After reading through several forums, it appears that there was a problem with the glue used on these bags from 2005-2007. I believe the issue has been resolved and Longchamp bags produced since then are now bubble-free. If you want to buy another original 'Large Le Pliage' Tote, I'm going to recommend you buy it at Nordstrom because if there's a problem, they'll take it back!

Good luck! Feel free to post comments or questions below.

31 comments:

  1. Hi! Did this last? I mean did bubble reappear after this?

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    1. Hi Lenne, unfortunately the bubbles did reappear. It doesn't look like ironing it was a permanent fix but it held up for a little bit. It looks like the best permanent solution is to get another bag! I think Longchamp will replace it but I've read that it takes a while to get a replacement bag.

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    2. I have just spoken to Longchamp about my pliage bubbling bag and they refuse to replace it as apparently it is my fault it has bubbled as I have used it in the rain, which I have not. It would appear it is a rare phenomena despite so many people complaining.

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  2. Like this one, I now want to buy a Handbag,Longchamp Le Pliageliked, but I do not know that a goodpick ,you help to the point.

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    1. Thanks Su. I hope you find a bag that you like!

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    2. SPRAY WITH SPRAY STARCH AS YOU IRION IT WORKS AND IT STAYS THAT WAY FOR ABOUT 3MONTHS.

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    3. Has anyone used a spray glue instead of spray starch? If so, did it work and what brand was it. I would love to keep my bag in use.

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    4. Would be curious if spray glue worked for anyone else, too. You can always test it on a less visible part of the bag (like on the back) before you do it to more parts. Sounds like spray starch works for at least for a few months. Good luck!

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  3. Apparently all Longchamp Le Pliage bags "will bubble" after use. This was the reply I had from my local store supervisor after I sent in 3 bags to the boutique for PARIS Longchamp to evaluate. This is so upsetting. I had 8 of such bags and other series as well. And the trouble is I hardly use them. I'll never ever buy Longchamp bags and I'll tell all my friends about Longchamp bags getting "bubbles" whether you use or not.

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    1. Hi Jan, did all of your bags get bubbles at some point? I understood it was only bags produced during certain years but I could be wrong. I stopped using mine after the bubbles appeared. I didn't expect a product with such a high price point to be so bad in quality. No more Longchamp bags for me either.

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    2. 3 out of 5 of my first purchase of Longchamp Le Pliage had bubbles. I was told that Longchamp used to do a 1-to-1 exchange but not anymore. Does it mean that Longchamp doesn't even believe in the quality of its products anymore? If so, no more Longchamp ever for me, and let the readers be warned! Don't waste your money on Longchamp!

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    3. They did not believe me either. Told me the bubbling was my fault. I will never buy Longchamp again either

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  4. Hello!!! I have the same bag in beige but with the short handles-for some reason i was really into that. But because of that i now rarely use it (-wish i had the long ones-...).Last time was during vacation time cuz i can stuff a lot of things in it. It was laying in a corner in my room and i just now picked it up to clean it and i noticed some bubbles (it was sitting kind of creased). I started cleaning in with soap and water -unfortunately it also has some black marks that won't go away :( and now it's drying in the shower. It's got its shine back but there are so many bubbles now :( ...Don't know if the water made it worse or what... I'm so sad... It looks quite bad to hold it like this but i don't think i could throw it away. Anyone found another solution????

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    1. I have also used iron and cloth in order to get rid of Le Pliage's air bubbles. I have three bags from longchamp (Roseau shoulder, Roseau bucket and Le Pliage Hobo) and 2 out of three have air bubbles. I am so disappointed as well. Bags have a classic style, but durability is something else.

      Bags cannot stand water. I was also thinking of some kind of glueish material, which (with cloth) would attach Le Pliage's materials together.. Wonder what the material would be...

      I guess I'll make a post about this subject.
      Have a nice day!

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    2. My bag had gotten wet plenty of times but I didn't notice the bubble problem until I had it for a few years. The glue probably just got weak over time. Once the seal comes apart I think it'll be really hard to fix it without it being obvious. Think of air bubbles under a screen protector on the face of your iPhone - you have to pull it all off and start over!

      Would love to hear if anyone has success fixing it another way. Thanks!

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  5. Iv bought a Le pilage with bubbles fir a great price...i loved it when i saw it.im going to slice bottom and respray.with craft glue.!!

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    1. Let me know how it turns out!

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    2. Can you let me know what you mean?? I'd love to know if there's a way to fix it

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  6. Hmm.... Weird I have a few of the bags in diff sizes never had bubble issues. Stains yes, but not bubbles. Even though I haven't used them for awhile. I really mean for a while as in few yrs still in good condition.

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    1. From what I've read, the problem seems to occur in bags that were produced in 2006. Something about a defect due to the glue they used during that time period. Longchamp won't do anything about it. Defective product, unhappy customers. Not a recipe for success.

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  7. Hi Conny thanks for the tips it really helpful, anyones do u have any tips how to get rid of yellow stain from my longcharm bag the my bag material is canvas, please share it , thanks in advance

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    1. Hi Sherry, not sure what the yellow stain is from but I've found baking soda and peroxide (or vinegar) to be a good way to lift stains. Try spot cleaning a part that's not really visible to make sure it doesn't ruin the color.

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  8. I faced the same prob too...same model n same colour..extremely sad! Will try to do this

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    1. Let me know how it turns out! Good luck.

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  9. I just discovered this problem with one of my older Le Pliage bags. I called my local Longchamp store (I live in SF) and they said that it's not fixable b/c the polyurethane lining is starting to separate and there's no way to reseal it, and that there was a batch from about 7-8 years ago where this was a problem. They can't fix it or replace it, but they're happy to give you 20% off any new Le Pliage if you trade it in. So at least there's that. Just wanted to share.

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    1. Thanks for sharing! Hopefully this helps someone. Please report back if Longchamp gave you 20% off a new Le Pliage!

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  10. Has the lining of anyone's bags cracked? I not only have some bubbles on the outside of my bag but the inside lining is literally cracked in a lot of areas it's so weird...

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    1. Yes, mine has. But only around the handles - I suppose it's an area that's heavily stressed.

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  11. Thank you so much for the tip!

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    1. You're welcome! I hope it works for you!

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