Most of my favorite purchases have come from jumping on a hype bandwagon. I finally caved and bought Allbirds sneakers last year and—surprise!—they’re now my favorite shoes. I bought Outdoor Voices’ color-block 7/8 leggings after seeing so many stylish women wearing them around New York. I even own that one Amazon coat. Rarely is it that I find something on my own only to realize it’s already a cult favorite. But that’s exactly the case with my beloved Longchamp Le Pliage tote bag. It was, first and foremost, a practical purchase. I had just started my freshman year of college, and I wanted to upgrade my JanSport backpack from high school for a more grown-up bag. I did a deep dive on tote bags, which lead me to the Le Pliage, a roomy nylon bag with leather straps and a single side pocket. It fit my books, my laptop, and my makeup case—good. The leather envelope closure, gold buttons, and logo zipper gave the otherwise plain bag the slightest touch of elegance, which was a plus. Here, I thought, was a bag that looked timeless but was purely useful. Despite all my research, I didn’t realize at the time the worldwide fan base Longchamp’s Le Pliag...