They don't look the same - the leather flap and handles of the Club match the body of the bag and there is an embroidered horse on the Club. I think the Club and normal Le Pliage are distinctive enough
I think you answered your own question right there. It is a beautiful line and it is different from the original LP line. I didn't really notice the launch but when I first saw the Club line bags I immediately thought this had to be a new line because they were so much apart from the originals.