When the Céline Luggage Tote hit the scene, it quickly reached It Bag status. The bag became highly coveted and highly carried. To this day, people still respond with enthusiasm when we share Céline bags on our Instagram account. I personally went on a major spree, snatching up three Luggage Totes in the span of a year.
Celine Handbags and Purses
Although handbags are certainly central to Céline’s growth, profitability and ascension to the top of the fashion industry’s prestige market, the brand tends not to over-emphasize its bags on the runway in favor of centering clothes and a few other seasonal accessories.
While we wait for designers to begin unveiling their Fall 2015 collections next month, Spring 2015–or, as Céline calls it, Summer 2015–collections have started arriving in stores. Today, we have Céline’s full handbag lookbook, including those weird, curved runway bags.
It’s no secret that Chanel and Hermés bags perform extremely well on Instagram, but it’s Céline that we consider the unsung hero. While we’ve seen plenty of Luggage Totes and Trapeze bags in our day, we can always appreciate the different color combinations and styling that we find scrolling through our newsfeed.
While the brand’s popularity has undoubtedly ebbed since an event that I will refer to as Peak Phantom Luggage Tote, models still have lots of love for their treasured Céline bags. Models across the US were seen carrying Céline bags in droves this week; when they weren’t carrying Saint Laurent, of course.
You love celebs. You really love round-ups. So now, in lieu of our usual daily celeb features, we’ll be presenting our readers with a twice-weekly bag-carrying celeb smorgasbord. There’s something for everyone, so if you suffer from Kardashian fatigue, or Real Housewife fatigue, or Birkin fatigue (highly scientific studies show that they are all irrevocably linked), there are plenty of other attractive celebs carrying gorgeous designer bags upon which to rest your gaze.
When a newly revitalized Céline debuted the Luggage Tote in 2010 under the direction of industry heavyweight Phoebe Philo, it wasn’t immediately clear that the design would turn into the industry-altering heavyweight that it has. At first, the bag was relatively easily available on the stores of shelves that had carried the brand before its relaunch, and you could even buy it online.
If you’re trying to make a decision about a future Céline bag purchase without the benefit of having one of the brand’s few boutiques nearby, I have a bit of good news for you. Céline’s website recently underwent a renovation, and although the brand still refuses to offer e-commerce, it has started listing expanded details for its new bags, including exact retail prices.
Last December, it was reported in the fashion press that Anouck Duranteau-Loeper, Céline’s accessories director for the entirety of Phoebe Philo’s handbag-happy tenure at the brand, would be leaving to take a position at the newly revitalized Paco Rabanne. Based on the publicly available information and Duranteau-Loeper’s LinkedIn profile, it looks as though she has stayed on at Céline in some capacity, but the new gig means that her involvement in the day-to-day creation of the brand’s accessories is likely now significantly limited, or at least significantly different.