Here’s Rihanna, keeping her gorgeous, ruby red Celine Rolled Trio Clutch close in NYC. (She’s carrying it unrolled here.) This bag is from Celine’s Summer 2013 collection, which you can see in its entirety in “The Bags of Celine Summer 2013″. I love Celine’s unique “Trio” bags, like Ri Ri’s rolled version, and the regular Trio, which we’ve recently seen on the arm of Kourtney Kardashian and Dakota Fanning. You can shop for authentic, pre-owned Celine bags on Portero.

While Celine’s Trios are sort of the antithesis of Celine Trapeze Bags and Luggage Totes, they’re equally distinctive. They’re also far preferable for the girl who needs to keep her personal effects. neat and minimalistic, lest she hoard 3 months worth of receipts in an oversized bag, if given the opportunity (points at self).

It was only a matter of time. At first, the Celine Trio Bag flew under the radar – with its small proportion and ultra-minimal look, the bag wasn’t the kind of blockbuster that the Luggage Tote and Trapeze were, but it also wasn’t meant to be. Instead, the Trio is a little bag for in-the-know fashion hounds to signal to each other that they are, in fact, in-the-know. (It also has its functional purposes, but let’s be real: that’s not why anyone buys a Celine bag.) Several seasons after its debut, celebs have started to embrace the bag, which meant that “inspired” designs couldn’t be far away. That day has come.

Celine Trio Bag

The Annabel Ingall Jojo Bag and the Liebeskind Celia Crossbody Bag arrived simultaneously at ShopBop yesterday, and they both feature the simple, three-pouch construction that makes the trio so distinctive. The bags are virtually identical in size to each other (and to one of the Trio sizes), but it seems as though only the Annabel Ingall version performs one of the Trio’s neatest tricks: unsnapping to form three separate pouches that can be used independently of each other. Alternately, both of these less-expensive options feature something that the original Trio, pictured above, doesn’t: a detachable shoulder strap. (The Trio can either be purchased as a clutch or a shoulder bag, but the original Trio bag is not convertible between the two.)

For the money, it’s hard to argue with these alternatives. The Celine Trio will run you over a thousand dollars, depending on size and material, but both of these bags are below $300.


Liebeskind Celia Crossbody
$145 via ShopBop in two colors

Liebeskind Celia Crossbody Bag

Annabel Ingall Jojo Crossbody Bag
$299 via ShopBop in six colors

Annabel Ingall Jojo Cross Body Bag

Until I stumbled upon this picture of a Celine Woven Luggage Tote in Style.com’s Fall 2013 accessories listing, it hadn’t occurred to me that Celine, for all the different iterations of the famous Luggage Tote that its produced over the bag’s short life, has never gotten particularly adventurous. One season brought us a couple of neon shades, produced in small numbers that sold out immediately, and another brought us a Nano with a shearling panel. Beyond that, though, we’ve seen a fairly standard lineup of solid and colorblocked colors and textures. That’s probably owing largely to Celine’s penchant for what’s often termed the “new minimalism,” but this photo indicates that things might be about to expand in the world of the Luggage Tote.

This photo appears to show the back of the bag, based on my own experience with the Celine Luggage Tote – it’s not just that there’s no front pocket or logo, but that the tab at the top of the bag appears on the back panel of regular Luggage Totes. Style.com doesn’t appear to have a picture of the front panel. (Unless, of course, Celine is pulling some kind of funny business and this IS the front. I wouldn’t put it past Phoebe Philo, she of the fur shoes.)

If this bag means a newfound willingness to tinker with the winning Luggage Tote forumla, then I’m interested to see what will come next. Celine’s aesthetic can be a bit limiting on the bag front, though – things like studs, embroidery or crystals wouldn’t fit at all. Even this simple tricolor woven leather feels a bit rococo in the context of the bag. What do you think? Are you excited to see what’s to come from a bag you’ve already seen in practically every color?

[Image via Style.com]

Dakota Fanning was recently spotted in NYC carrying a Celine Trio Bag – the same Celine bag we spotted Kourtney Kardashian with last month. As far as Celine bags go, this one is certainly the most inconspicuous of the lot, which one can appreciate now that every celeb on the planet can lay claim to a Celine Phantom Luggage Tote or two. While in the past, we’ve lamented that Celine bags are nowhere to be found online, we’re ecstatic to report that there is a now a legit retailer who sells authentic, pre-owned Celine bags online. You can now shop Celine at Portero! Huzzah!

In case you were unaware, the Trio also has a neat little parlor trick – it has a detachable strap, and it’s made of three separate pouches that can unsnap from each other and be carried separately. Which reminds me, I’m looking for two other girls to go in on a Celine Trio “bagshare” arrangement with me. You get to carry the complete Trio every third week, and all parties involved have “single” clutch access every weekend. Who’s in?

Dakota Fanning carries a light blue Celine Trio Bag in NYC (1) Dakota Fanning carries a light blue Celine Trio Bag in NYC (2) Dakota Fanning carries a light blue Celine Trio Bag in NYC (3) Dakota Fanning carries a light blue Celine Trio Bag in NYC (4)

It’s that time of the season again! Although the Celine Fall 2013 lookbook isn’t readily available on the front page of Celine’s website, we did a little digging and found all the press images of the collection, including the wood-grain Phantom Luggage Tote and Classic Box Bag that the press was absolutely giddy over at the collection’s press preview several months ago. There’s also a first-ever patent leather Celine Luggage Tote and a Celine Trapeze Bag with a croc flap – in other words, this is a group of bags that’s going to sell just as briskly as all Celine collections past.

This line, which is considered Pre-Fall 2013 in average fashion parlance (Phoebe Philo, in her infinite genius, realized that we already have four season names and don’t need to make up new ones), should become available in stores in mid-to-late summer. Check out all the lookbook images, arranged by style, below. All images via Celine.

Celine Triple Shopper Totes

Celine Triple Shopper Fall 2013 Celine Triple Shopper Felt Fall 2013

Celine Double Shopper Tote

Celine Double Shopper Foulard Fall 2013

Celine Single Shopper Tote

Celine Single Shopper Palmelato Fall 2013

Celine Cabas Totes

Celine Vertical Zipper Cabas Celine Black and White Vertical Cabas Tote Fall 2013 Celine Bicolor Fur Cabas Tote Fall 2013

Celine Phantom Cabas Totes

Celine Phantom Cabas Shearling Fall 2013 Celine Cabas Phantom Bicolor Fall 2013

Celine Luggage Totes

Celine Bicolor Luggage Tote Celine Bicolor Luggage Tote Fall 2013 Celine Patent Leather Luggage Tote Fall 2013 Celine Leather and Calf Hair Luggage Tote Fall 2013 Celine Vegetal Leather Luggage Tote Fall 2013

Celine Phantom Luggage Totes

Celine Phantom Luggage Tote Leather Fall 2013 Celine Phantom Cabas Wood Grain Fall 2013

Celine Trapeze Bags

Celine Crocodile Trapeze Bag Fall 2013 Celine Trapeze Tricolor Fall 2013 Celine Trapeze Bag Felt Fall 2013

Celine Classic Box Bags

Celine Classic Box Bag Wood Grain Fall 2013 Celine All Black Classic Box Bag Fall 2013 Celine Crocodile Classic Box Bag Fall 2013

Celine Edge Bags

Celine Crocodile Edge Bag Fall 2013 Celine Bicolor Edge Bag Fall 2013

Celine Gourmette Bags

Celine Gourmette Shoulder Bag Fall 2013 Celine Gourmette Shoulder Bag Fur Fall 2013

Celine Crossbody Shopper

Celine Crossbody Shopper Fall 2013

Celine Blade Bags

Celine Blade Bag Leather Fall 2013 Celine Black Python Blade Bag Fall 2013

Celine Diamond Clutches

Celine Diamond Clutch 3 Fall 2013 Celine Diamond Clutch 2 Fall 2013 Celine Diamond Clutch 1 Fall 2013

Celine Pouches

Celine Solo Trio Suede Fall 2013 Celine Spazzolato Clutch Fall 2013 Celine Solo Foulard Clutch Fall 2013

Khloe Kardashian is acquiring quite an impressive collection of Celine bags – here she is carrying a pale yellow Celine Luggage Tote after leaving a business meeting with sister Kim and momager Kris. Earlier this year we spotted her on the sidelines of a Clippers game with a very enviable python flap Celine trapeze bag. Celine bags are only available from Celine boutiques and high-end department stores – a source of continuous irritation to bag lovers everywhere.

Khloe may want to cool it on the bag-buying for the time-being – as you’ve probably heard, Khloe and Lamar have received some flack recently for reportedly not donating a single penny of the millions of dollar’s they’ve raised for Lamar’s charity Cathy’s Kids to cancer research, one of the main causes the charity was originally intended to support.

Here’s Hilary Duff, taking a break from balancing her baby boy Luca on her hip to taunt us with yet another Celine Luggage Tote that she’s added to the hoard. This tricolor Celine appears to be the very latest addition to Hilary’s rather premium designer bag collection – you can get a glimpse of her many other Celines, Chanels, and Goyards in “The Many Bags of Hilary Duff”! Celine bags are only available at Celine boutiques and high-end department stores, natch.

I have a minor beef with this colorway of the Luggage Tote – I think the weird bright white, black, and beige combo makes the front panel look prematurely aged. But I’m basically never a fan of mixing beige and white, unless you have the skin tone to balance it all out. (I’m looking at you, Jessica Alba.) Perhaps it’s just the lighting of the photos, though – a nice butter yellow in the middle wouldn’t be bad.

Here’s yet another high profile celeb, swapping out her standard Hermes Birkin for a Celine bag. (The Celine Phantom Luggage Tote, to be exact.) Heiress Tamara Ecclestone looked dressed for a gym for bikers when she was spotted with her Celine in Beverly Hills. We’ve dished on the Ecclestone sisters and their unrivaled Hermes Birkin collection before (both sisters can lay claim to about a dozen different Birkins apiece), but Celines are the only daytime Birkin alternative we’ve ever seen either of them carry. As you might suspect, this isn’t Tamara’s only Luggage Tote, either.

Celine bags are only available in high-end department stores and Celine boutiques – how could Celine maintain that air of exclusivity otherwise? We’ve kvetched about this at length before; Celine fans who aren’t A-list actresses or billionaires, feel free to air your grievances here.

Real Housewife and lady entrepreneur Bethenny Frankel is hardly ever seen without an Hermes Birkin, but is it possible her Birkin fatigue is as advanced as everyone else’s? (Our “The Many Bags of Bethenny Frankel” post was almost 50% Hermes Birkins. And 60% Hermes. No lie.) Here she is with a cheerful, bright orange Celine Luggage Tote. As we lamented in this post just yesterday, Celine is still tragically not available from a single online retailer. Still, you can find their bags at Celine boutiques and high-end department stores worldwide.

If you love designer shoes as much as you love designer bags, you might notice that Bethenny’s boots appear to be tan Christian Louboutin Altbottes. (For a near-constant shoe fix, we recommend you check out our sister site, TalkShoes!)

If you’ve ever bought a Celine bag (and a lot of you have), you know it can be a complicated and, at times, frustrating process. When the Celine Luggage Tote first gained popularity several years ago, the brand forbade retailers from selling its wares online, which drove bag lovers to call and visit any number of department stores and boutiques in search of the right bag in the right color. Celine bags are now easy to come by in stores, though, so why can’t the brand just make us happy and sell them online?

A couple of years ago, for a company trying to build caché and buzz with a new designer and a nascent It Bag on its hands, Celine’s online sales ban made a certain amount of sense. A big part of fueling consumer desire in the luxury sector is creating the impression that your product is rare and valued highly by those who seek it, and if a bag is available at every online retailer known to man in a variety of colors, it’s hard to make the case for rarity. Making something hard to get only makes those who are interested yearn for it more, and making its bags (and everything else) scarce worked wonders for both Celine’s buzzworthiness and its bottom line. Now that the Luggage Tote has reached critical mass and Celine has solidified its spot within the industry, though, it might be time to change courses in order to reach even more customers. The bags are no longer impossible to come by.

The only other two major bag brands that I can think of that flatly refuse to sell their wares online are Chanel and Goyard; Chanel reps have talked openly about why they’ll only sell beauty and fragrance to those of us who enjoy online shopping (they don’t think that online sales provide the “Chanel experience,” although the company is looking to start offering ready-to-wear via its website in the next few years), and Goyard’s products are so often personalized that an in-person experience makes sense. Beyond that, all the major brands offer their bags online in some capacity.

Even Hermes, the king of handbag exclusivity and enormous waiting lists, sells a pretty wide variety of its products online, including plenty of handbags. (Although, notably, not its Birkins or Kellys.) Demand for Hermes products has only increased across the board, which is proof positive that when done correctly, online sales don’t necessarily harm a brand’s image or decrease the devotion of its clientele. After all, what’s more luxurious than ordering a product and having someone else fetch it and bring it to you in your own home? Anyone who lives in New York and has tried Net-a-Porter’s same-day metro delivery knows that it beats pretty much any other shopping experience there is.

We got excited recently when we saw a major retailer’s website start showing up in Google searches for Celine products, but as it turns out, there are currently no plans to actually retail the brand online. You can imagine our disappointment. So if not now, when? Celine is staying mum on the subject, but with the Luggage Tote and Trapeze Satchel readily available on retail shelves everywhere, we think it’s time that the brand loosened its reigns on online shoppers.

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