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.
Word on the street is that there might finally be some good news in the pipeline for Mulberry. The struggling British brand, which has been without a creative director since fan-favorite Emma Hill left over conflicts with former CEO Bruno Guillon, is reportedly eying Johnny Coca, head of accessories design at handbag wunderkind Céline.
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.
[Editor’s Note: This week, the PurseBlog staff is out of the office to enjoy the last little bit of summer. We’ll return after Labor Day, but in the meantime, we’ll be running both new posts and a few of our favorites from the past few months to get you ready for fall.]
As we continue to inch our way through summer, the advancing date means just one thing in the fashion world: fall collections are starting to pop up all over the Internet.
Here’s Nina Agdal, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover model and professional bikini-wearer, on the beach in Miami with a charming, two-tone Celine Nano Luggage Tote. Nina’s probably in the area for Miami Swim Fashion Week, which is taking place as we speak.
Here’s Anne Hathaway filming The Intern in Manhattan, and that is indeed Robert DeNiro in a couple of these shots. Anne, or her character, in this case, is carrying a natural leather Céline Classic Box Bag. In a shocking twist, the intern in question is actually Robert DeNiro, and not Anne Hathaway.