When you write about something for a living, it’s easy to look at it and think, “Will people like this?” instead of, “Do I like this?” How a particular design plays to the market at large and to our readers is always the first thing on my mind when I see a handbag; my personal opinion whether or not I’d carry it in my leisure time is way down the list of my concerns. That, I think, is why it’s taken me so many years to acknowledge my intense love for the Céline Classic Box Bag.
The Classic Box Bag was introduced in 2010, so I’ve had ample time to examine my feelings on it but somehow just haven’t. I’ve always known I thought it was beautiful–I’ve never seen a version of it that made me feel skeptical–but until recently, it wasn’t a bag I pictured in my own wardrobe. Maybe I’m just a little older now, or my personal taste has evolved just enough to appreciate something so traditionally beautiful not just as an idea, but as a thing I could have and use myself.
If you’ve never examined one of these bags up close, but I’d certainly recommend it. Not only is the exterior a perfect illustration of Céline’s particular sort of chic restraint, but the materials the bag is made with are absolutely gorgeous, both inside and outside. The interior is separated in a way that’s always reminded me of the world’s most luxurious accordion folder, but with butter-soft lambskin instead of thin cardboard dividers.
The neat interior organization seems fit for a person who has a precise number of small, chic things to put in her bag every day. I, on the other hand, have always been a bit more unruly in my accessories habits, but there’s nothing to say I can’t evolve. Maybe I can be orderly. Maybe I can be a version of myself that carries this bag. Isn’t that, after all, what we’re all hoping when we get dressed?
This python version of the bag can be yours for $5,600 via Céline boutiques and department stores, while the basic leather version starts at $3,900.