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.

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  • Christy

    I LOVE the CÉLINE box bag, it’s the perfect kind of understated style I adore. It was my holy grail bag until I purchased it small and in black with ghw last fall. It’s stunning and I always receive a lot of complements when I carry it.

  • W S M

    I love it too. The Hermes Constance is as beautiful but the H lock on the front might be a turn off for some. I think it’s Celine’s standout (the Luggages are just too trendy-looking).

  • Tinsley Proust

    I have a basic leather version in black. I love it so much. My only complaint is that it doesn’t go crossbody.

  • Yoshi1296

    I have one in Optic white with the silver buckle. SUPER gorgeous! It is the most complimented bag in my collection!

  • Michelle

    It’s very high – if not the highest handbag – on my holy grail/handbag love list as well. It elevates every outfit I’ve seen it on with an air of elegance and sophistication. I would love to own one; alas I’m 18 and a broke college student.

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  • Nina Ilic

    I love it too! I have a pale blue one with silver hardware from this year’s fall collection.

  • hikarupanda

    I love love love the Celine box bags. I have two: an indigo lizard (it was my HG!) and a classic red box leather. It’s quiet luxurious with the clean minimalist design but high quality leather. Even the interior is well made in buttery leather. My only complaint is the metal hardware on the strap, they can dig into my shoulder sometime, so I do tend to use the bags when I’m wearing thicker clothing.

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  • psny15

    ive never cared for this bag, blah and boring if you ask me!

  • Susan

    On my must-buy list!
    I’ve loved it for years; this is the year I’m getting it. So elegant and classic.
    Medium in black I think.

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  • Maya

    As much as I hate the Luggage Tote, I love the Classic Box!!

  • Jxe89

    Classic and understated; a style that is undeniably Celine.

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  • This bag has always been on my list. I can’t justify paying that price, though, so it looks like it will stay on the list for the foreseeable future. I’ve compromised in the meantime and purchased a PS11 a year ago. It’s very similar in structure to the box, but the hardware gives it more edge and flair over the box. But maybe someday, this bag will make it out of my list and into my closet.

  • Jamie

    I love this beauty and it has been on my must buy list for ages. It’s like the Constance bag, but in a lesser price point. It’ll be this or capucines or Le boy this year. Oh the dilemma.

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  • gem

    This bag is always on my wishlist, and I finally bought her this week!!! Black with GHW.. The leather is superior and it smells delicious…the design is CLASSIC.

  • Sinestezic

    I love the color!

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