For a moment in time, Céline felt unstoppable. From 2011 to 2013, the brand followed up its smash-hit Luggage Tote with the nearly as popular Trapeze Bag, and it was the kind of one-two punch unseen in the accessories market unseen since the mid-2000s and the Chloé Paddington and Silverado. (Not uncoincidentally, current Céline creative director Phoebe Philo was at Chloé’s helm during that time.)

That kind of market-bending success is never replicable in perpetuity, and although Céline has sold tons of bags and enjoyed immense popularity in the intervening years, it sometimes feels like everyone’s hoping for some more handbag magic. Personally, I’m not sure why that can’t come from the Céline Belt Bag, which has many of the elements that have made the brand’s bags consumer favorites in the past.

The Belt Bag debuted about a year ago with the brand’s Spring 2015 collection, and although it regularly garners positive comments from readers and I’ve seen it on the arms of a handful of celebrities and bloggers, I just don’t think the design gets its due for how attractive it is. It’s great, you guys!

It may not be quite as distinctive as the Luggage Tote or Trapeze Bag, which both showed up on the market looking like nothing else available, but it’s a solid day bag with the kind of luxuriously minimalistic look that’s just begging to be photographed next to a vase of peonies for maximum Instagram likes. It doesn’t look over-designed, and the long tails on the front belt give it just a little bit of drama. It also looks good when carried with the optional long shoulder strap, and it’s not has heavy as some Céline bags–what’s not to like?

The size you see below is the Mini Belt Bag, but don’t be fooled by the name–like the Mini Luggage Tote, this is the bag’s standard size, and there’s nothing particularly small about it, with a base that’s 11 inches wide and a roomy interior. The bag starts at $2,500 for a solid color in grained or satin calfskin, while bicolor goatskin will set you back $2,700. The crocodile version, of course, is priced at “if you have to ask, you can’t afford it.” You can get more information about the bags via Céline.

Céline Crocodile Mini Belt Bag
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Céline Mini Belt Bag
$2,500

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Céline Mini Belt Bag
$2,500

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Céline Mini Belt Bag
$2,500

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Céline Mini Belt Bag
$2,700

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Céline Mini Belt Bag
$2,500

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Lily
Lily
6 years ago

From what I understand the Celine Belt bag is not popular, because it is impractical purse. The closure of the flap makes it very difficult to open and close. Plus, I think, people are starting to get a bit tired of Celine, in general. That said, the Belt bag is beautiful to look at.

Sandy
Sandy
6 years ago

Hmm..last summer I was obsessed with purchasing a Celine bag. Like many times before I went on the store determined to make a purchase. The bags IRL leave me wanting more. I looked at the Belt Bag and I must say that if I had a Celine bag I think it would be the one.

ellavanw
ellavanw
6 years ago

I really like it but when I went to look at it in the store, I thought it would be too impractical for daily use. As with the Kelly, the handle attaches to the flap, so you have to close it all the way in order to carry it by the handle; otherwise you’ll destroy the bag. And it’s annoying to carry a tote that size and have to button it all up every time you take out your phone or your wallet.

GH68
GH68
3 years ago
Reply to  ellavanw

But it has a zip!

Lisa
Lisa
6 years ago
Reply to  ellavanw

Ellavanw, thank you for identifying the problem! I’ve never analyzed why I’ve never sparked to the Kelly and your comment is spot on — that design (and this Celine) really aren’t very practical, no matter how attractive in a photo.

ellavanw
ellavanw
6 years ago
Reply to  ellavanw

Oh, and if you carry it by the shoulder strap there’s a lot going on, what with the shoulder strap and the handle and the belt – to me it felt too fussy and dangly to be a good work bag.

Grace
Grace
6 years ago

I just loooooovr that green one! There’s a lovely belt bag in a natural saddle leather in one of the big department stores I regularly visit that has my name all over it, but I just can’t commit to it because it seems so incredibly impracticle. Too bad really as it is quite a stunning bag style-wise.

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
6 years ago

Out of curiosity, I went to look at that bag and the Edge at Nordstrom. The Belt bag is gorgeous, but the closure is impractical for daily use. I actually found it a pain to get in and out of. My bags have to be nice to look at and functional.

jng2b
jng2b
6 years ago

Why does Celine always get credit for the trapeze shape? My YSL Dowtown from 2008 had this shape long before the Celine bags came out.

Irina Rusu
Irina Rusu
6 years ago
Reply to  jng2b

Seriously? There’s vaguely any resemblance. Celine makes a much prettier bag.

Melly
Melly
6 years ago

I love my belt bag. The clasp isn’t any more annoying than my luggage zip that sticks a lot

Finem Lauda
Finem Lauda
6 years ago

Is the bag in slide four black or blue? I can’t tell :c

rigidmink
rigidmink
6 years ago
Reply to  Finem Lauda

i couldn’t tell if it was white or gold to be honest

Finem Lauda
Finem Lauda
6 years ago
Reply to  rigidmink

oh my god, marry me plz lmfao

kaly
kaly
6 years ago
Reply to  rigidmink

ahahaha , I see what you did right there!!! 😉

Melly
Melly
6 years ago
Reply to  Finem Lauda

It is blue.

Finem Lauda
Finem Lauda
6 years ago
Reply to  Melly

thaaank you c:

Kitty
Kitty
6 years ago

I love this bag!!! I agree with this post, it is a fantastic option to an everyday bag. It is on my list to buy. Here in Miami Céline is not as popular, you see random bags out here and there. But this city is still very much LV concentrated. So I really love it’s simplicity and anonymity!!! 😉

K
K
6 years ago

I’ve never seen the bag in person. I do like the shape of the bag, but what are the long straps in the front suppose to do? Can it be untied?

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