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10 Reasons Everyone Should Own a Céline Handbag

By now, most of you have probably considered the advantages and disadvantages of buying a Celine bag. They’re beautiful! But they’re everywhere. They’re modern! But they’re everywhere. We’ve spent some time thinking about the exact same conundrums, and we’ve got one piece of advice, plus ten reasons to back it up: you really should go ahead and pull the trigger on a Celine bag if you love it.

My job can be described in a lot of ways. Blogger, fashion writer, managing editor. Once in a blue moon, I might actually commit acts of journalism. What I am all the time, though, is a professional enabler. I spend my entire workday fantasy-shopping so that I may help assuage your doubts about potential purchases, should you be looking to have them assuaged. I’ve spent more time thinking about Celine bags, their price points and their merits than I care to admit or is probably healthy. I’ve come to some conclusions, which I’ve enumerated below. Happy shopping, if that’s the way you go.

1. The Celine Luggage Tote changed the handbag game

So many bags at virtually every price point mirror the Luggage Tote’s shape, proportion and flared gussets that we’ve done not one but two roundups to demonstrate the enduring trend. The Luggage’s success also set the stage for the Trapeze and Trio bags to proliferate their details out across the industry, so much so that it’s rare to find a designer bag that’s been produced in the past year that hasn’t been influenced in some small (or not-so-small) way by Celine’s ultra-covetable collections. Personally, we like the idea of owning the original if you choose to own anything.

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2. Phoebe Philo is an accessories genius

Phoebe Philo, Celine’s creative director, also oversaw the creation of the Chloe Paddington and Silverado Bags in her time at Chloe. Having that much success in bags is not just a happy accident; Philo’s prowess took Celine from an nearly moribund afterthought to a perennial industry frontrunner almost overnight. If you’re going to entrust thousands of your dollars to someone’s good taste, she’s about as solid a choice as you’ll find.

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Image via Jim Shi

3. Celine bags are like a fashion Bat Signal

Celine bags have been an industry favorite since more or less the moment that LVMH brought on Phoebe Philo. Although the incredibly wide popularity of the Luggage Tote has diluted its fashionable message a bit (as happens when any bag reaches such an enormous audience, even the Birkin), a carefully chosen Celine accessory can say on your behalf what never sounds convincing when said aloud: that you’ve got razor-sharp taste and know exactly where the fashion conversation is headed. Game recognize game.

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Image by Tommy Ton via Style.com

4. A Celine bag’s details are always interesting

I remember the first time I spotted the matte grey Celine Phantom Luggage tote with neon orange edging. I was walking down Madison Avenue in the Upper East Side and did a double-take at the woman walking past me with it on her arm. I had seen the Phantom a million times, of course, but leave it to Phoebe Philo to use something as overlooked as edge-painting to make sure the bag continues to turn heads.

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5. Not all Celine bags are super ubiquitous

I can totally understand not wanting to carry a bag that you feel like everyone else already has, but Celine’s line goes so far beyond the Luggage and Trapeze bags. Even the Classic Box Bag, which has been around for as long as the Luggage, is still devastatingly elegant and somewhat under-appreciated, not to mention bags like the Edge, the All Soft and Celine’s various clutches and pouches.

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6. No logo print, no logo hardware, ever

As LVMH, Celine’s parent company, has recently realized, obvious logos have become something of a fashion liability. The most sophisticated (read: high-spending) consumers are tired of them and they no longer feel fresh. Celine doesn’t currently produce any kind of logo or monogram fabric, and its minimalist, full-name logo doesn’t lend itself to logo-shaped hardware. You find “Celine” in a tiny, metallic heat stamp on most of the brand’s bags and stamped into the Trapeze’s front clasp, but that’s it. Especially in the less-popular styles, Celine bags are about as discreet as they can be.

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7. Celine’s industry leadership shows no signs of slowing

Celine is in high favor with fashion tastemakers, from editors to VIP customers. Despite the runway bags being a tad weird and conceptual, Celine’s Spring 2014 show left critics salivating and sales continue briskly. The industry’s most influential people are in love with Celine, and they know what they’re talking about. The love affair shall continue apace for the foreseeable future.

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8. Even the Luggage Tote is still a total stunner

I thought I had seen and processed my thoughts on every Luggage Tote imaginable in the years since its debut, but this past weekend, I walked past a woman in my neighborhood carrying the Luggage Tote in box calf leather, the same as is used for the Classic Box Bags. The leather is glossy and extremely fine-grained because of the particular tanning process that’s used for the material, and it is gorgeous. Those Luggage Totes aren’t common and are much more expensive than their regular drummed leather counterparts, but the box leather gave the Luggage Tote a whole new life in my eyes.

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9. Celine bags are wardrobe-elevators

Because of the status and taste-level that a wisely chosen Celine bag can telegraph to those around you, the bag can often have the effect of making everything that’s worn with it look more purposeful, more considered and almost infinitely more tasteful. A slouchy tank and a pair of tapered sweatpants look like a full-on outfit when a Celine bag is present, and that is nothing short of magic.

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Image via PurseForum

10. Seriously, have you seen the interior of a Celine Classic Box Bag?

The mark of an impressive fashion brand isn’t in its exteriors. Instead, the brand’s attention to quality and detail are the most apparently once you open up a bag and inspect what’s going on inside. That’s where corners are cut, expensive materials are preserved and flaws are at their most apparent. When I first opened up a Celine Classic Box Bag, I couldn’t believe what was going on inside – it was nicer than the exterior. The leather, and there was a ton of it, was totally soft and luxurious. The heavily partition interior was split up with a lot of attention to detail. The bag’s $4,000+ price tag suddenly made a lot of sense. If that’s not a reason to buy, I don’t know what is.

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TheBagHoarder
TheBagHoarder
10 years ago

Amen to that. Celine is the first brand which I bought multiple bags from because of all those reasons.

Courtney McAlexander
Courtney McAlexander
10 years ago

Jumped on the luggage bandwagon in ’11 when the mini was still only $1750 (GASP!!!)…I have it in red and have babied yet ever since. Last time I checked the regular leather minis are now upwards of $3,000.00. It was the first truly high-end designer bag I ever purchased, and I don’t regret it. Would love to invest in a box one day.

Sandra
Sandra
10 years ago

I have not purchased a Celine bag at this point, I have considered it several times but in the last few years Givenchy has received my bag budget dollars. I may yet purchase a Celine….I quite like the Cabas Totes, even the Phantom version, although I am extremely hesitant to purchase anything with gussets.

Rashmi
Rashmi
10 years ago

Hi Emily, do you know style name of the bag that the model in Reason No. 3 is carrying? (in the white shirt). That is such a cool bag!
I just purchased my FIRST celine Shoulder luggage in black pebbled leather and I cannot wait to receive it next week! Too bad I didn’t buy years ago when it was cheaper 🙂

Rashmi
Rashmi
10 years ago

I’m sorry I just realized it was Amanda who wrote this. Sorry Amanda 🙂 btw, do you own any Celine? if so, which one?

Amanda Mull
Amanda Mull
10 years ago
Reply to  Rashmi

No worries! The woman in #3 is carrying a Celine Classic Box Bag. The bag in the photo for reason #1 is actually mine! Or it was; I bought it about six months before I moved to NYC and sold it after I got here because I find that my lifestyle here requires a shoulder or crossbody strap and I wasn’t getting much use out of it! I’d like to add another to my collection in the future, though. I’d love a Classic Box.

elegant tomato
elegant tomato
10 years ago

Vintage Celine does have a canvas monogram.

Eva
Eva
10 years ago

I just bought one this week!!! :))) Best weeknight ever!!! :)))

Maya
Maya
10 years ago

Too many Céline killed the Céline! 🙂
Givenchy is also my ruin :))

Judy
Judy
10 years ago

The one and only reason that I won’t waste my time buying a Celine bag is because they have terrible customer service post-purchase. There are countless threads on how people have to jump through hoops just to get their defective bag fixed. SA’s with a “Well, you bought it.” no-help attitude. No thanks! I rather give money to companies that care about fixing defects in their products.

anouk
anouk
10 years ago
Reply to  Judy

Thanks a bunch for this heads up!!!! I’m a happy owner of a Phantom Luggage and with this comment, i must take care of it before i might encounter a disdainful SA!

ahhhsoneo
ahhhsoneo
10 years ago

as much as l love Celine, i feel like all your points could have been made about all the other brands at some point or another. Right now Celine is riding the wave and cashing in, but even money, soon enough we will all move on to something else.

lifeduringthecommercialbreak
lifeduringthecommercialbreak
10 years ago

I agree with your post wholeheartedly. I’ve collected 4 over the past couple years, and love each and every one. (Nanos to Mini Luggage to Phantoms in different fur/leather finishes.) Do you think it’s too late to get on the Trapeze bandwagon? I never paid much attention to them…but have an opportunity to buy a gently used blue one from about a year ago, and saw it’s coming back in the same colorway for Spring 2014! Thoughts?

Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief
Iréne Shûkriya-Dutta Scharief
10 years ago

Bought one in 2011. Glad I sold it because it was pebbled leather and it gets nasty looking when it’s slouchy after sometime.

lesity
lesity
10 years ago

I won’t buy it. It’s too big and too boring for party and too heavy for everyday use.

R Smith
R Smith
7 years ago
Reply to  lesity

It’s perfect for everyday use, especially for work. I didn’t think I would carry my bag as much, but I do because it’s too big! :o)

Ban
Ban
10 years ago

i have a celine micro i love it its smaller than my other bags but still great and just ordered a trapeze i wanted the trapeze at first but was hesitant at first and finally decided to just order it…. so far couldnt be happier with my celine

Oli_Rudi
Oli_Rudi
10 years ago

dear purseblog – I would like your help! I am debating which Celine I should get : the luggage tote or the classic box? I am leaning towards the classic box… can you please help me in making a decision? I am going to the Celine store tomorrow! thank you all!

Samantha Sheneil High
Samantha Sheneil High
9 years ago

I need to know if this is a replica bag or not please help would love to find her

pampered87
pampered87
8 years ago

I was VERY disappointed with my customer service at the celine stores. I was buying a $3,300 bag and I was told the bag shipped and never got an email confirmation so I called the store and at first they had NO idea what order I was talking about. Then they never shipped the bag because they lost my order form which had a photo copy of my drivers license and credit card bc they don’t do the charge info over the phone. So then they found my order and overnighted it but it literally came in a box with just the bag in the dust cover – no bubbles or paper to keep it guarded from any risk of damage when being shipped. It was a big let down and I was beyond excited to get what was my first and only Celine and they could’ve cared less about getting a sale (not sure if they work on commission or not?). I usually don’t have bad customer service bc I’ve worked in retail so I know to not be rude to the SA but this is the most expensive handbag I’ve ever bought and they kind of took the wind out of my sail.

Vicu
Vicu
8 years ago

If you are looking for a Celine Trapeze

http://websta.me/p/1012492807648421573_2044595360

Svetka Koz
Svetka Koz
8 years ago

I love my Trapeze, but I do not think I will get any other. Not a fan of luggage, and box is too expensive (for that money I almost can get Chanel, why would I get Celine then?).
So these point do not convince me at all.

Alexia
Alexia
8 years ago

Sure they are really nice, but the quality is the worst! I spent 1600 € on my Céline Edge bag in May 2015, and it has broke already in three different places. In September the glue on the handle gave up and I sent it to their Ateliers, not only did it take more than a month to fix it and get it back but they also lost my receipt that was in my dustbag. They were so arrogant about it and thought it was no biggie, and I had to chase them down to give me a new receipt which they said that they couldn’t “unfortunately”, but that they can send me a copy of the one they lost. Ridiculous! They didn’t even offer any compensation, instead they were avoiding my calls and wanted to keep the conversation via e-mail. So all I got was a lame copy of the receipt and had to tell my insurance company about it in case something would happen.
So I’ve had it back for less than 1,5 month now and haven’t even used it everyday, but last week I noticed that the glue on the inside pocket just above the zipper had given up too and later that day the metal hardware that keeps the bag and the handle together broke! So no I have no use for this bag. Funny how a bag worth 1600 € can break in no time, I have bags worth a lot less that I’ve but many many years ago and they are still intact today. I’ve contacted Céline now and want to reclaim my bag and get my money back, they’re telling me that they have to contact their After sales services and so on. I just know that I don’t want to pay so much for a bag that keeps on breaking all the time and I will make a huge deal about this until I give my money back.
So NO! Céline bags are not a must-have. They might be pretty to look at, but I’d rather spend my money on something that lasts.

lucy
lucy
7 years ago

I would like to buy cheap celine handbags at http://www.luxecelinebags.com/

MissDemeanor
MissDemeanor
7 years ago

Not liking any of those bags at all. Most of them look like robot faces with zip mouths. The lady with one tucked under her arm looks good but I’m not seeing the big attraction.