2011 was a year filled with Celine bags for me. I went from owning zero Celine bags to owning three Celine bags with one more on the way. While most know Celine for its Luggage Bag, my favorite Celine bag may be the under-the-radar Triptyque.

Vlad and I spent the holidays in Germany and the Czech Republic and I decided to only take one bag with me. After much thought, I decided on taking my Celine Triptyque and it turned out to be the perfect option. With ample storage space, a refined design, and plenty of fashion appeal, this bag deserves more love from me.

Here is how my Celine Triptyque scores in our PurseBlog Purseonals ratings:

Aesthetics

From the first time I laid eyes on this bag, I was sold. Part briefcase, part 70’s flight bag, I knew this bag would be ideal for traveling. The design is simple but there are lovely touches that are visible, including braided detail on the zipper pulls.

The East/West shape works so well on this bag, giving a professional feel that can easily be dressed down. From the side, you can see the three separate compartments. There is a bit of flare from the side view of both the front and back compartment, but I don’t find it distracting.

Celine bags are very simple and elegant, and the Triptyque shows this beautifully. I love the gold hardware against the rich red leather and the top handles along with the optional shoulder strap.

Usability + Functionality

This bag gets a perfect 5 out of 5 for usability and functionality. I am ultimately obsessed with this bag for many reasons, but mostly for how easy it is to use. I used this for our trip overseas, and each separate compartment not only came in handy but also was easily accessible.

My wallet, passport, and tickets went in the front pocket. This was extremely easy to access and the long zip around made the pocket easy to get in and out of quickly when needing to present my passport and ticket. Even with my continental wallet inside, there was plenty of room.

The middle compartment is where I put all of my “stuff”. From gloves to lipgloss, to tissues, to snacks, to headphones, to my travel checkers game, the middle zipper compartment took everything inside of it easily. The best part was it did not make the bag stick out funny in weird places and is also just as easy to get in and out of.

Lastly, the back compartment is where my small liquids were stored. I have to travel with my inhaler for my asthma and Benadryl for my allergies. Along with those, I always carry Advil and nose spray. Since the back compartment is the last I try to access, this is what I deemed my medical area.

Quality + Construction

I’ve owned this bag since July of 2011 and I can still smell that beautiful luscious leather scent. I got caught in snow/rain showers a couple times on our trip and the bag held up beautifully. The markings from the water are gone now which shows the high-quality leather being used.

The inside is lined in canvas, which helps keep the weight of the bag down and has remained clean even though I throw everything inside. The zipper pulls still move seamlessly and it is easy to open and close the bag.

The only wear that I see after close inspection is the gold lettering on the Celine logo is starting to show wear. I suppose that is to be expected, but with my Type A personality, it bugs me a bit. Since there is no other reference to the designer of the bag and I feel like the namesake looks lovely on the front center of the bag, I would hate for it to rub off completely.

Value

The Triptyque costs a few hundred dollars more than the Luggage Tote, and while I love this bag dearly, I am not sure the difference in price is warranted. While the functionality is much higher, the bag is not that much larger in size and I would expect it to be similar in pricing. However, the quality of the materials is supreme, the design is beautiful, and with the amount of time I use this bag, the value works for me.

The ‘It’ Factor

This bag is much more subdued in style than others. Classic appeal matters to me greatly when it comes to the staying power of a handbag, so this bag scores high for its wearability over time. The clean lines and gorgeous red leather will always make my heart go pitter-patter and I highly recommend this bag for any collection. However, if you are looking for a more recognizable bag, this is not it – stick to the Luggage Tote instead.

Total Score

I bought my Celine Triptyque for $2,300 at Kirna Zabete, ask for Everest and tell him PurseBlog sent you!

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suz
suz
10 years ago

Great review….all the things I look for in a bag.. I’m completely sold!

Amy
Amy
10 years ago

What a great review of a bag I barely knew about before. What a gorgeous handbag the Celine Triptyque is! I want two.

Do you find it heavy with all the items you listed? I can’t believe it holds all that! It looks so cute and not big enough to actually hold that much.

Also, how does it look for going out to a bar? Obviously it’s not a tiny clutch that would make dancing easy, but is it fancy enough for a nice evening? It is Celine, but still.

Alexandra Davidoff
Alexandra Davidoff
10 years ago

Way classier than an LV Speedy……..(in my opinion!)

MizzJ
MizzJ
10 years ago

I so agree with this! While I do admit that I get a little shiver of excitement when someone does recognize my bag, I get even more satisfaction from knowing I have something more unique.

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Alexandra Davidoff
Alexandra Davidoff
10 years ago

I believe under the radar bags are under appreciated. Don’t know if you agree, but carrying a bag that everyone with enough money to buy it has carried before is rather uninteresting sometimes (yes I’m looking at you – LV Speedies, Hermes Birkins, Lady Diors, Chanel Flaps……). When the women passing you on the street stare at your bag in an attempt to figure out what model it is because they haven’t seen it before yet know it is designer, that is the true feeling of being fashionable!

M Martell
M Martell
10 years ago

Great bag! I love the red and how simple the design is.

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FRANCES
FRANCES
10 years ago

GO MEGS GO MEGS GO MEGS GO MEGS!!! YOUR COLLECTION IS AMAZING, WILL YOU SHOWCASE IT ON THE SITE ONE DAY? MAJOR INSPIRATION (IN MY KELLEY ROLAND VOICE).

Admin
10 years ago
Reply to  FRANCES

I don’t think I want to assist in documenting the whole collection, as it will probably take a year to complete. Think I am joking?

pg1908
pg1908
10 years ago
Reply to  Vlad Dusil

Vlad, need I remind you that you DID promise to at least update with some of Megs handbag collection, and have yet to see that showcased on the sight anywhere. Ahem…we’re waiting.

monpetitsecret
monpetitsecret
10 years ago

I’m a sucker for both red purses and classic shapes, so this one is on my lust list. the leather looks sublime and the strap adds functionality.

19yearslater
19yearslater
10 years ago

Gorgeous bag. I don’t follow Celine so I didn’t know this style existed before reading this post. I think it’s cuter than the luggage tote, maybe because I’ve seen that tote so much but also because as you noted it seems more classic.

Lori
Lori
10 years ago

Beautiful bag.

mochababe73
mochababe73
10 years ago

I haven’t been a fan of Celine bags since the Boogie, but it wasn’t very functional because of the short handles. But this one is beautiful. I love the color and the fact that it was an optional shoulder strap. The leather looks beautiful.
It gives me a Michael Kors vibe which maybe why I like it so much.

MilesC
MilesC
10 years ago

Awesome Review – and gorgeous bag. You have made me into a Celine believer…much to my wallet’s dismay 🙂

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