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 4.5 Stars

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 5 Stars

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. 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 4.5 Stars

I’ve owned this bag since July of 2011 and I can still smell that beautiful luscious leather scent. I got caught in a 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 bags weight 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 4 Stars

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 3.5 Stars

This bag is much more subdued in style than others. Classic appeal matters to me greatly when it comes to 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 4.5 Stars

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

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

  • Amy

    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.

    • Because of its sleek design, it is def good for a night out. I wouldn’t take it on the dance floor, but to dinner, it looks great!

      And it doesn’t even get that heavy with everything inside! I think the compartments help the weight be shared more equally and it keeps from bulging since I kept the bigger stuff in the middle

  • Alexandra Davidoff

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

    • It is EXTREMELY classy and also under the radar!

      • Alexandra Davidoff

        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!

    • Totally! So many people stare at this bag when I carry it

      • MizzJ

        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.


  • M Martell

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




    • HAHAHA!!! Maybe we can do that. Vlad photographed many of my bags a few years ago, but my collection has expanded tremendously since then :)

    • 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

        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

    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

    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

    Beautiful bag.

  • mochababe73

    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.

    • This bag really is a stunner! The leather is soft, thick, and gorgeous!

  • MilesC

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

  • gpc

    Lovely bag Megs. Please tell what your other two Celines are and what is on the way???

  • rose60610

    This bag is so beautiful in every way. The color is both vibrant and understated. It’ll get you noticed, but always in a good way. I seldom buy costly bags without running my hands over them, but I think I’d be safe in this case. It’s really wonderful, and I loved seeing pictures of your trip. Nice!

  • Kiwishopper

    It’s absolutely gorgeous!! I love some red Celine!!!

  • Robin

    I didn’t know this bag but it is truly awesome!

  • Samantha

    Please do this feature more often. I love these reviews!

    • We plan on doing these features weekly!

      • Lori

        Great news. The review was awesome, just like the bag!

      • Samantha

        Yay! You made my day. It’s great to see bags in action after the “newness” has worn off. Also, I love vicariously owning all of these bags through reading these reviews

  • Restaurant Bruges

    awesome post i like it a lot

  • Mona

    I saw this bag when you tweeted about it during christmas and I thought it was beautiful. The color is fantastic!
    And now seeing the details and all the zippered compartments, the perfect size – actually EVERY bit of it is perfect!…


  • Mama M

    I’ve loved this bag since you showed it & the blue one last year. I, too, need to have a bag with several zippered compartments, and the color is fantastic. Can’t wait to see the new one!

  • Sandra Rowley

    I think the bag is quite nice and I am certain made of the best materials. The only thing that I would mention about it is….it is quite typical of several other designers bags. Marc Jacobs, for instance, has this same bag in his collections for years now. This is probably the reason that it is still so “under the radar”.

    • liz

      I was thinking the same thing about Marc Jacobs (the Blake bag). Its the same design really… and while the MJ isn’t as expensive as this, the quality is still excellent.

  • Mommy needs a new bag

    I love this feature. Thanks for the great review, it is so helpful. The colour is amazing. I would love to see interior pics of this bag.

  • Rashida

    I like the bag and I love your point of view… not my cup of tea but the bag seems very functional and the leather is beautiful!

  • Jacki

    I love the red color and the braided zipper pulls.

  • J Umm

    in a pic with an outfit, it looks like any other bag

  • J

    Love the bag! How’s the weight?

  • camaren

    do you know where i can purchase this bag and the luggage tote in california? ive been looking around for them for awhile now and cant seem to find anywhere that sells them. or they’ll have the celine brand but not the bags im looking for. i cant even find any online, though id rather buy in person because i like to see how i looks with the bag first. lol. please help

  • Simone

    Wow you would make a good sales person, after reading your review- I WANT ONE!! gosh that handbag is gorgeous but I’d find it a little tough to splurge that much http://www.myfashionbeautytips.com/choosing-a-designer-handbag/

  • Kellykmao

    is there any other place to buy this bag besides the retailer Megs mentioned?  i too would like to see it in person first

  • sirius max

    Red is so hard to pull off in a bag design, the bag has to be a high quality and look the part. Celine looks good :) but for $2300 it better!

  • NinaE

    Sadly i Think the shoulder strap is a little too short. I would have like to be able to wear it over my “other” shoulder. Because it has so much room it gets kinda heavy. :/ otherwise I’m loving it.

  • Catherine

    Hi…your bag is like my dream bag, i missed the chance to buy it a last year at the celine store in an airport…one of the worst decision I ever made.

    i love it..i am a little ashamed to ask, but are you interested in selling it? i can;t find it anywhere and i love it so much.

  • LC

    mission in life is to own a Celine Triptqyue.

  • Jubilee Bao

    How’s much of this bags nowadays? Please!