I should preface by saying, I am a huge Celine fan today. To be honest, before I moved to Paris, my knowledge on the brand Celine was limited. When I moved to Paris, I saw Celine bags everywhere, my initial thought was this was a Parisian brand that the everyday Parisian girl knew and loved, but wasn’t as popular back home. The more and more I saw the bags, the more and more I wanted to add one to my collection.
The truth is I didn’t just stop at one bag, I have many Celine bags in my collection now. I even have a few exotics, not to mention my black Celine hoodie that I live in. Today, I’m going to share with you the 5 best Celine handbags to invest in.
Before I jump into the 5 best Celine Handbags to add to your wardrobe. I want to give you a quick history of Celine. I always love including the history of brands in my articles. I feel like this is a way to “get to know each other”.
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History of the Celine brand
Did you know that Celine actually started out as a made-to-measure shoe boutique in Paris by wife and husband duo Celine and Richard Vipiana in 1945? After much success, this dynamic duo decided it was time to expand and Celine launched a ready to wear line that could be worn by the everyday Parisian woman.
By the 1970s, Celine had gone “viral” and boutiques were opening around the world. In 1987, The CEO and Chairman of LVMH Bernard took notice of the success and bought Celine, along with all 89 stores. Vipiana stayed head of Celine until she died in 1999.
While many successors have come and gone, it wasn’t until creative director, Phoebe Philo stepped in and sealed the fate of Celine, putting it back on the map as one of the top luxury brands in the world. Many people attribute Phoebe’s success to her ability to draw inspiration from the fundamental concept that Céline Vipiana created: The everyday, Parisian chic, minimalist look.
I remember the day that Phoebe Philo stepped down and Hedi Slimane became creative director. The fashion world was shook. Nobody thought that Phoebe Philo could be replaced, there was even a popular instagram account called “oldceline.” Okay, to be honest, I was hesitant when his first collection came down the runway, I liked some pieces but not all of them.
As time went on, Slimane has really come into his own and continues to produce iconic bags and timeless pieces for Celine. Let’s go ahead and jump into the top Celine Bags worth investing in!
Celine Luggage Bag
The Celine Luggage tote bag was actually the first bag I added to my collection. I’m absolutely obsessed with it. I decided to get it in a neutral color, beige, in size Micro which is the medium-sized one. Not only that, but I do love the Nano luggage tote size bag because it’s small and comes with a strap, allowing you to wear it as a cross body. I even added this bag to my investment worthy handbag article I wrote a few months ago.
The Celine luggage comes in 4 sizes: Nano, Micro, Mini, and now discontinued Celine phantom. However, you can still find the phantom online second hand!
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Celine Luggage Nano
8″ x 8″ x 4″
Celine Luggage Micro
10″ x 10″ x 6″
Celine Luggage Mini
12.5″ x 7.5″ x 11″
** It is important to note that only the size Nano comes with a strap to wear as a crossbody or a shoulder bag.
One of the most iconic and timeless pieces Celine offers is the Classic bag. The name says it all! It truly is a classic piece that I highly recommend adding to your wardrobe. The classic box bag was first introduced in the 70s, and while it has been slightly modified over the years, the classic shape has remained the same. I highly recommend adding the classic bag as your first Celine bag.
The Celine The Classic Box Bag comes in 3 Sizes Small, Teen and Medium.
The first day I saw the 16, my jaw dropped. I distinctly remember the iconic photo of Lady Gaga carrying the bag. At the time, my thoughts were what better person to “pre-release” the 16 than Gaga? She is perfect for it. I love how this bag is edgy, yet classic at the same time.
For me, I love the smaller one, which you can buy an attachment to wear the bag as a cross-body bag. If you aren’t into smaller bags, then you’re in luck because it comes in bigger sizes as well. Out of all the new Celine bags, this one really excites me.
The Celine 16 has a steep price tag and I have yet to add it to my collection. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will soon, but when I do, I will definitely be purchasing this one second hand.
The Celine 16 comes in 3 sizes: Small, Medium, and Large.
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Celine 16 Small
9″ x 7″ x 4″
Celine 16 Medium
13″ x 9″ x 5″
Celine 16 Large
15″ x 11″ x 6″
** It is important to note that only the Celine 16 Small size comes with a strap to wear as a crossbody or a shoulder bag.
The Celine belt bag, debated in Spring of 2015. It’s hard not to fall in love with a gorgeous Celine belt bag, the design is impeccable. This classic, timeless bag is easy to wear, easy to carry, and is definitely a Celine handbag to invest in. Back in 2015, when the bag launched, it didn’t garner the positive response it was hoping for.
As time went over, people started to see Phoebe’s vision and embraced this design. Today this is one of Celine’s “it bags” and one of my favs.
The Celine Belt Bag comes in 4 sizes: Pico, Nano, Micro, and Mini
Dimensions (H x W x D)
Celine Belt Pico
6″ x 5″ x 4″
Celine Belt Nano
8″ x 8″ x 4″
Celine Belt Micro
9″ x 8″ x 5″
Celine Belt Mini
11″ x 9″ x 7″
** It is important to note that only the size Pico & Nano comes with a strap to wear as a crossbody or a shoulder bag.
This Celine tote bag is the ultimate tote bag. The color palette and scheme is immaculate. This tote is equally as good for the beach as it is the city. When this tote bag launched, it sold out immediately and is even hard to find on the second hand market. I was only able to find one and one similar after an hour of googling.
That won’t stop me from lusting after the tote and trying to get my hands on one. Yes, there is a new Celine Horizontal tote that is currently being circulated; however, it doesn’t hold a candle to the original.
This Celine Cabas Canvas tote bag comes in one size
In short, you may be wondering, if purchasing a Celine bag or adding a Celine bag to your handbag collection is worth it? The truth is, yes, Celine bags are worth the price and worth investing in. Celine’s bags are timeless, uses high quality leather, minimalistic handbags that will last for years to come.
5 of the Best Céline bags worth investing in include: The Celine Luggage Tote Bag, The Celine Classic box bag, The Celine 16, The Celine Belt bag, and finally the Celine Canvas logo bag. It was hard to choose only 5 because I adore many Celine bags!
I’d love to hear in the comments, what are your favorite Celine Bags?
Sincerely Petite in Paris,
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