I should preface by saying, I am a huge Celine fan today. 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. The Best Celine Bags worth investing in include, The Celine Luggage Tote Bag, The Celine Classic box bag, The Celine 16, The Celine Belt bag, and the Celine Canvas!
History of the Celine brand
Celine 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.
Today creative director Slimane has 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.
If you are looking for an everyday Parisian style bag then the Celine luggage bag is perfect for you! The Celine luggage comes in 4 sizes: Nano, Micro, Mini, and now discontinued Celine phantom. You can still purchase a vintage Celine phantom online!
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|Nano||8″ x 8″ x 4″||$2,800||$2,700|
|Micro||10″ x 10″ x 6″||$3,300||$3,150|
|Mini||12.5″ x 7.5″ x 11″||$3,500||$3,350|
Celine The Classic Box 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 purchasing the classic bag as your first Celine bag.
The Celine The Classic Box Bag comes in 3 Sizes Small, Teen and Medium. If you are looking for a timeless shoulder bag then the Celine classic box bag is for you. Shop Vintage Celine Classic Bags.
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|Celine Classic Small||6″ x 5″ x 3″||$3,150|
|Celine Classic Teen||7″ x 6″ x 2″||$3700|
|Celine Classic Medium||9″ x 7″ x 3″||$4,200|
Celine 16 Bag Review
The first day I saw the Celine 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. The Celine 16 bag comes in 3 sizes, personally I love the smaller sizes so you can wear both day and night.
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. Shop Vintage Celine 16 bags.
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|Celine 16 Mini||7″ X 6″ X 3″||$3700||$3,350|
|Celine 16 Small||9″ x 7″ x 4″||$4,350||$3,950|
|Celine 16 Classique||13″ x 9″ x 5″||$4,950||$4,500|
** It is important to note that only the Celine 16 Small size comes with a strap to wear as a cross-body or a shoulder bag.
Celine Belt 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 favorites. Shop Vintage Celine Belt Bags
The Celine Belt Bag comes in 4 sizes: Pico, Nano, Micro, and Mini. If you are looking for a timeless Celine bag, that can be worn during the day or even at night then the Celine Belt bag is for you. Only the size Pico & Nano comes with a strap to wear as a crossbody or shoulder bag.
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|Celine Belt Pico||6″ x 5″ x 4″||$2,100||$1,950|
|Celine Belt Nano||8″ x 8″ x 4″||$2,450||$2,350|
|Celine Belt Micro||9″ x 8″ x 5″||$2,700||$2,600|
|Celine Belt Mini||11″ x 9″ x 7″||$2,850||$2,700|
Celine Horizontal Cabas Canvas Logo Print Bag
This Celine tote bag is the ultimate tote bag. The color palette and scheme is immaculate. This tote is equally good for the beach as it is in 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 vintage Celine Cabas bag 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. Shop Preloved Celine Canvas Bags
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|Celine Cabas Logo||15″ x 12″ x 7.5″||6″|
Conclusion: Are Celine Bags worth it?
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,