Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, the French fashion house remains one of the leading brands in luxury fashion. Owned by LVMH since 1996, Céline is acclaimed for their minimalistic and effortlessly chic aesthetic. Under the creative direction of Phoebe Philo for the last decade, Céline is a brand rich in luxury that represents understated elegance. The brand announced the Hedi Slimane will succeed Philo as creative director on January 21st. He will also hold the positions of artistic and image director and plans to extend the brand by launching menswear, couture and fragrance lines.
Ideal for the modern woman, Céline embodies contemporary femininity. With a mostly neutral-colour palette, loose-fitting garments and artisanal silhouettes, the brand champions strong women by going against conventional fashion norms. Céline's "less is more" motto compliments their laid-back vibes and their innovative, expressive approach to fashion is what makes the brand so unique.
Céline handbags are no exception to their low-key "if you know, you know" aesthetic. Sophisticated consumers feel less of a need to advertise brand logos and more of a desire to invest in a minimalistic piece that will remain timeless. Céline doesn't work with excessive hardware, embellishment, or logos. Luxury oozes from their pieces not by prominently displaying their brand name, but rather the quality of the materials they use.
The Luggage tote is the brand's signature handbag and has long-surpassed its once It-bag status. Since its introduction in 2010, the Luggage tote took the fashion world by storm when Phoebe Philo saved the brand from slipping under the radar. Upon its debut, the Luggage tote caught the attention of celebrities and fashion glitterati, thus becoming a must-have for luxury handbag lovers all over the world.
One of the industry's most recognized silhouettes, the Luggage tote is not only distinctive to fashion insiders, but also to those not so familiar with Céline in general. It proved so popular that counterfeit businesses produced dozens of high street copies, but the French fashion house was quick to react. Céline now has legal protection of its idiosyncratic features including the "three-dimensional configuration of a rectangular bag with extendable accordion-style sides and extruding parallel S wave designs on bag front."
Originally, the Luggage tote was only available in the Medium size. However, the increasing demand for the bag lead to the creation of various sizes including the Phantom (the largest size in the Luggage family), the Mini, the Micro and the Nano (the smallest size, allowing cross-body usage.)
Céline bags in general represents a carefully curated aesthetic. Although the Luggage tote was the brand's claim to fame, each handbag is crafted from the finest materials, The simplicity of the bags speak volumes without having to display any kind of branding. Ideal for women with a love for luxury and good quality, purchasing a Céline bag is a worthy investment as their minimalistic appearance will remain in style forever. Always chic, always stylish and always sophisticated, you can never go wrong with Céline.
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By: Isabel de Carteret