If you're a lover, insider, critic or overall fan of fashion and its industry, you know that Céline is one of the leading brands in today's fashion realm. At the top of the luxury hierarchy, Céline is not only a beautiful brand that produces the highest quality goods, but it also played a significant role in the minimalist movement. Acclaimed for its understated and low-key vibes, Céline prides itself on its discreet nature that exudes a true "if you know, you know" aesthetic. Against labels and all things flashy, Céline's colour palette is mostly neutral, with subtle pops of colour. The perfect balance between classic femininity and contemporary masculinity, Céline embodies the modern woman. Loose-fitting garments that flatter a woman's figure, Céline never fails to make women feel comfortable, stylish and sexy at the same time. The brand champions strong women by going against traditional fashion norms. Going against the grain is something that Phoebe Philo (former creative director) is infamous for. Her artisanal silhouettes and minimalist approach to fashion is why Céline continues to thrive.
The brand's effortlessly chic aesthetic is not just portrayed in their garments, but in their shoes, accessories, jewellery and especially their bags. The Luggage tote is the most acclaimed bag by Céline - a signature piece that really put Céline on the fashion industry's radar back in 2010. It remains one of the most in-demand bags to this day and one would go as far to say that no luxury handbag collection is truly complete without one.
From the Luggage tote, to the Trapeze (also launched in 2010), to the Trio (introduced in 2014), to the Belt (also introduced in 2014), Céline never fails to produce iconic pieces that will never go out of style due to their simplistic nature. Despite our love for all things Céline, the Box bag has to be our current personal favourite. Introduced in 2011, the Box bag has returned in every collection for every season since its debut. Year after year, the Box bag remains a successful piece that Céline lovers all over the world adore.
Carefully crafted in smooth calfskin with a box-like silhouette, hence the obvious name. Featuring a single flap, long shoulder strap and delicate buckle closure, the Box bag looks like a small, elegant briefcase designed especially for women. Offered in exotic skins including lizard and crocodile, a mink fur version is also currently in stores. Available in two different sizes, the Medium (9' x 7') and the Small (6' x 5'), the Box bag is most commonly offered with gold-tone hardware.
It's glossy appearance exudes a true, timeless Parisian aesthetic. Luxury is depicted in its truest form when it comes to this piece as the Box bag is the perfect example of an understated statement. Although it's quiet and simple, it's beauty is still eye-catching nonetheless. A classic bag that will remain in style forever, the Box bag is an investment piece that you won't regret splurging on. Effortlessly stylish without even trying, a Céline bag in general is a well-worthy addition to any collection - and the Box bag is a perfect start.
By: Isabel de Carteret