Celine is one of my favorite designer handbag brands. I love Celine handbags for their minimalist designs, stunning colors, and incredible leather (Celine leathers smell so so good)!
Since I can’t have them all, I will let out my love by sharing my top 10 favorite Celine handbags ranked in the order of preference (except for the first three bags – it too difficult to rank these three).
1. Celine Trapeze
The Trapeze was my first love out of all Celine bags. The combination of the sleek lines, simple design, contemporary wings, large handle, and the shoulder strap made it a winner for me. I personally think the design of the Trapeze is timeless ; especially if you tuck in the wings, then it just looks like a feminine briefcase. This is also a very easy bag to carry due to the comfortable shoulder strap. The opening and closing of the Trapeze can be annoying but I personally don’t mind it. Another problem for the Trapeze is the bag sagging and losing its shape after prolong wear, especially if you overstuff your bag. Overall, the design of the Trapeze is simple but it is stunning and always makes my heart skip a beat.
2. Celine Luggage
To be honest, for years I didn’t get the Celine Luggage bag. I didn’t think it looked aesthetically pleasing because the design is too busy; every time I look at the bag, I just see the silly monkey face. Then over time, I somehow fell (deeply) in love with this bag, learned to appreciate its design, and even found the face to be adorable. I had the hardest time debating between the micro or nano luggage but ultimately went with the nano due to the shoulder strap. The nano luggage is seriously one of the most practical bags ever. If you get a handheld option of the luggage (micro, mini or phantom size) then the weight of the bag might be an issue. The larger bags are also more prone to sagging as the leather softens over time. If I have to pinpoint why I love this bag it would be the bag’s practicality and unique design. My main complaint is the long shoulder strap on the nano – why designers don’t make adjustable straps is beyond my comprehension.
3. Celine Box
Oh the Celine Box. I have a feeling out of all the Celine bags I will eventually have, the Box will be my ultimate favorite. The design of this bag is timeless and so beautiful. My heart is set on the stunning red Box. Currently there are three reasons hold me back from purchasing the Box. One, the hefty price tag. Two, I like the smooth calfskin but I will probably hate the scratches. Three, whenever I see it in stores, it just doesn’t take my breath away. I have two theories on that last part: either this bag just doesn’t look good on the shelf because it is so simple or this bag only looks beautiful in pictures. Regardless, unless I grow some sense and stop buying designer bags, this is a bag that I must have in my collection. I am thinking about eventually getting this bag from a consignment website – if the leather will be scratched anyways, I might as well buy a bag that is already scratched at a discounted price.
4. Celine Trio
For the longest time, I was obsessed with the Celine Trio. I really like the simple rectangular pouch design with minimal hardware and logo. The three connecting pouches are an ingenious design since the bag allows the user to detached a pouch to be used as a clutch. Furthermore, I like the look of the three pouches from the side and the separated compartments help with organization. I have seen the Trio on sale on sites like Gilt and think eventually a bright color Trio (yellow, pink, or green) would be perfect. One of my main concerns with the Trio is one of the pouches falling off if you overstuff it (based on user reviews). Another concern is accidently slipping my phone / wallet in between the pouches and cracking / losing the item. Lastly, I have heard there are quality issues where the strap connects to the middle pouch.
5. Celine Edge
The Celine Edge, especially the black and red color combo is stunning. It is such a shame that Celine discontinued the Edge. To me, the design is simple and the bag looks practical – I thought it would be in its permanent collection for sure. The only thing I don’t like about the design of this bag is the small snap closure compartment on the back of the bag (see example here). Celine should have left out the snap and used a magnetic closure instead or even no closure. Regardless, I hope Celine eventually brings this design back, especially the black and red version!
6. Celine Tie
The Celine Tie was another bag that I didn’t like in the beginning but slowly my fondness for the bag grew. The reason I didn’t like the bag was the two tails / extended wings – I thought it was obnoxiously too large. I have since been able to look pass the long tails and appreciate the shape of the bag, especially those unique knots at the handles. I especially love the contrasting color versions. Although I like the design of this bag, I don’t think it will be practical bag (especially for me) due to the handheld only option and the heaviness of the bag.
7. Celine Belt
The Celine Belt is the latest popular Celine bag. I like the design of the bag, and the whiskers are really cute! My favorite is the taupe color Belt. The Belt is often compared to the Trapeze and to be honest I don’t know which one I like more. Although the bags are similar, I still think they are somewhat different. I would say the Belt is more casual and the solid color Trapeze is more classic.
8. Celine Cabas Zip Tote
Celine makes various tote bags including the cabas phantom (with and without belt) and vertical cabas. By far, my favorite is the cabas zip tote. I never gave this bag a second thought until I ran into it a few times and every time it made my head turn. For some reason the zippers on this bag really stand out to me. Based on Fashionphile, the bag retails for $2K+; as much as I like this bag, I don’t think I would ever fork over $2K for a tote bag. If I can ever find it for 50% off then I would consider it.
9. Celine All Soft Shoulder Bag
The Celine All Soft bag is another one of the simple bags that I find beautiful. Although Celine is known for beautiful color combinations, I tend to prefer solid color handbags – with the exception of this bag. In a solid color, this bag looks too plain but in a bi- or tri-color combination, this bag is beautiful. I really like the casual look of this bag but again don’t think I will ever fork out $2.6K for this bag. At least not until I win the lottery ?
10. Celine Twisted Cabas
Every season, Celine comes out with some interesting bags that make me scratch my head. This was one of them – I honestly questioned why anyone would buy this bag, especially the way it was held on the runway with the bag twisted so you could see the two colors. Then I realized, when worn over the shoulder, this bag is simply a tote with two color options depending on which side you wear it on. This is an ingenious design – one bag, two color options. I also like the large shoulder strap that is knotted to the bag. The strap and the bag shape remind me of a shoulder bucket bag. Anyways, a great design, you were right on this one Celine, good job!
Thank you for reading! As you can see, I spend wayyy too much time reading and looking at pictures of bags. I started this blog just so I can gush about handbags and other topics I am interested in so thank you for letting me share! At least this way all the time I spend looking at bags is not a complete waste…
Please share with me if there are any other great Celine styles that I’ve missed!