Designer Spotlight: Celine

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Small Tweed Trapeze
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Small Tweed Trapeze

When it comes to renting luxury bags, if you’re not part of the logo-mania or not a fan of all-over monogrammed styles, you must be on Team Minimalist with Celine, Prada, Saint Laurent, and other embellishment-less designer bag styles. What is great about the subtle minimalist brands is the timelessness of the designs to withstand trends that come and go and the classic factor it lends to any outfit–be it for work or weekends.

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Nano Luggage Yellow
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Nano Luggage in Yellow

When it comes to minimalist and hot styles, no one does ‘it bags’ better than Phoebe Philo at Celine in 2008. Check out Instagram account @oldceline for designs and her best works as an homage to her decade at the French fashion house. Her update to the Celine archives and creative injections into the brand has made Celine a brand every working woman and fashion personality want in their closet.

One thing to note about Celine bags – Their bags are available in the following sizes, from smallest to largest:

  • Nano
  • Micro
  • Mini
  • Medium
  • Large

For a sturdy everyday bag: Celine Luggage Tote & Phantom Tote

Don’t be confused with the roominess of this structured bag; The Celine Luggage Tote will fit your essentials and can be worn cross-body or as a shoulder bag.

For those who love XL bags, consider renting the Celine Phantom Luggage Tote rather than the Luggage Tote. While the middle part of the phantom and the luggage is similar, the Phantom and its ‘wings’ make it more spacious and the side and it comes with a wider base than the luggage tote. Talk about carrying your life around!

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Nano Luggage Vermilon
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Nano Luggage in Vermillion
Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Medium Phantom Red
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Medium Phantom Red

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For a luxe minimalistic bag: Celine Belt Bag

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Mini Belt Bag Yellow
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Mini Belt Bag in Yellow
Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Micro Belt Bag Dark Navy
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Micro Belt Bag in Dark Navy

Neutrals are great all year round, and especially for those who love the head-to-toe monochrome style or muted bag styles to complement bolder apparel prints. What the Belt Bag lacks in visible hardware, it makes up with details. From the luxe knot front and sleek silhouette, the Belt Bag is one of the understated minimalist bags to rent from Style Theory Bags.

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Nano Belt Bag Antique Rose
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Nano Belt Bag in Antique Rose
Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Medium Phantom Blue
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Medium Phantom in Blue
Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Nano Belt Bag Grey
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Nano Belt Bag in Grey

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For a sleek power bag: Celine Trapeze

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Trapeze Small in PInk

If there’s a Celine bag that can make an entrance, it’s the Trapeze. The top handle is a great power bag for the go-getter and comes in many colourways to suit any wardrobe style.

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Trapeze Medium Red
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Trapeze in Medium Red

While this was a successful follow up to the Celine Luggage Tote, you’ll see many Trapeze styles discontinued. The upside is you can rent this or other Trapeze colourways from Style Theory Bags without the hassle of finding a Trapeze online or in-stores.

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Trapeze Medium Bicolour Forest Green
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Trapeze Medium in Bicolour Forest Green
Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Trapeze Medium Blue Red
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Trapeze Medium in Blue Red

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For a casual off-duty bag: Celine Cabas Tote

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Small Vertical Cabas
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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Bicolour Small Vertical Cabas Tote

If there was ever a time Celine styles were electrifying, this was it. The Vertical Cabas Tote is great for the outdoor occasions or travel. With non-neutral colours, it goes great with black and whites, and especially better with those who experiment with colour. It holds its shape, carries your essentials and more, and looks very trend-forward. That’s a win-win-win in our books!

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From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Small Vertical Cabas in Blue

 

Authentication Matters: Celine Bags

Because of regular design updates and changing serial number tabs, Celine bags are notoriously difficult to authenticate.  A key detail to look for when inspecting an authentic Celine bag is the date code.

Style Theory Designer Bags_Celine Small Cabas Tote With Tassel Dune
From the Infinite Wardrobe: Celine Small Cabas Tote With Tassel Dune

The date code formats are similar to Louis Vuitton brand’s. Made up of an alphanumeric code, the first letter denotes the season, the next two letters denote the workshop where it was made, and the following four numbers denote when it was made. Say, if you see 0194, take the first and third number to equal the month (in this instance: 09/September), and second and fourth number to equal the year (in this instance: 14, Phoebe Philo era).

While you may see variations from style to style, you’ll find that it’s consistent among the same style:

  • Trapeze: in the pocket on the back side
  • Luggage Tote: interior pocket
  • Trio: the interior leather edge of one of the pouches, back by the zipper base

Since 4 September 2018, the brand stamp has been changed to CELINE instead of CÉLINE as part of Hedi Slimane’s updated logo for the fashion house. Some of Philo’s designs may be showing the new brand stamp if they were produced after the change.

The brand stamp should be done in foil that matches the colour of the hardware, or debossed with foil, i.e. a blind stamp.

All designer bags on Style Theory bags go through a rigorous authentication and validation process before it’s accepted onto our platform for our community of fashion lovers.

So rent with a peace of mind for your everyday needs or social engagements! Celine is one of the brands that will never go out of style, and it’ll be stunning to join your arsenal of #OOTDS!

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