Gwyneth Paltrow and Her Céline Luggage Totes

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CELINE VELVET BAGS

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Take a closer look at this season’s goodies, the Celine Velvet Bags are back and they are more obsessive than ever. Introducing the Velvet on the Luggage Bag as well as the Belt Bag, but we know there more styles available including the iconic’s.

Now, let’s talk about Velvet. First it makes us happy because Celine bags in Velvet are generally cheaper than leather. And Velvet gives us a fuzzy experience, which can be nice, especially in the winter. But overall, it’s the color – Velvet makes the color bright and shiny, very notable and attractive.

We have spotted this bag in grey, but there are other options as well like orange. The downside of Velvet is the maintenance – it’s just harder to maintain than leather. But if you are careful enough, this bag can be used for a very long time.

Now ladies, what do you think?

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Celine Trapeze Review

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The Trapeze was my first love out of all Celine handbags. That is impressive because I literally like every single handbag from Celine: luggage, box, trio, belt, knot, and the list goes on and go. Yet, without a doubt, the Trapeze was on the top of my list. I lovelove the clean lines, the classic “briefcase” shape, the distinctive wings from Celine, the sleek silhouette, the simple lock and the large curvature of the top handle.

I’ve had the Trapeze for over a year now and would like to share my thoughts! As much as I love the Trapeze, there are some flaws and points to consider before you make your purchase.

The Trapeze I purchased is in the small size with drummed leather and gold hardware. The color is called indigo which is a bright blue in the sunlight but a darker blue indoors.1a. Celine Trapeze_Front1b. Celine Trapeze_Back1d. Celine Trapeze_Clasp1c. Celine Trapeze_Bottom

Sizes – Mini, Small and Medium
From my knowledge, the Trapeze comes in 3 sizes: mini, small and medium (there might have been a large size at one point). Honestly I think the small is the best size unless you are tall and the medium won’t look overwhelming or you carry around a lot of stuff. The small Trapeze measures 10.5” x 8” x 6”, these are the measurements excluding the wings. At its widest wingspan, the small Trapeze measures 17 inches. Out of all my bags, I bump into people and things the most with the Trapeze due to these wings.

The mini is really cute but I haven’t seen them in Celine boutiques recently. If you are looking for a mini bag, I think the nano luggage beats the mini Trapeze hands down (although the nano luggage costs significantly more). I actually think the medium size looks better proportionally; however, I purchased the small in the end due to my height, the minimal amount of stuff I carry and I think the small has the best chance of preserving its beautiful shape the longest.2a. Celine Trapeze_Sizes

Tri-Color vs. Solid Color Trapeze
Celine is known for its beautiful tricolor combinations. Although I have to say for the past few seasons, none of the tricolor combinations have been that great. Tricolor is very “Celine” but it’s not very “me” and I wanted to stay true to what I like and what I will use so I went with a solid color Trapeze.

I do like some color combinations but it’s very rare and even rarer for me to find the specific tricolors at the boutiques. Either case, you can’t go wrong with a tricolor or a solid color. The pro of a tricolor is you can pair it with any outfit that has a single matching color or similar color. The tricolors makes the bag much more edgy and fun. However, I think in the long term solid colors will last longer on the “fashion timeline” and on my personal timeline. I don’t know if tricolors will be “in” in 10 years but I know for certain I would prefer a solid color bag 5, 10, 20, and 30 years from now.

For the solid colors, black, dune, indigo, and vermillion are all in Celine’s permanent collections. I love the black but the indigo was just more special and I think the color is very versatile for all seasons.2b. Celine Trapeze_Diff Combos

Leather: Smooth vs. Drummed
In all other Celine bags I like the look of the smooth leather but because the design of the Trapeze is so simple, I think the textured drummed leather makes the bag more interesting, especially if you are getting a solid color Trapeze. The smooth calfskin leather is beautiful but prone to scratches. In general, I don’t mind scratches but I think they will be more pronounced on the Trapeze, again because the bag is so simple.

The interior and the wings can be leather or suede. Personally, I wanted an all leather bag because suede is harder to clean. However, solid color trapezes only come with suede wings, which I actually learned to appreciate later. Even though the leather and the suede of my Trapeze are both indigo color, they are actually different tones of blue. The suede is a slightly darker and richer blue than the leather so in some ways I got a two-toned Trapeze. Overall it was the indigo color that took my breath away in the stores, so I signed onto the suede wings.

Other alternatives include pony hair, croc stamped leather, saffiano leather, full suede, nubuck calfskin, canvas, felt, and exotics. Overall, I highly recommend the leather; smooth or drummed, Celine’s leather is heavenly!

Practicality – Lock / Opening & Closing
The biggest drawback to the Trapeze is it’s difficult to get in and out of the bag. First, you have to open the square clasp, then you have to turn the lock horizontally, then open the flap, then unzip to get your content.

  • You can try to cut down a step and keep the bag unzipped; however, if your bag is stuffed, the second you open the flap, your contents are very likely to fall out
  • If you want to cut down a step and just have the lock on horizontally, the clasp won’t close properly and an SA told me it will damage the hardware overtime

So there are no real shortcuts. To access goodies from the bag, I have to either use both hands or do a one-leg stand, have the bag sit on my leg then take out the content. As a result, I only open the bag to grab larger items. For my wallet, I would leave one of the wings unbutton so I can simply slip my hands through. The exterior zipped pocket is also extremely useful, you can slip your most used card or phone in the outside compartment.

Is it a pain? Yes.
Do I wish it was easier? Definitely.
Does it prevent me from using the bag? Maybe 10% of the time.
Do I regret buying the bag? Not at all.

If anything, the “bulkiness” of the bag and the wings prevent me from reaching for this bag more than the opening / closing. By bulkiness I mean the amount of space this bag takes up due to the large base and the wings. The base will make the bag stick out more and you are bound to bump into something with the wings. If I am heading somewhere with a crowd or I want to be more “agile” then I would not reach for this bag.3a. Celine Trapeze_Clasp


Hardware, Compartments, Handle and Shoulder Strap
The Trapeze like all other Celine handbags have minimal hardware. The whole bag, excluding some hardware around the straps, only has the square lock. Celine hardware also has an aged finish. I like the aged / vintage look and think with the Trapeze it helps with the casual vibe. The inside of the Trapeze is just one large open compartment. There are 2 pockets on one side of the bag which I never use.

I do think it’s pretty cool that these 2 pockets are on the same leather flap as the exterior pocket. The fact that 3 pieces of leather can be sewn together and still be so thin and sturdy is pretty amazing.

Unfortunately, I have to say this bag doesn’t hold very much relative to its mass. The reason is due to the trapezoidal shape. Although the base is large, the bag becomes narrow on the top so overall the volume of the bag is half of what it would be if it had a rectangle shape. For me, the room is more than sufficient, I usually only carry around phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses and a scarf in the winter. Also you won’t want to overstuff this bag anyways to prevent the shape from sagging. Overall, this bag carries enough for a daily basis but I don’t think it would be the best travel or work bag (note: this is for the small size).

Lastly, I wished this bag came with feet, either leather or metal, to protect the base of the bag.3b. Celine Trapeze_Middle Compartment3c. Celine Trapeze_Middle Compartment

Versatility
Versatility is a very attractive characteristic of a bag because chances are you only have a limited number of bags and if you can stretch each bag to have multiple looks, uses, or functionalities then you have more options than the mere number of bags. When it comes to the Trapeze, I think this bag wins the multiple-look category. Of course the standard is having the wings out, but you can also tuck it in and voila, it changes the look completely! I love wearing the wings tucked-in because it reminds me of the Celine Box, another bag I love.

I have to mention that if you do wear the wing tucked-in then the bag really doesn’t hold much. Also when the wings are tucked-in, the zipper becomes harder to zip and unzip because everything is more crammed together. Generally I don’t carry a lot of stuff, so I like wearing the wings tucked-in, it makes the bag look very simple, classic, sleek and I am much less prone to bumping into things.

The Trapeze comes with one large handle that you can carry in your hands or on the crock of your arm. The large arc of the handle makes it super easy to carry. Then the bag also comes with a shoulder strap. The length of the strap is perfect for over the shoulder; it is seriously the ideal length for my 5’2” height. The downside is the length is too short for cross body. The shoulder strap has a rectangular padding which makes the strap very comfortable on the shoulder; however, this padding can shift around slightly so at the end of the day you might have to adjust it back to the middle.

Although you can get multiple looks out of the Trapeze, the one thing you can’t do is make it a formal / night bag. To me the Trapeze is classic yet modern, casual yet pulled together, simple yet sophisticated. It’s just beautiful!4a. Celine Trapeze_Ways to Wear4b. Celine Trapeze_Ways to Wear

Celine Trapeze Losing Its Shape
One of the biggest concerns I had was whether the Trapeze will start to sag and lose its shape after a while. If you google “out of shape Celine Trapeze” you will find many pictures of Trapezes with both ends sticking up, the flap concaved in and the poor square lock working very hard to hold the bag together. In my opinion, the small Trapeze has a better chance of preserving its shape than the medium Trapeze. However, I would have to say how much you stuff your Trapeze will impact how long it can maintain its shape much more than the size. In another words, don’t carry everything with you in the Trapeze if you want to preserve the shape as long as possible!

From the PurseForum, it seems Celine has updated the structure of the Trapeze post 2011 to make it more structured and less prone to sagging. Personally, I still think the shape will eventually give out, how long just depends on the size of the bag and how much you put into your bag.

Price and Where to Buy
The price of the Trapeze depends on the size, leather type, leather combo and color combo. The solid color in drummed leather is retailing for $2,550 currently in the U.S.

Of course you can purchase the bag directly from a boutique. Please just note, Celine has a no refund, exchanges within 14 days policy. I have also seen certain colors of the Trapeze go on sale for ~$2,300 on flash sale sights such as Ruelala and Gilt. You can also get it on consignment websites such as Yoogi’s Closet and Fashionphile. I actually think you can get a great value buying the Trapeze used because for some reason the Trapeze has a lower resale value compared to the luggage. I have not purchased any bags from the flash sale sites or consignment websites so I cannot comment on the quality, authenticity or customer experience.

Also if you are able to travel to Europe then you can save substantially on Celine handbags! The prices are already lower to begin with plus the ~15% VAT return plus the favorite exchange rates can save you ~30%! If you have family or friends traveling to Europe, consider asking them to do you a huge favor and help you bring one back! Just remember to be flexible with what you are looking for, especially if you are looking for a tri-color, it might not be available at the specific boutique.

Lastly, MimiLovesToShop talks about personal shoppers from Harrods and Selfridges in her YouTube videos (see here and here). You can purchase Celine bags through personal shoppers from these two European retailers. You do have to pay shipping fee and a 2% commission but you will still save money with the lower prices in Europe and VAT returns.

What Specifically to Look For in a Trapeze Bag
I purchased my bag from the Celine boutique in Saks Fifth Avenue in Boston. The bag came with a dust bag, tags and a care booklet. My bag did not come in a box but please make sure you ask for one, Celine boxes are really nice!

I had to exchange my Trapeze twice because both times there was something wrong with the bags. I got really dishearten at the quality and I couldn’t return the bag due to the exchange only policy. It took two tries but eventually I did find the perfect Trapeze.

The first Trapeze I bought, I looked over stitching, glue, hardware, anything “off”. I anything so paid and went home with the bag. Once I got home, I realized there were these air bubbles inside the flaps. I rushed back to the store and after examining a few Trapezes, I found the flap actually consists of two pieces of leather sewn together on the edges only so there is supposed to be “air” in between the leathers to allow the flap to fold over properly. However, the Trapeze in the right picture below (my 1st bag) had noticeable pockets where as the Trapeze in the left picture, the leather was much smoother. So make sure to specifically look underneath the flaps for the Trapeze!5a. Celine Trapeze_Flap Bubble(Note: This picture demonstrates what I was talking about earlier, the color Indigo is electric blue in the sunlight but dark blue indoors.)

I was able to exchange the Trapeze with the air bubble for another one. Yet after a few days I realized on the second bag, where the shoulder strap meets the actual hardware, the leather was actually glued onto the hardware so you couldn’t move the leather around! The glue was likely from the black piping used around the edges of the bags. I had to go back and exchange the bag again. Please see the circle below for the area I am referencing, unfortunately I did not take a picture of the glued-on straps.
5b. Celine Trapeze_Strap

Wear & Tear
So far this bag is still in great shape after a year. The bag has maintained its shape but I do notice the leather softening a bit and the sides starting to sag. I don’t see any scratches on the exterior drummed leather but I do see scuffs in the interior smooth leather.

Also the buttons of the wings, I am starting to see the leather wearing out. Mine is not bad at all but I have seen some Trapezes with the half of the leather on the buttons gone. I don’t snap open and close the buttons often so I don’t anticipate this to be a problem.6a. Celine Trapeze_Wear and Tear

Maintenance
Besides the usual maintenance, i.e., not letting it get rained on, stuffing it when you’re not using it for a while, storing it in the dust bag, not over stuffing the bag, etc. The SA told me to use moisturizers on the drummed leather once every three months. She recommended first cleaning the bag with a damp clothe then using the Coach moisturizer to make circular motions to apply the moisturizer. (This Coach moisturizer must be new packaging because the prior version was in a white bottle.) Then for the suede part, I was told to get a soft bristle toothbrush and brush the suede leather gently in one direction.

To be honest, I haven’t moisturized or brushed my Trapeze just because I don’t think it’s necessary yet. In fact, I don’t think it’s necessary unless you use the bag everyday; once every 3 months seems excessive. Plus I am concern if I put moisturizer on the leather often, the leather will soften faster and lose its shape faster. Maybe in a few months I will purchase the Coach lotion and do a “maintenance” moisturizing on it.

Summary Pros

  • Beautiful and classic bag with clean lines
  • The leather is out of this world
  • The top handle and shoulder strap are very comfortable and the perfect lengths!
  • Versatile bag that can be carried in multiple ways

Summary Cons

  • It’s a little troublesome to get in and out of the bag
  • For the size of the bag, it does not fit that much
  • Leather will invariably soften over time and the bag might slowly lose its shape
  • No feet to protect the leather
  • Resale value heavily depends on the condition and the shape (in general the Trapeze has a lower resell value than the luggage)

Overall, I personally love the Trapeze. It is not the most functional bag in terms of ease-of-use but I love the look so much that I can and am willing to take the extra effort to use the bag.

If you have made it this far, thank you so much for reading my whole post!!! You must be a handbag lover as well =P I hope you found this post helpful. I think most of the time we search for reviews to help us answer basic questions, but the real answer of whether we should get a particular bag lies within our hearts. The heart wants what it wants

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Celine Tie Tote Bag

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Presenting information on the Celine Tie Tote Bag. This latest tote bag from Celine first appeared during the brand's Winter 2013 Collection. It also appears in the Celine's Spring (Resort) 2014 Collection in fresh new colors. The bag features a flap front which can be tucked in or shown on the exterior. The bag is aptly named by the "knots" or "ties" at the base of the handles. The Celine Tie Tote bag is an updated version of the Celine Phantom bag and coincidentally the Spring collection no longer includes the Phantom in the lineup.

It includes a mini pouch, has an internal zipped pocket and two slip pockets. The flap can be tucked inside the bag, and it has a much larger roomy interior.

The Celine Tie Tote Bag comes in two size: small and mini

It says a lot about a bag when they are invited to come back in every season – the Celine Tie Tote is still fresh, introduced only a year ago, built to last forever and the design is based on what Celine is good at; handbags with flappy wings.

The name ‘Tie’ is thanks to the knotted handle attachment, an unique accessory in the world of fashion, crafted to match your casual chic outfits and carry it as an everyday bag.

But its not only the design, perhaps we should look more into the details, the minimalistic appeal that make us fall in love with Celine bags over and over again, the impeccable leather that’s made to last forever.

For the Fall Winter 2014 Collection, the fashion house introduced some very interesting combination and styles, The Tie Tote in Felt is not only well-priced, but it looks amazing. Obviously, felt is a material that is cheaper than leather, but it’s a different experience.

The Celine Tie tote bag has been made available in a mini size for Fall / Winter 2014, complete with unique contrast lining in suede. The mini size comes in a variety of colors such as Tan, Alizarin, Fluo Yellow and many more.  This mini size is closer to the Celine Micro Luggage Tote bag at 10" L across and 9"H; however, the smaller version will not include the interior pochette. The first edition of the Celine Tie Tote bag was large measuring over 15" in length.  The price at $3,600.00 is likely higher due to the fact that its made of more expensive Palmelato.

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Céline Edge

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celine_edgeIf I were asked point blank to recommend one bag from all of S/S13 Céline, it would have to be the Edge, which at first glance won’t make the best of impressions. Oddly shaped, the bucket-like bag comes with a single handle that one can sling over the shoulder. And that’s about it, until you notice the other details, like the extra long zip pull that opens up the bag for easy access, the roomy, boxy interior and of course, the starkly beautiful, structurally sound lines.

And that’s perhaps what’s still so magical about Phoebe Philo, who constantly creates new bags that everyone desires. Available in smooth calfskin or those finished with a panel of luxe python, you can find a selection available at Céline boutiques at Ngee Ann City or DFS Galleria Scottswalk.

Speaking of DFS Galleria Scottwalk, during a recent visit over the weekend, I spotted rows upon rows of all the Céline bags that were usually less sighted than unicorns. There were countless Trapeze bags (from SGD3150) in almost every colour combination available, Luggage Phantom in at least 5 colours, a row of Cabas Phantom totes that retailed from between SGD2500 and SGD2700, and even a sprinkling of Luggage icons from the Nano (SGD2900) to the Mini (SGD3550).

Was it a case of too many shipments coming in all at once, or has the popularity of these particular bags waned? Have people realised that they are just becoming too commonplace in Singapore (and around the world) or does no one here really shop at DFS Galleria?

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Céline SS/15 Bumbag & Ring

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celine_ss15-womens-bags4From the woman who can do no wrong as far as her RTW and bags are concerned, here comes two new bags from her Spring-Summer 2015 Womens Céline collection that should be in boutiques really soon. First up, the Bumbag, which as the name suggests, is really just a bumbag. Made of natural calfskin that comes lined with suede, the 25 cm by 15 cm bag should sit pretty on your hips and look great matched with a minimalist look. Priced at EUR1200, it will come in variety of colours including Black, Burgundy and White.

celine_ss15-womens-bags3And then there’s the Ring which I’m hoping to check out for myself soon. As far as the images go, it’s more or less a trapezoid block that comes with its own long top handle, extended zip pulls and what looks like slightly expandable sides, much like her now iconic Trapeze.

Named the Ring, I think due to the single hardware ring detailing on the front of the bag, it will come in single size for now, the Medium, which measures 35 cm by 25 cm. Available in the ‘tougher’ bullhide calfskin or the ‘softer’ grained calfskin, it is priced at EUR1600, affordable by most standards and especially on a bag from Céline. Besides Indigo, it will also come in White or Burnt Orange, which also happens to be the best hue on the Ring in my personal opinion.

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celine_ss15-womens-bags2For all you canvas lovers out there, good news as well. Céline will also be launching the Edge, the Luggage Phantom and the Trapeze in this hardy material. Besides being cheaper, they will all come with rainbow detailing that goes down the front of the bag (it’s officially known as the Multicolour Textile) for the much-needed pop of colour on an otherwise drab textile. Priced at EUR1300, EUR1400 and EUR1450 for the Edge, the Luggage Phantom and the Trapeze respectively, these 3 will also be the ones flying off the shelves the fastest so please get yourself on the wait list pronto.

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