It is said that the mark of today’s high-powered career woman is whether she owns a luxury bag or not. Girls all over the world want to grow up like the women they see on television and in magazines — women like Jessica or Rachel in Suits, who walk around in high heels, wearing power suits, with a recognizable branded bag on one arm. This look has become ingrained in the consciousness of little girls, such that they all want to have their own branded bag as early as in their teens.
Different brands are appropriate for women of different ages. For teens, brands such as Kate Spade would be recommended because of its designs. Kate Spade bags and wallets are usually colorful, with bright colors and lively patterns that would be appropriate for a girl of 16 or 17. Moreover, the price of a Kate Spade bag or wallet isn’t as overwhelming as that of the other brands, making it easier for a teenage girl to save up for that “splurge,” given her weekly/monthly allowance and other financial sources (i.e. part-time job).
Once she reaches her 20s, a Celine bag would be appropriate for her. Compared to brands like Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, or Balenciaga, Celine bags are less recognizable but are on the same rank as the aforementioned bags. Celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian, Rihanna, and Nicole Ritchie have been known to be fans of Celine bags. They have been seen out and about carrying the Celine Luggage Tote, which is undeniably Celine’s most recognizable bag, in different colors.
Celine bags are less recognizable because they have no trademark monogram or anything of the sort, unlike a Louis Vuitton or Gucci bag. There is no specific pattern that their bags and accessories to adhere to. A Celine bag would only have the small logo on the outside, and the logo itself is small and unassuming enough not to take people’s attention away from the bag’s design.
Speaking of bag designs, Celine is known to take more style risks. The brand is popular for its bold colors and unusual shapes, just like its trademark bag, the Celine Luggage Tote. Just like how Hermès has its Birkin, Celine has its Luggage Tote as the front-runner among all its bags. The Celine Luggage Tote looks simple enough — one bold color or a combination of two complimentary bold hues in one bag that is shaped unlike any of the other bags in the market. It is structured, yet whimsical.
Perhaps this is also one of the reasons why they stick with their simple logo — to make sure that their bag’s design takes the spotlight. The Celine Eyelet Ring Clutch Bag is another perfect example. This bag, which has been hailed as one of the best bags of 2014, truly shows an innovative design for a clutch bag. Contrary to the idea of a clutch bag that most women have, this particular bag is more distressed and less structured, with the eyelet detail emphasizing the creative use of colors within the bag. The logo is also located at the very bottom of the bag, placing more emphasis on the bag itself rather than the logo.
The emphasis on design is what could be expected, especially because it was Michael Kors who revived the Celine brand which has been in existence since the 1940s. If you’re not familiar with Michael Kors, he is the man behind the brand Michael Kors, which also designs and manufactures clothes, bags, and accessories, as well as one of the main judges in the hit reality TV show Project Runway. In the 1940s, Celine was merely a leather goods brand based in France. They first manufactured customized leather shoes for children, and later expanded into manufacturing ready-to-wear clothes for women. In the late 1990s, before he started his own line, Michael Kors was the main designer of Celine, designing everything from apparel to bags. It is said that he rejuvenated the brand, with his philosophy of modern femininity with a luxurious spirit. This was the cornerstone of all Celine bag designs, as well as the designs of their ready-to-wear line.
The Celine brand we know today is largely due to its new creative designer, Phoebe Philo, who has been in the position since 2008. Philo has had experience with working with other luxury brands such as Chloé, designing alongside Stella McCartney. She is the one to thank for the Celine we know today, with her cool, minimalist philosophy.
Celine bags can go anywhere from $2,000 – $3,000 and up, depending on the style, design, and size. If this is still too expensive for you but you still would want to have one for yourself, there are websites that allow women to rent luxury bags for themselves for a fee. Check out these sites so you can rent your own Celine bag. Renting a bag works the same way as borrowing a book from library — you borrow a bag until a certain date, except that you pay for the service, including the overdue fines.
Another option for you to have your very own Celine bag is to buy them secondhand. There are online stores and brick-and-mortar shops that sell these pre-loved bags. If you will be buying from an online seller, it would be best to arrange for a meeting so you can inspect the bag in person, and see if its current condition meets your expectations.
There is a multitude of choices should you want to buy your own luxury bag. Perhaps the best way to figure out what brand suits you is to base your decision on the design of the bag and not so much on the brand itself. The design of the bag must fit your personality, your budget, and how you intend to use it, so that you can be sure that the bag you will buy will be worth it. After all, you don’t want to waste your precious, hard-earned money on an expensive bag only to realize that it doesn’t really fit well with your lifestyle and personality.