Your ultimate guide to shopping for a classic Céline bag

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  • In celebration of their new launch, the Tri-Fold

    Céline’s bags have long been the ultimate investment piece – but how do you decide which one is ‘the one’ for you? Allow us to aid your decision with our classic Céline bag fact file…

    Name: The Tri-Fold
    Spec: 37 x 24 x 11.5cm, from £1950
    The new classic, if you will, Céline’s Tri-Fold is a hero of a tote design, just launched for the AW16 season. From the outside, it’s a little bit looser than some of the shapes you might be familiar with, but internally, there are three compartments, all drawn together with leather laces.
    Fun fact: Its only branding is a chic gold logo printed on the base. So discreet and chic, non?

    Name: The Luggage
    Spec: 37 x 28 x 24cm from £1500

    Possibly the most distinct, instantly recognizable Céline bag style, the front of the Luggage tote looks a little bit like a face, doesn’t it? This bag changed the luxury fashion game when it was launched in 2009, as designer Phoebe Philo masterfully calculated the exact proportions of every woman’s perfect roomy bag, without them even knowing they needed it. ‘It’s part of a wardrobe, a practical ABC of clothes,’ she told The Gentlewoman. A true IT bag, A-listers from Blake Lively to Gwyneth Paltrow have declared it their ultimate carry-all.
    Fun fact: Did you know that the Luggage style is made up of 25 different leather pieces? We’d happily count them over and over again if this was on our arm.

    Name: The Nano Luggage
    Spec: 26 x 26 x 14 cm, from £1550

    It’s just too cute, isn’t it? The little sister of the Luggage, Emma Roberts and Rihanna are among the A-list fans of this particular minibag, which can be worn as a cross-body, too.
    Fun fact: Kendall Jenner’s got it in three colourways.
    Name: The Trapeze
    Spec: 30 x 24 x 15 cm, from £1500

    First launched in 2010, the Trapeze’s wide, winged shape was an instant hit with fans looking for a perfect carry-all. And if you’ve already got the Luggage…
    Fun fact: Many a blog post has been dedicated to the components of the Trapeze – the clips, zips and studs as well as that signature square snap fastening.

    Name: The Trotteur
    Spec: 18.5 x 18 x 5.5 cm, from £1100

    The Trotteur is Céline’s take on the classic Seventies saddle bag shape. Stars like Jennifer Aniston love it, but so do fashion insiders. It’s a favourite with editors and bloggers alike.
    Fun fact: The bag’s name, Trotteur, literally translates to ‘trotting horse’ in English.

    Name: The Classic
    Spec: 24 x 18 x 6 cm, from £2,300

    A more squared-off, boxy satchel than the Trotteur, stars from Anne Hathaway to Alessandra Ambrosio have turned to the Classic as their go-to messenger style. We love its bold gold clasp.
    Fun fact: It’s a modern riff off the house’s iconic bags from the 1970s.

    Name: The Trio
    Spec: 22 x 15 cm, from £670
    Made of three individual pouches strung together, this messenger style comes in dozens of popping colours (as well as the classics) and is often cited as a favourite for those looking to buy their first Céline bag, as while its price point is a little more accessible, its quality is as outstanding as any of the brand’s other offerings.
    Fun fact: This is an investment piece in the truest sense of the phrase – the average Trio listed for sale on luxury resale site Vestiere Collective is going for almost the same price as it was originally bought for.

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