The Celine Luggage Bag Confirms 'It' Status With Booming Sales Reported By Retailers

26 March 2013 by

Last Friday we noted a particularly interesting tweet from a PR at luxury department store Harvey Nichols concerning the endlessly-covetable Celine Luggage Tote. Rather than waning in popularity, Phoebe Philo’s first It-Bag for Celine, launched way back in Spring 2010 has grown in stature with Harvey Nicks reporting its biggest ever sales of the style this month. The tweet got us thinking about what makes a true It Bag and the ingredients needed to reach the status of proper arm candy icon. 

Celine Luggage Tote

One thing is clear: A-list credentials alone are not enough to sustain the position of a tote on the It-Bag-ometer. And however much we might go gaga for furry embellished, colour clashing bags at the beginning of the season, the totes that stand the test of time are always classically chic and simple to a fault. Chanel’s 2.55, Hermes’ Birkin and Kelly and even the new ‘It’ on-the-block, Saint Laurent’s Duffle all share a clean simplicity in terms of design. Totally lacking accoutrements, each of the true ‘It’ bags are identifiable at a hundred paces due to their distinctive lines and construction.

It Bags, Old & New, Clockwise from top Left: Hermes Kelly, Chanel 2.55, Hermes Birkin, Saint Laurent Duffle

So what is it in particular about the Luggage Tote that has garnered such endless popularity? A proper ‘It bag’ is functional as well as chic – if a bag doesn’t work it will never get hit the 'It' big time. The Luggage Tote is roomy, thus ideal for day, whether you are dressing for the office or the gym. The easy to carry handles and simple front zip also add function to form. Importantly the Luggage Tote feels substantial, like you are investing in properly well-made, quality crafted heirloom. Then there are the endlessly covetable colourways... If you need any more convincing of the Luggage Tote's appeal we suggest you click through the gallery below to see the stars who have already fallen for its charms!


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Jill Carin Adams (Tue Mar 26 14:02:54 GMT 2013): I agree with what you said, Katherine - but I don't know why, I"m just not crazy about the Celine bag. Maybe it's that curvy shape? The tan version especially reminds me of one of those big old cars. Of the four classics you've showed, I LOVE both Hermés versions, esp. the Birkin. And the Chanel 2.55 reminds me so much of Jackie O for some reason. Less wild about the Saint Laurent duffle. But you know what's funny? I just got my first Brit-Stitch bag, and it's a fraction of the price, but I just love it! I don't know if we can put links on comments, but I just did a post, as homage to the brand:
Umar Balal (Tue Mar 26 21:28:33 GMT 2013): I agree
Vestiaire Collective (Wed Mar 27 16:03:32 GMT 2013): We couldn't agree more with this piece, our luggage sized totes fly like hot cakes (in fact Celine Bostons often go in minutes). Glad so many of you agree, and if you're struggling to buy one in store then let us know or set up an alert and you'll get an email/text the moment we get one, ooh and they're up to 70% off... Anna at Vestiaire Collective.
Sirma Newberry (Wed Mar 27 17:03:43 GMT 2013): Love it!
Mzelle Breezy (Wed Mar 27 18:20:31 GMT 2013): Bonjour je me suis deja "desabonnée" 2 fois de votre site pour ne plus recevoir vos mails et vous continuez a m'en envoyer ! Comment faire ? merci
Maud Behaghel (Thu Mar 28 17:59:56 GMT 2013): Bonjour Mzelle Breezy, pourriez-vous me communiquer par inbox votre adresse mail que nous vérifions ce qu'il se passe ? Un grand merci.
Jimmy Jonson (Tue Apr 02 03:46:03 BST 2013): I like these celine bags, still remanber buy in
Jimmy Jonson (Sun Apr 28 04:03:31 BST 2013): If you like these Celine bags, is your best choice.
Aamirah Essof (Sat Aug 24 22:00:51 BST 2013): Please can someone enlighten me on the price of a cream Mini Celine Bag? This bag is without a doubt a new icon in the 'must have' bag hall of fame! Love it!