Snob Essentials

Céline “Trapeze” Bag: Gorgeous Enough to Inspire Acrobatics

If Céline‘s Luggage tote is the edgy answer to the Birkin, then the Trapeze is the Kelly’s more flamboyant counterpart. Single-handled with a large, sure-of-itself flap, it’s more streamlined and elegant than the Luggage, which, while appealing, verges on the cluttered side. Not the Trapeze. It has the foundation of a traditional tote – the classic square-ish shape and simple clasp on a foldover closure – but clearly, this bag is anything but traditional.

With fanned-out sides (that may be tucked in for an even more sleek silhouette), so distinctive in their bold direction and flared shape, it’s both uncomplicated and totally wild. In light-catching calfskin leather, winter-divine calfskin and shearling, irresistible python, and crocodile-embossed (plus, in two sizes), it’s going to be a tough call to choose just one. It’s swinging, it’s shapely, and since it definitely has the potential to put conventional tote bags to shame, it might inspire a Céline revolution (not that there’s not one in progress already!). I feel a major obsession coming on…
For $1,800 at Colette (in crocodile-embossed) and By George in Austin, Texas.



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  1. Gorgeous bags, but where can one find Celine bags? I guess that’s why they get compared to Hermes, you have to hunt them down! 🙂

    1. Claudia, the Celine boutique will have more stock in 2 weeks! And I forgot to mention the sides may be tucked in (I’ll update now). So chic! xx Tina

      1. Hi Tina,

        Do you know about the closure?
        Is that magnetic?
        and if you have the measurement of the wing (E to W)?
        Please let me know!


  2. I just picked my very own tumbled leather version in Black with suede wings! It will replace ALL my other bags for a long time to come! I am pleased with it!