Bag Watch: I love your tote – what a classic! What made you choose the Lugagge over other designer bags?
Julianne: I noticed this bag a few years ago when I saw someone carrying it on the street and it immediately stuck out to me! I’ve always adored well-designed handbags, but quickly became infatuated with the Luggage. The classic structure with modern details fits my style perfectly, so this bag was a must-have for me.
BW: Tell me a little about how you got this bag!
Julianne: I actually got this bag from Germany. I rarely buy anything at full price and this bag was no different! Céline is priced a bit lower in Europe – so that plus some international tax savings made this tote too good to pass up.
BW: Do you find the Luggage easy to use on a daily basis? Do you baby it?
Julianne: The Lugage could easily become an everyday bag. I have the Micro size – which holds my wallet, books, clothing, and smaller essentials. There are also four pockets for easy access to smaller items like keys or a subway card. But, I tend to treat my everyday bag like a workhorse and I love the Luggage too much to carry my whole life in it! I usually save it for weekends or special occasions and always place it in the dust bag when I’m not using it.
BW: What do you like about it?
Julianne: I absolutely love the Céline aesthetic. Phoebe Philo has developed the brand into the epitome of clean and classic with an edge. I love that the Luggage is a unique twist on a classic tote bag. The bat “wings” and “robot face” on the front of the bag make it stand out in a sea of other black bags in New York!
BW: Is there anything you dislike or would like to make better?
Julianne: This bag is pretty perfect in my book! But the short straps are not always convenient when I’m carrying other things. You can really only carry it in your hand or in the crook of your arm. I know that the Nano comes with a long strap which I think would be a nice feature to add to the Micro.
BW: Would you have chose this bag if you could do it all over again?
Julianne: Totally! I was actually deciding between getting the Luggage and another Chloé bag. But I knew that if I got the Chloé bag, I would still be yearning for the Céline and I still feel the same way!
The Céline Micro Luggage tote measures 10″ x 10″ x 6″ and begins at $2,900 for leather.
You can purchase the Céline Luggage tote in an array of sizes from ‘nano’ to ‘mini’ in brick and mortar Céline stores (list here) or in person through stockists like Barney’s and select Nordstrom’s.