Item of the Week: CÉLINE “Clasp” Bag

CÉLINE “Clasp” calfskin bag (large)
Well, it’s that time at the start of the season when I pick a bag to swoon over and then due to either financial hardship or unavailability, I never end up getting it. While I’ve set my heart on “it” bags like Mulberry’s “Alexa” and “Neely” before, this time I’m going with something very “un-it” and timeless: CÉLINE. 

CÉLINE “Clasp” calfskin bag (large)

I’m not really a “status” bag type of girl: LV’s “Speedy” cannot be more generic in my opinion, Balenciaga’s “Moto” is overexposed, “Lady Dior” is for old ladies, these days I stay away from Gucci altogether and, although I love the look of Chanel’s “2.55,” it’s kind of been ruined for me by all the slutty hoochie mamas in Top 40 bars and the wannabe Lauren Conrads. Of course, I can’t afford my true love Hermes’ “Kelly,” but I’m always looking at Proenza Schouler, Miu Miu, Chloe, Bottega Veneta and Céline for potential investment. I don’t mind spending $500-800 on cute Marc Jacobs and Phillip Lim bags, but if I’m going to spend $1,500+, it better be something that not everyone else has. 
CÉLINE “Clasp” calfskin bag (medium)
I want something simple. No logos. No random starlets being photographed with it. No frills. Just beauty. This is it.
$2,300 US for the medium size at Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman (arriving in January 2011).
  • nicole

    Haha I love your semi-rant on “status” bags because it’s all true. I could definitely see you carrying this bag. I love the simplicity of it. I couldn’t agree with you more about no logo bags that aren’t hyped to mainstream status by celebrities.

  • Label Deficiency

    I know exactly how you feel!
    I’d be really happy with a CÉLINE cabas tote but is not affordable for me. Although I did find one that is similar from Roots.
    I like the simplicity of CÉLINE.

  • Anya

    Label Deficiency,

    Oh, good cool on the Roots bag. It’s gorgeous!

  • a bit coquettish

    So lustworthy; I will always have a weakness of minimalist bags. Especially if they’re by Celine. xx

  • lisa

    I’m still drooling over the Celine box bag from last season, but this one is definitely a beauty.

  • Coco

    This Céline bag would convert anyone to chic/bourgeois minimalism. All other bags that try too hard to be trendy pale in comparison. I agree, it is simply perfect, especially since it has not been seen on all the Sartorialist girls!

  • Anonymous

    you’re so right about the bags you’re not fond of—i dislike those EXACT labels/bags too! :)
    LV monograms cannot get more annoying, though the speedy 30 in a nice brown/chocolate colour is the only LV i’ve liked.

    My tops are Tods–both their understated bags and their amazing driving shoes, Proenza, Bottega Veneta, and on the lower end, Dooney and Bourke because it’s affordable but extremely well-made, simple and cute, and not littered with annoying trendy details.
    I enjoy the Celine clutches but it’s not very practical for me, i prefer medium-large totes/bags.

  • Anonymous

    p.s. cannot stand Balenciaga’s “Moto”–it’s too trendy and only look good with young girls imo, have always disliked pretty much everything by Gucci, and the Chanel is ruined by the overexposure and all those counterfeits.
    I used to love Hermes and even for that, girls with rich parents and annoying celebrities with an obsession (Victoria Beckham with her what, 100 Birkins?!) have ruined it for me a bit..

  • Catindreamland

    you are so right! I got a LV (but not the speedy in monogram of course) and I rarely wear it. As for my chanel 2.55 I love it but have been using it a lot less and like you I love this one. Actually my IT bag for 2012 is the Antigona by Givenchy and I would put this as number 2! xoxo CAtita

  • anya

    Love Givenchy bags. I’m a big fan of this Phillip Lim at the moment:

  • Annesophiehe

    This bag in burgundy is an instant “chic” up to any look!