The history of Celine Trapeze

Celine Trapeze bags

Upon being appointed as artistic director of the House of Celine, Phoebe Philo created a new bag, a sort of anti-“it bag” that rapidly became a cult object, the Trapeze.

With a highly contemporary spirit that reflected the changing times, it takes a back-to-basics approach with the “ladies’ bag” (the handles, the bag’s ultra-classic shape, the metal clasp) to subvert the genre: the bag’s rigidity is replaced by extreme softness, the range of movement the extendible gusset is expanded to form two closed “wings” with a push button, the handles are enlarged, and the brand’s name is reduced to an almost invisible signature in gold lettering that symbolizes discreet luxury. With such a range of features, Phoebe Philo turns the “Trapeze” into a unique, highly sought-after bag that acts as a counterbalance to showy luxury that she so comprehensively rejects.

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