To my dearest:
Today, let’s take a look at my absolute favorite bag: the Almighty Celine Trio in the small size. Out of all the bags I have, I must say that this is my absolute favorite bag! It’s the most efficient, versatile, and classic. Sure there are other bags that fit the description above, but the Celine Trio wins hands down. It’s no wonder that this bag is so coveted and so many people enjoy it! Especially living life in the big apple! You can do a lot of exploring in the city, so you need to have something handy and light weight. I’ve had this bag for roughly a year now and it’s always a go-to staple for me.
This bag has two sizes – a small and a large. The large will fit a 7 inch tablet, whereas, the small is well… small but oh so mighty. For a petite 5 feet 2 girl like me, I adore small bags. And I believe the small one is actually more durable and will stand the test of time more so than the large. You will see why as you read on. Besides, small bags are the way to go! (Read here on why!)
The Celine Trio is a simple and minimal bag with three pouches. The middle pouch has a long leather strap attached to it and the front and back pouch are detachable from the middle pouch. The only logo you will find on it is the small printed “CELINE PARIS” on the front pouch, with “Made in Italy” embossed on an inner tag.
The classic material is a soft-smooth lambskin that feels absolutely luxurious to touch. However, in recent years, Celine has released this bag in many different types of leather depending on the season’s collection. It now comes in diamond jacquard, goatskin, shiny goatskin, lambskin, or laminated lambskin.
The one I have and will be reviewing is the classic lambskin. Many people question the fragility of this bag since it is in lambskin. I find that, the lambskin is actually much more robust than one would think and it ages exceptionally well. When I first got my hands on this bag, I was always extra careful with it because I didn’t want to crease the leather or get any scratches on it. New York is pretty crowded so if anyone walked too close, they may easily rub against my bag.
I always felt that lambskin was extremely delicate so I took special care of this bag. Now, I’m not saying to throw this around like it’s indestructible. But, if you take decent care of it – you won’t have to worry too much about it. You can see in my pictures that this bag does not look spanking new, but it is definitely holding up considering that I have been using it frequently for the past year. (You can read about how I protect and treat it before use here.)
Now, while the lambskin material is less of a concern, the strap is one con you can not omit. Or you may even say it’s the only “soft spot” of the Celine Trio. In fact, before going through with the purchase, this was actually my one and only concern. See now, the strap is a leather strap stitched onto the middle pouch with the edges of the strap held together by a coat of colored glue.
This is where the fragility of the bag kicks in. Because there is no hardware for the strap, it is not ideal to carry a lot of weight with this bag. This obstructs how much you can put inside this bag. The strap is brittle and in time, you will see the glue on the edges cracking. There are even horror stories of the strap breaking! I’ve spoke to a couple of Celine S.A’s about it and you can read my story from last week (read more about Celine’s repair and services here). But hey, on the upside, no hardware means a lighter weight!
However, I would advise against carrying too much in this bag if you want it to last a long time. This is also why I mentioned earlier, that the large would not last as long as the small. They have the same type of strap, so even if the large fits bigger items, it’ll be heavier as well and the strap would not hold up with the weight and will be more prone to breakage.
Although the Trio has such a deadly trait, it’s extreme versatility makes up for it. This bag can be doubled as a clutch as well by removing the front and back pouch and simply snapping it together! Now you have a “duo-clutch”. This is perfect for a night out or when you just want to be on the go for a short errand. Or maybe, you just want that clutch look on a relaxed Sunday without having to buy another piece. In addition, they have an array of colors to choose from! The possibilities are endless! You can also buy two or more contrasting colors to mix & match them for some bi-color or even tri-color fun. They are just so fun to collect!
I am aiming to get a second one as soon as possible, albeit having a super long bucket list of bags I need to have in my collection! I also find the bag a stylish fit to any season and any piece in my wardrobe. It’s just so classic! No matter what color you get it in, it will be ideal for use all through out the year! It’s something that will make your outfit pop even though it’s so simple and so effortless at that too. It doesn’t take much to have it compliment your outfit. Just simply, grab and go. It’s size is also perfect for traveling and the three compartments allow you to efficiently store and organize your travel documents and more. It’s easy to sling on and a small item for you to have, to bypass it as a “carry on”. The weight is light and perfect for long walks while sight seeing, as it won’t weigh your shoulders down.
Now, the retail price is $1050 USD as of April 2017 for the small and $1200 USD for the large. So it’s really not that big of a difference, so feel free to take your pick. This is the cheapest bag you can buy at Celine and I’d say it’s a Classic “IT” Bag as well. It also has the benefits of two bags – being a cross body and a clutch. So I’d say the price is on point for the quality of the material used, workmanship, and brand name.
Taking a close look at the bag, I doubt the cross body would last a life time, given how brittle the strap is. But the it would definitely hold up as a clutch. Here’s a final outline of the Pros and Cons of this bag.
- Durable lambskin material.
- Extremely light weight.
- Easy to match with anything. Just grab & go and you’ll look effortlessly chic.
- Many colors and materials to choose from.
- Versatile! Acts as a cross body and clutch for the price of one!
- Small and large are both good size for traveling and every day use.
- Classic “IT” Bag
- Terrific quality and workmanship for an entry level price at designer bags.
- Fragile strap that’s prone to breakage.
- The cross body way of wear will likely not last a life time.
It’s pretty clear that the pros outweighs the con. For me, I think even if the strap snaps, I’d still have me a pretty clutch and if I collect more colors I can always use the pouches with another “middle section” of another trio. Yes, this means I would have to invest and buy more Trios, but I sincerely think it’s worth it. Even though that is the case, the price is also not to be scoffed at. I would need to take some proper management of funds to save for it.
So what do you think of the Trio? Is it worth it albeit the one deadly con? Or are you also able to overlook it for the sake of all the pros of this bag? Would you want a small or a large? Write back and let me know!
PS: This is part one of the Celine Trio! Stay tuned for my next post “CELINE SMALL TRIO: What Fits.” next week!
Thanks for reading!
For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
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