A modern handbag from my collection: a Celine Boogie Bag.
The Specs: Leather handle bag with ivory contrast stitching, silver-tone hardware, two rolled handles, two exterior side pockets, two interior compartments and two interior pockets. Made in Italy.
The Details: Named for the dance that took the world by storm post-World War II. Designed by Mickael Kors in 2002 when he was artistic director of the House of Celine. Simple yet carefully sculpted lines embody the Parisian design house’s elegant aesthetic. Luxurious yet sporty, the bag appeals to both traditionalists and fashionistas.
With ample volume and chunky features, its short handles for easy carrying, its two patch pockets, and its monogrammed lining, the Boogie Bag moves effortless from day to night; casual to dressy.
The It Bag: Yes, it was. Celebrities Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Swank, Angie Harmon and Sarah Jessica Parker were all photographed carrying the bag. It was featured in all the major fashion media, and received an editorial spread in Us Weekly, People, InStyle and even the National Enquirer. The bag retailed for $1,050 – $1,250. Now discontinued.
The Brand: Celine is a French ready-to-wear and leather luxury goods brand founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana. Owned by LVMH group since 1996. The current creative director is Phoebe Philo. Prior to Céline, Phoebe Philo was the Design Director at Chloé. The brand is available in 33 countries, has stores worldwide, and is available at select department stores such as Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Harrods (London) and Galeries Lafayette (Paris).
The Verdict: I love, love, love this bag. It’s ease of use is phenomenal. It’s open at the top but the short handles means it is carried close so security isn’t an problem. The exact length to house a bottle of wine. Luxurious. French. Oh, ya!