I poked fun once at the Celine IT bag with the robot face that had a few of us giggling over it. I still don’t feel it, apologies to all fans out there. But at about the same time, I came across a similar sort of design by Celine, except with much smoother, sleeker lines. The Celine Trapeze bag. I liked the simplicity of the design, the understatedness of it all. I didn’t feel the flappy ear action (which can be tucked in) so I didn’t bother to properly check it out. And then, I recently stumbled on a version that looks similar but isn’t.
Top: Celine Trapeze Tote Bottom: DvF 440 Top Handle Satchel
When I first saw the DvF version at the bottom, I immediately thought of the Celine Trapeze. Personally I thought it looks really similar, especially when you see it on its own, not right next to a Celine of course. Naturally, there is a price difference, hence this edition of the Save & Splurge series
Save: DvF 440 Top Handle Satchel – US$545 (small) / US$645 (large)
I first saw this one on the Purseblog Instagram account and was struck by the similarity to the Celine Trapeze tote. Apparently, most people thought the same too. It has the same smooth large flap at the front, the same colour blocking theme, the same flappy ear action at the side, albeit not as large, and the same top handle.
Having not seen these in person, I can’t quite tell how they feel but the leather looks softer and the bag, not as structured. I suppose it does make a fair alternative to the Trapeze bag for someone who would rather not pay the Celine asking price. I believe there’s a DvF (Diane von Furstenberg, who is famous for her wrap dresses) boutique somewhere in the city but I’m not sure what exactly is carried in there. It might be a good time to go hunt it down and take a look if only to satisfy my curiousity
Splurge: Celine Trapeze Tote – from US$2xxx
I can’t seem to find the exact prices for the Celine Trapeze Tote (locally its RM7,200) but story has it prices have just gone up again. Madness. Anyway, I didn’t like the Luggage Tote, but I do like the simple elegant design of the Trapeze Tote, especially that large smooth flap down the front. With the “ears” tucked in, the bag looks like a simple elegant box and I love that. With the “ears” extended, it looks a bit flappy, but I suppose it does add to the charm.
I played around with this in the Celine boutique one day just for the fun of it, and its a very well made piece, as most Celine bags are (I’m still kicking myself for not getting a beautiful teal deerskin Boogie bag that was on sale many years ago. Then again, I couldn’t have afforded it back then and didn’t want to end up having to boil it for my supper) The bag feels quite structured around the main frame with the only soft things about it being the side flaps, which can be folded in. I think its a lovely little thing, and although it comes in many colour blocking colours, I’d go for it in a more neutral palette just so it stands the test of time.
Of the two, my pick is the Celine Trapeze Tote, because to me it just looks better. The lines are smoother and I like the more structured look in the middle of the bag. Practically though, I’d do the DvF. It looks fairly well made and in fashion, and if you get rid of that hang tag, it would look even better. Your wallet will also heave a sigh of relief
Does the Celine Trapeze Tote appeal to you? Do you have one?
I love Celine but their prices are astronomical. I have one of their now discontinued Boogie Bags and I do love it but I also sort of regret not splurging on it in leather. Still, life is too short for regrets
Save and Splurge is where I show you similar items by different brands that I have tried. They may not work quite the same way, but it’ll offer you options for your wallet for a similar effect/product. Do note however, that it is based on products I have tried, so whilst there are many save and splurge options out there, these are my views and choices. You can find more under the category of Challenges.