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Celine

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Now renowned for chic womenswear as well as luxury leather handbags that are often recognized for their iconic gold-tone fastening and hardware, French fashion house Celine got its start in children’s shoes.

In 1945, Céline Vipiana and her husband, Richard, opened a made-to-measure shoe shop for children at 52 rue de Malte in Paris. Designer Céline’s name graced the business, alongside a red elephant designed by French cartoonist Raymond Peynet that served as the company’s first logo.

In 1967, following an expansion into women’s shoes and leather accessories, the Vipianas decided to expand their company’s reach into women’s ready-to-wear, focusing on high-end sportswear. Céline Vipiana, who remained chief designer until her death in 1997, would oversee a range of fashion that would reach an international audience with a pared-down elegance and timeless style.

The company quickly achieved widespread success with its new offerings, most notably its trench coat, which became a staple for the brand. In the 1970s, they expanded outside Paris with boutiques in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills and Hong Kong. In 1973, Céline Vipiana, inspired by chain links around the Arc de Triomphe, debuted the Blazon Chaîne motif of interlocking C’s. She began using it on a printed canvas and branding as well as accents on accessories, such as the Triomphe bag.

Vipiana’s designs were created to appeal as everyday fashion: Celine skirts, suits, fitted shirts, vests and coats were stylish but rooted in practicality. Quality, too, was paramount; Vipiana’s determination to deliver the best possible leather led to the opening of a studio in Florence, where the brand created its leather goods.

Vipiana died a year after her brand was acquired by Bernard Arnault’s luxury conglomerate LVMH for about $540 million. American designer Michael Kors then took the helm as creative director. Kors, too, was known for practical but chic ready-to-wear. He introduced such luxury staples as cashmere sets, smartly tailored pants and simple slip dresses, plus themed collections around jet-setter locales like Monte Carlo and Tahiti. Following Kors’s departure in 2004, onetime Burberry designer Roberto Menichetti took the job for just a year. He was followed by designer Phoebe Philo, the young British designer who is now credited with establishing Celine’s 21st-century style.

Philo created a distinct, minimal style that channeled the brand’s roots of practical simplicity with luxury materials. (“I just thought I’d clean it up,” she quipped of her debut collection in 2010.) Over the course of ten years, Philo turned the company into a beloved fixture of the fashion industry. In 2018, after Philo’s departure, the house tapped Hedi Slimane, former creative director of Yves Saint Laurent, as its new leader; he caused a stir when he famously removed the accent from the brand name. Controversial though it was, Slimane maintained it was a return to the label’s roots: an exercise in strong simplicity.

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  • 1stDibs ExpertMarch 22, 2022
    Yes, Celine is a designer of women's apparel and accessories. Céline and Richard Vipiana founded the luxury fashion house in 1945 in Paris, France. LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton now owns the brand, and its headquarters remain in the city. Hedi Slimane serves as its creative director. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Celine apparel.
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    A number of talented designers have designed for Celine over the years. Céline Vipiana founded the French luxury fashion house in 1945 and served as its chief designer until 1997. Since then, Michael Kors, Roberto Menichetti, Ivana Omazic, Phoebe Philo and Hedi Slimane have all contributed to the brand's designs. On 1stDibs, explore an assortment of Celine apparel and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Yes, Celine is a luxury handbag company. The brand got its start with husband and wife duo, Richard and Celine Vipiana in 1945 when they opened a custom shoe boutique in Paris. They then branched into handbags, and by the 1970s earned a huge following. Today the bag is still a luxury product and very popular. Shop a collection of vintage and new Celine handbags from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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    The Celine brand is famous for producing chic womenswear. Featuring gold-tone fastenings and hardware, Celine's luxury leather handbags are also widely known. Some of the French fashion house's most iconic bags include the Ava, the Triomphe, the Box, the Trapeze and the Phantom. On 1stDibs, find a diverse assortment of Celine bags, apparel and accessories.
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 13, 2024
    Celine is French, not Italian. The luxury fashion house got its start in 1945 when Céline Vipiana and her husband, Richard, opened a made-to-measure shoe shop for children at 52 rue de Malte in Paris. In 1967, following an expansion into women's shoes and leather accessories, the Vipianas decided to expand their company's reach into women's ready-to-wear, focusing on high-end sportswear. Today, the brand continues to have its headquarters in Paris. On 1stDibs, shop a range of Celine apparel and accessories.
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    Yes, the popular Celine Trio handbag has been discontinued. Vintage Celine Trio bags are available for purchase through multiple platforms, including 1stDibs. It’s important to purchase from a vetted seller or vendor to ensure authenticity. While Celine has at times inspired knockoffs, 1stDibs partners with only top-vetted sellers to offer authentic pieces that come with a buyer protection guarantee. Shop a collection of vintage Celine Trip handbags from some of the world’s top boutiques on 1stDibs.
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