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Celine

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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Celine Vertical Cabas Tote Grained Calfskin Small Neutral
By Celine
Located in Irvine, CA
Celine Vertical Cabas Tote Grained Calfskin Small Neutral Condition Details: Wear on base corners and in interior, small mark on front. Cracking on side opening trim wax edges, scra...
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20th Century Celine

OLD CELINE Phoebe Philo blue silk trimmed black wool pleated trousers FR34 XS
By Celine
Located in Hong Kong, NT
OLD CELINE Phoebe Philo blue silk trimmed black wool pleated trousers FR34 XS Reference: MELK/A00091 Brand: Celine Designer: Phoebe Philo Material: Wool Color: Black Pattern: Solid C...
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2010s Celine

Celine Tan Leather Square Toe Platform Booties Size 37
By Celine
Located in Dubai, Al Qouz 2
Exuding a sense of understated style and an old-world charm these Celine booties are masterpieces that can elevate a simple outfit. They have been crafted from tan leather and featur...
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2010s Celine

new CELINE Phoebe Philo 2018 Runway Sulky Satin gold horsebit buckle wide belt S
By Celine
Located in Hong Kong, NT
new CELINE Phoebe Philo 2018 Runway Sulky Satin gold horsebit buckle wide belt S Reference: TGAS/B01997 Brand: Celine Designer: Phoebe Philo Collection: Spring Summer 2018 Runway Mat...
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2010s Celine

CELINE Size S Black Cotton Cargo Jumpsuit
By Celine
Located in San Francisco, CA
CELINE jumpsuit comes in a black cotton featuring a cargo style, adjustable shoulder straps, belted, notch lapel, front tab, zip fly, zipper pockets, and a buttoned closure. Very G...
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21st Century and Contemporary Celine

Céline Luggage Micro Gg Monogram Logo Suitcase 870268 Brown Coated Canvas Weeken
By Celine
Located in Dix hills, NY
Width (inch) : 22.4 inch(approx) Width (cm) : 57 cm(approx) Height (inch) : 14.5 inch(approx) Height (cm) : 37 cm(approx) Depth (inch) : 2.75 inch(approx) Depth (cm) : 7 cm(app...
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20th Century Celine

CELINE black VELVET TASSEL Pumps Shoes 40
By Celine
Located in Zürich, CH
100% authentic Céline pumps in black velvet embellished with two leather tassels at front and a quilted leather sole. Have been worn once inside and are in virtually new condition. ...
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2010s Celine

Celine Cream Python Medium Classic Box Bag
By Celine
Located in New York, NY
Celine Cream Python Medium Classic Box Bag SKU: 113098 MSRP: USD 5,700.00 Condition: Pre-owned (3000) Condition Description: This shoulder bag by Celine features the same gorgeous mi...
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2010s Celine

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