When a brand deems a bag a classic, you don’t necessarily expect it to be discontinued. However, it appears to be the case for the Celine Classic Box Bag. Yes, the rumor that has been swirling around for the past couple months turned out to be true — the Celine Classic Box Bag is getting discontinued! And I am here to bring you all the details.
Celine Classic Box Bag History & Design
Arguably one of the most iconic Celine bags of all time, the Celine Classic Box Bag (also known simply as the Celine Box Bag) was released in 2011 under the creative direction of Phoebe Philo. Inspired by a vintage Celine handbag design from the 70s, the Celine Classic Box Bag featured a sleek, box-like silhouette finished with a simple (but absolutely gorgeous) metallic push tab closure and a longer detachable shoulder strap which allowed for both shoulder and crossbody carry.
Free of any logos or any other loud design elements, the Celine Box Bag was a perfect example of understated luxury. Hence why it quickly became a hit with designer handbag lovers around the World.
And truly, the beauty of the Celine Classic Box Bag is really hard to deny. Designed without any frills, just with elegance and timelessness in mind, this was a bag that every woman (or man) could only wish for — so chic and timeless.
Initially released in the Medium size and Box Calf leather, the Celine Classic Box Bag was later also reinvented in two smaller sizes (Small and Teen), and offered in an array of materials including exotics.
The reason behind the Celine Classic Box Bag being discontinued
So, I found out about the Celine Box Bag being discontinued from my Celine SA. After not being able to locate the bag on the brand’s website (I was contemplating to purchase the Box Bag in the Teen size), I’ve decided to check my local boutique. And to my surprise, I was told that all sizes of the Celine Box Bag are being discontinued. Alleged reason — the recent success of the Celine Triomphe Bag.
Released in 2018 as part of Hedi Slimane’s debut collection for Celine, the Celine Triomphe Bag, much like the Classic Box Bag, features a sleek, box-like silhouette with a long shoulder strap. Actually, back when this handbag was released, many thought that the Triomphe bag was just an updated version of the Box Bag (yes, that’s how similar they look), as pretty much the only difference between the two bags is the clasp — the Celine Classic Box Bag features a simplistic metallic clasp, whereas the clasp on the Triomphe bag sports Celine’s historic Triomphe logo.
Perhaps Celine doesn’t want to have two similar bags in its lineup? Well, this could also be the case. However, I tend to believe that my SA was right and the Celine Classic Box Bag is getting discontinued due to the enormous success of the Celine Triomphe, as we’ve been seeing that bag literally everywhere lately.
Seriously, in just four years since its initial debut, the Celine Triomphe bag has been spotted on nearly every celebrity’s and influencer’s arm, incl. big names like Karlie Kloss, Angelina Jolie and Kaia Gerber. I guess the Triomphe logo really has its appeal!
Furthermore, Celine only seems to expand the Triomphe lineup. Not only is the bag now offered in an array of sizes, but it also comes in multiple styles, incl. the Celine Triomphe Shoulder Bag.
Where to buy the Celine Box Bag now when it is discontinued?
As per time of writing this blog post, the Celine Classic Box Bag is still available for purchase at Celine boutiques. Obviously, they are now trying to sell off the remaining stock. But after that’s gone, that’s it. So, if you’re looking to buy the Celine Classic Box Bag store fresh from the boutique — act now, while you still can!
With that being said, you can always try to get your hands on a Celine Classic Box Bag later on through the pre-loved market. Though it is likely that over time it will be more difficult to come by. However, as of now, it doesn’t seem to be the case. In fact, right now you can make considerable savings by purchasing the handbag pre-loved. Just check out this fabulous burgundy color Celine Classic Box Bag in the Medium Size which is currently sold at Fashionphile for nearly half off retail!
Actually, I have a feeling that resale prices on the Celine Classic Box Bag are about to go up very soon. The thing is that very soon the resale market will be the only place to get the handbag. And the Celine Box Bag has always had quite a cult following (unlike many other discontinued bags). In fact, I am pretty sure the majority of the Celine Box Bag fans will be deeply saddened by its discontinuation. Me included. Hence why after publishing this blog post I am headed directly to the resale market (still on the hunt for the Celine Box Bag in the Teen size)!
What are your thoughts on the Celine Box Bag being discontinued? Are you sad to see it go, or do you think it’s time has come? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!