The brand currently does not allow its bags to be sold online, but Céline’s new website suggests that may change
[UPDATE:: Women’s Wear Daily has confirmed the Céline’s new web design is indeed in preparation for e-commerce. The ability to shop is now live on the brand’s French-market site, with more European markets and the US coming online in 2018.]
There are very few holdout brands that don’t allow their bags to be sold online. Chanel is the one that comes to most people’s minds first, although the company has acknowledged that some day in the probably-not-distant future, it will enter into online sales beyond the cosmetics, fragrance and eyewear currently available on its site. There’s also Goyard, which doesn’t sell online at all and, if the brand gets its way, I’d guess probably never will. The third great holdout is Céline, whose website has remained largely unchanged since Phoebe Philo reinvigorated the brand after her appointment in 2008. Céline just launched a new website design, though, and it seems primed for an as-yet-unlaunched dive into online sales.
In the past, Céline’s website has been mostly a repository for its lookbooks, released four times a year. In the past year or so, those lookbooks have gotten longer and more complete, and they’ve also begun to feature a complete set of pricing information for US shoppers, and sometimes also some basic size and material info. It wasn’t a lot to go on, especially if you were wondering how a bag might look at different angles or exactly how long the strap was, but it was better than nothing, absent e-commerce.
The new website, on the other hand, still allows shoppers to look at seasonal ready-to-wear lookbooks, but it chops up the product categories non-seasonally, in the way most online shops do. The handbag tab in particular has lots of new organization, which lets you look at new arrivals as well as current options for the brand’s most popular bags, like the Luggage, Trio, Belt and Classic Box. Once you enter any of the categories, you can then filter by season, size, material, carry style or color. These options are all totally new—the only previous way to navigate was paging through the seasonal lookbooks manually.
The product pages themselves have also taken a step toward e-commerce norms with multiple angle shots for all listed bags. That’ll be a huge help to shoppers who don’t live near a store that stocks Céline and who end up ordering over the phone in the current market, which feels enormously inefficient and inexact when you’re used to shopping online.
Another handy feature is geolocation, which allows you to click a button on a product page to find out if a particular piece is available at the Céline stores nearest you, which is also a handy stock-checking technique for those who want to minimize the guesswork of ordering by phone. The site also now features a “save” functionality that requires you to sign up for an account and that shows the number of saved items in an icon at the top right corner of the screen—it’s exactly how shopping cart functionality works on most retail sites, but there’s no mechanism to check out. At least not yet.
Céline has not made any official or public comment about its potential e-commerce intentions, but this new site does seem perfectly geared for it. We’ll keep watching it and let you know as soon as we see or hear any developments.
In my opinion, Celine utilized to make amazing tri-color combos but now the color combos are more “creative” but not for everyday. Strong colors which are easily available include black, dune, indigo, souris, vermillion, etc.The selection between solid color vs tri-color is personal. Pre-loved Nano Luggages are selling for as low as $1.3K as large as $2K on Fashionphile.Buying new or pre-loved is a private choice. Obviously buying new straight from the boutique can be thrilling but you can save yourself a good deal of money by purchasing the handbag pre-loved. The biggest risk of buying pre-loved is getting an inauthentic handbag. I’d definitely suggest doing your own diligence, authenticating the bag, and buying from reputable stores with good return policies. Also the fuller the bundle (e.g., reception, dustbag, box, authenticity card) the better and sometimes trust your gut if it is telling you something is away. I bought my Nano Luggage from the boutique also it came with magnetic box, dustbag, and labels (notice: no authenticity card). I’ve seen this question a lot on PurseForum: is the Luggage trendy or classic. I would say it is definitely trendy and potentially classic. It’s hard to predict whether this bag is going to be in fashion in 5 or 10 years. Personally, I believe that it will be but regardless, I intend on using my nano for the next 10+ years. If you are contemplating buying this bag but you’re on the fences since you’re concerned it’s too trendy and will go out of style soon then I’d advise you to wait until you’re certain.