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Is Your Celine Bag Authentic? Here's How To Tell

When you think of Celine, what comes to your mind? If you started singing “My Heart Will Go On,” you’ve got the wrong Celine. If you thought of the Luggage tote, Phantom bag, (or robot face bag) you’ve coveted since 2011, then you’re correct!

While Celine originally started out as made-to-measure children's shoe business in 1945 (yes, it's come a long way since then), it is now recognizable for luxurious leather bags exuding simple elegance. The rise of Celine as the leader in minimalist luxury really began in 2008 when Phoebe Philo became Creative Director. No one can deny her vision and designs put Celine back on the map (and arms) of the fashion lovers everywhere. Now Hedi Slimane (formerly from Yves Saint Laurent) is the new Artistic, Creative and Image Director as of 2018. Everyone is watching to see if he can bring fresh edge to the brand.


THE LUGGAGE TOTE is Celine's most popular bag to date. It comes in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors and materials, and has been called the "robot face" and "smiling face" bag due to the placement of the zipper and handles.

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Celine Luggage Tote


THE PHANTOM BAG is a roomier, more relaxed version of the luggage tote with wider sides and a deeper base.

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Celine Phantom Bag

THE BOX BAG is an anything-but-ordinary shoulder bag that boasts a structured, rectangular shape, multiple inside compartments and a metal push-tab closure.

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Celine Box Bag

THE TRAPEZE BAG is a combined version of the Luggage and Box bags with extended wings and the metal push-tab closure.

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Celine Tricolor Leather Trapeze Tote


THE TIE KNOT TOTE features (you guessed it) knotted handles, a front flap closure and detachable pouch to store all your little necessities.

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Celine Tie Knot Tote


THE BELT BAG gets its name from the long knotted belt hanging from the front of the bag, and it features a metal hook closure and zip closure.

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Celine Belt Bag



Are you on the market one, but keep asking yourself if the Celine bag real? Rest easy, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help ensure you’re getting the real deal and not just some clever keep reading to find out how to authenticate a Celine bag.


The devil is in the details. The Celine zipper typically doesn’t feature a logo, but it almost always has a one-digit number engraved into the front of the zipper slider. Also, the ring that attaches to the pull is always O- or D-shaped with rounded edges.


The serial number should always follow this format: one letter, a hyphen, two letters and another hyphen, and then four numbers. Or look like this: Z-MK-2020.


The color of the logo should always match the color of the zipper and the hardware, and the outside stamp should just say “CELINE PARIS” while the inside stamp should say “CELINE Made in Italy”. Although sometimes just “Made in Italy” is stamped on the inside. Your best bet is to compare the stamp to those of authentic bags and pay close attention to the boldness and distance between the letters.


Since we're living in a material world. Celine bags are crafted out of everything from buttery soft calfskin leather, to ultra-durable canvas, and luxe crocodile. Not sold yet? The bags are also made of suede, pebbled leather, stamped croc leather, anaconda, python, felt, lambskin, ostrich, lizard, and so much more!

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Celine Croc-Embossed Leather Luggage Tote


No matter what type of designer bag you purchase, the stitching is one of the tell-tale signs of whether you’ve purchased an authentic item. The stitches should be very even, and you should never see them poking out of random places. If you can see the stitches in a pocket, or if they look a little zig-zagged, it’s probably not real.


Celine bags do not have serial numbers...instead they have date codes. Inside any bag you'll be able to locate an embossed tag or part of the lining featuring letters and numbers that'll tell you when and where a bag was created. The date code will always follow this format: one letter-two letters-four numbers. These letters and number symbolize the factory code and the week and year the bag was made.


Despite what someone might tell you on Canal Street in NYC, designer bags do not just “fall off the back of a truck”. Please just do your research to familiarize yourself with the brand... and most importantly, where you shop and who’s selling the bag will tell you almost everything you need to know. Always buy from a reputable seller. 

Hey, we know that you've got your eye on a designer prize. All items on LePrix are 100% guaranteed authentic. We have a strict zero-tolerance policy for counterfeit items. All items are carefully curated, inspected and authenticated by our store partner sellers, who are hand-selected and thoroughly vetted before joining LePrix.

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