The thing about Hedi Slimane — creative director of CELINE, is that despite his consistent aesthetic preferences (which critics would call predictable), there are decisive touches across his designs that nod to something very specific that make for delightful surprises. That is if you care to find them.
Take, for example, the latest CELINE Camarat Bag that we’ll be looking into today.
A quick search for ‘Camarat’ brings up the town Cap Camarat, which is a hidden hotspot for leisure, popular with the bourgeoisie located south of Saint Tropez. This harkens back to Slimane’s tendency to tap into the wardrobes of the famous and wealthy from a time gone by for his inspirations and reimaginings.
Speaking of, you’ll immediately notice the ornate belt buckle that adorns the Camarat’s front flap. That hardware detail is a revival of a signature belt design from very old CELINE (we are talking the 1960s), that was popularised by and often seen on iconic actresses Jane Birkin and Brigitte Bardot.
For the Camarat Bag, that same belt is given a contemporary reinterpretation as distinctive bag hardware, that can be taken as a homage to the label’s original stealth-wealth fashion codes (note the discreet name embossing on the belt loop too).
Also, the matte gold-tone belt buckle is intentionally-treated to appear aged in the best possible way. So instead of looking fresh from the boutique shelves, these are made to look like a perfectly-maintained classic piece handed to you from a stylish matriarch.
Sensibly-sized in measurements that cover 25cm by 22cm by 8cm, the Camarat opens via a magnetic closure, to reveal a roomy lambskin-lined interior that will fit a good day’s worth of essentials and then some. There’s also an inner flat pocket where you’ll be able to tuck valuables into, and helps with keeping everything else you have organised.
All bags in the Camarat family come with a leather strap that’s adjustable via a belt clasp for versatility to carry crossbody or over the shoulders.
Available in four distinctively different treatments (more to come, in coming months), you can choose from pony calfskin with leopard print, shearling and calfskin, suede calfskin with fringes, or fuss-free natural calfskin, depending on whichever speaks most to your personal style. Priced from $3,450 to $3,800, you can dial up CELINE Singapore at 6225-4705 to arrange for direct-to-door delivery if you’re looking for a new reliable everyday bag that exudes old money luxe now.
Trust us, you probably wouldn’t go wrong with today’s CELINE.