The French Girl-Loved Celine Triomphe Bag *Is* All That—Here's Proof

Sturdy, sophisticated, spacious: check.
Last Updated
Sep 23, 2022

I've been in the market for a new everyday bag for the better part of two seasons. As a former Chanel 19 girl that struggled with its lack of structure, I'm on the hunt for something that's sturdy, sleek, and utterly sophisticated. I didn't have to look hard, of course—Celine's Triomphe bag was everywhere I looked, ticking every box. 

Before taking the $3,000-plus plunge, I decided to take stock of all its attributes—examining it for size, durability, wearability, and overall style factor. Keep reading for our full play-by-play on every French girl's favorite It-bag.

About the Bag

In just four years since its debut, the Triomphe has been spotted on every celebrity and fashion insider's arm. Its smooth leather exterior and minimalistic hardware has been lauded by bag collectors and fashion historians for its simple, yet sophisticated feel. The crossbody reconciles fashion and function using Celine's signifier, a golden Triomphe logo fastener.

Since creative director Hedi Slimane launched it in 2018, Celine has released a series of spinoffs—including this summer's popular Cuir Triomphe bag, wielding a chain strap, and the slenderized Trapeze, which is new in for Fall 2022. Still, the original Teen Triomphe remains a classic—and will continue on as the subject of this investigation.

  • TYPE: Crossbody Flap
  • PRICE: $3,650
  • MADE IN: Italy
  • MATERIALS: Calfskin, gold, lambskin lining
  • DIMENSIONS: 7" x 6" x 2"
  • VEGAN? No
  • BEST FOR: Everyday wear—shopping, errands, and dinner dates included.

What It Fits

Celine's Teen Triomphe bag fits:

  • A Smartphone
  • Sunglasses
  • Keys
  • Travel-size Perfume
  • Claw Clip
  • Cardholder

What's more: It did so with plenty of room to spare. I so loved the accordionlike interior, which features a slender front pouch that neatly fit my smartphone. This was one of three inner compartments, all of which are lined with lambskin to keep possessions scratch-free. 

Net-net: The Celine Triomphe gets a gold star for spaciousness.

How I Wore It

I asked my fellow editors to help me style the Celine Triomphe—all of which further proved its versatility. Fashion and Beauty Editor Cortne Bonilla (left) and I had the same idea, styling the curvaceous Besace Triomphe with silk blouses and jeans for a Friday-at-the-office look. Our Market Editor Katelyn Bernard (right) opted for a little black dress and Chanel slingbacks. All around, the Triomphe shone bright, adding an elegant undertone to each ensemble.

Final Verdict

The results are in: this bag is a 10 out of 10 on all fronts. It's sturdy and spacious, trendy and timeless—but above all, it's easy to style for everything on your schedule. Investing in an everyday bag that works for you, not against you is key. Celine's Triomphe does that and so much more. 

Shop the Teen Triomphe and its many sister-silhouettes ahead, available in a bevy of Editorialist-approved textures and colorways.

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