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What is it about this bag that sends women the world over into major acquisitive mode? Sixteen-hundred dollars, 141,750 yen, 1,900 yuan. Phoebe Philo’s Luggage bag for Céline has become a retailer’s dream. Saks Fifth Avenue, Isetan, Ginza Mitsukoshi, Lane Crawford and Neiman Marcus listed some version of the style as a top performer.
This story first appeared in the August 15, 2011 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.
“The design is on trend: minimal and classic,” said Kosuke Ushio, handbag buyer for Isetan Shinjuku. “It’s selling all over the world. A lot of celebrities are using it as well and it’s gotten a lot of exposure in magazines. Right now it’s popular with fashion people, but I think its appeal will really spread.”