Celine And Hedi Slimane Debut Haute Maroquinerie Collection

Celine And Hedi Slimane Debut Haute Maroquinerie Collection

Celine And Hedi Slimane Debut Haute Maroquinerie Collection

Celine And Hedi Slimane have premiered several reimagined handbag styles as part of the new Haute Maroquinerie Collection.

Celine And Hedi Slimane have premiered several reimagined handbag styles as part of the new Haute Maroquinerie Collection.

Text: Natalia Finnis-Smart

Celine and Hedi Slimane recently unveiled two handbags for the new Haute Maroquinerie collection. Conceptualized and crafted by Slimane, they reimagine Celine's Maison Triomphe and 16 handbag styles. They comprise crocodile accented with 18-karat gold, each assembled to order by a single artisan. Its chromatic color palette contains 14 rare hues to showcase a signature elegance, taking influence from France's history and the compositions of French masters of art, architecture, and decorative arts.

As one of Slimane's first creations for the luxury brand, the Triomphe has recognition for its pure contemporary design and a closure tailored from the archives, which becomes redefined in this collection. The newly debuted one is constructed of niloticus crocodile and lined with glossy goat leather. The handbag takes 12 hours to craft and contains Celine's Haute Maroquinerie emblem and a mirror bordered in crocodile. All have storage in a lacquered eucalyptus wood coffer overlaid with black leather utilized for handbag creation.

The 16 handbag, which serves as Slimane's first, took inspiration from some 1960s style elements which appear within its signature structured frame and smaller top flap. The recently introduced one becomes reinterpreted in niloticus crocodile with hand-stitched saddle handles. The bag's flap underside also contains crocodile, glossy goat leather lining, the collection's imprint signature, is embossed along with the rise of its inner pocket, has a mirror enclosed with crocodile, and takes seventeen hours of artisanship.

Each piece can be customized with diamonds in pavé or solitaire settings. The Triomphe closure has 18-karat yellow or white gold arrangements with solitaire on the clasp's concealed area or with a pavé of diamonds inset along its top. The 16 incorporates similar additions with the ability for 18-karat yellow or white gold tailoring, a diamond solitaire within the plate covered by its flap, or a pavé of diamonds within the clasp's sides or bottom. It can also be personalized with an all-gold lock that comprises a solitaire underneath or a pavé on the bag's outer facing side and an option for initials embossing into its goatskin lining.

Explore behind the scenes of Slimane's design process below and check out Celine's official website for its release and any updates.

Credits: IMAGES COURTESY OF CELINE

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