Celine Trio Bag Review

celine trio bag review
Celine Trio styled with H&M dress (as top) (sold out – similar here and here); Nobody Denim jeans, Everlane flats and Ray Ban sunglasses

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Yet another black Celine bag that has a piece of my heart. And the little beauty I’m featuring today is one that has formed part of my collection for over five years, so I figured it was about time I shared a comprehensive review of my Celine Trio Bag. While it’s compact, it packs a lot of punch in terms of capacity, wearability and function. Good things really do come in small packages.

The majority of my handbag purchases have marked milestone events in my life or career. I treated myself to this bag after I landed a job at a firm I had my eye on for some time. Within my first few weeks in the job, I ordered the trio and it has been lovingly used since.

I have the small trio in smooth black lambskin. Given I purchased it in 2015, the bag I own hails from the Philo era, and there are some minor tweaks between my version and the current version which has been available since around 2018. I address those in this post.

So let’s get into it.

celine trio bag review



Aptly named, the bag features three zipped pouches that are attached together with snap buttons. There is an adjustable leather strap with a 20″ (51cm) drop and it can be worn both cross-body or on the shoulder.

The bag is made of lambskin and comes in a variety of colours. Over the years I have seen the bag featured in other seasonal materials but I’ve always been satisfied with the black lambskin version that I’ve owned that has formed part of their permanent collection.


While Celine sizing with some of their other bags can be a little confusing (such as the belt bag which I discuss here), the trio comes in two straightforward sizes – small (the original size) and large.

Current dimensions and prices are below:


22cm x 15cm x 4cm | 9” x 6” x 2”

Handle with 20” (51cm) drop
Gold metal hardware

$1,550 AUD | $1,250 USD | £790 GBP


25cm x 18cm x 4cm | 10” x 7” x 2”

Handle with 20” (51cm) drop
Gold metal hardware

$1,750 AUD | $1,400 USD | £890 GBP

Prices current as at May 2020.

Key differences between the old and current version

Starting with the obvious, the current trio adopts the new Celine logo (without the É).

As to the design elements, the former trio featured leather pull tabs on the zips whereas the current version has replaced these with gold hardware zips – making the gold accents more of a feature.

Wear & tear

This bag is my go-to for when I’m keeping things comfortable and casual, hence getting the most use on weekends and when travelling. The three compartments make the bag functional and easy to use. I split my belongings across the three pouches and while I don’t have a set system as to how I pack my bag, I typically use the front pouch for my cardholder and phone, the middle pouch for my keys, headphones and a small foldable shopping bag (in case I’m picking up groceries while out and about), and the back pouch for is usually for bits and bobs such as make up, tissues and wet wipes (which always come in handy when out with little ones).

The bag is lightweight and the leather strap is comfortable to wear cross-body – it doesn’t dig into my shoulder. I’ve used this bag on several overseas holidays and it has been great. It even comfortably fits a travel guide! (Though of course not the extremely large chunky continental guides!)

Over the years, the leather has softened and the logo has slightly faded, but all these traits only make me love the bag more. The bag is quite sentimental to me now and given all the places it’s been, I would not part ways with it. If, for some reason, something were to happen to it, I would replace it in a heartbeat.

I’ve heard mixed reviews about the quality of the bag, the most common criticism about the shoulder strap and people having issues with it snapping off. While I do find the strap to be thin, I don’t find it to be weak and haven’t had any concerns with the strap breaking, even with regular use.

Since being at home in recent months, my trio has featured a lot more on my Instagram feed as it’s the bag I’ve been wearing when going on our morning (social distancing) walks. I’ve featured some of these outfits below:

Shop the Small Trio

I hope my Celine Trio Bag review was helpful to any of you interested in the bag. As always, thanks for stopping by.

P.S. My review on my Celine Belt Bag, Prada Double Tote and four outfits for any type of WFH day.



  1. Tc
    July 23, 2020 / 12:12 am

    I love my small black Celine too. Thinking of getting another one and what colour would you suggest??

    • July 23, 2020 / 9:44 am

      Ooo how exciting! I love the look of a burgundy or a forest green trio. I’ve seen people wear them and the colours are gorgeous!

  2. September 20, 2020 / 10:41 pm

    I am about to buy the large version and it’s really good to hear that the strap is thin but strong. I’ve read some horror stories about it breaking or fraying after a while, and I was a bit scared. But now that I read that you’ve been using it for years I am super confident and will buy it!

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