Celine Romy Bag – My First Impressions

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Recently, one of my lunch time frolics pulled me back to the Celine store. It was a quiet day when I walked past the boutique so I went in and had a play with some of their bags. Boy is it a dangerous place to be (working from the office presents a lot of dangers). From time to time I pop into the Celine boutique and try on the bags that have been on my wish list for some time, the Triomphe Teen Shoulder Bag, the Classic Box Bag, but one particular bag sang to me that day – the Romy Bag. I had seen it online before, but never had the pleasure of meeting her in person. 

Celine Romy Bag, Toteme coat (sz XS – new season version linked), Everlane cashmere knit* (sz S – new season version linked), Nobody Denim jeans, Gucci loafers (here’s how I style them)

While the Romy Bag is a Hedi Slimane design, the minimal style appeals to my Old Celine heart. The bag retails for a hefty $3,800 AUD ($2,700 USD) but as is the case with Celine bags, it is a well-made beauty. The Romy Bag is a shoulder bag design made of a supple calfskin designed to slouch when worn. The strap is very reminiscent of the 90s and is comfortable to wear. While the bag has a rectangular design, and will hold that shape if it is packed full, I much prefer how it looks in its slouchy state, with not that much in it. 

The bag was released in late-2021 but it’s picked up traction recently. It’s currently available in four colours – tan (as seen in my photos), rice (the off-white shade also in my photos), safari (a light tan shade) and carmin (a bright red tone). As I was having a play with the bag in store, the sales associates made a point of telling me that the Romy Bag is never in stock and sells out within a day or two of going on display. The tan remains the most popular shade and is my pick of the bunch.

Trust me, I was tempted to take her home with me, but rational-Virginia kicked into gear to remind me that I don’t buy spendy things without carefully considering them first! I love the bag, but I’ve resolved that the Celine Romy Bag doesn’t necessarily fit with my current lifestyle. I’m a crossbody-bag type of person and need my hands free when I’m wearing everyday bags like this so that I can wrangle the kids (nice things + grubby children = recipe for disaster). 

While I don’t see the Romy Bag being part of my collection any time soon, it is worthy enough to take up some blog real estate. When I shared my in-store try on over on my Instagram stories a few weeks ago,  I received so many DMs from you guys who also had this on your wishlist encouraging me to buy the bag. If it works for your current lifestyle, I’d say to go for it. In a past life without my current responsibilities, I would have bitten the bullet! The bag reminds me of those glorious Old Celine days that I remember very fondly.

P.S. You can read my designer bag reviews here and here’s my post as to why that iconic Toteme knit didn’t work for me.

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