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LE 16

NAMED AFTER 16 RUE VIVIENNE, CELINE’S ADDRESS IN PARIS
 
16-SEIZE- THE FRENCH NAME OF THE FIRST BAG DESIGNED BY HEDI SLIMANE AS A PRELUDE TO THE CELINE LOOK. 
DESIGNED IN 2018 IN LOS ANGELES BY HEDI SLIMANE UPON HIS ARRIVAL AT CELINE, THE 16 BAG AFFIRMS THE HOUSE’S STYLE AND THE PURSUIT OF EXCEPTIONAL CRAFTSMANSHIP.
 
16 DRAWS ITS INSPIRATION FROM THE TRAPEZE LINES AND SHORT FLAP OF THE CHARACTERISTIC 1960S CELINE SHAPE. IN KEEPING WITH THE ARTISTIC RIGOUR THAT IS INNATE TO HEDI SLIMANE, IT REVIVES THE TRADITION OF HIGHLY DISCERNING LEATHER GOODS. ITS CONSTRUCTION REQUIRES THE TURNING OF SHINY LEATHER, WHICH IS INHERENTLY DELICATE AND REQUIRES EXPERT SAVOIR-FAIRE. THE SHAPE EMPHASISES THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN CLASSIC LINES AND SMOOTH CONSTRUCTION. ITS CURVED TAB RUNS AROUND THE FLAP TO ALIGN WITH THE CLASP. UNDERNEATH THE FLAP IS A CENTRAL POCKET WITH A ROUNDED CUT-OUT. THE NAME “16” IS EMBOSSED ON THE INSIDE POCKET.
 
EACH 16 IS INDIVIDUALLY NUMBERED ON THE BACK OF THE POCKET.
 
SELECTED AMONGST THE MOST LUXURIOUS SKINS, THE LEATHER HAS BEEN METICULOUSLY CHOSEN FOR ITS BALANCE BETWEEN GREAT SHINE AND PERFECT TRANSPARENCY, WHOSE UNIQUE FINISH IS EXCLUSIVE TO CELINE LEATHER GOODS.
 
THE GOLD-FINISHED HARDWARE BRINGS SUBTLE SHINE TO THE DESIGN: THE METAL RINGS ON THE HANDLE, THE SNAP HOOKS ON THE SHOULDER STRAP, THE STUDS ON THE BOTTOM THAT ALLOW IT TO BE PLACED ON THE FLOOR. THE KEY FEATURE IS THE TURNSTILE CLASP SECURED TO A THIN METAL PLATE EMBEDDED IN THE LEATHER ALONG WITH THE FLAP PLATE, A RECTANGLE WITH VISIBLE SCREWS ON THE BACK AND “CELINE PARIS” ENGRAVED ON THE FRONT.

INSPIRED BY TRADITIONAL LUGGAGE, A KEY BELL AND PADLOCK CLOSE THE INSIDE ZIP POCKET.

THE MOST EMBLEMATIC MODEL OF THE 16 FAMILY IS THE SO-CALLED CLASSIQUE SIZE, MADE FROM BLACK SATIN CALF AND NATURAL TAN CALF LEATHER.

THIS INITIAL 16 HAS SINCE BIRTHED MULTIPLE VARIATIONS, EACH ONE CAPTURING A RESOLUTELY CHIC, FRENCH SPIRIT.