In 1945, the visionary Céline Vipiana, in partnership with her husband Richard, embarked on a remarkable journey, opening an artisanal shoe boutique exclusively catering to children at the prestigious address of 52 rue de Malte in the heart of Paris. Adorned with the illustrious name of its creative force, Céline herself, the establishment proudly displayed a captivating red elephant, meticulously conceived by the esteemed French cartoonist Raymond Peynet, serving as the company's inaugural emblem.
Fast-forward to 1967, and the Vipianas made a significant expansion into the realm of women's footwear and leather accessories. This pivotal moment marked the inception of their venture into women's ready-to-wear, with a steadfast commitment to crafting high-end sportswear. Céline Vipiana, the enduring chief designer until her passing in 1997, steered the brand's creative course, delivering a range of fashion that transcended borders, captivating an international audience with its refined simplicity and timeless allure.
The brand's new offerings garnered widespread acclaim, with the trench coat emerging as a true symbol of excellence, a hallmark of the brand's success. The 1970s saw Céline's expansion beyond the city limits of Paris, with the establishment of boutiques in luxurious locales such as Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, and Hong Kong. In 1973, inspired by the iconic chain links adorning the majestic Arc de Triomphe, Céline Vipiana unveiled the iconic Blazon Chaîne motif, characterized by interlocking C's. This distinctive emblem found its way onto printed canvases, branding, and became an exquisite accent on accessories, notably the coveted Triomphe bag.
Now, allow us to introduce this exceptional vintage bag, exemplifying the brand's legacy of quality and sophistication. Meticulously crafted from canvas adorned with leather trim and distinguished by gold-tone hardware, it boasts a leather handle, a flap top, a secure turn lock closure, and a spacious interior thoughtfully equipped with pockets. In your possession, this vintage masterpiece not only reflects timeless elegance but also carries the rich heritage of the Céline brand. It's a classic addition to your collection that effortlessly combines both style and function, making it a cherished companion for any occasion.