France spent last year celebrating “The Year of China in France”; Now China has turned the tables by declaring 2005 “The Year of France in China.” Sharing in all this cross-continental amour, esteemed French accessories house Celine has produced two exquisite handbags inspired by this cultural exchange. While last yearâ€™s Boogie Bonheur bag featured hand painted lotuses and Chinese calligraphy, this yearâ€™s Lâ€™Imperial bag is a study in Napoleonic style. Made of rich leather trimmed in royal blue topstitching and complimented with a strap of braided silver and brushed metals, Lâ€™imperial is fashioned after the uniforms worn by Napoleon’s soldiers. The brilliant blue silk sash adorning the front of the bag is a nod to the hats worn by the famous emperor’s Imperial Marshals. The ultimate embodiment of the Napoleonic Era ideals of graciousness, high-standards, mastery, and quality, L’Imperial is a fitting addition to the House of Celine. Only 130 Lâ€™Imperial bags will be produced, ensuring itâ€™s status as a collectorâ€™s item. Look for it exclusively at Celine stores this October.
Celine develops a different kind of Napoleon complex with L’Imperial. You can find other luxe goods by Celine at eLUXURY.com.