Celine Nano Bag Review + How to Clean & Care for Leather Purses

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The Céline Luggage line has been out for over 5 years now, but I still get lots of questions on my nano so figured I’d do a video review! This bag quickly became one of my favorite and most-used ones, as I’m sure you guys can tell. Here are the sizes and current pricing on the Luggage line:

Nano: starts at $2700, 8″ x 8″ x 4.” The 2015-2016 white nano is $3150
Micro: starts at $2900 for leather, 10″ x 10″ x 6″
Mini: starts at $3100 for leather, 12″ x 12″ x 8.5″
You can also shop pre-owned Celine bags.

These totes have unfortunately gone through numerous price increases since they were launched. There are quite a few on the pre-owned market, which is where I looked for a while but couldn’t find the color I wanted. Popular nano colors I saw on pre-owned bag sites were black, red and taupe – all of which are classic and were also top contenders for me.

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Whenever I wear this bag I inevitably get questions on how to keep a white bag clean. I wish there were a magical answer, but it’s just preventative and regular care! I mention some steps in the video, but I’ve rounded up below what I do for my leather handbags, broken into 3 categories:

 1. Preventative Care:

Choose the right leather for you. This is personal preference, but if there’s the option, I’ll usually choose textured leathers (caviar, saffiano, pebbled, grained) over smooth. I’m a fairly clumsy person and such leathers are usually easier for me to wipe clean, and are better for concealing small nicks and scratches.

Pre-treat with a protectant spray. I use Cadillac Shield Spray which is supposed to help repel water and stains on leather, suede, nubuck, and other fabrics. Apple Garde is another popular version but I haven’t tried it yet. To apply, I usually spray 1 coat as evenly as possible, let it dry fully, spray a second coat and then re-apply one every other season or so on my most-worn pieces. Make sure to apply this on items before you use them, or clean used items first so you don’t end up sealing in any dirt. Also, definitely make sure you do this outdoors. I haven’t yet had to put the effectiveness of this product to test, but I’ve read reviews about it repelling water on a variety of items, from suede boots to leather jackets to Chanel lambskin bags.

Avoid rubbing against dyed fabrics. Dark denim is the enemy of light-colored bags, especially if you get caught out in the rain. Like I mentioned, I still use my bags regularly, I just take a little extra care to either carry them on my shoulders or hand so they’re not rubbing against the danger item.

2. Regular Care:

Wipe-downs on frequently touched areas. Most of my bags are low-maintenance, but for white or lighter colored bags I try to do this more regularly. As mentioned in my video, oils, lotion, and sweat from your body come into contact with your purses often – these may look invisible at first but could develop into discoloration or stains over time. For treated or coated leathers (not delicate leathers), a white cloth or paper towel that’s very slightly damp with water should be fine.

Buff with leather cleaner & conditioner. For certain leathers (I do not do this with saffiano coated) you should use a leather lotion that cleanses and conditions every so often, especially in dry weather to prevent leather from cracking. I use Cadillac’s leather conditioner, and another popular option is Meltonian cream polish in one of the colorless options.

3. Stain targeting:

I haven’t yet encountered bag stains, knock on wood, but have read about these methods around the web for care on designer bags. Please exercise caution when trying anything yourself!

– For ink stains on white bags, try to apply a little white toothpaste onto the stain using a toothbrush. Wipe away with a slightly damp cloth and then buff dry with another cloth.

– Helpful Purse Forum threads: Aside from their general handbag care & maintenance section, this post on a Gucci thread has a fairly comprehensive summary of cleaning tips for stains and odor. On a Celine care secrets thread on The Purse Forum, members mentioned Chanel eye makeup-remover, white erasers, as well as La Mer cream (not sure if I’m ready to part with precious face cream as a cleaner yet!) working magic on their bag stains.

– After spot cleaning stains, try to use an aforementioned bag cleaner / conditioner all around the exterior to prevent new stains
or water rings from settling in.

– When all else fails, there are many businesses like leather spas (where you can ship your items to) dedicated to cleaning and restoring bags and shoes. Re-dying is an option when the color or surface of a bag is just beyond rescue via cleaning. Some of the before & after pics I’ve seen are nothing short of astonishing! Just be prepared that like with dry cleaning, something could go wrong or not get clean even under the care of skilled professionals.

how to care for and keep leather designer bags clean

I’d love to hear some of your favorite bag care products & tips! Also, if any of your have used one of the designer bag care or leather spa services out there, please do share how the experience went!

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  1. Denise Thornton wrote:

    Love your Nano bags and your blog about how to care for your handbags. A thought of time and thought went into your blog. Thank you for sharing.

    Posted 8.9.20 Reply
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    I'd love to ask where you found your hat in outfit 4! It looks like such a pretty shade of blue and as a petite person it's really hard to find a hat that fits my head.

    Posted 8.23.16 Reply
  3. Such a beautiful bag! x
    Jill D Blog

    Posted 8.7.16 Reply
  4. Erin wrote:

    Fantastic post!

    Posted 8.2.16 Reply
  5. Deasy Noel wrote:

    Love the video! I wasn't in the market for a Celine nano bag but seeing your review makes me want it, lol! And the tips on caring for leather makes me less stress about buying an expensive bag, only to have it damaged.


    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  6. Great video! I bought that Cadillac Shield Spray today! Do you have any advice on how you store all your bags? Do you keep them on the shelves or in baskets/bins in your closet?

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  7. Yay, new video! Thank you for the tips. I plan on getting a white bag next month and I want to keep it clean. thank you again.

    Posted 7.22.16 Reply
  8. Rachel wrote:

    Interesting post! Thanks for sharing!


    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  9. This bag is fantastic! Thank you for great tips.



    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  10. thank you so much for these tips!! just what i need for a little bag refresher! have a great weekend!



    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  11. mybeautrip wrote:

    This bag is so beautiful!


    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  12. Charlotte wrote:

    Hi Jean! Thanks for the great post, thoughtful and informative as always. That's such a beautiful bag and the white color matches wonderfully with the summer outfits it's paired with in your photos.

    Quick question for light-colored bags though: do you ever find any color transfer between your clothing and the bag? For instance if worn with dark wash jeans. I find that even after numerous laundry cycles, denim can still transfer dye through prolonged friction contact…wondering if you ever had any experience with the same?

    Hope you are staying cool in this heat wave!! xoxo

    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  13. Thanks for sharing your tips! I have the Céline Luggage Bag in Micro and wish I own your bag too! ;o)

    Xx Carolin

    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  14. Pinkbeetle wrote:

    Thanks for sharing such an in depth tutorial on cleaning and maintaining leather.

    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  15. Pretty interesting!

    Thanks for sharing 🙂


    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  16. jennifer wrote:

    I love the floral printed dress! And I found the dress here

    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  17. 林林 wrote:

    I love the floral printed dress!

    Posted 7.21.16 Reply
  18. Hi Jean, Haritha here again…thank u so much for considering my request of doing YouTube videos. Please try to do them as and when you can…love your ideas😊

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  19. Diana wrote:

    Loving that bag, and I definitely need to buy a protectant spray for my bags!

    Diana | http://www.thechicdiary.com

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  20. Thanks for sharing! I'm definitely going to look into that protective spray!


    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  21. I am loving this bag and all of the outfits you have styled it with.


    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  22. I have often herd some people say that you shouldn't spray your leather because then the leather cannot "breath" or age well. Have you heard of this before/did you choose the spray you use with this in mind?

    Also, I have the celine nano in red and it's one of my fav bags! So glad to see you love yours.

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  23. Thanks for this post on caring for bags! I've recently added some high quality bags to my collection + was wondering how to maintain their quality! I'm so excited to have found solid advice 😉


    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  24. I love your video and even more in love with this bag! Your care tips are also super helpful- keep it up!

    xox Tess | Sequins are the New Black

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  25. I'm obsessed with that bag! It's sadly out of my price range, but I still love seeing it in your outfits. Really enjoyed these bag care tips!

    Lifestyle by Joules

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  26. Ev wrote:
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  27. I have the Céline Luggage Bag in Micro and I absolutely love it.
    Thank you for sharing your care & cleaning tips – they are very useful!


    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  28. Love your post and video also. Thanks for the helpful instruction for leather handbags cleaning and care. Now, I am tension free for my leather handbags.

    Adena Harel

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  29. Caroline wrote:

    Love your video! Super helpful for how to wear and clean your handbag.

    Posted 7.20.16 Reply
  30. Anonymous wrote:

    Love your lipcolor on this video – would you let us know what it is?

    Posted 7.19.16 Reply
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you for the review! Where do you recommend looking for pre-owned Celine bags?

    Posted 7.19.16 Reply
  32. BW02 wrote:

    Thanks for the in-depth review and care instructions! I saved this to my Designer collection on Bloglovin' – you know, for when I someday possibly get this designer bag 😉


    Posted 7.19.16 Reply

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