Chanel, Céline, Hermès, and Dior (among others) don't really want you shopping online, and this weekend at the UK-based Vogue Festival, Céline's notoriously spotlight-shy creative director, Phoebe Philo, addressed the topic of why the Paris-based design house's website does not include an e-commerce shop. During her talk, entitled, "The Philo Factor: Reinventing Cool", British-born Philo, who spoke about how she has virtually all creative control over the in-demand brand (from the aesthetic of the brand, to the "intellectual structure", the "political message" portrayed, and the silhouette), provided a pretty simple reason for why you cannot buy a Trapeze bag or one of its perfectly minimalist overcoats on the brand's site: "I very much like the idea that shoppers experience a Celine product in a Celine store."
She elaborated a bit, saying that the fabrics and designs should be experienced in real life, especially as the brand utilizes "the best fabrics in the world." So, where can you shop? Barneys (online and in stores), as well as at the various Céline brick and mortar stores.