Browse our range of pre-owned Prada bags and channel the effortless vibe of the Milanese brand. Undeniably chic thanks to their use of non traditional materials, these handbags are the ultimate measure of cool. The family company was formed in 1913, but it wasn’t until the founder’s granddaughter Miuccia Prada took the helm in 1970 that the brand’s accessories department really flourished. She first began by making waterproof backpacks out of military-grade nylon used for covering steamer trunks. Although not an immediate hit, they eventually gained popularity and the juxtaposition of unexpected materials and classic design became the label’s signature.
Popular pre-loved Prada bags
Since then, the Italian brand has released several iconic styles including the Odette, the Sidonie and the Vela bags. The most sought after Prada bag however, has to be the Galleria tote. Sometimes referred to as the Saffiano Lux tote, after the leather it’s made from, it’s a spacious but structured style that was first released in 2007. It’s not just the clean lines and elegant look of this bag that makes it special. The leather used to create it has been hot pressed, which means it is also water-repellent and scratch resistant. While its logo might not make it as obvious as some of its designer counterparts, it’s still a sleek design that has withstood the test of time and is high on shoppers wish lists to this day.
The craftsmanship of Prada bags
Every Prada bag is made in the brand’s Scandicci factory which specialises in accessories, exotic skins and special made to order items. Each stage of the creative process takes place there, from the prototype development to the production and quality control. Patterns are cut out and glued together by hand, before being assembled by a combination of expert machinery and highly skilled artisans. Before every handbag leaves the factory is it meticulously checked by an accessories expert, to make sure it meets the brand’s high standards.
How to find an authentic Prada bag
A real Prada bag can be easily identified by its logo. When looking at authentic products, the logo will feature letter ‘A’s with right legs that are thicker than the left. Inside, the logo label should read ‘Prada Milano’ or ‘Prada Milano Made In Italy’ on older styles, and ‘Prada Made in Italy’ on newer models. Another tip to make sure your buying authentic Prada is to look at the top stitching. The Italian brand is known for having stitching that is slightly diagonal, so anything horizontal or straight should be avoided.
Buying a Prada bag as an investment piece
Vintage Prada bags can seamlessly slot into any modern wardrobe, which is why they are still coveted today. Their timeless shapes and unusual materials make them hard to place, and so people often mistake pre-loved designs for newer styles. Classic nylon belt bags and backpacks are perfect for festivals, while sturdy leather totes and shoulder bags look as elegant and sophisticated now as when they were first released.
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