It comes as no surprise that behind Prada’s prominent position in the luxury landscape lies its commitment to timeless design and originality. Prada’s repertoire of incredible bags, shoes, prêt-à-porter, travel gear, perfumes, and accessories is a testament to the brand ethos and the power of creativity that is acknowledged worldwide. Together with the co-chief executive, Patrizio Bertelli, Miuccia Prada has paved the way for the brand to emerge as the fashion powerhouse it is known today and cement itself a global presence. The joining of Raf Simons as Prada’s co-creative director in April 2020 further strengthened its standing in Vogue’s Business Index of top ten luxury performers of the same year.
One cannot, however, talk about Prada without mentioning its coveted women’s handbags that have been the catalysts for its immense popularity. The bag-making journey that began in 1913 by Mario Prada was embarked upon by his daughter Luisa Prada for twenty years and then undertaken by her daughter Miuccia Prada single-handedly from 1978 onwards.
Popular Prada Bags — Worthy Investments for your Closet
Mastering the latest trends while keeping its century-old legacy alive is Prada’s way of making an indelible mark. Bags from Prada come infused with elegance, unparalleled grace, and tasteful style, all of which make them celebrated. From the time Miuccia Prada took the reins and unleashed her creativity with the nylon backpacks and totes in the 80s and 90s, the luxury giant has grown considerably in fame, and at present, its bags are highly sought after.
Below are listed some of the label’s most raved-about bags and what makes them truly special. Read on and discover seven of these amazing pieces that enjoy continued success.
Topping our list of popular Prada bags is the Galleria! It was in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a well-known and famous shopping arcade in Milan, that Mario Prada opened his first store in 1913, and this is where the Galleria gets its name from. Classic and immensely desirable, it debuted in 2007 and was destined to garner remarkable fanfare. Today, it stands as the face of the brand’s rich heritage. Skilled artisans at the House’s factory in Scandicci, Florence, spend more than half of a working day to bring this masterpiece to life. A total of 83 pieces are assembled together meticulously, finally paving the way for its actual form to emerge.
The Galleria is prominently clothed in the brand’s signature Saffiano leather that showcases a crosshatch pattern and is created when the calf leather is hot-pressed, rendering it waterproof and scratch-resistant. In addition, it is released in Ostrich leather and is available in a wide assortment of hues, options that are endless!
We have our eyes fixed on this pink version. This Prada Galleria bag is an impressive display of the Saffiano leather construction, dual-rolled handles, the double zip pockets with side snap closures for neat arrangements, and a dangling clochette. Its minimal design with gold-tone hardware is accentuated by the triangular logo plaque on the front, while the bottom metal studs offer protection and add to its durability. With its roomy interiors, a detachable shoulder strap, and a classy shape, it ticks all the boxes adding up to its position as a cult favorite.
The Prada Promenade can be best described as ‘evergreen’, and no list of popular Prada bags would ever be complete without it! One of the bestsellers from the House for quite some time now, it is a bag that transitions itself to suit your lifestyle, working equally well for work settings or parading at social events. With four sizes (mini, small, medium, and large) to choose from, the Promenade is a buy you’ll be most proud of.
A lovely blue to grace your looks! We believe it can do the trick, and thus, we’ve placed our bets on this satchel. Characterized by its trapezoidal dome shape, this Prada Promenade bag, rendered in Saffiano leather, can be held by the rolled handles or worn crossbody with the long shoulder strap. The dual-sided zip-around closure opens the curtains to a well-spaced interior with a nylon lining, where storing everyday necessities is very convenient. The gussets ensure nothing falls off the bag when the double zippers are wide open, and the brand insignia at the front makes it ready to be carried with vivacity.
The Prada Panier bag was launched in 2019 and embodies a ‘less is more’ concept. Simplicity is the key to its refined aesthetics and an understated luxe appeal. It can also be called versatile owing to the ease it brings along when styling it with an array of ensembles. It is curated in some gorgeous shades and in materials such as ostrich and crocodile leather, woven raffia, and straw, besides the timeless Saffiano leather.
What sets the Prada Panier apart is its ability to stay classic while at the same time radiate a fresh and youthful vibe. We can’t help but appreciate this tan iteration that is quintessentially ‘Prada’. Minimalist, it is a hybrid of an elongated tote and a usual bucket bag, created in the Maison’s Saffiano leather and enhanced by a top handle, a removable name tag, and the iconic logo on the front. The interior is lined with Nappa leather and divided into two compartments for your belongings to stay organized. A magnetic snap closure, a shoulder sling, and metal feet on the sturdy base complete this creation perfectly.
An offering that’s truly timeless, the Prada Cahier can be regarded as a work of art that will never lose its distinctive style and stay forever in vogue. Ever since its launch on the Fall 2016 runway, this wonder has been much celebrated by the world’s fashion elite. ‘Cahier’ stands for notebook in French, and thus, Prada designed this statement-making bag, deriving inspiration from valuable books, rooted in antiquity. Conceptualized with a mix of vintage and modern, it brings to mind the bindings of a notebook, meant to record one’s most intimate secrets.
The Prada Cahier bag is available in multiple color palettes, but it is this fuchsia and black beauty that has our heart! Outlined in a rectangular, boxy silhouette with accordion sides that resemble the pages of a notebook, this fine leather marvel exudes an ornate aura with the gold-tone metal-edged corners, and a logo lettered strap that falls perfectly into the tuck-in loop on the front flap. Dual leather-lined pockets on the insides make housing essentials convenient, and whether the bag is carried in hand or dropped down from the shoulder, its unmistakable poise vouches for an investment made right.
There’s no reason why the Diagramme should not make it to our exclusive edit of popular Prada bags! In fact, it is quite unique and different from the other bags we’ve praised before. Confidently luxe, it debuted in 2018 and stood out instantly for its compact look without missing out on Prada’s impeccable artistry and attention to detail.
Enlivened with a matelassé pattern, lines and curves quilted in flawless symmetry crown this leather crossbody number. The geometry at play is contrasted with the bold silver-tone metal monogram, while the zipper at the top helps us dive into a matching interior, surrounded by two pockets. The chain-link strap with a shoulder pad casts the final spell for the bag to shine!
The Prada Sidonie is a reflection of a few of the Maison’s archival bag styles merged into one. It first surfaced on the Resort 2019 show and did not go unnoticed. Now, we have to say that this is one bag that is apt for carrying all day long. With its very structure, it gravitates away from the mundane and moves towards a more fun and flirty side.
The very first thing to notice in a Prada Sidonie Bag is the distinctive rounded bottom silhouette with curved edges. Although released in interesting color combinations, from classics and earthy browns to vibrant yellows and pretty pinks, we would like to choose it in a wardrobe staple shade- black. The Saffiano leather body of this Sidonie is decked up with a single handle that is anchored by gold-tone rings. On the front, a crossover strap, much like the Cahier, embraces the tuck-in flap to secure the leather insides. With an additional shoulder strap, it extends flexible styling ways. No wonder it is found in the company of Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid!
Over the years, it has been Prada’s endeavor to teach us how nylon and luxury can exist together. The concept of Prada’s nylon bags was initially put to action in 1979 and then again in 1985 and early 2000s, from where the commercial success actually started.
The Prada Re-Edition range focuses on bringing some of these iconic bags back from the 2000, 2005, and 2006 collections. Highly in demand, they are reportedly sold out as soon as they reach the stores.
Our top pick from the Re-Edition bags would be this brown 2005 version that exhibits a clean and sleek design without compromising on functionality. The nylon exterior with the front branding details, an attached mini pouch, the silver-tone chain-link handle, and the surprisingly spacious interior make it a bag worth getting your hands on.
The list of popular Prada bags continues to expand with newer inspiring creations. Each of them lives up to the highest standards and spirit of Italian craftsmanship and strives to attain an It status. So, make that purchase you’ve long been waiting for and let The Luxury Closet welcome you to its abode of pre-owned and new Prada bags. There’s one for every occasion!