Prada Is The Hottest Brand Of 2024: Here Are The Bags That Are Worth The Buzz

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“I’m always trying to do something that is…never to please men in the most banal way,” Muiccia told WWD in 2013. It’s this exact sort of thinking that led Miuccia to fancy nylon, a workaday fabric with primarily utilitarian applications, over silk and leather (“Suddenly, nylon started to look more intriguing to me than couture fabrics,” Miuccia has said). She introduced her Vela backpack in 1984, and the rest is fashion handbag history. Learn all about the Vela, and all of the most iconic Prada handbags, below.


From the 2023 leathergoods campaign. Image: Courtesy of Prada

Spend 15 minutes on fashion TikTok and you’ll be convinced that the aughts were a great time in fashion – especially for Prada. The decade birthed some of the maison’s best-known bags, examples so incredible they’ve been reintroduced and remixed several times over. In 2007 Miuccia introduced the Galleria, a rectangular bag crafted in elegantly textured Saffiano leather (a material patented by Mario Prada) with two top handles, two zipper closures, and another compartment in between. Today, the bag consists of 83 hand-finished pieces. Named after the gleaming Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II that housed the first-ever Prada boutique, the elegant bag was bound to find a permanent place within Prada’s delightfully crowded hall of handbag fame. For spring 2023, Prada reimagined its classic bag – the rectangular shape offering a blank canvas for artistic intervention – with splashes of pop colours. The special-edition bags were introduced in a campaign by conceptual artist Alex Da Corte starring Scarlett Johansson, and have already appeared on the arms of Katie Holmes, Gabrielle Union, and Karlie Kloss.

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Small Leather Galleria Top-Handle Bag

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Small Leather Galleria Top-Handle Bag

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Galleria Small Saffiano-Leather Tote Bag

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Galleria Saffiano Mini Bag

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Medium Galleria Leather Tote Bag


From the Multiple Views spring/summer 2021 collection. Image: Courtesy of Prada

Relatively new on the Prada handbag scene is the Cleo, a satchel with a youthful spirit and curved lines that seem to bounce with energy. Crafted in brushed calfskin and lightweight spazzolato calf leather (a glossy leather slightly less slick than patent), the Cleo first captured our attention on the arms of the models who walked in the Multiple Views spring/summer 2021 womenswear collection (a year shy of Raf Simons’s appointment as co-creative director). Currently, the Cleo is offered in inky black, milky whites, and a powdery pistachio hue. Of course, it also comes in a bedazzled iteration for those who want something that can catch the light a bit more. Two silhouettes (a flap style or one with an interior snap closure) make Cleo twice as nice.

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Cleo Satin Bag With Crystals

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Cleo Metallic Leather Shoulder Bag

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Cleo Shoulder Bag With Flap

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Cleo Shoulder Bag With Flap


From the spring/summer 2018 campaign. Image: Courtesy of Prada

Then-teenage millennials might have first been introduced to this bag in the 1999 rom-com 10 Things I Hate About You. (“I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack.”) Lucky for them, they’d soon be able to shop the bag in a new fabrication: a synthetic nylon textile called Econyl, which is woven from recycled, purified plastic material collected from the ocean. Dubbed the Re-Nylon Backpack since its reintroduction in 2019, the style was originally known as the Vela and represented the first application of Miuccia’s ingenious impulse to embrace the utilitarian textile. She did to nylon what Gabrielle Chanel did to jersey, and now it features heavily across all of Prada’s categories – from midi-skirts to puffed-up boots and sneakers. The Re-Nylon Backpack is currently offered in regular and medium sizes, and it’s just as lovable as it was back then.

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Re-Nylon Small Logo-Plaque Backpack

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Re-Nylon Small Logo-Plaque Backpack

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Re-Nylon Logo-Plaque Backpack


From the spring/summer 2023 runway. Image: Courtesy of Prada

A tote bag is an essential. Thankfully, Mrs. Prada tends to give her patrons a roomy one in a novel textile every couple of seasons. There’s a padded Re-Nylon and a coveted crochet iteration that’s been slung on the arms of It-girls for the past two summers, and as of spring 2023, there’s also a version in a crinkly antique nappa leather. Created using a labour-intensive process that involves wrinkling the material by hand, this handbag is about as Prada as it gets – epitomising the brand’s transmogrification of the disagreeable into the downright gorgeous. In a variety of saturated leather dyes, the bag comes in two (small and medium) “portrait-oriented bags and one (large) ‘landscape’-oriented bag.

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Antique Nappa Leather Tote

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Antique Nappa Leather Tote

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Antique Nappa Leather Tote

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Antique Nappa Leather Tote

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Large Leather Antique Tote Bag

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Antique Nappa Leather Tote


From the spring/summer 2022 campaign. Image: Courtesy of Prada

Glossy like the pages of Vogue, this demure top-handle bag was first debuted in Prada’s autumn/winter 1995 collection. Structured like the Galleria but fabricated in a brushed leather textile, it has regained attention as a favourite of Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy’s. It also encapsulates the extreme understatedness of the ’90s and tickles the current fancy for all things minimalist. Offered with an interior zippered compartment and two other open compartments, the Re-Edition 1995 – which comes in a delicious cherry red, a slick black, and powdery blue and pink – is quietly becoming a Prada classic. Sometimes the bags that make the biggest statement are the ones that whisper chic.

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Mini Re-Edition 1995 Brushed-Leather Tote Bag

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Mini Re-Edition 1995 Brushed Leather Tote Bag

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Re-Edition 1995 Mini Handbag

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Re-Edition 1995 Brushed-Leather Mini Handbag

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Re-Edition 1995 Large Leather Handbag

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Re-Edition 1995 Brushed Medium Handbag


By now, you’ll have realised that Mrs. Prada mines her own archive for inspiration just like the rest of us. In late 2019, Prada reprised two of its beloved bags – the Re-Edition 2000 and the Re-Edition 2005 – only the second time around, the nylon used was Econyl, a novel textile spun from recycled ocean plastics, fishing nets, and textile waste. This Saffiano leather trimmed-shoulder bag comes with a few extras: a woven shoulder strap, a removable chain strap, and a removable Re-Nylon zipper pouch with a Re-Edition keychain. Youthful, long-lasting, and free-spirited, it’s a bag that’s had Hailey Bieber, Sofia Richie, and Lori Harvey all swooning.

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Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag

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Re-Edition 2005 Re-Nylon bag

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Re-Edition 2005 Saffiano Leather bag

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Re-Edition 2005 Saffiano Leather Bag

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Padded Leather Re-Edition 2005 Shoulder Bag

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Embellished Re-Edition 2005 Shoulder Bag


Like the moon itself, fashion has phases – and we’re in one now that just loves a moon bag. Several luxury houses have released their take, but Prada’s is one with a bit of history. The newest iteration of the Prada Moon revisits a style that first debuted in the maison’s spring/summer 2002 collection and is fashioned in either a Re-Nylon base or a puffed-up nappa leather. A gleaming rectangular silver buckle and grommets, “borrowed from the sailing world,” add a bit of edge to the accessory.

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Prada Moon Re-Nylon And Leather Bag

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Moon Padded Nappa Leather Bag

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Moon Padded Nappa Leather Bag

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Moon Padded Nappa Leather Bag

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