I say a lot more negative things about Prada bags than I say positive, but I promise that I don’t have anything particular against the brand. In fact, my first “designer” bag was a Prada crossbody, and I still have fond memories of it.

They’ve been doing more wrong than right in most of their high-profile bags lately, but they still make some great stuff that doesn’t grab as many headlines. I got a chance to examine a bunch of their bags up close this weekend, and I was particularly taken with the classic lines and superb construction of the Prada Saffiano Soft Frame Clutch.

Actually, “particularly taken” would be an understatement of my feelings. I’m in love with it – deep, inconvenient, all-encompassing love that I didn’t expect to find for a Prada bag. In my heart, that kind of love is usually reserved for Balenciaga or Valentino.

Please believe me when I say that the pictures don’t do this bag any sort of justice. I saw it in smooth black leather, which was ridiculously rich and perfect for this sort of oversized, take-anywhere, day-to-night clutch. It struck me as the sort of bag you’d look at and be able to tell that it was expensive, even if it had no logo. I’ll admit that it looks a bit boring in photos, but in your hand, it’s a great bag.

When I opened it up, I was even more pleased. The slightly retro, structured closure stands open to reveal a leather-lined interior (the black version has red, which is much more exciting than the taupe inside of the cream-colored version) with several pockets and enough space to hold more or less everything that you could put in a medium-sized shoulder bag. You probably wouldn’t want to fill it that full, but a little extra space in a clutch is never a bad thing.

Overall, I think I may have found the perfect clutch for me, and it was in one of the most unexpected places. Perhaps it was a cosmic reminder that in fashion, you should never count anyone out completely. Buy through Saks for $1350.

  • Stacy

    I’m taking some friends to the Houston Galleria this weekend, they’re galleria virgins, and we will make the rounds through all designer stores but my first stop will be Saks to look at this clutch in person. I am still a huge Prada fan. Thank you for the post.

    • Stacy

      We did go to the Houston Galleria this weekend (3/6/2010) and SAKS didn’t have this Prada Clutch. I looked around at all of the shops then came back to SAKS for me to purchase the Carlos Falchi Python Shoudler Bag. :) I’m so excited. :) It’s my first ever exotic skin to purchase. I compared his bags to other designers and it is amazing the quality of work he puts out compared to others. The other amazing exotic designer is Nancy Gonzalez but she is still out of my price range. :(

  • ShoeQueen1961

    My mother has the same [vintage] Italian clutch w/out the Prada logo on it… What’s all the fuss?

  • ievafromLT

    it’s so so nice ;>

  • Chris

    Very Classy.

  • gino

    love it,simple,elegant..prada is the best..she understands restrained luxury and knows how to avant garde,quirky pieces that are never tacky “kitchen sink” pieces like l.v [who i still appreciate]

  • Jylian

    I absolutely LOVE IT!!!!!

  • speaking of…

    This has classic stamped all over it…love it..worth it..want it…purseblog your gonna send me bankrupt…but i’ll go into it proudly…lols :)

  • mave

    i tried the black one at my local store

    It looks very business-like.. not sure if it’s the kind of bag i want to carry with an LBD..

    and because of it’s size, you will tend to put more things in it.. therefore making it bulge and heavier than a clutch really should be.. i.e. not functional to use as a clutch

  • Deb

    a lovely, clean and classy clutch for a nice dinner with a special someone ;) i like this one! (fb)

  • Elyse

    it looks like it could be worn tomorrow and in 50 years. Not sure if that is a good thing… (fb)

  • Eric

    classic design.. very classy-(fb)

  • Kathryn

    looks like a classic! (fb)

  • Joy

    omogsh!
    in love once again
    prada… u do this to me too much :/
    (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    my car isn’t even worth this much $ ~~ sigh ~~ (fb)

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  • delaney

    such a classy bag. love it in this cream color! (ipad)

  • Kat

    I saw this in the store two weeks ago, and it’s gorgeous! And the perfect size, too. Not too small and not overly large. (ipad)

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  • Naggy

    As plain as this design is, I think it being “classic” would go over well. (ipad)