When you look at the camouflage, fur and fringe that dominate Prada’s fall collection, it can be difficult to remember that Prada is a label whose bread and butter is basic, somewhat conservative leather bags. And yet, it’s true – year after year, these bags fly under the fashion radar but are picked up by thousands of women of every conceivable age and lifestyle to add a note of sophistication and luxury to their wardrobes.

Bags like the Prada Soft Calf Tote probably won’t be featured prominently in Vogue editorials or spotted on the arms of endless starlets, but they’re the bags that make Prada a great source for accessories year after year. While half of the line chases trends, the other half looks like this – the kind of bag that most women would love to have in their closets. Or at least the kind of bag that I’d love to have in mine.

This design doesn’t attempt to break new handbag ground, but it does recreate a traditional shape very well. The draped leather emphasizes the material’s pliable, soft texture, and the placement of the brand logo provides a touch of asymmetry to balance the luggage tag on the other side of the bag. At 13 inches wide and 11 inches high, the bag is a nice medium size that likely wouldn’t be too heavy for everyday use. As long as Prada keeps making bags like this one, I will never begrudge the brand some of its sillier offerings. Buy through Neiman Marcus for $1650.

  • Jessica

    Now this is a Prada bag I like! It has been a really long time since I have seen something I really like from them, but this one is really nice! Not overly done like most of the bags I have seen from them lately!

  • bentos

    this bag will make girls proud while you carry it. the logo, the design, absolutely lasts a lifetime.

  • michelle ( another one)

    They could have done without the logo being placed on the handle. It would have been much better. It looks really weird. They should have put both logo on both handle for a much better balance. Otherwise the structure is really functional.

  • Kailey

    I wonder if they have other colours. A nice and saturated plum purple colour would be perfect for fall!

  • Demi

    Great bag, perfect for everyday use, but I think the logo should have been placed in the middle!

  • qudsia

    now THAT is a beauuuutiful prada bag!!! and it looks like it has a shoulder strap as well, which makes it even more praactical for those who want the versatility of wearing it either way. i will have to see this IRL.. and probably move this to the top of my wishlist!

  • LV-nowwhat

    I really like this bag. I love the handles and the shoulder strap. Now if the drop is more than 10in on shoulder. I think I have a new bag!!!

  • mochababe73

    I don’t like the handle. However, the bag is beautiful, and I am sure that the leather is luscious. I can’t wait to go to the Prada boutique and touch it.
    I hope that it would come in different colors.

  • Stacy

    The leather is like butter!!! It is sooo very soft and it wears well. I have a black Prada Soft Calf bag that I have owned for 4 years and it wears so well. It has withstood the test of me!!! A large glass of coke was spilled all over it (inside & out), I dried off the leather with a towel, pulled the interior fabric to the outside of the bag and lightly washed it (not the leather) layed it flat to dry out, and there was no sticky residue, smell or blemishes after the fiasco. It looks just as good as when I bought it and the leather is still oh so soft and beautiful. I LOVE PRADA!!

  • meme

    Meh, it’s a boring design with an oddly placed contrasting logo. Hideous? no. A beautiful classic? Not to me.

  • mehleekhtinstien

    EWE NO!

  • !!!

    i don’t like the handle either!

    glad it’s not just me.

  • jca77

    i so love it…more pictures pls….

  • Limey

    love it! (ipad)

  • Michelle

    Where can i buy this exact bag? The soft calf tote on the Nieman Marcus site is a little different, more structured and no travel tags. I want this one! Help, please? Thank you!