Back in 2006, Prada made lots of waves among handbag aficionados with their ruched Gaufré handbags. Rendered in super-supple lambskin, the design was a great example of how texture can be achieved through clever design, even within the sometimes austere Prada aesthetic. The bags were neutral but still interesting to look at, and the combination made them some of my favorites that the brand has ever produced.

Gaufré’s initial production run was only a few season, but now they’re back in new colors and shapes for Fall/Winter 2010. We’ve seen several “old favorites” from the past five years make a return to production in recent months, and this line is the only one whose return brings me any sort of genuine excitement. Are you excited for the Gaufré’s return?

From left to right: Available via Saks for $2195, $2195 and $2100.

  • Linda

    Say what you will, but this style is no different than Miu Miu. In fact if I were to blindfold the patrons who buy both bags and remove the name, I would probably have a chuckle at the response!

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Well Miuccia designs both lines and Miu Miu’s bags are not significantly less expensive as of late, so I don’t know that that’s necessarily a criticism so much as just a fact. I agree that Prada and Miu Miu have had more and more in common, in both accessories AND shoes, as of late.

  • C

    Hooray! This is my favorite Prada style.

  • lavinia

    I live in Milan, Italy. I love Prada bags. Prada is practical, is fashion. Especially gabardine-nylon ones. They are light like feathers and I love light bags (that’s the reason why I hate Versace bags they heavy!!!). These ones are 100% Miu Miu style (beautiful but not Prada) and I don’t think is a good idea to change a consolidated identification with a brand (it confuses me). To be honest Prada was wrong with her last two collections (transparent plastic? Please! bags with holes? Please!) and is going to be perfectly safe…

    • Dorian Gray

      Ciao Lavinia, I live in Milan too and I like Prada (and Miu Miu) bags but I think Versace purses deserve much credit. First, they are 100% made in Italy (the leather is perfect) and they aren’t so heavy, just a couple in a whole collection. I love Versace colors and patterns too. Miuccia and Donatella, so different but both talented.

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  • Zaneta

    I absolutely love the black one but the price ouch. I think I wait until they have some sale or promotion going on. LOL

  • I Tso

    I am in love with the black bag.

  • naviastella

    I don’t think any of these bags are special but I do agree the black is the best out of the 3.

  • gacats

    Not a look that appeals to me. (fb)

  • Karin bag4bag

    Never a fan of ruched bags, unless it is in an evening style.

  • honeyreplicas.com

    Say what you will, but this style is no different than Miu Miu.

  • The Fashion for Less

    Thank you, Prada, for those Gaufré bags!

    Love the black one, though. :-D So chic! Ooh, Prada, Prada, Prada… tempting!

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  • Tracey G

    loving the pradas! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the pradas! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the prada (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love the prada colors! (ipad)

  • Tracey G

    love them even though they are similar to miu miu (ipad)

  • Novie Holmes

    how do you spot a fake Prada or Miu Miu bag?