I’ll be the first to admit that fashion bloggers are often working with a somewhat limited medium. The industry’s recently increased presence on the internet, both in retail and editorial sectors, has given people like me a great deal of material to work with when writing criticism and making sartorial recommendations, but there’s just nothing like the real thing.

We make our best educated guesses about what a bag will look and feel like in person based on what we know of the brand’s construction standards in the past and the pictures we see on the internet, which are often quite good, depending on the website that they come from. Sometimes, however, a bag just doesn’t make sense until you see it in person, for whatever reason. That’s exactly what happened yesterday when I saw the Prada Saffiano Printo Tote – I had seen pictures of the bag before and wasn’t terribly interested, but in person, it was love at first sight.

The version that I fell in love with was baby blue, dove grey and white, but for our purposes, this incarnation with have to suffice. All of the patterns used for these bags were found by Prada’s designers in the brand’s archives, and they’ve been reinterpreted to adorn the collection that we see today. They have a painted, imperfect effect that only makes the bags look more hand-crafted and luxurious, and the gentle texture of the structured, tough saffiano leather underneath is almost reminiscent of a canvas.

While the pattern may prevent these bags from being carried everyday for most people, for those that have the wardrobes and budgets to accommodate one of Prada’s spring prints, please buy one. Something in the back of my mind is telling me that these are going to be highly sought-after classics a few years down the line, and the decision to get one is not something I think you’ll regret. Buy through Bergdorf Goodman for $2450.

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  • LaToya

    I love this tote. Love the pattern great bag for spring and summer. I love the size too. But its just too expensive for me.

  • Merve

    Is this gonna be like their fairy tote that had problems with the paint washing out? No thanks

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

      I’m not 100% sure, but I don’t think that these totes are *actually* painted like the Fairy bags were, the finish looks conventionally printed, it just has that imperfect quality that makes to sort of reminiscent of paint.

  • Claire

    Maybe in person it works, but in pics, it looks like a Vera Bradley!

  • Jane

    I love the patterns on these bags.

  • ShoeQueen1961

    Reminds me of something you can pick up @ Pratesi or Frette… In other words, I’d rather sleep on it/under it than carry it…

  • Mochababe73

    Maybe I need to see it in person as well. Right now, my answer is no.

  • kate79

    I like these bags, but not for 2k+

  • Stacy

    I like that the Prada Triangle matches the tote. This would make a perfect work tote to carry my computer and papers in, but not for $2450.00 I’ll wait and see if it gets marked down further on Bluefly.

  • Sofia Nolan

    outrageously expensive and bad design, too yellow, too flowery

  • Julie

    I’d like to see the other colour – I never wear yellow anything. I would also have to see it IRL – looks cheap on the picture (and it’s obviously NOT!)

  • 19yearslater

    This looks gorgeous. Kind of a vintage feel because of the archived print but perfectly fun and springy. I think it’s just what this type of bag needs.

  • Rosanna

    I’m not loving the print, and especially don’t love the price! (fb)

  • Chi

    I LOVE THIS BAG! It is totally funky — 70s era!
    But for a whoppin 2450 .. is a bit ridiculous!

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  • kim

    really great print for spring, however the price is ridonk! (fb)

  • Gabrielle

    This bag is absolutely unique! It is like a work of art. Reminds me of stained glass windows in a church. It is a bag I could admire from afar, not one I would buy for myself, but admire. (fb)

  • Terri P

    I actually really like this bag! Yes, it’s outrageously expensive but it’s beauty lies in it’s simplicity and style. It’s not going to become outdated — it’s timeless.

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    Terri
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  • Emily

    The price is CRAZY! Agreed with the Vera Bradley comment! I think this bag is banking on the brand not the design! (fb)

  • Shri

    The perfect bag for my Spring fever! But it costs more than a vacation to the beach.
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  • Emily C

    I am pretty sure the most I have ever spent on a purse/bag is maybe $70! (I know, I know…) But I love looking at these crazy expensive bags! (FB)

  • Sonia

    Love the shape! Not the color! (fb)

  • Houn

    I love the pattern and the colors! Maybe not for $2450, but it’s refreshing for spring and a little something different from Prada. (fb)

  • leeleerae

    I could see this bag being really cool in person! I would carry it!
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  • Tahnee

    This purse is soo cute! I love the pattern and color…I’d totally carry it! (fb)

  • April C.

    Nice spring colors! Not too sure of the pattern though IMO. (fb)

  • Dawne Strehl

    Not feeling this one..and I’m a big Prada fan! ‘(fb)’

  • Ann

    I LOVE, love, love this bag!!! The price??? Not so much! (fb)

  • Cinful

    I too agree with the last comment … love the print! The price … not so much! (fb)

  • Amelia

    In an alternate universe where i had 2000 dollars I would definitely get this bag. I can’t imagine how adorable it would look to take to a picnic or to carry on cobblestoned streets in a sweet summer dress. in the gray or tan, that pink on is garish. (fb)

  • justa9url

    It’s cute but I don’t have the funds to invest in a cute bag. =P (fb)

  • dc

    always love Prada,its so cool!! (fb)

  • Debbie

    It’s definitely a perfect bag for spring. I have nowhere near the funds to buy one though! :p (fb)

  • Mama M

    I saw this pattern and one in blue/gray that looked more like a bowler, at Saks last weekend, and they’re really beautiful. It just screams “Spring.” I would have seriously considered getting one, if not for the price.

  • Gelynn

    Nice bag for spring but the price…hmmm…a bit too much for me! (fb)

  • bonybynatur2003

    At first I was on the fence with this one. But, after researching it a little bit I actually think I like it. I like what Prada has done with the floral here. I think there are a lot of different design aspecs that were put together very well here. Well done! (fb)

  • gjaneco

    I looooove this bag! I want one!!! :) Love it!!!! (fb)

  • Elyse

    the colors are divine! I want it!!! (fb)

  • Eric

    the bag is cute, i love yellow and this is perfect for the summer-(fb)

  • Kathryn

    vintage <3 (fb)

  • Jocelyn

    The print is too much for me.

    Tag for Linea Pelle (fb)

  • Joy

    okay.. so out of all handbag brands and designers
    prada is one of my favs
    they never seem to disappoint me
    loving this bag!

    • Joy

      okay.. so out of all handbag brands and designers
      prada is one of my favs
      they never seem to disappoint me
      loving this bag!

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      forgot to write that ;P

  • Joy

    <3) (fb)

  • Adrienne Zedella

    this one would work for me! (fb)

  • alma

    Love..love..love. My friend and I just got 1 each at Barnery’s Venetian Las Vegas last month. It was on SALE for less 65%..Whoooooooooooooooooooo……

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