Don’t ask me how all this started.

I’m a longtime camo-hater and have admitted as much when writing about the enormous fall trend for the print a couple of times in the recent past. A talented designer interpreting even something I hate is enough to make me take a second look, though, and for fall, tons of talented designers took on camo. My opinion softened under the weight of all those camouflage options, and then when I spotted the Prada Camo-Print Soft Saffiano Tote, it caved entirely. I’m in love.

I included this tote in my camo round-up in July, and ever since then, I’ve made a weekly visit to its product page at Neiman Marcus. Every time, I imagine all the different things I could pair it with, and by “different things,” I mean all the black stuff in my closet that is basically the same but that I pretend is a diverse wardrobe. It is objectively not, but all of it would look splendid with this bag, and that’s really all I care about at present.

With that in mind, I can’t imagine myself being quite so smitten if this bag were a traditional brown-tan-olive camouflage. It would still be a well-done play on a camo bag, but it wouldn’t be something I’m desperately trying to budget into my fall lifestyle. (By “fall lifestyle,” I mean leggings-clad jaunts to the grocery store and the same drunk brunches I have year-round. This bag would be PERFECT FOR THAT STUFF.) As it is, I have mentally paired this greyscale version with everyone I own, and I have deemed all the possible combinations absolutely perfect. The only un-perfect part is this bag’s absence from my closet. Holler if you hear me.

If you’re so inclined, pick up this bag from Neiman Marcus for $2,350. Just don’t buy them all up – leave one for me!

Prada Camo Print Soft Saffiano Tote

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  • chris

    Sorry, but I still can’t tolerate camouflage-related items, regardless of the designer or manufacturer. They innately promote hunting, killing and war-mongering. How does this differ philosophically from buying “blood” diamonds or killing “Bambi” for sport alone? IMHO, this is one trend that designers should never try to mainstream.

    • Well, it differs in that no one died mining my Prada bag, and no additional animals died to make a camo bag that wouldn’t have also died for the leather necessary in a non-camo bag. So I’d say that those are pretty enormous differences.

      Camouflage of one sort or another has existed in natural forms since literally the beginning of life. As a concept, it’s neutral – it can aid either the hunter or the hunted.

      • chris

        I quite clearly remember the Vietnam war; perhaps you don’t? I certainly wouldn’t equate camouflage with peaceful protesters. It didn’t happen that way… nor would I brag about the counterculture in all its forms… some of them certainly were NOT peaceful whatsoever, or do you not recall the Weathermen and their ilk? And I think you are quite wrong about the visual impact a print can have; it easily can elicit a visceral reaction and imply quite a bit in the viewer’s mind… or was Andy Warhol wrong all those years ago with his famous Campbell’s soup can prints or Marremekko with its Indian-inspired fabrics or even Liberty of London with its English country prints? Certainly, if you want to pay a lot of money for a recycled print concept, that’s your perogative. I choose otherwise.
        (BTW, “philosophically” does not mean literally, does it? GN.)

      • JJp

        It’s a bag, its not trying to make political or cultural statement. The comparison’s are ridiculous, some people take life to seriously.

      • TMD

        The designer Camo prints popping up these days vaguely resemble the real thing, and “promote war, war-mongering”
        as much as a sailor hat and a pea coat.

      • chris

        We must agree to disagree without resorting to petty name-calling… IMHO there always will be those ridiculous few who fail to take life seriously enough. If you dismiss out of hand the impact of imagery (which prints clearly are) then I suppose all those high-end bag makers are wasting their time branding by using… imagery and symbols, a la Louis Vuitton’s quartrefoils& LVs, Prada’s triangular emblem, Chanel’s entwined CCs, pearls or camillias, Hermes’ equestrian themes, Burberry’s plaid, etc. I doubt you would disagree that the worst scenario of imagery making a political statement is the swastika… which the Nazis purloined from the Hindu religion. I guess no one noticed or cared when they took a peaceful ancient symbol and turned it into a logo representing death, right?
        The point is that prints and how they are used and displayed DO make social and cultural statements. That’s why YOU buy them… because they announce to the world your social and economic standing (or, perhaps just aspirations!) , and even your political leanings (anyone here old enough to remember the political party spin of fur versus cloth coats?) as well as your favorite colors and styles.

        So, I happen to equate camo to violence and the military. It’s a visceral reaction. But apparently, I’m not alone: Don’t carry or wear your camo to the Caribbean islands or they just might arrest you!

  • Sandra

    Wow, camo print is not a social statement. I have never had the urge to go out and hunt something down when I wear something camo. With that said, I do not own a lot of camo or would I wear much of the print. You also have to remember that our soldiers wear camo and I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. The Prada bag however, I kinda love it. If I were to buy a camo bag, I would have purchased the Valentino version….it was off the charts wonderful.

    • chris

      Wow… Camouflage print ORIGINATED from the military, right? So it promotes the military and all the behaviors that accompany it… and (unfortunately!) war and killing are part and parcel in that package, even if they are considered part of the peace-making process. Sorry if you don’t like (or get!) the association. I prefer not to tacitly or overtly condone violence of any sort.

  • Kats

    Camo seems to be very popular of late, though I would prefer the print on a jacket or a pair of pants rather than a handbag. As an aside, where I come from, it’s illegal to wear/carry camoflauge ANYTHING. The print is to be in the sole domain of the army.

  • Zabrina

    Not loving it…

  • td123

    Absolutely LOVE it!

  • Chiizi

    You’ve got yours? I just got mine 8 hours ago.. a large tote version from HK.