When it comes to the compact bag movement, Prada leads the charge. With updates and re-editions, the brand brought back the idea of a small yet functional bag that left the hefty and cumbersome massive bag movement behind. This may be my favorite offering however, one that dances the line between being sleek and modern yet timeless and feminine. This is the new Prada Arqué bag, which offers an updated interpretation of key elements from the House of Prada and its storied and recognizable aesthetic.
Freshly released for fall, the Prada Arqué bag is a small but mighty, attention-grabbing design. The first thing you’ll notice is its crescent-like shape, but upon further inspection, you’ll uncover the details and workmanship that went into the creation of this bag.
One of the most notable design elements is the curved body, which is constructed from two pieces of leather shaped with wooden forms. Another really neat and innovative finish is the shoulder strap, which runs the entire length of the curved bottom. This seemingly simple detail feels quite special in person, and these are the types of finishes that translate the creative vision behind a bag. The end result is a geometric balance that is highly alluring.
Usability and Functionality
One of the biggest qualms with smaller bags is the lack of functionality, but this is where the Arqué soars. Versatility comes into play with the style. Its dimensions allow ample room for storage. It easily fits an iPhone Max, along with a small wallet and a handful of other daily necessities. For many, a small bag is out of the picture if it doesn’t carry a phone, but this bag passes the oversized phone test.
Speaking of the shoulder straps, there are multiple options when it comes to carrying this bag. The little hobo features two adjustable and interchangeable handles, allowing the wearer to customize the strap-length and carry it in multiple ways.
The Rest of the Details
The Prada Arqué bag is crafted from soft calf leather and is available in three color options: black, cognac, and white. A bonus colorway, this beautiful taupe hue (called “Travertino”), is an online exclusive and probably my favorite of the bunch (followed by cognac). While the leather is smooth and luxurious, it still holds its shape due to the innovative construction of the bag. On the inside, you will find a single open pocket and nappa leather lining.
As our wardrobes transition to fall and winter, this bag is a seamless staple that can complete any outfit. It can sit under your arm snugly or with a bit of space or become your crossbody daily carry. I find this bag to be the equivalent of the perfect cup of tea in my favorite mug while reading a book in a quintessentially inviting bookstore. No matter how you choose to wear it, the Prada Arqué feels just right.