In collaboration with Prada.

UPDATE: Prada Shoulder Straps are now available for purchase on Prada.com. Prices range from $800 to $1,355 via Prada.com.

When it comes to the most iconic bag brands, Prada is easily one of the most recognizable and most widely loved. Prada launched me into my love of designer bags; I lusted after a one of the brand’s iconic Tessuto nylon messenger bags during much of high school, and I received it was a gift when I began college. I remember feeling so enamored of my Prada bag, and even at that young age, I could tell how much higher quality it was from other brands in my collection at the time. Prada is distinguished by meticulous attention to craftsmanship and detail, and that’s still very much the case today.

Though Prada has evolved over time by embracing new techniques and ideas, the brand stays committed to the enduring quality of its pieces. Like many long-standing brands, the methods Prada employs have been passed down by craftsmen over the course of years, and they’re so vital and specific to the brand that they could easily be called trade secrets. Just like those crucial rules of craftsmanship, some of the brand’s designs are equally long-standing; two of the most highly sought-after Prada pieces remain the Prada Galleria and Prada Double Bags.

Prada Double Bag

Prada Double Bag – $2,980

The Galleria and Double are classic Prada styles, and they’re very well-loved by the brand’s fans and shoppers. I certainly count myself among that group; if I had it my way, I’d own a rainbow of these bags in every size offered.

Below, we have an intimate look at two of the most iconic bags of Prada’s lineup. In addition to that, I have the pleasure of being among the first to tell you all about the new Prada shoulder straps!

Prada Galleria Bag

Prada Galleria and Galleria Mini

Prada Galleria Bag – $2,230, Prada Mini Galleria – $1,920

Founded in 1913 by Mario Prada (Miuccia Prada’s grandfather) in Milan, Prada opened its first store in the prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. The Prada Galleria Bag was named after the store that started it all, and the bag holds a similarly foundational spot in the brand’s handbag array.

Prada Galleria Bag

Prada Galleria Bag – $2,230, PRADA WHITE STRAP, PINK/WHITE FLOWERS – $925

Prada Galleria Bag Interior

Prada Galleria Bag – $2,230

This bag is immediately recognizable as Prada, and although some people confuse it with the Prada Double Bag, it has been around far longer. The Galleria shape is clean and sleek, typically using Saffiano leather, which is hot pressed to achieve the crosshatch texture you see and feel. Because of the longevity of Saffiano leather, Prada has used this water-repellant, scratch-resistant material for decades, and the finish style is often associated with Prada because the brand’s artisans perfected it. While the bags we photographed (as well as many of the Galleria bags on the market) are made of Saffiano leather, there is also City Calf version, which is luscious and slightly softer, which gives this bag a more laid-back vibe.

Prada Mini Galleria Bag

Prada Mini Galleria – $1,920

Prada Mini Galleria

Prada Mini Galleria – $1,920

The Galleria bag holds its shape nicely and is ideal daily use, including in the office. The shape quickly turned into a brand essential for Prada, and many flock to it because of its highly functional interior structure: one large opening, flanked by two zipper-closed pockets at the front and back, all of which run the full length of the bag. The main interior compartment features three inside pockets, one with a zipper, and the body of the bag can be snapped on either side to pinch the top of the bag together to further secure the interior.

Prada Mini Galleria

Prada Mini Galleria – $1,920, Prada blue saffiano strap with crystal flowers – $1170

Every season, Prada reintroduces this bag in a variety of colors and styles based on that season’s theme. This allows countless options and reinterpretations, which makes this bag a classic, iconic wardrobe staple.

Prada Double Bag

Introduced in 2013, the Prada Double Bag quickly became a favorite. Much like the Galleria Bag, the Double is reinterpreted every season in colors and fabrications based on the style of the season.

While the Galleria Bag offers a bit more structure, especially because of the full body pockets on the front and back of the bag, the Double is more minimal and lightweight. The Saffiano leather on the exterior is paired with smooth Nappa leather inside, and Prada has made the potential color combinations one of the most fun aspects of the design. While many Double Bags do offer tone-on-tone leathers on the exterior and interior, there are plenty of contrasting combinations that blend the inside and out in an unexpected way. It’s one of my favorite aspects of this bag, and I love seeing what Prada comes up with to make each design stand out a bit more than the last.

Prada Double Bag

Prada Double Bag – $2,980, Prada black strap with pink plex flowers – $1095

The Double Bag offers an internal divider with a flap pocket, which allows for easier organization and helps separate the bag into two main interior compartments. I love this design; the divider peeks out when you’re carrying the bag, and if you have a contrasting interior color, you can see it pop.

Prada Double Bag

Prada Double Bag – $2,980

While the Galleria and Double Bags have their similarities that make them both unmistakably Prada, there are differences that could easily make one or the other better for your life. If you’re trying to decide between the two, I’m happy to help point you in the right direction in the comments below!

Prada Shoulder Straps

Prada Black Strap with pink plex flowers

Prada Black Strap with pink plex flowers – $1095

Prada Blue Saffiano Strap with crystal flowers

Prada Blue & Black Saffiano Strap with crystal flowers – $1170

I’m really excited we get to be among the first to break the news of the new Prada Shoulder Straps. Though both of the above bags offer optional shoulder straps in matching Saffiano leather, the brand now offers a way to customize your bag and show your personality with a shoulder strap that speaks to you and stands apart from the rest of the bag.

Prada Black Strap, white/yellow flowers - $800 | Prada White Strap, pink/white flowers - $925

Prada Black Strap, white/yellow flowers – $800 | Prada White Strap, pink/white flowers – $925

I’ve seen many add-on shoulder straps over the past few years and I can tell you that these Prada straps are some of the most beautiful in appearance and quality I’ve seen. I loved dressing up each bag differently with a strap, and each one transformed the bag. While a strap with oversized leather floral appliqués feels playful, the strap with Swarovski crystal embellishments makes an eye-catching statement. The new collection of shoulder straps allows you to instantly add a personal touch to your bag.

The straps are sold separately and come in Calfskin, Saffiano, and Nastro leather with all featuring floral patterns with a 3D effect designed from crystals, plexiglass, resin or leather. The straps are now exclusively available at the Prada Broadway and Prada 5th Avenue boutiques in New York and will be available online by the end of the month.

For further inquires, don’t hesitate to email Prada client service at client.service.usa@prada.com. Visit the Prada e-Boutique to shop for all Prada bags online.

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Share Your Thoughts With Us

  • Brooke Resnick

    This post was perfect! I cannot wait to get my hands on one of those straps! Will you let us know when they’re available to purchase online please? I’m so afraid they’ll sell out and I’ll miss it. Thank you for such a great post! xo

    • Yes promise to give you an update when they are available in this post and a separate post so you won’t miss it! Which one do you like?!

      • Brooke Resnick

        I love them all but the white with the pink flowers is calling to me! I’m a pink girl!

      • Brooke Resnick

        And thank you!!

      • Wanted to let you know straps are available now!! Shop via this link : https://www.purseblog.com/pradastraps

      • Brooke Resnick

        Thank you Megs!!

      • It’s stunning in person! I’ll be sure to update you when they’re available online!

  • JustStop

    Ugh!

  • Love Prada’s new straps!

  • T Tara Bagnista

    Straps–another copycat item. Nevertheless, it’s great marketing. I can’t see buying, though, given the typical $1K price tag. I love Prada, though, and own too many bags (e.g., 2 nylon messenger, 2 Galleria and others). It’s hard to resist Prada.

  • razz

    Bad enough dolce decided to be a copycat … Now Prada too … Fendi must be laughing it up

  • Designer bag lover

    These are literally stunning!!!! Love the fact that you can add something funky to your classic bag. I always love patterned bags, but am usually afraid to spend such a large amount of money on something I might get tired of. For some reason this I can justify, because it gives the bags two different looks.

    • The cool thing was the straps easily transformed a bag into a brand new look and feel! I loved the Mini White Galleria with the ‘dressier’ blue or black and flower crystals! Made the bag immediately feel like an evening bag!

  • JH

    Boring bag and the straps don’t save it.

  • C

    What a beautiful array of bags! The pink one is especially nice.

    Also, props to Vlad and his amazing photos! Even when he photographs bags that I don’t like, I can always appreciate how gorgeously his shots are composed.

    • The photos are beautiful! Glad you like them, and yes the pink one is amazing in person!

  • Tinsley Proust

    Look, I don’t mean to be a Debbie Downer, but you’re not following the FTC protocol for sponsored posts. The FTC – Federal Trade Commission requires that any proof of sponsorship be CLEAR AND CONSPICUOUS, hence not putting the ‘sponsored post’ label in tiny font and hiding it at the end of the article. This is how it displays on the mobile site. Definitely not conspicuous.

    • Vlad Dusil

      Thanks for your feedback, we’ll keep it in mind.

      • psny15

        megs and vlad – the bags are so beautiful, i must have missed the label – lol

        sponsored posts are necessary for all sites in order to bring in revenue but prominence and larger font never hurt anybody!

      • Tinsley Proust

        Advertisements bring in revenue just as well.

    • Yoshi1296

      …wow some people really complain about the dumbest things. The label is there…if the font is too small then get glasses…don’t know why you need to know it is a sponsored post in the first place. The bags are super pretty and that’s all that matters!!

      • Sparkletastic

        Completely agree. Such an unnecessary comment. Some people like to feel the expert, I suppose. *eye roll*

      • Tinsley Proust

        They’re breaking the law, but okay, Sparkletastic.

      • Yoshi1296

        Sponsored posts are everywhere. The only way to avoid them is to just not use the internet at all.
        Purseblog has been labeling sponsored posts the same way for years now. I don’t understand why some people have a problem with it now. If the font is too small then zoom in…or get glasses. Not everything has to be in your face, that’s tacky and unnecessary…just like your initial comment.

    • Anna

      I love PurseBlog but these “sponsored posts” are starting to be pretty nauseating. I’d love to see more genuine reviews, and real posts about new product lines — things that don’t have a marketing ploy behind them and don’t involve simply showing off bags they received for free. Prada especially seems pretty desperate about “sponsoring” posts on here, which isn’t surprising considering all the negative things floating around about the quality of their bags lately. And please, people, don’t tear into me about this. The pictures are beautiful and I’m not trying to bash anyone on a personal level, just expressing my opinion…

      • This is our first sponsored post with Prada. We actually have very few sponsored posts compared to majority of sites and make sure any brand with partner with is one we feel is a good match with us and what we like.

        We didn’t receive the bags for free, all of these bags were photographed to be shared and returned, just wanted to clarify. :)

    • psny15

      wow i had no idea it was a paid post, oh Megs – larger font and prominence never hurt anyone

      • It’s marked in the same place all of our sponsored posts are! We always mark a post as sponsored if it is and this one is actually larger font than used previously :)

    • Amanda

      I disagree. The rule is clear- which it is- and conspicuous. Personally, by placing it at the end of the article, away from any pics or head lines, I feel that we are much more easily able to take note of the fact that it is a sponsored post. If they attached it up with the article content, it would be much easier to miss in the mix of photos and other headlines that could distract the reader from noticing the note that it is a sponsored post. Mobile sites are trickier because everything is scaled down, so that may be why it doesn’t seem as noticeable for you- but looking further down the chain, I can already see that Vlad has stated that he can make the font larger.

      • Casey

        Try telling the same thing to Buzzfeed. They’ll make you read an entire list of 21 things and the last listed item is a commercial for Charmin toilet paper. Sure, it’s at the end, and they made you read the whole list, but you can’t read the whole thing and not leave knowing that you just saw an ad for toilet paper. Same here. It would be hard to not realize that this post was sponsored by Prada. It’s not illegal to put “presented by Prada” at the end. It’s clearly there.

      • Amanda

        I think you replied to the wrong person- I stated that i disagreed with the original statement that Anna posted :)

  • These photos are seriously stunning! I want a double bag but love both colors and can’t decide which. What do you think?

  • psny15

    what beautiful flowers and long straps

  • Cecille

    Prada has a lot of manufacturing defects. The double bag I got earlier this year fell apart after two weeks of very very careful use. The Prada store admitted they’ve been having problems with many customers. Shame because this would have been my perfect office bag.

    • Sara

      How disappointing! You don’t expect that when you pay so much for a bag. Sigh

  • Sparky

    I have a Galleria and its my favorite bag. Extremely functional, sturdy, always looks new. I have a medium size and plan on getting a large. My only “complaint” is i’d like to see more variations of it in color combinations. Follow the two tone bag and do contrasting lining.

  • Sparkletastic

    I have a complete love / hate relationship with Prada. I love the bags I own. I mean LOVE! And the quality of my bags are outstanding (I hear others have issues but mine are the sturdiest bags I own.)

    But, I hate the lack of innovation and excitement. Any time die hard fans can’t tell the difference in your models (double zip v galleria m… Huh?) it’s not innovation or range. These bags are more of the same and a gaudy Fendi mimicking strap line isn’t the solution.

    Prada has got to get out of the saffiano rut they are in. Keep some saffy bags but innovate, pleeeease. And the inside bag wasn’t it. (ugly and weird. No!) We long time fans are rooting for you. But give us something to adore and our money will be yours! Otherwise Gucci, Dior and Chanel are wooing us away….

    • Amanda

      I feel your pain with Saffiano leather. I am so glad that most brands are incorporating other styles of leather this season. I am so tired of it.

  • kemilia

    While I don’t like Prada and I would definitely snag and tear off one of those pink flowers on the strap, I really appreciate Vlad’s photography. Even when I don’t like a brand, I always look and go “oooh” in my mind. Keep up the luscious pics!

  • JY

    Is it just me but the flower strap is almost same as Fendi Strap you idea. The worst is Fendi has release flower strap in Spring collection. I am ok if Prada wants to follow the strap trend but at least do something else (like Valentino with theri guitar style.

  • Happy!!!

    are the shoulder straps compatible with other bags? Theyre so beautiful but I cant imagine shelling out for them unless they could be used with other bags in the future

    • They just have a clasp so if there’s a shoulder strap loop, they’ll fit!

  • Jerri R

    Michael Kors releasing bags with ornate straps in 3, 2, 1, …

    • Sara

      Funny – yes it’s a matter of time

  • teri

    I really love the trend of “accessorized” bag straps… I have no qualms with other brands getting in on the action. It’s a really ingenious way to spice up a bag you may already own and love!

    • I agree! And I really like the straps from Prada, they are really beautiful in person and I find them more wearable than other options that seem far trendier.

  • MT

    Does anyone know if prada double bag year 2012 comes with a shoulder strap?