A set of bags made their way to iconic status in that they quietly, and sometimes loudly, stand the test of time. The Prada Galleria holds one of these coveted titles. Though the bag was only introduced in 2007, it feels like it has been around for far longer, and much of that is due to the House codes and overall design.
The name comes from “Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II,” where Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, Mario Prada, opened his first Milanese store in 1913. The bag is as functional as it is sophisticated, with three multifunctional compartments on the interior, leaving this as a bag that will never go out of style.
A Re-imagined Classic
This new assortment of eight exclusive special edition styles takes the beloved shape and adds vibrant, multi-colored geometric patterns, which brings new life to the bag. These bags combine pop-inspired colors with distinctive shapes on Saffiano leather and patterns that make this classic bag feel fresh and new.
These exclusive styles are all available in the small size of the Galleria, which measures 16.5cm H x 24.5cm W x 11cm L. The functional interior we’ve come to love from this bag is composed of Nappa leather with two pockets, including one with a zipper. The three compartments (a larger center and two equal on the front and back with zip closures) allow optimal organization. There is a detachable, adjustable leather shoulder strap and a removable key ring.
The bold color choices and small touches, like the Prada Triangle Logo plaque with offset leather behind it immediately make the bag feel special. The patterns and colors, while incredibly striking, don’t deter from the simple beauty of the bags themselves.
Prada’s lens on these bags includes a campaign in collaboration with conceptual artist Alex Da Corte, featuring the styles on Scarlett Johansson against Da Corte’s colorful backdrops. Copper and strawberry, aquamarine and jade green, maize yellow, and petal pink are just some of this collection’s wildly enticing color combinations that explore hues and patterns.
The Original Galleria Bag
If a single color or different size options interest you, the original Galleria remains an option.
Here you can opt for a larger daily carry, think work bag but not cumbersome, or a mini size if that suits your style. The expected three compartments and usability with the detachable and adjustable strap remain, and there are even made-to-order options.
Saffiano Leather: Prada’s Signature Durability
Prada Saffiano leather can withstand the natural wear and tear of daily carrying, so scratches will show far less on these bags. It’s sturdy, easy to wipe down, luxe, and durable. Prada’s Saffiano Lux is a calf leather which has been pressed with the characteristic Saffiano grain print and has become synonymous with luxury and traditional Italian leather goods production. A luxury leather bag remains a handbag must, but one that can withstand the test of time and still look brand new is a major plus!
The Saffiano technique was patented by founder Mario Prada and has been used in every facet of the brand. The material has deep roots within the brand and it is one of the most recognizable elements of Prada’s storied history.
The Prada Galleria will forever be one of the most timeless handbag shapes ever. This bag has been reinvented in ways that stay true to the original form while also contemporizing and modernizing the beloved Prada silhouette.