Prada is hard at work diversifying its handbag selection season after season, proving there’s much more to the brand than Saffiano bags. (Although, if you ask me, those are still some of the best bags out there for long wear and daily use.) We got our hands on the Prada Woven Madras-Pattern Shoulder Bag last week, and I fell for it immediately.
First things first: the black, red and white woven madras pattern on the lamb leather is eye-catching. It helps the bag immediately stand out and is definitely different from what you typically see, both from Prada and on the luxury market in general. It doesn’t feel like it’s over the top, though, because the majority of the bag is black, which tones down the look and makes it easier to mix into your wardrobe. Also, I’m drawn to the shape of this bag. A shoulder bag with a chain strap works with every wardrobe, but this option will stand out a bit. The shoulder strap is pretty long, and the front lock clasp is easy to use while maintaining a sophisticated look. The bag’s interior has nappa leather lining with one pocket.
Overall, this is a bag that, if you’re going to love it, you likely will as soon as you lay eyes on it. No, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but you don’t always need that–sometimes you just want an easy-to-use bag that works well with many outfits. This design provides exactly that, with added touches to make it stand out. You can pick one up for $2,850 via Bergdorf Goodman.