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The Prada Cahier is the Effortlessly Cool Bag You Need This Fall

Bonus—it's available in more than 10 colors

All of us here at PurseBlog have a connection to Prada in one way or another. For Megs, her first designer bag was a Prada bag that she lusted over for years. While for me, my introduction to the designer handbag world was in large part due to the myriad of Prada Nylon bags that adorned the backs and arms of the girls at my middle school in Long Island, New York. Since then, Prada has consistently been on my bag radar, and there is always a bag I’m lusting after from Prada’s collection. Like many handbag lovers, I have bags that fit my many different needs. Some I strictly wear for going out and others are larger and mostly for day use, though there is one category that I look to the most when purchasing a new bag—the perfect day to night bag.

My style has changed over the years—a lot—and honestly, it’s changed for the better. I look for pieces that are a little bit classic, a little bit trendy and overall very chic. The Prada Cahier Bag in Leather falls into all of those categories with a big plus—the size is perfect for day to night use. We’ve written about the Cahier Bag in the past, and Prada continues to introduce new and exciting versions of this now iconic bag. For Fall 2018, Prada has introduced a myriad of exciting colors in the bag’s gorgeous leather version, all with contrasting black details.

Prada Cahier in Militare, Inchiostro and Mercurio ($2,950), Prada Multicolored Marocain Dress ($2,980)

The Prada Cahier bag’s iconic shape was inspired by the profile of a notebook, and this version is crafted from soft calf leather, which picks up color beautifully, while the contrasting black trim that adorns the top of the bag is made from Prada’s iconic and durable Saffiano leather. When I pulled the first bag from its duster I immediately was drawn to not only the feel of the calf leather, but the amazing new leather smell. Prada is known for its great leather, and this bag is no different.

Prada Cahier in Inchiostro ($2,950), Prada Marocain Crepe Dress ($2,980)
Prada Cahier in Inchiostro ($2,950), Prada Marocain Crepe Dress ($2,980)

This bag is a bit more structured than the previous Cahiers we have written about, and different from both the velvet version as well as the soft Cahier, this version of the Prada Cahier Bag has not only metal corners, but a metal trim along the entire bottom of the bag. I was attracted to this bag the minute I first laid eyes on it, and though I love the overall design and look of the bag, the size and functionality of the bag is what seals the deal for me. The inside of the bag is lined in luxurious leather and an accordion like shape separates this bag into two compartments. There is a slit pocket on the front interior as well as a pocket with a flap on the back interior.

Prada Cahier in Granato, Mercurio and Inchiostro ($2,950 via Prada.com)

The bag is super easy to get in and out of, even on the move, and I love that the strap is adjustable, meaning it not only works as a true shoulder strap or a cross body strap, but it also can be fixed to fit different body shapes and sizes. As I said earlier, the leather on the Cahier not only feels amazing, but it picks up color really, really well, and I have to say that my favorite is definitely the burgundy. It’s the perfect shade for fall, and it’s a color that works so well with many other tones. If you’ve been eyeing the Cahier like I’ve been, than now is the time to snag one, and with so many color options you can either go for a more neutral tone like the Militare Grey we saw, or for a fun pop pick it up in a bright color like the eye-catching Electric Blue.

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FashionableLena
FashionableLena
5 years ago

This is a very cool bag to look at it, but I didn’t like the interior. Divided bags waste space in my opinion.

TSH
TSH
5 years ago

This bag is gorgeous but useless. The divided compartment in the center means you can’t even put a soft sunglasses case in there, and forget about an even compact wallet. The smaller version fits less than a WOC. The hardware squeaks. Had it been more thoughtfully (functionally) designed, I would have bought it in who knows how many colors.

psny15
psny15
5 years ago

i wish they updated this bag and hardware similar to what fendi is doing with the peekaboo bag

Model_Ingenuity
Model_Ingenuity
5 years ago
Reply to  psny15

I love the peekaboo and love the new soft slouchy one they just released.

Bryan Lepe
Bryan Lepe
5 years ago

This bag has had quite a few articles written about it on here. It’s cute but not worth the price. Prada may have gotten a bit better with quality but their style doesn’t warrant the price. Especially on this bag. The smaller size that doesn’t have the two divided compartments looks better in my opinion. The bigger one is too bulky and sticks up too far from the body. Also their new Publix esque logo is… a joke to say the least. Let’s not even talk about their PowerPuff Girls inspired logo. I hope Cartoon Network and Publix are getting their cut…. lol

Yazi
Yazi
5 years ago

Expensive and not practical. There are several British brands that offer the same shape for a better price and quality.

Kelli
Kelli
5 years ago

This is a cool bag and it really looks good. But for this size, and limited space for keeping things, I’m not going to fork out 2400 euros. Similar-sized bags from other fashion houses are better value for money, and look as good – Celine Sac Luggage Nano for 1900 euros, Saint Laurent Sac de Jour Nano for 1490 euros and Saint Laurent Medium College for 1790 euros.

?4ladyfox
?4ladyfox
5 years ago
Reply to  Kelli

Exactly!

M Green
M Green
5 years ago

The bag itself is fine but that ugly “Prada Milano” gold lettering ruins the look. For logo-slütz only.

LadyShay
LadyShay
5 years ago

Too expensive as the materials don’t feel luxurious in reality

SleepyBianca
SleepyBianca
5 years ago

I don’t really trust Prada’s quality, but I love this fun bag. I even liked the velvet pop art version that they released a couple of years ago. But what I can’t get over, after all this time, is how cheap this bag looks overall. I don’t know what it is about it (maybe the logo?) but I can’t be the only who thinks it kinda looks tacky and not worth the money. I’d say this should’ve been around the $1500-$1800 price range instead.

Vicky
Vicky
5 years ago

I’ve been eyeing this bag since the first feature, but it’s so so so small. The Soft look practical, but I just prefer the look of the original more.

How much this one can actually fit?

Yasmine
Yasmine
5 years ago

I loveeeeee mine. It’s like a piece of art. It’s surprising how much stuff I can fit in it. I put my Louis Vuitton key holder, a card holder, my iPhone 8 Plus with case and a lipgloss.

?4ladyfox
?4ladyfox
5 years ago
Reply to  Yasmine

But what about a sunglass case & or a glasses/reader case? ??At my age, I cannot be without these! Is it even long enough? You just know these Nano bags are already on their way out, & big unstructured bags are around the corner. I wouldn’t overly invest in too many of these Nano sized bags. After all, you only need one!

Stephen Hou
Stephen Hou
5 years ago

I’m an SA at Prada in Vegas. Please contact me if you have any questions about any bag. I am here to help!

Janaki Subramanyam
Janaki Subramanyam
5 years ago

I was in the Prada store on Madison Avenue in NYC to check out the bag because of Megs post several months ago about the Cahier. That one was a softer style & funnily they didn’t have the style available. I prefer structured bags so the SA showed me this one & another SA came out from behind & showed me the new shipment which included all these colors. This bag is really nice but for me a bit smaller than I like. Its a nice size for the day to evening transition but I don’t like the big buckle in the front with the name nor do I like the size of the shoulder strop. That shoulder strop would keep me from using it in the evening.