Review: Prada Saffiano Medium Double Zip Top-Handle Bag ( BN2274)April 04, 2015
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In talking to fellow lovers of the color green, I find that they are generally indiscriminate; they love mint, pine, olive, forest, emerald, teal, neon green, etc. equally. While I like all shades of green, I reserve a radical level of obsession for forest green.
|Prada Saffiano Medium Double Zip Top-Handle Bag in Larice|
At 2.5-3 pounds empty, it is not the ideal bag for bike rides or shopping trips. The bag is large enough to fit the smaller of my two work laptops so it on occasion doubles as a work bag but I use it primarily to run errands.
Another issue to contend with is while saffiano leather is scratch-proof, structured totes are all at risk of losing their shapes with time. Put simply, this bag cannot be stored improperly. One time, in a state of exhaustion, I threw my 15-pound carry-on bag on top of the Prada tote and passed out. I didn't unpack my bags for two days and when I finally came around to it, the poor Prada bag had deep creases on one of its faces. I was able to salvage its appearance slightly by stuffing it with t-shirts in an attempt to undo the damage but some of the scars are still visible up-close.
I don't consider Prada leather products a Veblen good so the rapid price increases are a deterrent. For someone who is less concerned with brands, the Coach Borough Turnlock Bag, at one-tenth of Prada's retail prices on eBay, is a good choice. In fact, theses bags (Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, and Kate Spade) which I've reviewed in the past offer a better value than Prada bags.
Have a great weekend, all!