Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag Review

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

Today I’m reviewing another one of my classic bags that I use for work – my Prada Saffiano Cuir Double Bag.  I’ve had this bag for over 5 years and used it heavily when I first bought it.  My bag collection has grown over the years and I haven’t been reaching for my Double Bag as much as I should.  That being said, it’s not a reflection of how much I really do love this bag and enjoy using it.

The Double Bag was introduced by Prada in 2014 and now forms part of its permanent collection.  It’s not hard to understand why – it’s a beautiful, classic design and is a great alternative to Prada’s Galleria (which has been and still remains hugely popular).

The bag comprises of two main compartments separated by a centre internal flap pocket with a magnetic closure. There is a double leather handle and if you get one of the smaller sizes, it comes with a detachable (and adjustable) leather shoulder strap.  The bag pulls in on its sides, where there are also snap closures to lock it in shape if you’re so inclined. Prada’s signature inverted triangle logo features front and centre.  The metal lettering is luxe as is the nappa leather lining which is beautifully soft.  The cherry on top of the cake is the hanging buckled ID tag – it’s a cute little accessory (but it doesn’t have any functional purpose for me).

When I initially sought to buy a Prada bag, I had my eye on the classic Galleria.  By chance, I visited the boutique when the Double Bag was just released and I didn’t look back.  I personally love how the Double Bag is more relaxed in its shape in comparison to the Galleria – its boxier older sibling.

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

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Sizing

The bag comes in three sizes: small, medium and large – straightforward names! (Not always the case – see here :p)

Unsurprisingly, the prices have increased quite significantly over the years, which is testament to how popular and successful the bag has been for Prada.

Current dimensions and prices are below:

Small

23cm (H) x 13cm (L) x 31cm (W) | 10″ (H) x 5.75″ (L) x 13.25″ (W)

Handle with 5” (13cm) drop
22″ (56cm) adjustable and removable shoulder strap
4 protective studs on base

$3,580 AUD | $2,590 USD | £1,840 GBP

Medium

25cm (H) x 14.5cm (L) x 33cm (W) | 10″ (H) x 6.8″ (L) x 13.5″ (W)

Handle with 5.5” (14cm) drop
22.5″ (57cm) adjustable and removable shoulder strap
4 protective studs on base

$4,020 AUD | $2,850 USD | £2,070 GBP

Large

27cm (H) x 17.5cm (L) x 35.5cm (W) | 11″ (H) x 7″ (L) x 14″ (W)

Handle with 5.5” (13cm) drop
Does not come with shoulder strap
4 protective studs on base

$4,230 AUD | $2,990 USD

Prices current as at December 2019.

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

Wear and tear

The bag is made of Saffiano leather.  If you’re familiar with it, you’ll know how amazingly hardwearing and durable the stuff is.  For those of you unfamiliar with Saffiano leather, it’s a treated leather that’s made with a diagonal cross-hatch texture pressed onto it.  It’s typically made of calf skin and treated with wax which acts as a protective coating.  Not that I would let him do it, but I feel like my two year old could have his way with it and the Saffiano would still come up looking pristine.  I think you get the point that I’m making here – it’s virtually indestructible.

That said, I still put in a little bit of effort to care for my bag. It was a pricey purchase at the end of the day. If it’s a bit dirty or if the kids have had their sticky fingers all over it – a wet wipe is all you need to clean it. When not in use, it sits on my shelf with the bag stuffing inside so it retains its shape.

I can’t say I’ve ever seen a trashed version of this bag around – probably because one doesn’t exist.  I’ve had mine for years and it still looks pristine.

In terms of day-to-day wear, I only really rely on the top handles to carry my bag.  While I love the adjustable shoulder strap (and the fact that the large bag didn’t come with one ruled out my going for that size), I don’t really use it.  I just casually drape it across the bag. For reference, I have the medium sized version.

The internal middle compartment is handy and I use it to store my earbuds and my security passes for work so I’m not rummaging through the main compartments when I’m reaching for those.

The bag is sturdy and fits a lot.  But it’s important to keep in mind that it can get quite heavy if you fill it to capacity.  I only carry what I need with me to the office so I have no complaints about the weight.

Woman in navy suit carrying Prada Saffiano Double tote

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Where to buy

As for bricks and mortar shops in Australia – Prada boutiques as well as David Jones concessions have a solid range of sizes and colours.

In terms of online boutiques – Farfetch, Selfridges, My Theresa, Nordstrom, Net-A-Porter, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.

It’s available on the pre-loved market but I would recommend you use reputable websites where they authenticate, such as Vestiaire Collective.

What fits inside

A lot! But as I said earlier, it can get weighty if you fill it to capacity.

I filmed a short video on my IGTV taking you through what I pack in my bag for the office.  Head over to my Instagram to check that out.

As always, thanks so much for reading!

Be sure to check out my bag review of my Celine Belt Bag here

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Bag (Prada) | comes in other gorgeous colours
including nude, light grey, black and light pink

Jacket (Scanlan Theodore) – here

Skirt (Scanlan Theodore) – here | similar here and here

Heels (Vince Camuto (sold out)) | similar here and here

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2 Comments

  1. Melissa McGill
    May 17, 2020 / 9:48 am

    Just came across your blog while researching Celine belt bags. It’s a fantastic blog.
    I love your style! xo

    • whatveewore
      Author
      May 20, 2020 / 2:51 am

      I’m so glad to hear! Thank you for the great feedback xx

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