Saturday, June 19, 2010

Madame Prada and Me


Prada leather and nylon tote from one of my favorite seasons, stud-crazy Fall 2009

I had an idea of what the perfect leather tote would be, and this one comes pretty darn close. Horizontal, roomy, with small handles and a shoulder strap, and rather spare. I really wasn't in the market for a bag at that time, but the salesman at the Prada boutique in Monaco said that this is the bag Madame Prada carries to work everyday. Needless to say, I was sucked in! He had me at "Madame Prada". Whether or not he says that about every bag in the shop, I'd rather not know.

It isn't the lightest bag ever made, and the hard briefcase handles blister my baby-soft hands. Yet I've been lugging it around non-stop for the past couple of months: all around Europe, back to Boston, then New York, and now, halfway around the world to my hometown of Manila.

I've attached a salad of old-school toys to keep the bag from looking too work-y. (robot keychain from a shop in St. Paul de Vence, Lego keychain, miniature Magnetic Poetry and Etch-a-Sketch toys).

My favorite feature might have to be the bag's closure, of which I am rather anal: the top zips up, yet when unzipped, the zipper teeth fold gracefully inward with the bag's leather "lips" for you to be able to use the bag as an open tote without the teeth scratching the items you take in and out of the bag.


Miss Miuccia, I think your men's line is one of the very very few Milan-based collections worth watching out for. For a profitable and rather mainstream luxury brand, you still manage to design goods directional enough to be at par with the Belgians. Now, if you could kindly resurrect men's Miu Miu, I will love you forever.

runway photos via GQ.com

15 comments:

khaz of beautiful things said...

Ooh, i've always wanted to get that bag

Isabel said...

Holy shit, so jealous of that bag. It's really too bad it's so heavy!

wecouldgrowup2gether said...

may i please steal your prada robot keychain please

Emily and Abigail said...

that bag is great!

www.lovelywanderlust.com

Anonymous said...

that bag is a gem

Trixie et Simon said...

Am jealous of that bag, am so tempted by it!
how much did it cost?

D R E W said...

have two prada bags and i use them literally every day.

one is large with a shoulder strap and handles.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/drew-o-rama/2393878415/in/set-72157604268032583/

the other one is a should bag that fits around the lower part of my back/waist. it fits like a glove and is great when i don't need to carry everything.

bother are super mod and plain and will always be in style.

i heart prada!

Izzy said...

drew: Hey, thanks for sharing. I heart Prada too.

Taj said...

so gorgeous!!! thats like litterally my fave Prada collection EVERZZZ!!!(loljk God knows I could never be that decisive. but it did deff have best shoes!)

Taj said...

p.s. I hope u don't think I'm incredibly nosy, and u only have to answer if u feel its necessary, but what do u do for a living?

Izzy said...

taj: I am a graduate student.

Albert said...

i love the bag! could you please tell me the model #?

Izzy said...

Albert: I couldn't find the model number on the Prada website, but here is the Saks link: http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374306438355&PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=845524446227279&R=8033904200629&P_name=Prada&N=4294912360+306438355&bmUID=i_UKTvw

on which the model number is 0419715954001. Hope this helps!

Albert said...

Thanks for your reply! The reason I'm asking is because I saw the bag in person once and it looks kinda huge.. and the one you have seems a big smaller... just wanted to make sure its the same model... Do you still have the authenticity card? The model should be on there..if you don't mind checking :)

Izzy said...

Albert: Unfortunately, I don't know where I kept it. But I know for a fact that the bag comes in a small and a larger size, and I have the smaller one.

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