We may be on the cusp of a new year, but if you were to travel forward in time from the past to the present day (not unlike a famous film franchise), you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d plotted the wrong year into your car radio (still with us?) and instead wound up in the ’90s. This is because so many ’90s trends are proving even more popular today than they were back then, one of which is Prada bags.
Easily the most aspirational arm candy of the throwback decade, Prada’s bags—specifically its nylon iterations—were the stuff fashion dreams were made of. Everyone wanted one. The most memorable lines from ’90s flick 10 Things I Hate About You is all about them. Indeed, they’re of cultural significance.
That said, recent years have bestowed us with many more Prada bags to covet. Arguably more grown-up than their nylon counterparts, their appeal, however, remains utterly equal. But which Prada bags are worth spending your money on? We have a few suggestions.
From heritage styles to dust bag–new models, totes to chain straps, we’ve handpicked the best Prada bags that you can buy right now that will stand the test of time. The proof being Prada’s track record.
Prada’s latest arm-candy offering, the Arqué, is easily one of our favourites. With a rounded silhouette, it feels different to the rest of the handbags in the Prada collection whilst bearing its most iconic hallmarks, namely a Prada plaque. The clip-on crossbody strap makes this style even more versatile and covetable, too.
“Symbole” means “symbol” in French, and that’s precisely the inspiration behind Prada’s tote. Featuring the brand’s unmistakeable logo upfront and centre, a roomy interior and triangle-shape embossing (or, in some instances, a jacquard triangle print), it certainly has je ne sais quoi.
Boasting the iconic Prada logo, a chic luggage tag and double-pocket silhouette, this is arm candy that’s guaranteed to be noticed. Modern and elegant all at once, this is the sort of bag we’ll all be coveting secondhand in a few years’ time after it inevitably becomes scarce.
It’s not often that you associate nylon wit luxury, but that’s certainly the case when it comes to Prada. Modelled in everything from backpacks to bum bags, our must-have would be a shoulder bag, much like Monikh’s above.
As seen on the S/S 21 runway, Prada’s Cleo bag is as versatile as Prada bags come. A Prada bag from the ’90s reimagined, the Cleo is made with the brand’s trademark structured Italian leather, making it a very sleek take on the chuck-everything-in shoulder bag.
Seen on the arms of the likes of Kaia Gerber and Bella Hadid, Prada’s Moon bag is becoming a modern-day classic. It may appear small, but its interior actually allows for much of your essentials. The buckle detail and padded finish only add to its Noughties appeal, which is whipping Gen Z up into a frenzy.
Often the bag that first comes to mind at the mere mention of Prada, the Galleria tote is known for its clean design and roomy interior, making it incredibly popular as a day-to-day handbag.