A close look at authentic Prada bags and accessories. How and what to look for. Some useful information about Prada colors, leather types and more.
This post can help you to check a Prada bag you are not totally confident with or would love to purchase soon, and help your confidence for future second-hand online shopping.
PRADA is very famous for the quality of the materials / fabrics they use to produce bags & accessores. Here is a list of the most popular materials:
- Bufalo – Buffalo Leather
- Canapa – Canvas
- Cinghiale – Wild Boarskin
- Coccodrillo – Crocodile
- Daino – Deerskin
- Feltro – Felt (usually wool)
- Lucertola – Lizard
- Nappa – Full Grain Leather
- Pelliccia – Fur
- Raso – Satin
- Saffiano – Textured Leather
- Scamosciato – Suede
- Spazzolato – Polished Leather
- Struzzo – Ostrich
- Tessuto – Woven Microfiber
- Vela Sport – Nylon
- Vernice – Patent Leather
- Vitello – Calf Leather
You may want to take a moment to look up for the title and fabric (material) of the bag you are looking at, and see if you find the same one on experienced second hand fashion websites.
Check the Color (COLORE) name on the card. Some are not intuitive. If you see a bag with a card saying “COLORE SABBIA” but it is red for example, it is not the right card for the bag. These are only a few .
- Fuoco – red
- Bluette – cornflower blue
- Cobalto – cobalt blue
- Cameo – blush
- Nero – black
- Viola – violet purple
- Ibisco – hibiscus (a deeper pink)
- Arancio – Orange
- Fumo – grey with brownish undertone
- Militaire – dark olive green with brownish undertones
- Caramel – light brown/light tan
- Ottanio – teal
- Papaya – orange
Details and Accessories
All items recently purchased by PRADA or any other authorized retailer should come with the following items:
- Authenticity cards
- Care booklets
- Dust cover (bag)
It is possible that the Prada accessory you are about to purchase will not come with these accessories. We come across many second hand accessories in mint condition, but with no tags, dustbags or shop cards. In this case, we strongly suggest our followers to ask for a certificate of authenticity, which in our opinion should be provided for further proof, especially when an item does not come with its original packaging. Needless to say we provide it in many of our luxury vintage and contemporary items 😉
Logos and Plaques (Outside)
Some Prada bags have a triangle hardware where the logo is held. Most recent models have the gold or silver metal plaque/logo. Check carefully and compare logos and fonts with the images we provide, and the ones you can see from our Prada selection. Some models will have the logo affixed in the back.
More useful tips on the logos:
- Commonly on the outside there is a triangle plate with the words PRADA MILANO DAL 1913. Some bags have the Prada logo or name embossed in the leather instead of a metal plate on the outside. On the inside there is a rectangular plate on the inner pocket that says PRADA MADE IN ITALY or PRADA MILANO MADE IN ITALY
- It should be securely attached on all three corners to the bag. If stitched, the stitches must be minute and tidy and evenly spaced.
- If you you run your fingers across the logo, you should be able to feel that the letters and symbols slightly raised (this is not the case for Vintage PRADA’s – logos were applied with no relief)
- The color of the enamel on the logo must match or be very close to the color of the purse. Metal plates will have a background color matching the material, and border / lettering matching the hardware color
- The logo itself have a nice thickness to it.
- All the letters and their size are all in proportion; many fakes can be seen because, after a close-up look at the logo, you may see irregularities and letter imperfections.
- Some style of bags will have Prada embossed on the bag instead of the usual and very popular Prada triangle logo
In the spring of 1913, Mario Prada and his brother Martino opened their first leather goods shops in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, in Milan. The fine leather trunks of Fratelli Prada (Prada Brothers) – this was their trading name – became so popular and renowned that in 1919 the brand was appointed the official supplier to the Savoia Royal family.
Logos and Plaques (Inside)
- Logo must be correctly attached to the internal lining. If you see any border coming slightly off, or any stiches over the lining & sides of the logo, you should ask for further help.
- You will be able to feel a piece of backing material underneath the plaque.
- In many cases, all logo corners are rounded
- The color of the enamel on it usually matches or is very close to the color of the lining.
- The color on the rim of the plaque (gold or silver) usually matches the color of the hardware of the purse.
- The placement of the letters, their size and spacing are all the same proportion.
Prada bags are lined in the following types of lining material:
- Prada signature fabric (usually in black or coordinating color with the word Prada and a symbol that looks like a sideway letter S woven throughout.)
- Smooth calf leather (Vitello)
- Satin (Raso)
Most common is the silky canvas lining with the Prada monogram woven throughout, one line right side up, the next upside down. Some designs have smooth leather or satin lining with no pattern, in a matching or contrasting color to the outer.
Hardware used in Prada products comes in three colors.
- Rose color gold-toned
The bag’s hardware will have one of those colors, never a combination of 2 or all colors. Hardware on authentic bags is marked with the word Prada very cleanly (counterfeit hardware is quite visible, apparently Prada’s hardware is quite difficult to replicate)
Prada bags and most accessories have one or more of the below zippers:
- Lampo (with & without the lightning bolt)
In some clutch cosmetic purses, zippers do not have Prada logo engraved, but the zipper has to have an indication of one of the brands listed above. More recent bags have gold or silver metal zippers on the inside & outside of the bag. Older (Vintage) Prada’s used to have plastic zippers on the inside.
Hidden number tag
I have always looked for the hidden number tag, and can tell you that I have always found it in genuine prada bags. The few times I did not, I did not trust the items to be genuine. This tag usually may be found inside the internal pocket, in one of the corners. Usually, the internal pocket lining is made of smooth fabric and can be turned inside out, in order to find it more easily. Usually, it is a white tag with a black number reference. Many counterfitters forget to add this!
Please Note: This post contains suggestions on how to try and avoide non authentic items. We try and document what we experience throughout years and years of hard work, and share with you information we think is important, which is found on the web. Prada produced a very high variety of bags and accessories over many years. This document does not contain all this information. Some of it may be incomplete, or incorrect. If you do think any part of this post may need correction or further detiail, please do not hesistate to contact us, and we will happy to revise if necessary.