How to Find a Genuine Prada Bag

There’s a reason prada bag is still around: the Milanese brand has been putting out the nylon bags since 1984. Miuccia Prada’s revolutionary take on the material elevated nylon from a functional, cheap alternative to leather into a luxury accessory. It also made it a fashion staple by introducing the tote—which is now a key part of most It girl closets. From the padded Re-Nylon that’s been spotted on the arms of celebrities to this season’s crinkled nappa antique leather iteration, the roomy silhouette is an icon for Prada lovers.

Depending on the style, look for a logo-adorned nylon jacquard lining (or Nappa leather lining) and a label stitched into the interior pocket that lists the bag’s identifying details. The tag should always include a triangle plaque with four lines of information: PRADA, the name of the city where the bag was made (MILANO in this case), year of production and COAT OF ARMS. The label should match the color of the interior lining. If it’s a different shade, the bag is a fake.

Also look for the inverted triangle logo that’s pinned to a contrasting plaque on the interior of the bag or, in some styles, along the back seam on one side panel. The tag should include the brand stamp and a serial number, and it should be accompanied by an authenticity card. If you can’t find a card, ask the seller for it. The bag should come with a dustbag, too.

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