About 10 months ago, I was lucky enough to be shopping in Holt Renfrew, looking to purchase my first designer handbag. I had always admired all the beautiful bags but didn't really think I'd have one of my own anytime soon.
Prada has always been a favourite of mine. Chanel was also on the short list but a was little out of budget at the time. I did look around at Celine, Dior and a few others, but kind of knew what I was there for. As a very indecisive person, I certainly took my time with a few favourites in the Prada store. Touching, trying, sending pictures to Ken and maybe a few sneaky sniffs, haha. But my gut told me the double zip was going to be the one. I was SO close to going with this slightly larger clay coloured version, but I knew black would be a better option for my first designer bag. I can thank Ken for talking me off the ledge.
I can't say enough good things about this bag. It really is a perfect first designer bag. It works perfectly with casual outfits and can easily transition to dressy looks by removing the cross body strap. It is also extremely spacious. I make good use of the space in the double zips, which leaves me with plenty of extra space in the centre portion. Typically, I have an umbrella, my wallet, makeup, some sort of snack, a point and shoot camera, my phone and still have space for extra stuff in there. I have found it to be so universal, I hardly even touch my other bags. The leather is a slightly textured leather, which I actually prefer because it makes it much more durable. I now also own the Chanel Wallet on Chain in lambskin and I find I'm a little hesitant to use it because it is so delicate. I'm always afraid I'll end up in the rain or bump it against something that will scratch it, which is a shame because I don't use it as often as I should. The leather on the Prada is stiff and has held its shape beautifully. I can't say I've used it gently, I've certainly put it through the ringer, yet it looks brand new. Hardly a scratch or dent on it. I mean, this thing had been through the rain, travelled through Italy and London with me, had been squished into my carry on bags, had food spilt on it - and it has held up without a problem.
If you're looking for a really great, all weather, rough and tough kind of designer bag. I would certainly recommend the Prada Double Zip. I honestly can't believe how much of a beating it has taken and how well it has come out the other side. I think it'll be my go-to everyday bag for years and years to come.
I was also thinking I might do a youtube video on the purse to better show the details, size and how much I fit inside it. Please do let me know if that would be something you'd like to see! If that's not something you'd be interested in, still let me know! I'd love to hear and I love reading your comments! :)
Have a wonderful Monday!