The History of Prada Designer Handbags

Prada handbags are carriable masterpieces and these bags always deliver a fashion statement with a touch of class. Many also think they are, and have been for many years, the best handbag around.

Prada was established in 1913 by Mario Prada in Italy. The company Fratelli Prada, Italian for Prada Brothers, started designing and creating their range of leather handbags and goods from two boutiques in Milan many years before Prada became a well known fashion brand. This soon changed however as the company evolved and captured the imagination of people in Europe and America.

After Mario, who believed against women interacting with business, passed away, his son had no interest in the company, so it was inherited by his daughter-in-law where it was maintained for nearly 20 years. In 1978 her own daughter, Miuccia Prada took over the company. Miuccia, Mario’s granddaughter, at the time had a PhD in political science, although no other qualifications a top designer may expect. However, The label had been struggling financially for several years due to competition from other designers like Gucci. Miuccia did have some experience in making bags, as she made backpacks from black nylon for a few years prior to taking over.

She had previously met Patrizio Bertelli who joined her, greatly advising on decisions within the Prada company. As she went about changing the label into what it is today, she went on to release the classic Prada handbag which was made from simple black nylon, and in 1985 it became an overnight success.

Prada then followed up on this with its pret-a-porter collection – elegant, simple pieces featuring clean lines, luxurious fabrics, and simple colors. The fashion world took notice, and Prada’s popularity carried on rocketing up.

Within 2 years, Miuccia won two fashion awards awards, in 1993 she received an international reward from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and then in 1995 she also won the “Designer of the Year” Award. Since then, Prada has gone on to open boutiques in dozens of cities and countries worldwide. Miuccia is attributed to using many new fabrics and accessories on making fashion accessories in the entire Prada ranges. A typical Prada handbag is usually made of materials like deerskin, leather, calfskin and fox fur trim whereas the strap hooks, buckles and clasps are generally made of silver or gold.

Prada designer handbags come in wide range of signature colors such as champagne, camel, black, natural canvas, pewter and, of course, white, but also on occasion more vibrant brighter colors.

Nowadays, Prada handbags are incredibly practical and usually come with an assortment of extra features that help you carry your cosmetics and other things with ease. These features include inner pockets with zips (to stop things falling about), magnetic snap bag closing fasteners and key rings. Of course, lets not forget that the number one feature on the bag is always going to be the Prada logo plate, proudly displayed on the bag to let the world know that you are indeed carrying a genuine Prada designer handbag.

Avoid Fake Prada Designer Handbags – Easy Ways to Spot Knock Off Celebrity Designer Handbags

Believe it or not it is pretty easy to make a fake designer bag and its actually pretty easy to spot fake Prada designer handbags if you know what to look for. Make sure when buying a Prada bag off an online auction or website that it comes with certificates of authenticity and/or at least some type of serial number you can look up from Prada, if some of these thing are not present here’s some helpful tips to avoid fakes.

Step 1 Look at the Prada name on the emblem, look at the R in Prada if the right leg on the R is strait– its fake, if it curves in –its real.

Step 2 the tag inside the bag must say PRADA MADE IN ITALY exactly.

Step 3 The lining should say Prada going horizontal all over it ( For example: Prada~Prada~Prada~), its Pradas signature lining that is used in most of their bags and the fake Prada designer handbags will have something that looks like it but it wont say Prada!

Step 4 the background of the Prada plate, usually same color as the bag.

Step 5 The metal on the bag even the buttons should be engraved with the word Prada.

Step 6 It should have a serial number from Prada and come with authenticity tags and a dust bag

The Italian fashion designer Mario Prada first founded his namesake company in 1913 with simple, dependable products. For many years, however, Prada was not associated with high fashion. Only after Miuccia Prada, Mario’s granddaughter, expanded the company in 1978 did the name Prada become synonymous with couture style. Spotting fake Prada designer handbags form the real deal is a matter of quality. Today Prada handbags are made of different types of leather, from Lambskin, Calfskin, Goatskin and Patent Leather, but it is easy to distinguish if the leather is of a good quality or not. The lining is usually made of a satin material that has a nice shine to it and most designer handbags have the name brand name or logo on the lining. Designers almost always use leather accents, not plastic. Prada handbags are popular because first and for-most they are made from quality materials.