In my opinion the Prada Saffiano tote is one of the most classic bags along with the Hermes Birkin, Chanel 2.55, Lady Dior and LV Speedy just to name a few. Yet, the Prada Saffiano is more wallet-friendly than the Chanel 2.55, better fitted for the younger person than the Hermes Birkin, more work appropriate than the Lady Dior and more practical than the LV Speedy. That’s why I purchased the Prada Saffiano Double Zip tote after my first year of work. It has almost been 2.5 years since I got the Prada Saffiano and my opinions on the bag may be helpful if you are also eyeing the bag (especially the quality and wear and tear of this bag).
The prices for these two bags were very similar, I think the price for the double zip tote was around $100 more than the lux tote. In the end I purchased the double zip tote for several reasons:
- I liked the more structured and shaper silhouette of the double zip tote over the lux open tote
- I thought the zipped compartments would be useful especially for wallets and other valuables
- I liked the open internal design of the double zip tote vs. the lux open tote which previously had a divider in the middle
Two and a half years later, I still liked the more structured silhouette but it’s not worth the trouble with the sealants problems on the double zip tote (more details later). I rarely use the zipped compartments (see explanations later) and I still like the open internal design but later Prada came out with lux open totes with no internal dividers. Overall, I wished I had purchased the lux tote over the double zip tote (reference Wear & Tear section for more details).
Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote Design
The Prada Saffiano tote design may change slightly from season to season: zippers vs. no zipper rims, open vs. divided interior compartment, leather vs. cloth trimming on internal pockets, etc. However, the boxy rectangular shape of the bag remains the same. The classic shape of the bag is very appropriate for work. With minimal hardware the bag is not loud and in your face even though it is a designer bag. The bag is also very practical; it can be dressed up and down, especially when worn with the shoulder strap.
The bag I purchased is the Prada Saffiano Double Zip tote in the Cammeo color. I got the medium size that comes with a shoulder strap with five holes for the user to adjust the length (bag dimensions: 13 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches). The bag has two zipped compartments and four feet on the bottom of the bag. The center internal compartment is lined with a nylon cloth material. It has one zipped compartment, three additional smaller pockets and no dividers. I rarely use the two big zipper compartments on both sides of the bag because the zippers are not smooth and you will see a bulge of whatever you put in there.
The sides of the bag have two snap buttons. I snap the buttons close most of the time; it helps to reduce the size of the bag opening and I like the shape more. However, if you have to fill up your bag, you can unbuckle the sides for more room.
Overall, the bag came with a black box, a white dust bag and an authenticity card. You can hold the bag on your hand, at the crock of your arm, over the shoulder or cross body using the shoulder strap. I love the shoulder strap and wear the bag over the shoulder with the strap most of the time!