A few weekends ago, I saw a two ladies debating between a Prada Saffiano Double Zip tote and the Prada Saffiano Cuir Leather tote. I didn’t want to be rude and interrupt but now I wish I had approached them and gave them my thoughts on the two bags. The double zip tote and the cuir leather tote are two similar and popular bags from Prada and anyone looking to buy a Prada Saffiano tote will likely debate between the two. I personally have the Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote (BN2274) in Cammeo and if I have the chance to repurchase between these two bags I would choose the Prada Saffiano Cuir Leather tote without a doubt.
Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote vs. Prada Saffiano Cuir Leather Tote
The main reason I would pick the cuir leather tote over the double zip tote is the sealant. Due to the curvature and construction of the double zip tote corners, the sealant is very prone to cracking. The sealant is essentially trying to hold together leather parts that are meant to move; therefore the sealant is guaranteed to crack sooner or later.
Please see my review on the Prada Saffiano Double Zip Tote for a close up picture of the cracking sealant. With the cuir leather tote, the ridge of the bag is still lined with sealants but the larger curvature and the construction looks much better (the sealant is not used to hold any leather parts together).
Another reason is the gold zippers. I personally like the look of the double zip; however the zippers are starting to tarnish which is super annoying given the price of the bag. Also the cloths around the zippers are starting to fuzz slightly. The cuir leather tote has minimal hardware so tarnishing will not be an issue and the bag is made with all leather.
This price difference between the two bags is a hefty $390. However, if I were to repurchase a Prada saffiano tote again, I would personally go with the cuir leather tote so I don’t need to deal with the sealants cracking, gold tarnishing and cloth fuzzing issues. Also for a higher price, the cuir leather tote is made with all leather whereas the double zip tote is lined with cloth inside. Plus the contrasting leather interiors on the cuir tote adds an extra touch to the bag!
The shape of the bag is also a point of consideration; the double zip tote is boxier with straight lines whereas the cuir tote is curvier. I used to like the straight lines of the zip tote but now I’m leaning towards the slightly curvier cuir tote.
Prada Double Zip Tote vs. YSL Sac de Jour
Another similar bag is the YSL Sac de Jour. The Sac de Jour comes in an array of rich colors and the simple design also makes it classic and very work appropriate. The YSL has minimal hardware and the smaller bags come with a long shoulder strap. Also I love the side fan paneling on this minimal bag!
- Strap: both bags come with a shoulder strap. The Sac de Jour strap is not adjustable and leans slightly toward the longer side. The Prada strap is adjustable with five holes.
- Leather: the saffiano leather is much more durable to scratches compared to YSL’s leather (smooth or pebbled). However, YSL’s leather feel more luxurious and higher quality.
- Weight: the Sac de Jour is fully lined with leather vs. the cloth lining on the Prada Double Zip tote so the Sac de Jour is noticeably heavier out of the two bags.
- Middle Compartment: The middle compartment of the Sac de Jour is sectioned for some bags depending on the size compared to the open middle compartment of the Prada double zip tote.
- Price: The Sac de Jour is $360 more expensive than the Prada Double Zip Tote.
Out of the three bags, my personal ranking would be the Prada Cuir Leather Tote then the YSL Sac de Jour then the Prada Double Zip Tote.
Other Alternatives: Coach, Tory Burch and Michael Kors
Other alternatives to the Prada Double Zip Tote that are much more wallet-friendly include the Coach Borough bag, Tory Burch Robinson Double Zip Tote and Michael Kors Sutton Saffiano Leather Satchel (in the order of my personal preference =D).
I can’t say too much regarding these bags because I don’t own any. However, I have seen the Tory Burch and Michael Kors bags in stores and they look great! Of course, the quality is not comparable to Prada and YSL but the prices are only 15-20% of the high-end bags. These alternative bags definitely give shoppers better value for your money! Especially the Coach bag, I think the leather is beautiful and the design is much classier compared to the usual Coach monogram bags.
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