Friday, November 6, 2015

Review: Prada Cuir Medium Double Bag in Marmo

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For this week's handbag chit chat, I wanted to do a quick review on this Prada Cuir Double bag. We purchased this bag in September as a gift for my birthday. I've been looking for a tote to add to my handbag collection for quite some time. A few years ago, the Prada Lux tote was (and still is?) very popular. I like the bag for the most part but feel like the style is too dressy for my lifestyle. I liked it but wasn't enough to make a splurge. I ended up getting the Tory Burch Robinson tote as an alternative but eventually found a new home for it because again, the style of the bag didn't fit my lifestyle. I work in IT without interact with clients so the style of the bag is too formal for work and it doesn't work as a weekend bag for me, either.

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{ Absolutely love the saffiano texture}

Fast forward a few years later, Prada came out with the Cuir double bag, I am head over heels in love with it. However, the price tag requires some serious thinking and savings. One of the disadvantages of living in a small city is that you don't have the privilege of trying on luxury items beforehand. Hence, I've done a lot of buying and selling in order to find what works best for me. During our trip to Chicago, my husband and I stopped by the Prada boutique on Oak St and tried on this bag. It's available in a handful of colors but I absolutely love the dark gray version. The official name is Marmo. The light gray version is called Pomice. However, I didn't purchase the bag during that trip. A couple more weeks went by and I finally pulled the trigger a few days before my birthday. I did look into the Chanel Grand Shopping Tote but it didn't make my heart sing =)

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I've had this for almost 2 months now and below are some of my thoughts:
  • It's super low maintenance. The saffiano leather is durable and the bag itself doesn't seem to lose its structure over time (one of my biggest pet peeves when it comes to handbags)
  • This bag comes in 3 sizes: mini, small and medium. I have the medium and it has more than enough room to carry everything you need and then some. Measurements: 13½” (W) x 10″ (H) x 6.5″(D)
  • It has a snap flap pocket in the middle for small items such as your phone or wallet (there are no other pockets or storage inside the bag). The flap was designed to provide some organization to the inside and also helps the bag hold its shape
  • It comes with a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap. I wear it on the last hole and the strap length is just right on someone my height (5'2")
  • The handles have a little strap that you can snap to keep the handles close together for added security
  • I love the fact that it has some structure without being too stiff like the Lux tote
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  • Because the lining is made of lambskin leather, I have to be careful with pointy objects such as keys or pens. Eventually, I want to get this key holder for my bags
  • To be completely honest with you, I do think the bag is a tad big for my frame. I haven't come across this color in a size small. I don't even know if it's available. However, I am OK with the size as it's meant to be a big tote.
I hope you find this review helpful. If you have any questions regarding the bag, feel free to leave me a comment below. Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!
 
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