Founded in 1913 by Mario Prada, the Italian brand has remained at the top of fashion's luxury hierarchy for quite some time. Though it's one of Italy's most renowned fashion houses, Prada was not always what it is today. The brand originally functioned solely as a leather goods company specializing in luggage and trunk-making. Thus, explaining why the brand's handbags and leather products are so internationally acclaimed to this day. Business in early 20th century Italy was successful, as Mario Prada designed trunks for the royal family, but it was Miuccia Prada (granddaughter of Mario Prada) that took the company into the global-reaching fashion house it is today. Miuccia gave Prada the breath of fresh air it desperately needed by turning her attention to creating a new line of handbags.
One of the brand's first ever handbags was the Galleria, which remains one of Prada's most iconic pieces today. A signature for the brand and one of the most recognizable bags in the world, the Galleria is most commonly crafted from Saffiano leather. A frequent material used by Prada, Saffiano veal leather is hot pressed, making it water-repellant and scratch-resistant.
The Galleria has a structured silhouette and gold tone hardware featuring two top handles and Prada's signature, triangle logo plaque. Available in three different sizes, the Mini Saffiano Lux (7' x 10' x 4.25'), the Small Saffiano Lux (8.5' x 11.5' x 5') and the Saffiano Lux Tote (10' x 14' x 7'). Each size is for a different kind of woman. The Mini is youthful, easy going and effortless. Featuring an additional shoulder strap for cross body usage, the Mini is the perfect option to take you from day to night. The Small is the most common size, ideal for every day usage. Spacious enough to hold all your daily essentials, the Small is more mature. It's sleek and sophisticated, but remains chic and professional. The Lux Tote is the largest size, ideal for a woman with a lot to carry. It holds everything from a laptop, to a binder, to anything a busy woman might need throughout her day. Professional and work-suitable, the Lux Tote is the perfect option for the modern boss.
Due to its simple appearance, the Galleria exudes a true "if you know, you know" aesthetic. With its discreet logo, the Galleria is not in-your-face. Despite being tasteful and understated, it remains one of the most respected bags around. The details including a leather tag, side line cut out and double top zippers makes it instantly recognizable (if you know your luxury handbags, that is ;)). It's logo is small and only visible when one looks closely.
Given its simplistic nature, the Galleria is a classic piece that will never go out of style. It's timeless as well as a signature. Whatever kind of woman you are, your luxury handbag collection simply isn't complete without a Galleria.
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