Prada East West shopper


Todays post is a belated review of this Prada Saffiano Double Zip tote bag. I recorded this movie a while back at a rush, and battled it because of changing light and choppy content. Since many readers have been asking questions about this bag, I figured Id post anyways in hopes of answering some of those questions.As that a preface, this bag was probably my most mulled-over buy up to now. Id like to believe that each one of my bigger purchases are carefully-considered, but unfortunately, some of them couldve used more thought and research on alternatives. Ive been trying to shop more deliberately, which begins with discovering what the biggest voids have been in my closet. I realized early this year that many of my job and casual outfits could use a simple brown, medium-sized bag. I wanted one that was durable, lightweight, and rather weather-resistant. I fell in love with Pradas Saffiano bag, and also spent half a year trying on all the choices, scouring the preexisting market, and looking for any tiny ways to save. There was not any rush to purchase, and ultimately I ended up with something I am in love with and do not repent (so far, anyways). No matter how much you really want to invest on your bag, you want it to be more pracital, fashionable and made from durable materials. Thats true even more when just luxury and costly sorts of handabgs are in your wishlist, such as Prada. But prior to enjoying the feeling of having your own personal one, you should be very sure not only about its style, but also about the quality. So lets do some resarch and take a look at the substances Prada bags are made from.


Prada is beginning to concentrate on same-store sales increase three years later than some of their peers as their priorities have been elsewhere, but it’s definitely better to perform it later rather than not,Erwan Rambourg, luxury goods analyst at HSBC and writer of The Bling Dynasty, a publication focusing on Chinese shoppers.Analysts estimate same-store earnings, which Prada stopped reporting last year, dropped year-on-year by 12 percent in the next quarter to Oct. 31 and also may have dropped by as much as 9 percent in the quarter to Jan. 31. Prada’s costly retail area, combined with slower growth, has hammered margins and valuation. The group’s share price nearly halved in the past two decades and most analysts still have market or hold recommendations on the stock.Its operating margin fell to 15.4 percent in the third quarter from 21.3 % in the first half. Some analysts expect small margin growth this season, mainly thanks to the strong dollar that may boost reported earnings from euros.Prada isn’t alone confronting difficulty in a tricky time for luxury goods makers, challenged by more economical “accessible luxury” brands such as Michael Kors and Longchamp.Other brands viewed as having rested on their laurels in regard to strikingly new goods, such as Kering’s Gucci and Tod’s, have also struggled to produce growth.But the plan of focusing on same store revenue has nevertheless produced success for some luxury brands. Arch-rival Louis Vuitton revealed last week that it had enjoyed a powerful rally by investing heavily from stimulating new products under brand new designer Nicolas Ghesquiere. Additionally, it stopped the opening of new shops.


Couple that with chaos in Europe (political anxiety in Russia, Spain recovering from a recession), and also the amounts make much more sense. But as Paul Swinand, a retail analyst with investment research firm MorningStar puts it, “This makes you scratch your head and wonder if it is a blip to bigger and better things or if that is turning into a negative trend. “International turbulence aside, shoppers agree that the desire for Prada is on the decrease, a fact best illustrated by the state of its own leather goods business, which in recent years has accounted for almost three-quarters of their new bottom line. Handbag-obsessed readers of the website Purseblog article in forums with names like “Prada Bags: Now Made in China for Italian-Made Costs” and “Goodbye Prada! .” They posit that the quality isn’t what it was, which newer, more exciting It bags are dethroning the brand’s greatest hits. “I really don’t think people are walking away from the brand entirely, but I’ve seen folks wandering,” says Pattie Rechtman, who conducts Purseblog’s forums. “They are trying new things and losing interest. The bags still appear to resonate, but individuals who have bought the brand in the past are the only ones buying it today. “Avid purse consumers have moved on to cooler new classics like Proenza Schouler’s PS 1, while lower-end designers have also picked up steam. Michael Kors and Kate Spade churn out reputable products which cost less than Prada’s.


As it floated in 2011, Prada’s ambition was to catch up with bigger rivals by expanding. It spared no cost, splurging on “key money” – money up front to secure the best locations.In Milan, Prada outbid Apple and Gucci to build a menswear store opposite its historical boutique in the prestigious late 19th Century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, paying over 20 million euros to get the place, real estate sources said. Prada declined to comment.In the plush ski resort of Courchevel, it financed the renovation of the entire Place du Rocher to make it a more fitting address for its brand new boutique.Meanwhile, some clients say the new shops carry handbags which have not evolved much in recent years, as if the firm were scared to modify a product which worked well for so long. “Just arrived” Prada handbags nowadays consist of two-toned satchels and fresh versions of this Twin Bag launched this past year, fitted with a top flap and double zips. The product is comparable in shape and includes many of the very same characteristics as preceding best-sellers, such as the Double bag or Galleria.Some bags begin in 1,450 euros. In crocodile, they could reach 18,500 euros. “Unless you’ve got strong feelings about sewn-on handles versus buckles, there’s not much in the way of meaningful selection or novelty,” wrote Amanda Mull on the widely-followed PurseBlog.As it floated in 2011, Prada’s ambition was to catch up with bigger rivals by expanding. It spared no cost, splurging on “key money” – money up front to secure the best locations.In Milan, Prada outbid Apple and Gucci to build a menswear store opposite its historical boutique in the prestigious late 19th Century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, paying over 20 million euros to get the place, real estate sources said. Prada declined to comment.In the plush ski resort of Courchevel, it financed the renovation of the entire Place du Rocher to make it a more fitting address for its brand new boutique.Meanwhile, some clients say the new shops carry handbags which have not evolved much in recent years, as if the firm were scared to modify a product which worked well for so long. “Just arrived” Prada handbags nowadays consist of two-toned satchels and fresh versions of this Twin Bag launched this past year, fitted with a top flap and double zips. The product is comparable in shape and includes many of the very same characteristics as preceding best-sellers, such as the Double bag or Galleria.Some bags begin in 1,450 euros. In crocodile, they could reach 18,500 euros. “Unless you’ve got strong feelings about sewn-on handles versus buckles, there’s not much in the way of meaningful selection or novelty,” wrote Amanda Mull on the widely-followed PurseBlog.As it floated in 2011, Prada’s ambition was to catch up with bigger rivals by expanding. It spared no cost, splurging on “key money” – money up front to secure the best locations.In Milan, Prada outbid Apple and Gucci to build a menswear store opposite its historical boutique in the prestigious late 19th Century Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping arcade, paying over 20 million euros to get the place, real estate sources said. Prada declined to comment.In the plush ski resort of Courchevel, it financed the renovation of the entire Place du Rocher to make it a more fitting address for its brand new boutique.Meanwhile, some clients say the new shops carry handbags which have not evolved much in recent years, as if the firm were scared to modify a product which worked well for so long. “Just arrived” Prada handbags nowadays consist of two-toned satchels and fresh versions of this Twin Bag launched this past year, fitted with a top flap and double zips. The product is comparable in shape and includes many of the very same characteristics as preceding best-sellers, such as the Double bag or Galleria.Some bags begin in 1,450 euros. In crocodile, they could reach 18,500 euros. “Unless you’ve got strong feelings about sewn-on handles versus buckles, there’s not much in the way of meaningful selection or novelty,” wrote Amanda Mull on the widely-followed PurseBlog.


“This is all about invention,” she states. “Prada was successful when they were innovating and launch fresh item. Each group, every season demonstrated the brand’s ability to reinvent. But that has slowed over the past couple of decades, and now we are seeing the results of it” “You can just ride the wave of standing to get a few time.Take Prada’s Saffiano tote, arguably the brand’s most successful. Season after season, the brand releases slight variations on the leather bag, and while it may be Olivia Pope’s favorite accessory, PurseBlog managing editor Amanda Mull believes the brand’s reliance on the staple backs them into a corner. “it is a pretty conservative place to maintain, being known for the Saffiano, just in a different colour or size,” she says. “Prada does not experiment with fabrication or material. They do not reach as far beyond of what people know them for, unlike other brands that understand achievement, such as Chanel or Fendi. “Ben Shabbat insists that Prada will need to implement staggering changes so as to spur a real revival: “You can just ride the tide of reputation for a while. To boost the brand, you have to create desired product that creates consumer interest. “Robin Lewis, a retail analyst and FIT professor, believes Prada’s slipping profits hint in the brand’s overexposure. Beginning in 2012, the business has been on a crazy expansion path to open 260 stores, focusing on the emerging BRICS markets of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.


Prada is beginning to focus on same-store sales growth three years later than a few of the peers because their priorities were elsewhere, but it’s clearly far better to perform it later rather than not,Erwan Rambourg, luxury goods analyst at HSBC and author of The Bling Dynasty, a book focusing on Chinese shoppers.Analysts estimate same-store sales, which Prada ceased reporting annually, dropped year-on-year by 12 percent in the next quarter to Oct. 31 and might have dropped by up to 9 percent in the quarter to Jan. 31. Prada’s expensive retail space, together with slower growth, has hammered margins and evaluation. The group’s share price almost halved in the past two decades and most analysts still have sell or hold recommendations on the stock.Its operating margin dropped to 15.4 percent in the third quarter from 21.3 % in the first half. Some analysts expect modest margin growth this year, mainly by virtue of the powerful dollar that will boost reported earnings in euros.Prada isn’t alone confronting difficulty at a tricky time for luxury goods makers, challenged by more economical “accessible luxury” brands such as Michael Kors and Longchamp.Other brands seen as having rested on their laurels in regard to strikingly new goods, like Kering’s Gucci and Tod’s, have fought to produce growth.But the strategy of focusing on same store revenue has yet produced success for a few luxury brands. Arch-rival Louis Vuitton revealed last week that it had enjoyed a strong rally by investing heavily in exciting new products under new designer Nicolas Ghesquiere. It also halted the introduction of new stores.

style details

This square-shaped East West shopper is a versatile classic from Prada. Made from durable fabric, this style features leather-trimmed handles for a sophisticated feel. Take yours on shopping sprees or short-haul flights.

  • material: fabric
  • trim: calf leather
  • internal details: fabric lining, internal zipped pocket, internal slot pocket
  • colour of fastening: black
  • detachable, adjustable shoulder strap, top handles
  • zipped top
  • Made in Italy
  • comes with dust bag
  • Designer colour name: Nero
size & fit

  • Height 27cm-10.5″
  • Width 33cm-13″
  • Depth 12cm-4.5″
  • Adjustable shoulder strap
  • Length shoulder strap 118cm-46.5″
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