Prada Handbags and Purses

Prada Handbags Prada handbags have become known for their high class elegance and quality, and for many years have been known as simply the best designer handbag that's available.

The Prada fashion house was started in Italy in 1913 by Mario Prada, and was known by the Italian for Prada Brothers, Fratelli Prada. This fashion house soon began designing and making its famous leather goods and Prada leather handbags after its arrival on the market, and it was only a small amount of time before the company gained respect in the fashion industry. Prada fashion accessories were big hits in both Europe and the United States. As business grew, Prada opened up two small shops in Milan so that it could sell its designer labels, like Prada handbags, Prada shoes, and even Prada luggage.

Prada handbags became symbols of luxury, style, and elegance in the designer fashion world. Fashionistas all raved about Prada's appeal and quality, and in time the entire world began to desire the distinctive Prada handbags. In spite of the growing fame, these classy handbags remained true to things that were central to their original design, simple and functional, yet also distinctly tasteful and classy.

Wisely, Prada handbags have stayed true to their original designs, it would be a mistake, though, to think that they have not evolved over time. The original Prada handbags were made from walrus hide, which is extremely heavy. Designers soon realized that it wasn't exactly practical to tote around the heavy hide, so they began to increase the use of fine grade leather in both the handbags and luggage, but they didn't stop there. One of the first things that the company did was to waterproof their Prada handbags and luggage.

Even today, Prada designers are constantly in search for new high-tech fabrics and other materials to improve the quality of their product, and have used such things as crystals, woods, even tortoise shells to add flair to Prada handbags of the past. Given the high quality of these designer handbags, it should be of no surprise that Prada handbags are still highly sought after, bought and sold all over the entire world.

The great success of Prada today did not come without a struggle. With the entire fashion industry in decline during the 1970s, Prada suffered as well. But at that time, the company was taken over by Miuccia Prada, and she has run the company since 1978. Ms. Prada is well respected for her sense of women's fashions and it was she who led the company through the unsure times of the seventies to market dominance of Prada today.

As with great success in women's designer fashions comes the problem of counterfeiters. Today, cheap knock-off and reproduction Prada handbags are sold on the streets throughout Italy and the world. This maybe due to people's desire to have the status of owning a designer Prada handbag without having to pay the high price of one. Add into the equation the company's elegant and minimal symbol design and there is a problem for those who want to have the genuine article, as it can only require someone with keen fashion knowledge to distinquish the fake Prada handbags from the real Prada handbags.

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