Prada Saffiano Cuir double bag review (and comparison to Saffiano Lux tote)

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Prada Saffiano Cuir double bag in “Pomice” (more colors at Saks) vs. Prada Saffiano Lux double-zip bag in “Caramel”, Ann Taylor top c/o (review) & skirt (old), navy pumps (similar), Baublebar necklace

I’m a bit clueless about the video function on our camera, and Nick’s heavy sighs when I ask him to be “cameraman” (esp. when Sunday sports are on) sums up his thoughts on that topic! He “gifted” me a point-and-shoot camcorder which I took as a blatant hint. I’ve gotten several requests for a Prada Saffiano Cuir bag review, so figured why not test my new gadget out. Turns out I didn’t record half the footage I thought I did, instead filming several close-up nostril shots of me adjusting the camera…sigh! If you want to see the various ways you can wear these bags with the adjustable shoulder strap, you can check out my older video review of the Saffiano Lux (also known as the “Galleria” line).

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Prada’s Cuir double bag is a gorgeous & sturdy-feeling one, and has quickly become one of my most-worn handbags (see on me here, here, and here just to name a few). The Cuir line came out about two years ago, and the lack of information about it online can frustrating for researchers. For this video, I called a bunch of Prada boutiques around the country asking the same questions … what is “saffiano” leather, what’s the difference between the Saffiano Lux and Saffiano Cuir collections, and how to care for the material. The responses I got from sales associates ranged from completely clueless, to finally enthusiastic and knowledgeable-sounding (thanks Joel from the boutique at the Bellagio in Vegas : )

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Biggest edit from video: while in a Prada boutique I was told my bag is called the “medium” size, and the bigger one is “large.” Please see below for a comparison of my gray bag versus the bigger pink one. However, I just checked the exact webpage where I ordered my bag from at Neimans and it’s listed as as “small” there. Saks also refers to this size as the “small,” and both retailers refer to the bigger size as “medium.”

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I also want to clarify from the video that when I said soap, I meant I was told to use soap with a little water on a cloth or paper towel to clean stains, making sure to wipe the area dry afterwards. I’ve never had to use soap, though, as usually just a little water on a napkin removes whatever surface stain or mark I’ve made on these bags.

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Closeup of the two different saffiano textures

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Side views of the two medium sizes < Lux vs. Cuir>

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As mentioned in my review, I’d love to hear any other requests for future videos!


61 thoughts on “Prada Saffiano Cuir double bag review (and comparison to Saffiano Lux tote)

  • Sasa Zoe January 13, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Great information! Love the video<3

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  • Anonymous January 13, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Maybe if you can do a "get ready with me" video on your hair or makeup routines, I'd definitely watch!

  • Unknown January 13, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Hi I'm a first-time poster and long-time admirer of your blog. I have to say that one of my favorite features of your blog is your thorough reviews of purses. Thanks for taking the time out to do them.

  • Kristine January 13, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    Do you buy new Prada bags or do you buy pre-owned bags? Do you have any suggestions of trusted websites or sellers of pre-owned bags? I really want a prada bag but I am a special education teacher and there is no way I can afford a brand new prada purse

  • Michelle B January 13, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    Hi Jean! Do you use a base shaper for your Tory Burch Pebbled Robinson Square Tote? I find mine suffers from bag sag and would love to know where you got or if you use a base. Thanks!

  • Audrey January 13, 2016 at 10:42 pm

    Adore your blog! This was a great purse comparison, thank you! I wear a lot of cross-body bags and some of the designer styles don't always work with a petite height. Would be great if you could do comparisons of the Louis Vuitton Eva vs Louis Vuitton Favorite PM/MM. And maybe those even against the Chanel WOC. Thank you!

  • Vera January 13, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    This is such a great review, thank you!!

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  • Anonymous January 13, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    In your video you said you could fit your laptop in those bags? How does it look with it inside? Is it very bulge-y?

  • Trang Do January 14, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Great review!! Love this post!
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  • Denise W. January 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

    I get the technology issues. After a trip to Costa Rica with a new video camera (and thinking I had filmed cute monkeys), we later figured out that when I thought the camera was on it was off, and vice versa. I don't get to hold the camera anymore : (

  • Phyllis Lee January 14, 2016 at 12:52 am

    Wow, thank you for the incredibly thorough review! I love the Saffiano Cuir! Lovely color as well. Absolutely beautiful.

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  • Anonymous January 14, 2016 at 1:05 am is a great place for pre-owned designer handbags.

  • Dolce Petite January 14, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Thanks for sharing, this was so informative! I do have a thing for saffiano bags 🙂

    Dolce Petite

  • Camille January 14, 2016 at 4:18 am
  • prudence yeo January 14, 2016 at 5:49 am

    Love the classic designs of these bags and the pink one is especially pretty! Thanks for the review!

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  • Aisha S January 14, 2016 at 6:17 am

    You gotta do more video Jean. I love them!

  • Poshnessary com January 14, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Great bags. Also really like them

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  • Jenn January 14, 2016 at 10:50 am

    I missed watching your YouTube videos! You should definitely do more comparison videos, they are super helpful!

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  • ayme nicole January 14, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I adore the open and tote-like feel of the Cuir and that grey color is my fave!


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  • Hebrews11:1 January 14, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    What is your brand and color of nail polish in this video?

  • Hebrews11:1 January 14, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    What's your nail polish brand and color?

  • Anonymous January 14, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Do you mind doing a home tour video/ post? we always see beautiful snippets of it but would love to see more pictures of it as the interior design looks amazing! (appreciate you might not want to for privacy reason).

    P.s. thanks for reviewing the highland & lowland boots in your previous post.

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  • Sharon Suh January 14, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    Thank you for doing the comparison…so helpful! So the Cuir bag doesn't sag or get droopy?
    I've always wondered why Prada didn't put in a base structure for the Lux bags…kinda turned me off from buying that bag.

  • Anonymous January 14, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    Great video! Would love to see a video or blog post on how you pack your bag for work. I find that my Louis Vuitton Neverfull is packed to the brim and the strap is always at risk of breaking, plus I end up bringing a different bag for lunch, laptop, work papers, etc.

  • melissa January 14, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Would you mind sharing the lipstick you wore in the video? Great color!

  • Dice January 14, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Great review!

  • THE NEON FACTOR | Diana January 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    Love both bags!

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  • Julie January 14, 2016 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks for the review! Which bag is lighter? I have the cuir and find it very heavy for my petite frame. Could you recommend a lighter prada bag? Thanks

  • KiwiFromNYC January 14, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    I love the shape and size of the Cuir but prefer the inside of the Lux, wish they had that combination. Thank you for the thorough info and side by side comparison! You are always so informative and thoughtful. I love everything you post! -Your long time follower, Kiwi

  • Al January 14, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I would love reviews on any Ferragamo products you have, especially the shoes. In certain stores you can still get the Varina flat in calf-skin leather but most stores carry the patent. I am curious as the sizing in the patent, how soft and comfortable it is, and the sizing.

  • Maggie Zemanek January 15, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Thanks for this!! Reviews are never a bad thing!

  • Rachel January 15, 2016 at 9:28 am

    Love the video and the bag looks classy 🙂

  • Anonymous January 15, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Great review – very thorough! I love reading your posts and your videos are extremely helpful. I'd love to see more "how to style" videos for certain individual pieces – like the red skirt or floral top ones.

  • Cee January 17, 2016 at 5:47 pm

    Love this post! Both bags look great – decisions decisions…

  • Jean January 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    Hi Kristine! I used to shop eBay a lot but it became hard to gauge authenticity as more and more counterfeit items entered the market. I would suggest sites like Malleries, Yoogi's Closet, Fashionphile, Trendlee, or The Real Real which are known for having professionals authenticate their pre-owned luxury handbags. Good luck in your search!

  • Jean January 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    Hi Michelle – yes I occasionally use one from my other bags even though it's not a perfect fit. Here's my old post on the Base Shaper store, or you can find a ton on eBay

  • Jean January 17, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hi – I think it will depend on your laptop. The Macbook air is pretty slim so it doesn't make it bulge-y at all (showed it on my Snapchat too the other day : )

  • Jean January 17, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    It's Essie Chinchilly : )

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