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
Prada saffiano cuir lux handbag review
Side views of the two medium sizes < Lux vs. Cuir>prada saffiano lux cuir interior lining

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

60 comments:

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

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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

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    1. tradesy.com is a great place for pre-owned designer handbags.

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    2. 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!

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  4. 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!

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    1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Custom-Size-Handmade-Crystal-Clear-Base-Shaper-Liner-for-Any-Bag-Tote-Purse-/252233755457?hash=item3aba4dab41
      this is what I used. works great.

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    2. 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 http://www.extrapetite.com/2013/01/protecting-saggy-bags-base-shapers-for.html

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  5. 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!

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    1. I am considering an LV Favorite MM and have a pic on my site for size comparison. I am 5'-2"

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  6. This is such a great review, thank you!!

    Blonde in Cashmere

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  7. 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?

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    1. 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 : )

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  8. Great review!! Love this post!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  9. 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 : (

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

    Phyllis | www.prettypleese.com

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  11. Thanks for sharing, this was so informative! I do have a thing for saffiano bags :)

    Dolce Petite

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  12. Beautiful bag
    xoxo
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  13. Love the classic designs of these bags and the pink one is especially pretty! Thanks for the review!

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  14. You gotta do more video Jean. I love them!

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  15. Great bags. Also really like them

    Kisses from www.poshnessary.com

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

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

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

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  19. What's your nail polish brand and color?

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  20. 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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    1. Haha thanks for the kind words! Maybe but not for a awhile since our home is still under mini construction (true procrastinators) with boxes and tools everywhere : )

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  22. 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.

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  23. 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.

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

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    1. Thanks! It's a light coat of Smashbox Cognac

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  25. 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

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    1. They feel the same to me. I think the Cuir is actually pretty light compared to other bags on the market, unfortunately if it's still too heavy maybe try non-leather bags? LV or Goyard coated canvas, or Longchamp are super light.

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  26. 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

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  27. 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.

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    1. The patent definitely required some breaking in for me, but I'd still choose it because I find patent to be more stain and scuff resistant than regular leather. I am usually between 5 and 5.5 and the latter was the best fit for me.

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

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  29. Love the video and the bag looks classy :)

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  30. 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.

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  31. Love this post! Both bags look great - decisions decisions...

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  32. Love the information and the comparison! Both are beautiful bags!

    xoxo
    Sharan
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  33. Your lace skirt s so beautiful!

    See my new winter outfit inspired by Russian fairy tales (link).

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  34. Hi Jean! Thank you for such a great review and comparison. I love the Cuir but am looking for ways to reduce the price a bit. I remember reading one of your prior posts about buying a certain bag from either Saks, NM, or Bloomies (can't recall which one) during a surprise sale and you got either 10% or 20% off. You also mentioned additional discounts if you apply for the store credit card. Can you provide me with the link to that post? I've been searching all night with various key words and can't seem to find it. Do you think that sale and store card combo will work for Prada items? Thank you!


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  35. Hi Jean! Thank you for such a great review and comparison. I love the Cuir but am looking for ways to reduce the price a bit. I remember reading one of your prior posts about buying a certain bag from either Saks, NM, or Bloomies (can't recall which one) during a surprise sale and you got either 10% or 20% off. You also mentioned additional discounts if you apply for the store credit card. Can you provide me with the link to that post? I've been searching all night with various key words and can't seem to find it. Do you think that sale and store card combo will work for Prada items? Thank you!

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    1. hi Anna - I thought I responded to this already but my comment must have been deleted. I did a credit card discount at Bloomies many many years ago but I believe all high end department stores have since gotten rid of that. The only thing I can think of is perhaps wait for a gift card promotion (ie. spend __ and get a __ gift card down the road) which those stores run, and very occasionally include Prada.

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  38. I saw the pomice in this season's double bag (I believe the style number is different and so are the prices) and it had a more beige tone than grey. Some of your pictures of the bag look grey, some look more beige. What would you say is the true color? Also, do you mind if I get the style code as well. The neiman marcus site did not have it for me to compare with the prada website thankss. I've been looking at your pics because I can't decide which color!!

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    1. Hi! If you saw it in-person then I think you know the true shade...it's really hard to describe because I think it's squarely a beige-grey. Unfortunately I've misplaced the card for now with the code and the receipt didn't have a code - sorry!

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  39. Would you share the price point of these bags as well? Thx

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    1. Hi! All the U.S. current prices are in the links - they change over time so I didn't want to post any specifics. Also depending on what country you buy in it can really vary.

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  40. Hi Jean, I just got the Prada Cuir double bag today. Do you think it would need a base shaper? Has it shown signs of sagging?

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    1. Hi - I haven't needed a shaper! Also I'm not even sure how a shaper would work because there is that compartment right down the middle. I would just rotate your heavier items from side to side once in a while so one of the halves is not always bearing the brunt of the weight : )

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  41. Love your blog very helpful. Can you also share with us the wear and tear of your double zip lux tote and cuir double bag.. Thanks in advance.😊

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  42. Hi Jean! Want to have either one of these double zip lux tote or cuir double bag.. Can you share with us the wear and tear of these two bags? Thanks in advance😊

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