As we know all too well, as quickly as fashion trends come, they can also go, so when it comes to buying designer items with a hefty price tag, it pays to be shrewd. The phrase ‘investment piece’ can be used easily (and in my case often to justify a spontaneous purchase), but what it really means is finding that one great item, the one you’ll rewear for years to come, knowing each time you put it on brings as much joy as the first time you wore it. So surely, not too much of an ask?
In terms of a designer purchases financial value, there is known to be a few brands whose resale price can nearly match the original cost (and many cases where vintage finds can make even more). So before you part with your money it is always a good idea to find the piece you love, and think of its longterm wearability. Is it a trend-lead statement piece, or versatile enough to work with your existing wardrobe? Do you trust the quality of the fabrication, and does feel it made to last? Finally, does the cost per wear justify the price? One brand that always manages to tick the right boxes is Prada, and its brand of meticulous craftsmanship, timeless tailoring (and the occasional eccentric twist).
When it comes to which pieces to invest in, there are three in particular that we believe have true staying power, so keep scrolling for our picks of the Prada pieces worthing buying now, and loving forever.
The Cleo shoulder bag a new classic, based on an archival silhouette from the house’s 1990s archives, its sleek, minimal shape is an instantly recognisable as the Dior Saddle Bag or Hermés Birkin.
An XXL carry-all for all of your everyday essentials. Whether classic leather or one of the seasonal fabric iterations, this deep bag is the perfect purchase for the one who always comes well prepared.
Prada fans will remember the nylon drawstring bucket bags of the 90s, but there are now plenty of luxurious, leather based bags designed not only to be durable, but timeless too.
There was a time in recent history that the only loafer to be seen in was the Gucci Horsebit, a slim lined leather loafter (often backless), adorned with the brands signature horsebit. Then in the autumn of 2020, a chunkier, edgier answer to the Horsebit would arrive–the Triangle loafer. Now with upgraded soles, embellishments and colour options, this is the loafer loved by the fashion set.
We have Miuccia Prada to thank for a revival of the kitten heel in the 2020s. Sleeker, sportier and a whole lot cooler, these aren’t the microheels of the past, the low heel has had a fashionable new upgrade.
Lace up your boots and prepare to enlist in the Prada army. Along with Bottega Veneta’s Tire Chelsea Boots and Chloe’s rubber Betty boots, chunky, heavy soled boots have taken over the last few winters, and show no signs of slowing down. A practical trend we can get behind.