In the past month or so, I’ve come across some interesting articles about a brand I’ve always admired, though haven’t purchased from lately – Prada. So I thought I’d make this Weekend Update a bit Prada themed, as I’d love to hear your opinions!
1. I’m a big fan of Prada shoes – for some reason they always tend to fit me, are quite comfortable, and they offer both very classic (sleek pumps in work appropriate heel heights, see here and here) and leading edge styles. The ones made out of the signature “Saffiano” textured leather are the ones I’ve always found trickiest – for some reason I’ve come across quite a few which have looked a bit messy.
These tartan flats are my favorite of the fall season so far – I am quite confident that they’d be comfortable and I’m just a sucker for tartan! I’ll probably monitor size levels and see if I can wait for for sale season or not.
2. My first Prada related article comes via Bloomberg, which reported last month on the brand’s disappointing third quarter profit announcement. The article mentions a plan in introduced more lower priced handbags in the 1,000 euro range, which I found quite interesting. The mini bag trend is big, and it certainly makes the bags more accessible. Do you think it solves Prada’s issues though?
3. The second article I’d like to share showed up a few days later, in the Wall Street Journal, covering the behind the scenes decision making behind a future hoped for “It” bag (article is behind a subscription paywall, so if you don’t subscribe, you’ll have to watch a sponsor video). The article goes into the thought process and lengthy strategic planning which goes into the making of what is hopefully an “It” bag for Prada – one that revives its profits and can become a cash cow for the company. Interestingly enough, these bags (which you can see above), are far from the 1,000 euro range!
It’s a really interesting piece and I’d highly recommend it. For those especially curious to see more of the bag, I noticed that some in python, ostrich and regular leather were already available for pre-order on Neiman Marcus, starting at $3,000 US.
What do you think of Prada’s new “It” bag?
4. Finally, my reading this week (which I just finished at ~2 AM last night due to not being able to sleep with so much baby kicking) – Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King.
I haven’t read a Stephen King novel in many years (I think the last was The Stand), and while I have always thought he was a great writer, I’m just not a fan of a lot of horror fiction. Mr. Mercedes – while it had an element of horror – I thought was much closer to a traditional crime fiction novel, just done really well and with some scary elements (of course!). I really enjoyed it and now find myself going back to King’s others books, trying to find other gems that won’t scare me too much in the middle of the night. So if you have any recommendations, please let me know!
Have a wonderful weekend!