In the late '90s and early '00s, any hip girl (or dedicated minimalist) worth her salt would have clambered over hot coals to get her hands on Miuccia Prada's utilitarian nylon backpacks. They were It, and other, flashier pieces of arm candy were discarded in favor of the nonchalance that this offbeat purchase provided. We've been through many phases of must-have bags since that time—remember the chunky hardware of Chloé Paddingtons, the simplicity of Céline's Classic, the bells and whistles of anything from Fendi or Chanel?—and we're now at the point in 2017 where almost anything goes on the luxury-goods front. There are pared-back options aplenty (see The Row, Hermès or Saint Laurent), medium-size statements (a Loewe or Chloé, say) and all-out craziness (think Gucci, Dolce and so on with the Italian brands). There's also the cost-effective flip side, with the rise of cheap-as-chips basket and net bags. Is it any wonder then the cool kids have come around to Prada's nylon pieces again?
Forever redefining the idea of luxury, the Italian fashion house is just as adept at turning a humble synthetic black fabric into something covetable as they are at making leather-goods to the highest standard. And Mrs. Prada knew that the time was now: Her A/W 17 runways featured many new iterations—pimped-out versions, let's be honest—of the signature nylon bag. We're talking sheepskin handles, more ladylike silhouettes and embellishment.
And the prompt hasn't gone unnoticed by the A-list set. While we've spotted a sharp rise in vintage Prada nylon bags hitting the streets once more (and get this—searches on Pinterest for "nylon bag" have increased by 285% in the past six months), the Kardashian-Jenners appear to be the first celebrity adopters, with Kendall selecting a bumbag (one style that many off-duty models now own) and Kim a mini tote.
Queen of London cool Adwoa Aboah was early onto the revival and has been carrying her bum bag to multiple events, restyling it depending on her outfit each and every time. A quick mention of the brand's humble but haute creation, and our entire team got excited. Is it the fact that this offshoot product line offers a more attainable slice of the Prada pie? Perhaps. Maybe it's down to this item reaching some sort of hallowed status where you know that buying one will result in lifelong wear, endlessly generating nods from those in the know. Or it could be that we'd probably destroy a beautiful cream leather runway tote within 20 seconds of getting on the tube, whereas this hardy little fella will be the Duracell bunny of your accessories selection.
Whatever the reason behind our ongoing—and reignited—obsession, you're definitely going to want one (again). Keep scrolling to shop our favourite new and vintage Prada nylon bags.
SHOP NEW PRADA NYLON BAGS
This longstanding It piece can still be bought in many sizes.
Contrast stitching and gold hardware up the ante for this nylon number.
Make like Kendall and invest in this new bag shape.
SHOP VINTAGE PRADA NYLON BAGS
Look closely and appreciate that buckle.
In case you're more into navy than black.