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Prada Saffiano - Prada's signature leather

Prada Saffiano is a leather first made in one of Italy's most famous tanneries, invented by Mario Prada, the founder of the Italian fashion house Prada. Saffiano is made from the highest quality calf leather which gives the bag its signature supple texture and soft-to-touch finish. The name Saffiano refers to the cross hash print that is pressed into the leather. As there is a layer of wax overlaying the leather, Saffiano bags are considered water resistant. Saffiano leather is used across some of Prada's most popular lines, including the most famous of all Prada bags: the Galleria.


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Prada is an Italian luxury fashion house, founded in 1913 by Mario Prada. Prada specializes in leather goods such as handbags and travel accessories, but the brand also is well-known for its high-quality perfumes and ready-to-wear lines. Mario Prada's granddaughter Miuccia Prada is currently head designer at the fashion house and made Prada into the fashion powerhouse it is today. Miuccia also founded Prada's subsidiary Miu Miu in 1993.

Saffiano leather was invented by Mario Prada himself and was exclusively used by Prada for years. Recently other bag makers have been allowed to use the patent for Saffiano, including big names such as Micheal Kors, DKNY, and Longchamp. Saffiano leather is identified by its crosshatched pattern which is pressed into the wax coating of the bag. The wax treatment allows the bag to be relatively scratch resistant and durable. The leather originally used calf leather, giving it a supple texture and soft feel.

Saffiano leather is used to make one of Prada's most popular bags, the Galleria. By using Saffiano leather, the Galleria can maintain its signature rounded shape. The Galleria is also known for its three pockets "tretasche", the silhouette made possible by the durable Saffiano leather. While the Galleria is redesigned and reimagined season after season, one thing remains consistent - its masterful use of Saffiano leather.