The process behind the iconic Galleria Bag of the Maison Prada is now captured on video. The story of the leather tote bag, which shapes remind the briefcases used by doctors in the 50s, starts in Milan in 1913, when Mario Prada (Miuccia’s grandpa), opens his first leather shop in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. The products created with Saffiano’s leather, which texture thanks to the hot pressure methods makes the leather scratch and water-resistant, inspired Miuccia Prada in 2007 the idea of the Galleria Bag.
Every bag is made by the experts’ hands of the artisans, that works with care at the brand’s factory. A building of 38.000 square meters in chrome and glass situated near Florence and now this careful and complex making of was captured in a fashion film by The New York Times.
The first step is about the leather, that his treated, thinned and cut in pieces (around 83 to be precise) that the artisans will carefully glue them all together. At this point, they apply the handles, rectangular-shaped stripes of leather called almond, and then the bag gets transported by a machine on one of the industrial sewing machines. Once all the pieces are put together, it’s time for the most delicate moment: reverse the bag (that was sewed upside down) carefully so that the seams don’t get ruined. The last step is the quality check.
A bag that needs to be kept in mind by Raf Simons that officially became the Co-Creative Director of Prada. The It Bag is loved by many celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Angelina Jolie, Olivia Palermo and many more.