Authenticate Prada Bags and Wallets

Here is a guide on how to differentiate a fake and genuine Prada bag or wallet.

#1 Authenticity Card: New Prada bags come with an authenticity card. There are 2 types of cards which may come together or just one without the other. These cards usually come in a small black envelope with PRADA stamped on the front. One is a small plastic card with a magnetic strip – it has the Prada logo on the front and product details imprinted on the back. The other is a cardboard card with a decal on the back showing product details, and one or two barcodes. Check that the article number, material name & colour on the card(s) match the bag.

·        Article number: The first 1-2 letters indicate the type of item. Commonly seen article numbers are “B” – handbag, “V” – briefcase, portfolio, messenger bag or waist pouch, “1M” – small accessory such as wallet, cosmetic pouch, “1N” or “MV” – small bag commonly called pouchette.

·        Material name: Bufalo – Buffalo Leather, Camoscio Chamois (suede), Canapa Canvas (hemp), Cinghiale Wild Boarskin, Coccodrillo – Crocodile, Daino – Deerskin, FeltroFelt (wool), Lucertola – Lizard, Nappa – Lambskin, NeopreneCloth Vinyl, Paglia – Straw, Pelliccia – Fur, RasoSilk/Satin, SaffianoTextured Leather, Scamosciato – Suede, Spazzolato Polished Leather, Struzzo – Ostrich, TessutoWoven Nylon/Microfiber, Vela Sport – Nylon, VernicePatent Leather, VitelloCalf Leather.

·        Colour name: Some of the colour names include Arancio – Orange, Bianco – White, Bluette – Cornflower Blue,  Cobalto – Cobalt Blue, Sabbia ­– Beige/Tan, Cameo – Blush, Camello/Cuoio/Rame/Sughero – Camel/Medium Brown, Oro – Dark brown, Nero – Black, Fuoco – Bright Red, Rosso – Deep Red, Rosa/Geranio – Pink, Pervinca – Light Blue, Bordeaux – Burgundy or Wine, Viola ­– Violet Purple, Ibisco – Hibiscus (A Deeper Pink), Militaire – Dark Olive Green with Brownish Undertones, Fumo – Grey with Brownish Undertones, Ottanio – Teal.


#2 Stitching: Stiching is small, even and straight. No hanging threads or fraying in the corners.

#3 Exterior Logo: The Prada logo should be displayed on the inside and outside of the bag. The logo plates should be mounted perfectly straight. On the outside, there is usually a triangle plate firmly attached at each of the 3 points, with the words PRADA MILANO DAL 1913 and all letters slightly raised. Some bags have the Prada logo or name embossed on the outside instead of a metal plate.

#4 Interior logo: There should be a rectangular plate on the inner pocket of the bag that reads PRADA MADE IN ITALY or PRADA MILANO MADE IN ITALY. This plate is usually metal or leather. The plate should have a background colour matching the interior fabric of the bag and border/lettering matching the colour of the hardware. 

#5 The R curve: The letter R in a Prada plaque commonly has a distinct slightly curved leg, not a straight leg.

#6 Lining: Authentic Prada bags are also usually lined with the Prada signature fabric which has the brand's monogram woven throughout – one line the right side up and the next upside down. Some bags have plain smooth calf leather or satin lining in a matching or contrasting colour to the exterior of the bag. Prada wallets are always lined with either textured leather (Saffiano) or smooth calf leather (Vitello).


#7 Numbered tag: Prada bags typically have a white numerical tag sewn into the inner pocket.


#8 Hardware: All hardware on Prada bags should have ‘Prada’ engraved onto it. They usually come in silver-toned, gold-toned or rose-toned. A bag with a combination of these colours or a different colour may not be genuine.


#9 Zippers: Prada bags usually use zippers from Lampo, YKK, riri, Opti or IPI. Check the back of the zippers for the brand. Zipper pulls should be either brass/polished steel metal pull with ‘Prada’ engraved on it or a leather pull that matches the colour of the bag exactly.
*Disclaimer: Please note that the above are based on our own experience in identifying genuine bags. During your purchase of a prada bag with an individual seller, we recommend that you bring the bag for authentication before purchasing as there are too many Grade A fake prada bags in the market.