miuccia prada launched miu miu in 1993 as a visionary sister label to prada. their chic handbags – including the ever popular coffer bag in matelasse leather – have always been desired and can be found at retailers and websites such as net-a-porter. today, my review is of the vitello lux vauletto aperto or the ‘shopper’ (the name it is often referred to online) which i purchased on my trip to florence in 2009.
the glazed calf leather bag measures 35cm x 23cm x 13cm (l x h x w) with two top handles 11.5 cm and a detachable shoulder strap that drops 54 cm. the exterior has ruche detailing at the top edges, non-functional drawstring features at the sides and four protective base studs at the bottom. the interior is lined with fabric and has a roomy zipped compartment and a gold logo plaque.
in terms of dimensions, this bag is decently sized. it can easily fit my wallet, phone, camera and cosmetic bag without it being overly cluttered or affecting the overall shape of the bag. i adore the gold detailing throughout the bag as it gives a more luxuary and aesthetic feel. the top handles are too small to carry the bag on your shoulder but the handy shoulder strap makes it easy to take this baby around. the main closure of the bag is secured with a magnetic snap which i personally do not prefer as i would rather have the security of a zip instead of the convenience of a snap closure.
in terms of design, this bag is more feminine and delicate. i rarely reach for this bag when i head out so i only use it once in a while and that is because my style is more casual and laid back. with that being said, i personally do not consider this as an everyday bag and this is a good thing because i find the glazed leather on this bag very delicate and it does not seem to age as well compared to other bags. i also find that the colour i chose stains easily and the bag is no longer as ‘bright’ as before.
although the cost per wear of this bag is still relatively high, i have no regrets about purchasing this bag. this is because i think every girl needs something luxurious that they take out and use once in a while. whether it is a pair of expensive louboutin heels, designer dress or even fine china, we all need something that we can indulge in. and this miu miu vitello lux vauletto aperto bag is what i indulge with.