BIG MARK-UP AT PRADA
Prada Saffiano bag, prada.com
PRICE TAG: £1,800.
VOLKAN’S ESTIMATE: £100 (£41.70 for leather, £ 58.30 for labour and other materials).
TEST: Prada uses a lot of Saffiano leather, which is coated in a plasticky layer and then stamped with a cross-hatched pattern.
This look is fashionable, but it hides the true quality of the leather used. On the plus side, the heavy finish makes the bag water and scratch-resistant.
When I remove the finish, the leather that’s been used underneath is good quality, which is reassuring. Still, £42 should be enough to cover the leather used here, and as the design isn’t very complex, I’d estimate about £58 for labour and accessories, like the coveted Prada badge.
VERDICT: To me, this feels plasticky. And given that I estimate the bag cost £100 to make, a mark-up of £1,700 is a lot to pay for the name on the label.