Prada Authenticity Guide

Many authentic Prada purses, bags, and wallets originally came boxed with authenticity cards, care cards or booklets, and dust bags. The difficulty in identifying authentic Prada goods is that there is a lot of variation in their designs, and other details will vary depending on the age of the product, country in which it was purchased, and even from which store it was purchased.

Prada prints an “article number,” or a number indicating what type of item the product is. Prada’s authenticity cards are plastic cards about the size of a credit card. They have a magnetic strip and are printed with the article number, item’s material, and color. These details should all match the handbag it comes with. Sometimes there is an additional paper card with the same information and a bar code. If purchased directly from a Prada store, it may have the store name and date written or stamped on the bottom.

Authentication cards also often become lost. Therefore, Prada goods missing these items may still be authentic. Here is a guide to decoding your Prada authenticity card:

Article Number Item Type Notes
 B  Handbag  Examples: Satchels, hobos, doctor bags
 V  Larger daily bags  Examples: briefcases, portfolios, messenger bags, waist pouches
 1M  Small accessories  Examples: card holder, wallet, cosmetic pouch
 1N or MV  Pouchettes  Examples: very small, “mini” bags


Prada Colors

Prada Color Name Approx. Common Name
ARANCIO Red-Orange
BLUETTE Cornflower Blue
BORDEAUX Burgundy, Maroon, or Wine
CAMELLO Camel or Medium Brown
CARAMEL Light Brown
COBALTO Cobalt Blue
CUOIO Camel or Medium Brown
FUMO Warm Gray, Taupe, or “Greige”
FUOCO Fire red
IBISCO Deep pink
MILITAIRE Olive green
ORO Dark brown
RAME Camel, tan, Medium Brown
SUGHERO Camel or Medium Brown
VIOLA Violet, Purple

Prada Materials

  • Bufalo – Buffalo Leather
  • Camoscio – Chamois (suede)
  • Canapa – Canvas (hemp)
  • Cinghiale – Wild Boarskin
  • Coccodrillo – Crocodile
  • Daino – Deerskin
  • Feltro – Felt (usually wool)
  • Lucertola – Lizard
  • Nappa – Full Grain Leather, Lambskin
  • Neoprene – Cloth Vinyl
  • Paglia – Straw
  • Pelliccia – Fur
  • Raso – Satin
  • Raso – Silk/Satin
  • Saffiano – Textured Leather
  • Scamosciato – Suede
  • Spazzolato – Polished Leather
  • Struzzo – Ostrich
  • Tessuto – Woven Microfiber
  • Vela Sport – Nylon