The Anti-Trend Bag That Is Cool, Low-Key, and Prada Approved


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I think a lot about my first designer-bag purchase. After considering the piece for months and saving up when I was younger, I finally splurged and invested in a Prada nylon messenger bag. Finished with a long strap, a front buckle, and the brand's signature triangle logo, it was perfect and very well loved. I carried it everywhere and still do to this day. Durable, utilitarian, and anti-trend, it's a piece that stands the test of time and stands up to the ever-fleeting nature of trends.

While Prada's nylon bags have been cool since the '90s and will never go out of style, they're in focus in a big way right now. Nylon is a big part of the brand's heritage and has been reinvigorated by the Prada Re-Nylon project that is converting all the production of virgin nylon to regenerated nylon—making the pieces more sustainable and more in-demand than ever. Whether you want to invest in a designer bag or find a more affordable style to add to your cart, there are so many great pieces on the market. Ahead are the coolest nylon bags to have on your radar right now.

Shoulder Bags


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The silhouette meant to be worn from day to night.



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When a backpack isn't just a backpack…

Tote Bags


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This will carry everything you need to bring with you for the day and is extra durable for when you're on the go.

Crossbody Bags


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Here, I'm wearing the original Prada nylon bag I purchased years and years ago.

Laptop Bags


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If you're returning to the office, you'll want to check these out.

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Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She oversees luxury content and wedding features, and covers fashion within the luxury market, runway reporting, shopping features, trends, and interviews with leading industry experts. She also contributes to podcast recordings, social media, and branded content initiatives. Kristen has worked with brands including Prada, Chanel, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her style has been featured in publications including, Vogue France, WWD, and the CFDA. Before Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.