Fashion 101 of the Day: Miu Miu vs. Prada

I know Miu Miu, I know Prada.  But what is really the difference between the two?

I was at Crystals at City Center in Las Vegas when I saw this lovely pair of turquoise shoes at Miu Miu.  In Vegas, I fell in love… with the bags on display, shoes and clothes on the rack.  It’s like being in the Louvre museum again 🙂

Anyway, someone have asked me “Isn’t Miu Miu is Prada and Prada is Miu Miu? I mean, aren’t they the same? Interchangeable or not? 

The answer is.. No, they are not the same rather they are sibling labels.  Here’s what most fashionistas have to say.

“Miu Miu line is cheaper and aims to capture a more youthful market sector” – Source: http://www.answers.com/topic/prada

Remember that when we talk about “cheap” in Prada we are not talking about two or three digit priced items but four! 

“Aimed at the youth market, the price is relatively cheaper (again, this means thousands and could be insanely expensive for most people).  It is undoubtedly that Miu Miu is one of the most popular fashion choices in the world” – Source http://www.answers.com/topic/prada#ixzz1CglvtSj1

“Miu Miu is a bit more ‘hip’ than Prada which is conservative, for the most part unlike most diffusion lines, Miu Miu is still $$$$, shoes costing $300+ (instead of Prada’s $400+) and suits 1500+ (vs Prada 2000+)” – Source: http://www.superfuture.com/archive/index.php/t-4929.html

“Miu Miu is to Prada what Marc by Marc Jacobs is to Marc Jacobs and Burberry Prorsum is to Burberry London” – Source: http://www.superfuture.com/archive/index.php/t-4929.html

“I love Miu Miu and like Prada. The designs are funkier and the leather quality is fabulous but the price is far more realistic than Prada.” – Source: http://forum.purseblog.com/miu-miu/would-like-some-help-prada-vs-miu-miu-147821.html

“Miu Miu definitely gives you more bang for your buck- i.e. the Coffer is 1/2 the price of a Gauffre tote but still retains the leather and pleating. It really depends on what you like- IMO Miu Miu is a “younger” brand (more on par with Balenciaga, Chloe, etc.) whereas Prada appeals to an older audience (like Jimmy Choo and Tods).” – Source: http://forum.purseblog.com/miu-miu/would-like-some-help-prada-vs-miu-miu-147821.html

So, Miu Miu vs. Prada… who would you rather be? 🙂

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