Italian fashion house Prada was founded by Mario Prada in 1913. In collaboration with his brother Martino, the pair opened a leathergoods and luggage store called Fratelli Prada (Prada Brothers) in Milan. Mario's daughter Luisa took over the business from her father, and in turn, her daughter Miuccia Prada, would take over for her in 1978. The company as we know it today has evolved under Miuccia Prada's direction.
Prada's first totes and backpacks were introduced in 1979, eventually becoming best-sellers. The company expanded its market by placing its handbags in major retailers around the world and opening a second boutique in Milan. Shoes were added to the line in 1984, and Prada's first line of womenswear debuted in 1988. A womens' high-fashion line called Miu Miu (Miuccia's nickname) was introduced in 1992, and menswear was offered starting in 1993.
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