Proenza Schouler's Pre-Fall 2014 handbags have arrived in stock on the brand's site, and the collection is as notable for what is doesn't include (PS13s, apparently) as what it does (the return of the baja textiles).
The collection includes takes on all of Proenza's flagship bags, including the PS1, PS11 and Courier, in a limited palette of muted shades, but the PS13, launched only a couple of seasons ago to much fanfare, is notably absent. That doesn't necessarily mean that the bag is going away entirely, of course, but it does seem to indicate that, at the very least, the it's taking a backseat to other bags to which consumers have had more consistently positive responses.
The style never found the widespread acceptance by the fashion community that its predecessors did, so it's likely wise of Proenza to move on. In this case, that movement includes a bit of a nod to the past in the way of a new Baja blanket-print textile, which graced some of the brand's most sought-after accessories in years past, including the PS11 I stalked for six months before buying it.
Pre-collections are generally very consumer-focused, so with these bags, you get a good idea of what Proenza thinks its core customers want from the brand's bags. By my estimated, Jack and Lazaro are pretty spot-on, and I'm looking forward to seeing the ideas fleshed out further once the full Fall 2014 collection arrives. We already know that the runway bags are absolutely gorgeous.
Check out our favorites from the collection below or shop the whole thing via Proenza Schouler.