Proenza Schouler PS Large Backpack White

For anyone hoping that the backpack trend might be a true flash in the pan that would disappear at the end of the season, I have some news that might upset you: the Proenza Schouler PS Backpack is one of the brand’s most visible new designs for Fall 2013, and usually Proenza is toward the front end of trends like this instead of the back.

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (1)

Regular PurseBlog readers know that Megs and I are full-on Proenza Schouler fangirls. We both own bags from the brand and carry them regularly, and Proenza is responsible for my all-time favorite bag in my personal collection.

Proenza Schouler Studded degrade leather studded clutch

I specifically remember spending summers in Ohio riding bikes around the neighborhood and going to the local market to buy candy. Every favorite candy of my childhood was there, and one that most of us remember is Candy Buttons.

Proenza Schouler Courier

For those that love the Proenza Schouler handbag aesthetic, it seems the brand can do no wrong. The PS13 wasn’t as big of a hit as the coveted PS1 and PS11, yet the brand just released the Courier, and I’m sure it hopes the design will cause a buying frenzy like it’s predecessors.

Proenza Schouler Tweed PS1 Bag

One of my absolute favorite things about Proenza Schouler is its penchant for approaching traditional fabrics with a super-technical, totally modern twist. My absolute favorite bag in my collection is a Proenza Schouler PS1 covered in a digitized Aztec-print blanket material, which is so intricate that I still haven’t tired inspecting it up close, over a year and a half after the initial purchase.

Proenza Schouler Ombre Bags

Don’t get me wrong, I still love Proenza Schouler, but I’ve been waiting for something that stands out a bit more than the usual. Yes, I want to continue adding Proenza bags to my collection, but I haven’t seen one in a while that got my credit card hand twitching.

Proenza Schouler Tiny PS11 Bag

Proenza Schouler is a brand that’s followed a very lucrative handbag pattern, road-tested by innumerable other handbag brands in the past: fine a few basic bags that people love and then capitalize on their success for seasons to come by remaking them in different sizes, proportions and structures.

Proenza Schouler PS11 Peacock Blue

In fashion, sometimes the right color makes all the difference. I’ve held off on buying many a handbag because the color wasn’t just right; sure, the bag came in purple, but it was a blue-based purple, and I like it red-based.

The Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger Bags

If you peruse PurseBlog articles on Proenza Schouler, you will see that the entire team adores Proenza, and we say so often and without reserve. Right now, though, I’ve got a bone to pick with the brand; all I want to know is, why did they ruin a good thing with their beyond crazy hit, the PS1, by taking a tomboyish satchel and trying to turn it into a ladylike, chain-strapped shoulder bag?

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 11

There’s an inherent luxury to a day clutch. That a woman is free to carry her bag in her hands implies all sorts of privilege, chiefly among them that the woman in question has other people at her disposal to worry about all the things with which the contents of an oversized tote might otherwise contend.