Over the past couple of weeks, there have been whispers that LVMH is interested in investing in Proenza Schouler and growing it into a global luxury brand, and although that’s yet to come to fruition, it looks like Proenza is headed in a decidedly luxe direction on its own. After last season’s strong showing of exotics, Proenza’s Spring 2015 bag lineup looks as though it will continue in that direction. (more…)

Here’s actress Olivia Munn, leaving Joan’s on Third in West Hollywood, carrying a beautiful, natural leather Proenza Schouler PS11 Bag. Notice how she’s artfully paired it with a simple button-down shirt tied at the midriff, plus a breezy, partially transparent pleated maxi skirt. This is how you do summer, people! You can find Olivia’s PS11 for $1,950 at Proenza Schouler.

Megs just spotted Olivia palling around with Lupita Nyong’o, Julianne Moore and other stars at the excessively classy Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in New Jersey last weekend. Olivia is a pretty exquisite dresser, and she has an appropriately exquisite collection of designer handbags. You can check out all of her best looks and bag picks in “The Many Bags of Olivia Munn.”

Joel Silver’s last annual Memorial Day pool party generated some of the best bag moments of the summer of 2013, and it looks like the 2014 shindig will follow suit. Here’s Kate Beckinsale, heading in for some poolside celeb schmoozing fun, carrying a Proenza Schouler PS13 Snakeskin Bag. This bag was originally a seasonal piece made for the bag’s big debut several seasons ago, but you can currently find a different snakeskin version for $1,875 at Neiman Marcus.

Joel Silver is a well known Hollywood producer, and his annual summer kick-off party always attracts a huge guest list of A-list Hollywood types. Other confirmed attendees this year included Cindy Crawford, January Jones, Kaley Cuoco, Gwen Stefani and Diane Kruger. It’s highly likely we’ll feature a few of their pool party handbag selections later in the week.

Jennifer Zeuner Yvette Topper Ring $220, CatBird Alphabet Rings $96, CatBird First Knuckle Rings $48, Chanel Nail Polish Tentation $27, Cartier Love Bracelet

Many of you have heard me mention my coveted and beloved Proenza Schouler Crocodile PS1, and I’ve long promised to bring you the story of how I nabbed it for such a great price and how much I love it.

Part of me thinks I’ve avoided sharing the story because I keep waiting to wake up and realize it was all just a dream. The truth is, I somehow scored the sickest deal known to Proenza Schouler-kind and got the one crocodile PS1 that landed on THE OUTNET. (I’ve heard it was an accident). (more…)

We’ve already taken several looks at Proenza Schouler’s impressive Fall 2014 runway bags, but the bags that you see in fashion shows are never the full story of what a brand will offer in any given season. Thanks to Neiman Marcus’ Fall 2014 New York designer pre-orders, we’ve gotten a glimpse at what else the Proenza boys will have on offer come September, and they’re embracing a number of big bag trends.

Proenza is buying into backpacks yet again, with their second offering of school-nostalgia. This one’s a little more traditional and less minimal than the first backpack outing, so it’ll likely please a different subset of the brand’s customers. PS is also trying its hands at bucket bags, both leather and suede, with little in the way of adornment or finishing. Lastly, Proenza’s also incorporating fringe into its always-popular PS1, and the combination of color and hardware makes the particular bag feel like a nod to Valentino’s spring accessories. Check out the bags available for pre-order below or shop Neiman Marcus’ full pre-order section.

In the weeks since Proenza Schouler’s beautiful Fall 2014 handbag collection debuted on the runway, our enthusiasm for the bags hasn’t diminished – they were, and still are, the cream of the New York Fashion Week crop, by a long shot. For the next few days, you can shop Jack & Lazaro’s newfound adventures in crocodile, stingray and fur at Moda Operandi, but get ready to melt your credit card doing it.

Proenza is making a bid to become America’s reigning European-style luxury brand, and with that comes ultra-premium materials and their attendant price tags. These bags start right under $2,000 for a fur-faced clutch, and they top out at $28,000 for an all-croc satchel. All of these bags are part of a new line for the brand, which they’re calling the Proenza Schouler PS Elliot Bag. Unfortunately, that’s not a clever reference to TS Eliot, in all likelihood, because of the difference in spelling, but a girl can dream. Check out the bags below or shop the full collection, including the excellent runway clothes, via Moda Operandi through March 6.

Stalwart Parisian department store Le Bon Marché and American luxury upstarts Proenza Schouler might seem like counter-intuitive bedfellows, but based on the capsule collection that the pairing released yesterday, we’re not going to question the logic that brought the two companies together. Proenza Schouler x Le Bon Marché includes lots of bags and small leather goods, as well as a few shirts and some simple accessories, all of which will appeal directly to Proenza’s core fanbase.

By my estimation, the most exciting pieces are the brightly printed totes and pouch clutches, covered with images of various kinds of wildlife. The three new PS1 colors, matched with gleaming silver hardware, are also pretty exciting – the shades have a quality to them that sets them apart from the other PS1s currently on offer, though I can’t put my finger on why, exactly, that is. The collection is only available in stores at Le Bon Marché and Proenza Schouler’s two Manhattan boutiques, but you can shop online at ProenzaSchouler.com.

After two blockbuster handbag hits with the PS1 and PS11 bags, Proenza Schouler’s accessories success has been in something of a holding pattern. That happens to many brands after an initial fit of success; learning how to turn those first instincts into stable, replicable growth requires a little bit of alchemy, at the very least. Based on the Proenza Schouler Fall 2014 handbags, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez may have hit their stride. (more…)

Waitlist-inspiring marquee bags are great, but there’s money to be made elsewhere in a brand’s accessory inventory as well. For many designers, a small, simple crossbody, priced in the high three figures, is a great way to attract customers who dig the brand’s look but who can’t commit to $2,000 or more. The Gucci Soho Disco Bag is a prime example; not only does it fit the desires of customers of more modest means, but it fills out the casual bag collections of the brand’s big spenders and loyalists. For Proenza Schouler, the Proenza Schouler PS1 Crossbody Wallet is set to be that bag. (more…)

Just when you thought that the Proenza Schouler PS1 had come in every version that you could possibly imagine, the minds behind Proenza Schouler have reinvented their staple satchel yet again. The Proenza Schouler PS1 Tiny Bag sits between the classic Medium version of the bag and the top handle-lacking PS1 Pouch, and it fits perfectly with the huge, ongoing trend of designers shrinking down their signature pieces for a crossbody-loving consumer market. (more…)

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