Even for brands that have huge accessories lines dating back decades, there’s usually one bag that stands out above the others in shoppers’ minds. Hermès has the Birkin, Chanel has the Classic Flap, Louis Vuitton has the Speedy; for Proenza Schouler, it’s the PS1 that inspires the most consumer devotion.
I previously reviewed my large Proenza Schouler Crocodile PS1 and shared my love for the bag. While this Purseonals may seem redundant, there are a few reasons I want to share how my Medium Leather PS1 compares to the large.
It’s not uncommon for bag lovers to get stuck on a design. Some people collect Chanel Classic Flaps in numerous sizes, colors and embellishments; others trawl eBay and luxury resale sites for Balenciaga bags in the most coveted shades of 2004 and 2005.
All four global fashion weeks have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and high-end bags is always one of New York’s. We’re a city that churns out some of the finest contemporary options in the world, from Mansur Gavriel to Coach, but once you start climbing the price ladder, things get a little bit tricker in the good ol’ US of A.
I think it would be fair to say that Proenza Schouler is a brand looking for its Next Big Thing, accessory-wise. Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez proved their handbag bonafides with the PS1 and PS11 and have, and the success of those two designs increased the brand’s profile and power in huge ways.
Of all the celebrities that we’ve profiled over the years, Hilary Duff and her enormous collection have always felt the most relatable to me. Hilary’s personal style is relentlessly casual and often dotted with workout clothes, and she uses her bags to dress things up a little bit, just like lots of non-famous women.
You love celebs. You really love round-ups. So now, in lieu of our usual daily celeb features, we’ll be presenting our readers with a twice-weekly bag-carrying celeb smorgasbord. There’s something for everyone, so if you suffer from Kardashian fatigue, or Real Housewife fatigue, or Birkin fatigue (highly scientific studies show that they are all irrevocably linked), there are plenty of other attractive celebs carrying gorgeous designer bags upon which to rest your gaze.
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.
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.