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. Much to my dismay, the brand took a couple seasons off from translating its amazing custom textiles into bags, but for Pre-Fall 2013, those very special pieces are back, starting with this rosy tweed version.
Tweed is a fabric that has a long and storied history in luxury – you can find it used regularly by brands from Ralph Lauren to Chanel, mostly in ways that are quite staid and, well…tweed-y. For both Pre-Fall and Fall 2013, Proenza Schouler has endeavored to take the textile in a less traditional, more youthful direction, and the results are everything from this bag to smart suiting that actually has leather woven into it instead for contrasting threads. This bag is a more straightforward presentation, but the young, slouchy nature of the PS1 automatically lends the tweed an air of freshness. The three different colors of tweed, all layered with black trim, make the bag a good candidate for carrying in any but the hottest times of year. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $1,525.
Do you like this use of tweed, or would you prefer it in a more traditional setting?