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. You can imagine, then, that we were delighted to get the opportunity to inspect some of the best Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags up close and personal, and now we’d like to share that experience with you. Below, check out Vladi’s stunning photos of the collection, which include some of fall’s most important handbag looks like camouflage, shearling and calf hair. After you’ve taken a gander at our photos, head on over to ProenzaSchouler.com to shop these looks and more.


Proenza Schouler Large Lunch Bag, High Frequency
$1,850 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (2)

Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic, Pony
$2,225 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny Camo Print Bag
$1,645 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (9)

Proenza Schouler Courier Bag, Pony
$2,490 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (3)

Proenza Schouler Courier Bag, Pony
$2,490 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (4)

Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic, Pony
$2,225 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (10)

Proenza Schouler Courier Bag, Pony
$2,490 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (5)

Proenza Schouler Small Lunch Bag, Shearling
$870 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (1)

Proenza Schouler Courier Bag, Pony
$2,490 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (6)

Proenza Schouler Courier Bag, Pony
$2,490 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (7)

Proenza Schouler PS11 Mini Classic, Pony
$2,225 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler PS11 Tiny Camo Print Bag
$1,645 via Proenza Schouler

Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 Bags (8)

Yes, this is Sally Field carrying a very trendy brown suede Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch while shopping in Santa Monica. Not Diane Kruger or Ashley Olsen, mind you, but American acting legend Sally friggin’ Field. I consider this solid proof that the PS1 is already a bonafide classic. (And yes, when I use adjectives like “classic” in this context, what I really mean is: it appeals to people beyond the teenage starlets who call the paparazzi on themselves.) You can snag Sally’s exact bag for $1,325 at farfetch.com.

It looks like Sally’s also rocking a pair of Birkenstocks (or Birkenstock-looking sandals, on closer inspection), which have been a surprise hit this summer. (We have the evidence to back this up on TalkShoes.) It’s so refreshing to talk about someone like Sally Field instead of Miley Cyrus or Selena Gomez. The woman has gravitas, people!

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. You might not remember the name, but you remember the hard candy that you chewed off a long piece of wax paper. It seems the boys of Proenza Schouler might love this candy as well, or it’s just a coincidence of fashion imitating food, because the Proenza Schouler Studded Dégradé Clutch reminds me specifically of candy buttons.

For me this reminder isn’t a bad thing, it’s quirky and fun and I love this clutch. But I’m turning to you to see if you love it or would leave it? Buy via Net-A-Porter for $1,450.

Humans are creatures of habit. We’re predisposed to find routines, create schedules and return to behaviors over and over again. Even fashion, which encourages newness and exploration, becomes somewhat rote over time. Most fashion people find a uniform for themselves as they spend more and more time thinking about style and what makes them feel like themselves, and at least for now, my uniform is pretty much set – a black (or black and white) maxi dress, silver sandals and my trusty Proenza Schouler PS1. That uniform will shift with the seasons, of course, but the spirit of the pieces that I’ll incorporate into it will be the same. Especially the bag. (more…)

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.

But the question is, will you buy it? I think I might consider it. The Proenza Schouler Courier is much more alluring than the PS13, and it has a touch of Celine minimalism paired with the Proenza Schouler aesthetic I covet. There are three color ways for leather versions, which have eye-catching offset colors on the interior, plus two python versions. All I know is I need to head to the store ASAP to try this new bag on.

What about you, love it or leave it? Shop the Proenza Schouler Courier bag for $1,475 to $2,335 via Proenza Schouler online.

If you thought that holographic and other color-shifting leather treatments would be an early-2013 flash in the pan, think again. The trend, which got going in earnest for Resort 2013 (so, in mid-2012, when those collections were first shown to the public), is back for Fall 2013, often in the form of dark, oil-slicked patent leather. The Proenza Schouler Mini PS11 Holographic Shoulder Bag, one of the most visible light silver holo bags of early 2013, is also back. (more…)

Reese Witherspoon was in fine spirits when the paparazzos caught her running errands in Santa Monica, but you know what they say: when you look good, you feel good. (Sadly that isn’t always the case for Reese, who always looks fantastic but doesn’t always look happy to see cameras. Still, it’s nice to see her smiling and laughing here, nonetheless.) You’ll notice she’s carrying a bright white Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag with gold hardware that pairs perfectly with her orange floral print mini, white blazer and hemp jewelry. This buttery leather satchel can be had for $1695 at Neiman Marcus.

We’ve already profiled a sizable portion of Reese’s bag collection in “The Many Bags of Reese Witherspoon,” but if any celeb is deserving of a second edition of “Many Bags,” it’s definitely Reese. She’s on PB almost bi-weekly with a new little designer something or other, and there have been precious few repeats as of late.

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?

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. A variety of colors in the classic designs continue to be released, but it wasn’t until I saw the ombre effect on these bags that I started to feel the buying urge.

Remember when ombre took over the accessories market? That may have been a few seasons ago, but the boys at Proenza are bringing it back in their cult classic PS11 as well as their Large Bag Clutch. If you don’t like ombre, I apologize, but I must tell you many designers will have it on their upcoming bags and accessories. Some brands do it in an overly forceful way while others have the ability to find a subtle way to implement it that doesn’t push too hard. Proenza Schouler opted for a blue and green ombre on the PS11 and the same on the bag clutch, along with blue silicone studs. I know what I think, but now I turn to you to see what you think: love it or leave it?

Proenza Schouler Large Studded Ombre Lunch Bag Clutch
$1,795 via Neiman Marcus

Proenza Schouler Large Studded Ombre Lunch Bag Clutch


Proenza Schouler Ombre PS11 Classic Shoulder Bag
$2,150 via Neiman Marcus

Proenza Schouler PS11 Classic Shoulder Bag Ombre

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’s primary example of this strategy is the PS1, of course – it comes in every version imaginable, from a billfold to a weekender. The PS11, Proenza’s follow up to the company’s ever-popular handbag debut, hasn’t appeared in quite as many versions, but that seems to be changing. The one you see above is literally called the Proenza Schouler Tiny PS11 Crossbody. (more…)

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