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…)

Dakota Fanning was spotted two days ago on the first day of spring in NYC, toting her “Light Peacock” blue Proenza Schouler PS13 Bag. Kudos to Dakota for rocking the bright seasonal hues at the first available opportunity, despite the less than spring-like NYC weather. (We were just gushing about the new “Peacock Blue” Proenza Schouler blues last week!) You can grab this bag in 5 different shades for $2,250 at Proenza Schouler.

If you’re wondering what little Dakota Fanning’s been up to in recent years, she actually appeared in several of the Twilight films, and when she’s not busy paying the bills by churning out giant Hollywood blockbusters, she appears in more challenging indie fare – playing Victorian teen brides, environmental terrorists, prostitutes and the like.

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. Or the bag was beautifully designed, but it only came in black or tan, and I just don’t see the fun in that. Or maybe I wanted the grey just a hair darker, or a hair lighter – it could be anything. Rarely does a brand get color as spot-on correct as Proenza Schouler does with Peacock Blue, which is new for Spring 2013. (more…)

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? Part of the reason the PS1 stood out from everything else when it was launched was the utility-chic shoulder strap and minimal hardware. Believe it or not, the chain shoulder strap completely changes the bag and I think it not only ruins the look, but also cheapens it.

The bag in question is the Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger bag, which is available in a variety of colors and materials. It doesn’t help that the shape isn’t my favorite rendition either, but it’s all passable until we get to the shoulder strap, where you will find oversized chain metal that leaves me feeling like this bag is “inspired by” instead of being from the designers themselves. This simply isn’t the PS1 I fell in love with, and that makes me a little sad. The good news is I don’t think the boys are adding this strap to most of their bags, and there are still plenty of beautiful PS1 bags to choose from. This version is available via Neiman Marcus for $1,945.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger in pink suede Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger in Red Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger in Yellow

Today we have Olivia Wilde, walking her adorable, ginormous dog with a gal pal in NYC’s West Village. Her tiny little black bag is a Proenza Schouler PS1 Pouch. I love this micro-bag – it’s dainty, yet somehow slightly masculine; hardly bigger than a large wallet, yet strangely practical. Plus I’ve never been able to avoid the oversized bag/black hole trap, so a pouch is my ideal bag size. The PS1 could very well be mine of course, for the not-so-tiny price of $1,325 at Neiman Marcus.

So what’s Olivia Wilde (or O-Wilde, as no one calls her) up to these days, besides wearing colorful jeans and being engaged to SNL’s Jason Sudeikis? Well, she’ll soon appear in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. Yes, that Jim Carrey-Steve Carell-Steve Buscemi-magician movie. Olivia will presumably be the one in the hot magician’s assistant outfits.

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. It doesn’t guarantee that someone has a driver, personal assistant or nanny, of course, but I can understand why a certain breed of woman likes the implication that the look, when well-executed, provides. Proenza Schouler Fall 2013 seems to be a bid to attract some of those well-heeled customers.

Investors have been trying to take Proenza in the direction of an old-world European luxury house for a couple of seasons now, and these textured day-clutch riffs on the PS1 and PS13 are the brand’s strongest efforts in that direction yet. The PS13, which is a tad disappointing in satchel form, shines brightest as a generously sized clutch, while the newly stripped-down version of the PS1 hand-held lends itself well to many of the textures and treatments that filled the largely monochromatic show. Perhaps most tellingly, the weird runway bags of almost every previous Proenza show were nowhere to be found; these guys are clearly looking to take their accessories business to the next level.

[Images via Vogue]

An interesting design on a well-known bag is sure to get people talking, and that is what I know will happen with this Proenza Schouler PS1. The boys behind the brand released an array of artistic bold prints for Spring 2013, and my favorite rendition is the crowd print. We didn’t cover this bag in our previous roundup, but I’m glad we left it out so I could highlight it in more depth.

I keep zooming in on this bag as if I’m trying to see if I know anyone in this crowd print. It’s not like their faces are blurry – quite the contrary, they’re crisp, clear and identifiable. I don’t know where the image comes from, but I wish I knew the back story and who is in the picture.

We know many of you love the PS1, but what do you think about the crowd print version? Buy through Proenza Schouler for $2,550.

At this point, you guys know me, and you know that I’m an absolute sucker for a seasonal printed Proenza Schouler PS1. The bag I carry almost every day is a digital blanket-print version from Fall 2011, and every time Proenza makes a beautiful patterned textile and doesn’t do a PS1 version of it, I weep silently. For Spring 2013, I don’t see any PS1 textiles, but I do see something I like even better – printed leather.

The red and black triangle-print version speaks to me most clearly. In addition to being one of my favorite overall color combination, red and black were also my college’s official colors. That this version (and the blue alternative) are lined in leather printed in wires and chains only makes it more unique, and at least in my case, desirable. If you want something even more daring, the graffiti-print PS1 (lined in black leather) might be more your speed, and if you’re a traditionalist, the woven leather PS1 with the classic jacquard lining might be more appropriate. Which is your favorite? You can shop the full Proenza Schouler Spring 2013 handbag collection via Bergdorf Goodman.

Proenza Schouler Woven Leather PS1
$3,540 via Bergdorf Goodman

Proenza Schouler Triange Print Leather PS1
$2,525 via Bergdorf Goodman

Proenza Schouler Triangle Print Leather PS1
$2,995 via Bergdorf Goodman

Proenza Schouler Graffiti Print Leather PS1
$2,375 via Bergdorf Goodman

When Proenza Schouler hit big with its PS1, everyone waited to see what the duo would create next. The next big handbag design from the company was the PS11, and the minute I saw it, I was hooked. I find the PS11 to be an ideal mix of everything I like in a bag: sturdy, structured, and downtown cool.

Today, I am taking you on a journey through a gallery of images of my favorite Proenza Schouler PS11 bags, because why not?

Does this signal the beginning of a major shift in celeb handbag-carrying proclivities? Kate Bosworth is the first non-fashion celebrity we’ve spotted with a Proenza Schouler PS13 Satchel on her arm. As you’ll remember, the PS13 was shrouded in mystery until last month, when pics were finally unveiled. The bag, a part of Proenza Schouler’s Resort 2013 collection, just became available for sale this week – you can get your hands on one for $2495 at Net-A-Porter.

Kate Bosworth is seen here bopping around L.A. with her director fiance Michael Polish. I must say, I’m a fan of her whole floral button-up shirt, bootcut jeans, and tan leather heels get-up. That light grey PS13 really pops with the lining of her shirt. But how do you think the PS13 holds up to the PS1, now that you’ve seen it in action? It’s an obvious follow-up to the PS1, but you’ll notice the PS13 is a little more voluptuous where the PS1 is oh so square. I myself love that fat envelope pocket on the front of the PS13 – that gives it an edge for me. But maybe the roughly $500 price difference for the large versions of each bag gives the original PS1 the edge overall? Sound off!

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