Amanda and I were just discussing how it seems entirely crazy that we have talked about handbags for over seven years now. The funny thing is there is always something to say and it is rare that either she or I have a day when we literally are grasping at straws to find some great content. After all, accessories are the anchor to the fashion world and we know their importance.

I’ve been hard-core crushing on Proenza Schouler for what seems like a decade. Fact is it has not been that long, but in it’s short life Proenza Schouler has risen to accessory stardom. The PS1 is what started it all and I have carefully followed all of the creations the team has put out. This is most likely my favorite rendition yet when it comes to the Proenza Schouler PS1 Pochette, a coral sueded crocodile. (more…)

Some accessories are a match made in heaven, and I have found a combo that’s beyond stunning. All I want to do right now is buy both of these items and wear them all summer long, with my crisp whites as well as casual boyfriend jeans and t-shirt. This pair and all of its possibilities are precisely why I love accessories; they’re outfit-changers.

The Proenza Schouler PS11 has made its way into the handbag world as a chic staple and this Bottega Veneta Multi-color Necklace adds spunk to any outfit. This is what I call a match made in fashion heaven. (more…)

[Editor's Note: Images from this post were removed at the request of Proenza Schouler.]

You know we hate publishing cell phone pictures, but if the picture contains something that’s exciting enough and that can’t be found anywhere else, we’re willing to do it for the sake of informing you guys about something exciting as quickly as possible. That’s the case with these pictures that tweeted from their visit to the Proenza Schouler Resort 2013 Preview – you guys, that’s a Proenza Schouler Holographic PS11. YOU GUYS. (more…)

The amazing sales just keep coming and I can’t think of a better way to kick off a dreary Monday morning than with a Proenza Schouler sale. Our friends at Proenza Schouler have marked select bags from their Spring 2012 collection 30% off. All you have to do is enter code PS12PREVIEW at checkout. I for one have my eyes set on the PS11 clutch (drool!!).

Shop 30% off select bags at Proenza Schouler now!

If there’s two things that all of us at PurseBlog love, it’s handbags and sweets. If you’re here, you already know about our handbag obsession, but if you follow PurseBlog on Instagram, that’s where you get a much deeper look into the collective psyche of our team. Spoiler alert: Our collective psyche is covered in frosting, much like this awesome Proenza Schouler PS1 Birthday Cake from Sweet Kat’s Creations in Chicago.

It’s such a close recreation of the bag and all its details that even the team at Proenza was impressed; they tweeted this picture of the finished product a few days ago, and naturally, we had to investigate further. Sweet Kat’s blog details the construction process for the cake, all the way to the use of a rolling puncture tool to get the stitched look around the edges of the fondant “leather.” It’s an impressively spot-on cake recreation, and with a filling of lemon cake and strawberries, I bet it tastes as good as it looks. Check out a few more pictures of the assembly process after the jump or read Sweet Kat’s full post via her blog! Or, if you want even more handbag sweets, you can revisit those awesome Celine Luggage Tote cookies or the chocolate purses we recommended for Mother’s Day! (more…)

Ice cream cones, the ocean breeze, sun-kissed skin, fireflies, vacations, 4th of July, fireworks, BBQs, bikinis, maxi dresses, and non-stop fun all come to mind when I think of summer. Memorial Day is this weekend, and for many folks, this holiday means the official start of summer. Vlad and I are kicking off the season by heading out to the Hamptons before the weekend madness begins for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

I can’t think of a trio of colors that reminds me of summer more than red, white, and blue, and Proenza Schouler has three perfect versions of their highly coveted PS1 in exactly those shades. From the Continental Wallet to the Pouch, to the original PS1 Satchel, I found options in red, white, and blue to get you ready for summer. (more…)

Not long ago, I said that my feelings toward Thursday Friday’s line of bag-on-bag printed totes had “softened.” At that point, Balenciaga was the latest designer to have a photo of their work plastered on a canvas tote bag and sold for up to $90 apiece, and like Hermes and Chanel before it, Balenciaga is a huge brand with a huge corporate structure behind it to protect its work product. They can stand up for themselves, and although the Thursday Friday bags are certainly not my personal cup of tea, the combination of the chosen subject matter and the totes’ ubiquity had made me a little less opinionated about the whole thing.

Well. Guess what. This time, Thursday Friday has chosen to go after Proenza Schouler, a small New York brand that’s still in its relative infancy and that has yet to so much as open a brick-and-mortar store for itself. Compared to the Chanels of the world, Proenza Schouler is utterly tiny and a labor of love by the brand’s founders, Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. The success of the PS1 and the brand’s other accessories allow it to do some of the most beautiful and innovative textile work in modern fashion; clothes like that don’t often turn a profit because of the enormous expense associated with producing such technically complicated work in small quantities, so for Proenza Schouler and brands like it, handbags are a crucial part of the business model. But hey, who cares about all that? Let’s take someone else’s hard work, slap it on a tote bag and make some cash! (more…)

Most of us don’t balk when designers use lizard skin (after all, lizards aren’t cuddly), but this is the first time I have seen a designer list the skin specifically as iguana. Growing up in Florida meant being surrounded by iguanas often. (When I say often, I mean we would see twenty or thirty around a pond in our neighborhood daily.) I prefer lizard skin over ostrich and the scales on this bag are really interesting because of the iguana skin. For me, this Proenza Schouler bag is a win in every sense, despite my mental image of those iguanas at our pond.

Bold red iguana skin helps the already coveted Proenza Schouler PS11 stand out and grab attention immediately. (more…)

It’s rare that a designer with as big of a name and as much of a reputation for trend-setting as Proenza Schouler makes anything that is both functional and reasonably affordable, which is why Megs and I have been fans of the Proenza Schouler PS1 Wallet since the very beginning. It was originally planned as a limited edition piece to celebrate the launch of Proenza’s web store, but they were so popular that the brand has been producing the wallets ever since, most of them at the very reasonable price of $165. (more…)

Normally we do our Save, Spend, Splurge features with different brands that achieve a similar look at a variety of price points, but everyone on the PurseBlog team is so obsessed with Proenza Schouler’s bags that we thought the brand deserved a post all to itself. Believe it or not, Proenza actually does offer its bags and accessories at a fairly wide price point.

You can even get the very expensive python look for less than $200, depending on your personal taste and accessories budget. If you’ve got somewhat more generous means, well, Proenza can accomodate that as well, of course. Whether you’re partial to neutral tones or neons, PS1s or PS11s…didn’t we tell you that these bags were versatile? (more…)

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