Red White and Blue Proenza Schouler

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

The list of handbags I covet seems to expand exponentially by the day. Some bags I simply want, others I truly covet, and a few I claim to need. Proenza Schouler is one of my favorite brands and I love to see that it continues to expand in the handbag world.

I have absolutely positively no qualms in declaring my never-ending love for Proenza Schouler. The schoolgirl bags with their downtown vibe have yet to lose traction in the accessory world. With new materials, patterns and colors constantly being released on the many versions of the beloved PS1, there an option for everyone.

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If you only look at one set of detail shots from New York Fashion Week, make it Proenza Schouler’s. Not even for the bags, necessarily; most of these pieces will come to retail in a very limited way, with the well-known PS1s and PS11s dominating the Proenza handbag landscape.

It’s become a seasonal tradition; immediately following the livestream of the Proenza Schouler show, the brand puts a couple of bags from the collection on its website for immediately pre-order. Sometimes they’re runway bags and sometimes they’re not, but for Proenza Schouler Fall 2012, they’re versions of the most eye-catching accessories from the show.

It occurred to me on Wednesday night, while I was fretting over skirts and sequins and my utter lack of shoe options for the start of New York Fashion Week, that I am indeed a very lucky girl.

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