Proenza Schouler PS1 Keep All Small Satchel, $1250 via Net-a-Porter

It’s been a rough week already and it’s only Tuesday. First Balenciaga, makers of my favorite handbags of all time, decided to desecrate one of their classic bags with inexplicably bad fur trim. Now Proenza Schouler, another of my can-do-no-wrong favorites, has made a version of their usually lovely Proenza Schouler PS1 Keep All Small that I just…don’t like.

This bag is not as egregious as the Balenciaga tote, for sure, but most Proenza bags are so effortlessly cool and (in my mind at least) perfect that to see one of the brand’s classics miss the mark is jarring, to say the least. I like the shape and I like the materials when considered individually, but together? Eep. (more…)

Proenza Schouler Blanket Print PS1, $2290 via Net-a-Porter

I’ve had Proenza Schouler on my list as the next bag to add to my collection for quite some time, but since I made that decision, I’ve spent months dithering over exactly which bag to get. It seems like every new bag that Proenza releases is something I would kill to have in my closet, which makes actually taking the plunge a rather fraught thing to do. Sure, I adore the PS11 right now, but buying Proenza is sort of like buying an Apple product – should I get the awesome thing that I really want right now, or should I wait six months and see what kind of exponentially-more-awesome thing the brand will surely come up with? Big problems, these.

That’s why Megs and I write about nearly every version of the Proenza Schouler PS1 that comes out; I can’t speak for her, but I’m almost always driven to lust by each one of them. Lust and confusion, which is where I’m at right now with the Proenza Schouler Blanket-Print PS1, brand new for Fall 2011. I thought I wanted a PS11? (more…)

Proenza Schouler PS11, $1,555 via Net-A-Porter

Last week I used “Argh” in place of “Are” in a post title and this week I am using “Orange” in place of “Aren’t”. My past English professors must be jumping for joy over my clever titles. But this title needed the play on words because I am seriously pining over this fall color-blocked version of the highly coveted Proenza Schouler PS11.

You will hear my endless love for fall in the upcoming months. It’s by far my favorite time of year as I love the leaves changing, temperatures dropping, crisp air, pumpkins, Halloween, apples, football and everything in between. To satisfy my love of fall, Proenza Schouler revamped its PS11 in a very autumn color family, including orange, rust and merlot textured leather. (more…)

What if the case in question were the acid yellow Proenza Schouler iPad Case, which is easily the least iPad-case-looking designer iPad case I’ve seen since the advent of the product? How many more times do you think I can work the phrase “iPad case” into this post? I’d say that the over-under is six.

Anyway, this thing’s kind of a looker, right? And at $685, it’s cheaper than any of Proenza Schouler’s other clutches by a long shot, and unlike most spendy iPad cases (1), this one actually has a functional front flap pocket and the same detailing as the rest of the brand’s handbags. So I ask you: Why not leave the iPad at home, throw your regular stuff inside and carry this iPad case (2) as a clutch? (more…)

Images via Vogue.com

Proenza Schouler’s runway bags have always been a horse of a different color. While designs like the PS1 and PS11 are act as aesthetic pillar’s of the brand’s identity no matter the season, the bags that show up on Proenza’s runway are meant to be accents to a particular collection’s visual mood. They often have limited functional or retail potential, but they tell you a lot about where Jack and Lazaro’s heads were when creating the entire collection.

That was all true for Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 Handbags, but to a lesser extent, which I don’t think is just a happy accident. Bringing seasonal runway accessories a bit more in line with consumer expectations will a long way toward continuing the booming growth that Proenza has experienced, and the collection’s cute structured canteen bags and boxy satchels could go a long way toward bringing the runway ideal and the retail reality into harmony. As with every Proenza Schouler collection, there’s a lot to be excited about here. (more…)

Handbag world, we have a problem. I placed myself on a bag ban because of my recent Celine and Chanel bag hauls (reviews of all to come soon). I even stated out loud to myself and Vlad that I would not be buying another bag for quite some time. Then Proenza Schouler repeated what they did last season: They offered exclusive pre-orders on upcoming bags to coincide with their fashion show and the Proenza Schouler Spring 2012 Floral PS1 is calling my name so insanely. (more…)

Proenza Schouler PS11, $1850 via ProenzaSchouler.com

Nothing makes me happier than stalking my next purchase. With most things in life, I’m an impulse-buyer, but when it comes to handbags, I like to take it slow. Let the romance develop. Whisper sweet nothing to my new bag over candlelight before I make it mine.

Ok, this is getting weird quickly. I apologize. Pretend I didn’t say that awkward stuff about the candles. ANYWAY. I like to plot my purchases, and I often do it with Megs, because she understands this whole weird bag thing better than basically anyone else on the face of the planet. She and I were talking the other day, and I think my next bag is going to be from Proenza Schouler. The Proenza Schouler PS11, to be specific. (more…)

Shop Proenza Schouler via Net-A-Porter

Today Vlad and I traveled down to South Florida for a much-needed vacation. We plan to spend this time flopping from the pool to the beach with drinks in our hands, but I couldn’t go to bed without sharing a sneak peek I received in my email today. Our friends at Net-A-Porter know how much we love Proenza Schouler bags and decided to give our readers an exclusive look at two new PS1 bags hitting their virtual store today.

From a gorgeous wine hued suede to a luxurious brushed python, I find myself yearning for each of these bags. (more…)

I just checked the calendar and realized we are midway through summer. How exactly did that happen? One minute I remember dreaming of warm weather with you and now I am stuck in heavy heat and humidity. While countless New Yorkers plan weekends in the Hamptons, I am excited for a trip down to Florida and the Caribbean next week.

When I booked our vacation, Net-A-Porter must have been alerted, because the teal Proenza Schouler PS1 popped up on the site that day. The color is perfectly reminiscent of the Carribean seas, into which I’ll be dipping my toes any day now. (more…)

This one doesn’t take much explanation: We love the Proenza Schouler PS1 and always have, and the excitement is palpable around here when new PS1s surface. We’ve been thinking for a while that the bag could use a few new shades, and it looks as though the Proenza team was right there with us. Now in tangerine, viola, raspberry suede and teal, you have four more ways to enjoy the It Bag that just won’t quit. All can be had for $1595 via ProenzaSchouler.com.

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