If you are in the Northeast, then you are part of this intense heat wave we are all experiencing. I may be from South Florida, but there is something about the heat radiating off the buildings and through this concrete jungle that intensifies the temperature in a way I can not describe. Oh, and the heat cooks the smells that are notoriously part of the city’s allure into a rather unalluring mixture of garbage and sweat. If you’re going to visit, wait until fall.

Here is the good news: With summer knocking at the door, the duo behind Proenza Schouler created a beach bag and patterned towel to make all of these hot days worth a trip to the shore in style. I used to think splurging on beach goods was silly, but with so many fashionable options at a variety of price points, we should all put a bit of thought into our beach wear. (more…)

Proenza Schouler Green PS1, $1,595 via NAP

The craze over the Proenza Schouler PS1 has not died down and frankly, I do not want it to. I still love this bag and for spring I crave bright pops of color being incorporated into my wardrobe. (more…)

Proenza Schouler PS1 Continental Wallet, $585 via ProenzaSchouler.com.

I didn’t think I’d ever see the day where I’d write two excited posts in one week about a wallet, of all things, but the boys at Proenza Schouler know how to get to me. Including the standout kelly green color in their first round of press photos for the Proenza Schouler PS1 Continental Wallet was enough to make me bite the first time around, but saving this delicious purple color until a few days later to squeeze another post out of me was truly a stroke of genius. What? They didn’t do this purely to manipulate my emotions? Are you sure?

Well, either way, now I want a purple one. If that doesn’t tickle your fancy, I have a picture of another brand new color, military, after the jump. Neither is on the brand’s website quite yet, but when they are, you’ll be able you buy them via ProenzaSchouler.com for $585. (more…)

Proenza Schouler PS1 Linen and Leather Clutch via Net-a-Porter for $735.

This may sound crazy, but I swear that when I first laid eyes on the Proenza Schouler PS1 Linen and Leather Clutch, the room immediately felt a few degrees cooler. Things are starting to heat up in Atlanta, as always happens so quickly after we get those first few perfect spring days, and ceiling fans and air conditioners are working overtime to keep everyone below the Mason-Dixon Line from going outside, lying facedown in the grass and falling asleep in the sun. This clutch, though, made me feel like I was standing right under a vent with the temperature turned all the way down. (more…)

I don’t know if I’ve ever heard or read so much buzz over a wallet; the gentlemen at Proenza Schouler sure do know how to work the fashion hype machine for maximum effect. On Friday came an exclusive tidbit via Vogue.com that Jack and Lazaro would be releasing a new wallet on the company’s website Monday, along with a single stock photo and conspicuously lacking price information to make us all salivate over the weekend. It certainly worked on me; as whispers and excitement spread across the fashion internet after the initial announcement, my impatience grew. I couldn’t wait to see all the colors or find out how much I would need to dish out to get one.

The PS1 Continental Wallet is like the older sister to Proenza’s original wallet, which was more like a billfold because of its single interior compartment. This one, though, is a full-fledged iteration with compartments for coins and cards as well as your standard cash slot. The first run will come in five colors, all of which you can see after the jump, and retail for $585 via ProenzaSchouler.com. (more…)

Charity for charity’s sake is always rewarding, but charity that rewards you with a Proenza Schouler PS1 Satchel made to your exact specifications is even better. Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez, the creative duo behind Proenza Schouler, have stepped up to the plate to auction off the chance for one lucky bidder to design a PS1 all her own. Of course, all proceeds from the auction will be donated to Japanese earthquake relief. So you get a new bag, you do a good deed for a very worthy cause and you get to meet the Proenza boys – it’s like Fashion & Friends for Japan had our readers in mind when they came up with this idea.

If the PS1 isn’t your cup of tea, the organization also has a host of other items available for bidding – a meeting with Anna Wintour, a stay at Diane von Furstenberg’s estate in the Bahamas and tickets to the Victoria’s Secret fashion show, just to name a few. Bidding for the PS1 is still fairly low, so get in while you can, or check out the full list of auction items here.

What the Proenza Schouler PS1 lacks in structure, the PS11 delivers abundantly.

Just in time for spring, I have my eye set on adding a structured lady-like bag to my collection and I’m itching for something bright. I am dreaming of the Proenza Schouler PS11 in Kelly Green to be that colorful piece in my spring and summer wardrobe. The green hue is vibrant and I can imagine it looking absolutely stunning against a crisp white shirt and jeans, my go-to outfit. (more…)

We usually try to find a handbag or at least something handbag-related for our Want It Wednesday series, but sometimes, even the most ardent of bag lovers gets distracted by all of the other wonders that the fashion world has to offer. Today, I’m totally captivated by the Proenza Schouler Fall 2011 behind-the-scenes photos by Tommy Ton over at Jak & Jil, specifically this one of a model in a deceptively simple blanket-print dress. (more…)

Megs and I are big Proenza Schouler fangirls already, as many of you might have noticed, and I’m already on the record as loving the Proenza Schouler PS1 Crossbody Pouch. The bag is functional, exactly my style and cute as a button – how could I not love it? So when you add gorgeous sueded yellow crocodile into the mix, my heart beats even faster.

Unfortunately, with crocodile comes a significantly increased price tag. If money were no object, I’d gladly plunk down in excess of six grand to have one of these little bags hanging from my shoulder. It’s a great pop of color and Proenza Schouler is still a relatively small, independently run brand, after all. So it would sort of be like supporting a local small business…right? Right? Ok, maybe it’s different. But the bag is still great. (more…)

Proenza Schouler always leaves its best handbag theatrics for venues other than its runway shows, but the purses that grace the hands of the brand’s models are always worth a look nonetheless. Proenza Schouler Fall 2011‘s handbags (and we mean “handbags” literally – all were clutches) were more straightforward and useable than that non-intuitively shaped totes of Spring 2011, and in a variety of textures, finishes and color combinations.

The double-compartment clutches represented a strong option for day-to-night wear, and the bicolor orange-pink iteration is very much in keeping with Fall 2011′s color trends. Also trendy is haircalf, which graced parts of the all-black version as a textural juxtaposition to Proenza’s beautiful leathers. If you’re more interested in the brands PS1 staples than in its runway bags, make sure you check out the limited-time Fall 2011 pre-orders we posted about after the show! (more…)

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