All four global fashion weeks have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and high-end bags is always one of New York’s. We’re a city that churns out some of the finest contemporary options in the world, from Mansur Gavriel to Coach, but once you start climbing the price ladder, things get a little bit tricker in the good ol’ US of A. For years, Proenza Schouler has been our most promising way forward.

The Proenza Schouler PS1 can only be called an unmitigated success. It was the first bag the brand ever released, and it went an astonishing number of years before I ever saw a plain leather version marked down. The PS11, which came immediately after it, was (and is) also hugely popular. Since then, though, Proenza Schouler has been feeling around for its next big hit, and the brand thinks the new Hava Bag might be it.

The Hava does at least one very important thing: it uses very unique hardware, which has always been a successful, important detail of the brand’s past success. The front closure is similar to the PS1’s, and the bag’s strap looks a bit like a very futuristic bike chain. (I mean that in the best way possible–it’s really cool.)

I know some of our regular readers aren’t fond of chain straps that don’t have a leather interruption for comfort on the shoulder, but at least this chain is fairly flat, which will probably help with how much it digs into your shoulder. Overall, it’s a cute bag: it can be dressed up or down easily, it’s distinct but not crazy, and it hits a lot of seasonal trends, like flap bags and chain straps.

Will it be Proenza’s next big hit? You tell us. You can also pick up a Hava of your own in four colors for $1,850 via Proenza Schouler.

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Tana
Tana
6 years ago

Bag is nice, but the strap looks hurt.

ReneeO
ReneeO
6 years ago

Love it, but I can’t do chain.

anon
anon
6 years ago

My hair and shoulders already hurt by just looking at it.

Mya Wilkes
Mya Wilkes
6 years ago

That strap is a no no for me!

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
6 years ago

Not impressed with the design, but the color is gorgeous.

missarewa
6 years ago

Nah. The chain straps look like something that should be on a bicycle.

Eric N Vasey
Eric N Vasey
6 years ago

over it already

oui
oui
6 years ago

Chain Straps are a No-Hell-No to carry bags filled with anything heavier than air.

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6 years ago
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lavinia
lavinia
6 years ago

I usually don’t like PS and I really don’t understand their success particularly for bags which are ugly. In a world full of cross-body little bags they do not add anything new (they should learn from the american Ralph Lauren they can create wonderful practical, elegant, nice cross-bodies). Prada made this color in 2008, Furla made wonderful CB. They don’t.

Kate
Kate
6 years ago

I’m willing to sacrifice comfort for a beautiful chain strap, but not for this bag. A polite “pass” for me.

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