My love and admiration for the Proenza Schouler PS1 has not ceased. In fact, it is going strong. So strong that there is a thread with over 1,000 responses on the PS1 on the PurseForum. But really, how could you not adore this laid-back chic school-style bag? It strays from the structure that so many bags bring and gives an everyday wearable vibe that is at the height of the want-it list.

Not everyone is sold on Proenza Schouler Bags, some find the bag to be over-priced and over-hyped. If you fall into that category, but find this hidden yearning for the look of the PS1 in the back of your mind, we have a look for less for you!

You all very well know the Proenza Schouler PS1 Bag. The look for less equivalent is the Joie Pepper Leather Messenger Bag with its similar features and school-pack feel. Here is why the bags are similar (granted just comparing photos will show you why). The Joie bag has faux buckled straps with its crossbody design. Very similar to the PS1 but it may possibly be more accessible than the PS1. The long messenger strap along with the shape of the design is reminiscent of one another. The differences come in the price. The PS1 is $1,995 while the Joie Messenger bag is on sale for $346.50 at Saks.

Do you like the Proenza Schouler PS1 or the Joie Messenger bag look for less?

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  • Cate

    While I like the color of the Joie bag, I really think that the PS1 looks like the better of the two. It’s just more put-together somehow.

  • natalie

    I was JUST talking about the Joie bag with my friend! There’s a white leather option available as well last time I checked…

    • The white leather one is the only one left! I actually made this post a while ago and didn’t finish it until today :).

      Also, ShopBop has the Joie bag in a few other color options

  • Fiona-Brasil

    I felt in love with a midnight blue PS1 , XL size (comes with 2 shoulder straps and all), at Barney´s and bought it.As soon as I got home I felt uneasy, the bag is extremely heavy empty , so I returned it the next day. I looked for the medium size but is still heavy compared to the Balenciaga for example…But the bag really looks great and the colors are to die for ( nude, midnight, yellow).

  • Septembre

    If I purchased this bag I’d feel like I was cheating on the PS1. The original from Proenza Schouler looks like it uses a better, more solid (for lack of a better word) suede while the Joie bag looks like it’s made out of a flimsy suede. My vote, and my heart, is still with the PS1.

  • Alana

    PS1 all the way!!

  • Kara

    Both do look like book bags I had in college and I guess I am one that does not like either option. Overpriced do not understand the appeal of PS1 JMO.

  • sofia nolan

    but of course the two thousand grand looks so much better…

  • MAX

    still prefer PS1 love the details and materials

  • Mochababe73

    I do not get it. I don’t like this bag at all. Can’t really figure out if it’s supposed to be a handbag or a messenger bag. For a messenger bag, it’s fine, but for a handbag, not so much. It’s a little too masculine and utilitarian for my taste.
    I guess that I would have to see one in person, but I’m not real sure who sells them. I have been to our Neiman’s, Saks, and Nordstrom’s. Have yet to see one.

  • Ivory

    You guys are insane. Even thought the PS1 is made out of more sturdy and hardy suede, there is no way in this world that that bag is worth nearly $2000. I think it’s overhyped, overpriced, and that the Joie brings you all the things you love about PS1 at a much more reasonable price point. I would only pay $2000 for a leather Ferragamo bag or something of that caliber.

    With that said, I wish the Joie bag came in a different color.

  • Melody

    Ooo the Joie’s not too bad… i’ll go for dat over the PS1…

  • Jen

    This past winter, I think that I lost a good week or two of my life going in and out of Barneys everyday on my lunch break to try on pretty much every single size, skin and color of the PS1 bag. I really wanted this bag. It mean it’s cute, utilitarian and a lot of celebs are wearing it. I even bought one, only to return it a couple of days later. Truthfully, I don’t mind spending a lot of money on a bag that combines style with exceptional craftsmanship (i.e. Bottega Veneta or Hermes), but buyer’s remorse always gets the better of me when I drop a load of cash on something that is trendy and of the moment, but that is not exceptionally well-made, interesting, well thought out.

  • Jane

    I really am having a love love relationship with PS1 I adore that bag especially in its many colors and leather options. I really like the Joie look for less option because I can’t afford a bag that is 1,000 or more sadly I need to eat, pay many bills. So sadly, I will have to continue to look and love from afar.

  • Elisabeth

    I actually like the Joie better because I like the thicker strap.