I previously reviewed my large Proenza Schouler Crocodile PS1 and shared my love for the bag. While this Purseonals may seem redundant, there are a few reasons I want to share how my Medium Leather PS1 compares to the large. This bag, while the same design as my croc version, ends up being much different and getting much more use for obvious reasons.

If you’ve been wanting to add a Proenza Schouler PS1 to your collection, this review may help you make the the right size decision. Check out how my Proenza Schouler PS1 scores in our Purseonals ratings below!

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (2)
Aesthetics 5 Stars

This bag received a 5 star rating in my previous review and that stands. It can easily be argued that the PS1 was one of the most impactful new bag designs over the past years, bringing a look that wasn’t readily available in the market and can easily be spotted as Proenza Schouler. The design is casual and easy to wear, which matches with my personal style and needs.

If you’re looking for a structured work bag, this really isn’t it. I would say this bag is more of a throw over your shoulder, stick everything inside, and go bag. But that just means within the casual category, this is a superb bag. I still love the look of it and I’ve received tons of compliments on it, so that’s always a plus.

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (3)
Usability + Functionality 3 Stars

This is the medium size PS1 and the tiny bit smaller dimensions end up making the bag much easier to use. It could also be the leather, as my large bag is made from a more still crocodile skin, but the leather is supple and the bag opens easily and shows me everything inside. Sometimes when a bag is a bit too big, you can’t quite find everything inside easily. As much as I love my crocodile PS1, I much prefer the medium size. I don’t think this size will look too big even if you’re petit and if you’re tall like me (I’m 5’11”) it doesn’t look to small. This is a case of just the right size for pretty much anyone.

Because of the well-balanced sizing, the bag allows you to peer in and find what you’re looking for while also fitting plenty of items. I rarely put the front buckle straps in their tab holder, as it makes getting in and out harder. I just unlatch the clasp and am inside of the bag quickly.

This is one of few bags that the outside zip pocket comes in handy. I put my phone in this pocket all the time and it’s really easy to get in and out of. Again, the pocket is large enough that your fingers are getting squished when you try to slide your hand inside.

One thing to note, the bag has double straps that can be slid into holders along with a clasp closure. You can see it in some of my photos but if the bag is a bit more empty, the leather pulls a bit around the closure. This can make it a bit harder to get open while standing. I don’t always put the straps into the little holders, but that would take a bit more time to do so, though it is easy to slide them out.

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (4)
Quality + Construction 4.5 Stars

Up until recently, this white bag barely showed any wear, and that is quite the feat to accomplish. Eventually I made a mistake and carried this bag while wearing dark denim (it was also drizzling outside that night, so really bad decision). I am still planning to try a few options for cleaning, but that wasn’t an error on the side of the bag it was user error.

Before my own mistake, the bag started to show a bit of wear on the handles and where the hardware touched the leather. With use this is bound to happen, but the hardware definitely had a bit of transfer. The stitching has held up nicely and I haven’t seen any fraying, just overall bag use wear.

The interior has a black fabric lining which isn’t really high end, but it also makes the bag light and is easy to keep clean (unlike the exterior). There is a pouch pocket on the interior that features a magnetic closure, which is quite strong and sometimes hard to un-do when I’m standing and trying to get inside of that pouch on the go.

Otherwise, this bag really holds up nicely. When I get in the habit of really using a bag, I really use it. I fling it on my shoulder and go and the bag is in the car, at tables, being carried, opened and closed often. And for this being used for quite a while along with being white, I’d say it’s faring really well.

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (5)
Value 4 Stars

The value category is my hardest to score. Bag prices have really skyrocketed and sometimes it is a little hard to stomach even for me, and my job surrounds bags daily. However, this bag is a pretty fair value at $1,780.

Majority of designer bags now cost over $2,000 and end up being close to the $2,500 range with the likes of Chanel and Louis Vuitton going well above that for their coveted leather bags. I feel like this is a fair price. Plus this bag has stood the test of time and been loved by many for a few years now, which makes it a safer purchase. There are a slew of colors, so you can find whichever color your heart desires.

There is a white version (silver hardware however) available on Neiman Marcus for $1,780.

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (6)
Staying Power 4.5 Stars

The PS1 hit the handbag scene in 2010 and the bag was flying off shelves. The fact remains that 6 years later, this bag is still highly sought after and still a big design for the brand. I don’t think many people feel sick of it, and much of that has to do with the original design and fact that there are so many options when it comes to colors, materials, and sizes.

If a bag is still popular after 6 years, it’s fairly safe to say it has become a handbag classic.

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (7)
Total 4 Stars

Guys, I really love this bag. I know some people don’t love a flap top like this but I have found it fairly easily to get used to using and I like that my contents feel pretty safe. The style is still very sought after and the bag has proven to have staying power. The medium size works out really well, and I’m not petite so I can say even if you are taller, you will be happy with this size. Buy via Neiman Marcus for $1,780.

Also wearing a top by Joie (version sold out but more here), old DVF shoes (similar here), and jeans by BLANK Denim.

Proenza Schouler Medium PS1 Review (8)
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FashionableLena
FashionableLena
6 years ago

Not real sure how new this bag design is. I always thought that it looked like a messenger/school bag that I carried in the ’80s.
I’ve seen a lot of pictures of this bag in which it shows how the bags pull which turned me off. I also don’t like fumbling with clasps. I wanted to like the bag but didn’t after trying it on.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago

There is some fumbling and it does pull – the pictures def show that. It’s not my favorite aspect at all

M
M
6 years ago

Great review. The ps1 is my favorite bag design. I have lots of nice (and much pricier) bags but I think the ps1 is my favorite. So understated yet distinct and stylish. This and the balenciaga city. These days, I’ve been carrying my ps1 pouch everywhere. I’ve been thinking of adding a second pouch bc I love it so much. I wish the medium had a crossbody option…

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  M

Yep, would LOVE a crossbody option for this bag!! But this still works pretty well for me! The Pouch is great!

cdawgcoop
cdawgcoop
6 years ago

You look great! Love your look. However, the bag looks droopy. Something about the clasp when it’s closed it pulls the leather. Not a good look on the bag at all. Looks very pinched and pulled.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  cdawgcoop

Ya I saw it too and I think there are a few reasons for it: 1) I’ve worn this bag a lot over the past few years and the leather isn’t nearly as structured as when I bought it, it turned super soft which I love but it def looses that form and 2) I didn’t put much in the bag when we photographed it. That is my fault! At one point while we were out photographing I told Vlad I needed his t-shirt to stuff the bag. But then again, with a heavy wallet and everything else, it would fill the bag but prob still make it droop

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago

Happy to help if you have any questions I didn’t answer!

kemilia
kemilia
6 years ago

I’ve never been a fan of this bag–too much stuff going on: short handle, long handle, flaps, extraneous buckle straps–too much for me. But I love your Purseonals and enjoy learning about bags, even the ones that don’t send me over the moon. Plus I LOVE Vlad’s pics–he’s darn good!! And you look great too 🙂

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  kemilia

Thanks so much – Vlad takes great pics and even though I don’t love being in them, he makes me feel a bit more comfortable!

Sparky
Sparky
6 years ago
Reply to  kemilia

I don’t like bags with top handles attached to the top flap. You can see from the images above the weight of the bag pulling at the closure. I also don’t like extra straps (this bag, Ricky, or SDJ). But that’s just me.

chubbybadass
chubbybadass
6 years ago

I love this bag. I love it so much that I have two medium’s and am currently contemplating the pouch variety. It’s such a superb bag but my only issue is that I wish it would have a smidge of a longer strap so it would fit well crossbody. That said that still doesn’t bother me that much enough to not absolutely adore the two I have.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  chubbybadass

I feel you on the strap! The pouch has a really nice strap

Lily
Lily
6 years ago

Purseonals are back! However, I cannot stand the PS1, and do not understand the appeal. It just looks like a briefcase I carried in grade school.

Imgoingbroke
Imgoingbroke
6 years ago
Reply to  Lily

I agree, it does look like my old catholic school bag, color and all. Not a fan of Proenza-Schouler anything.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  Lily

Haha! Hoping the next bag I review you’ll like better!!

Lily
Lily
6 years ago

Megs, have you already picked which bag you will be reviewing next?

Lisa
Lisa
6 years ago

Love your oufit! The bag, not so much. I’ve never been a fan of this particular style — IMHO, the Mulberry Alexa is–while also a riff on a classic book bag–
better made and a little more pulled-together.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  Lisa

I don’t have an Alexa, but if I grab one I’ll def compare them!

Outfit is truly something I wear. I’m always in jeans and this brand of jeans is super comfy and affordable!

Lisa
Lisa
6 years ago

I live in jeans, too. Found this pic of Alexa online — to me, the styling is just a little more refined.

Kate
Kate
6 years ago

This bag (in the larger size) would have been perfect for lugging my books and iPad when I was in law school. I wouldn’t have been able to afford it back then, however. It doesn’t really look like a handbag to me, but to each his own! I love bag reviews, even when I don’t particularly love the bag in question.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  Kate

Ya, the larger size is great and would def carry things – it’s much more of a school sac then a traditional bag in appearance

Jade Manalac
6 years ago

I just recently scored a $200 preloved Medium PS1 (about a month ago) and I have use it… A LOT! At 1st I thought hmmm let me buy it if I don’t like I can always give it to my sister but after using for travel it was AMAZING! That back zipper compartment is a game changer for me (its my only bag that has back pocket) it holds my passport, ticket, boarding pass, ID’s and cellphone.

Megs Mahoney Dusil
6 years ago
Reply to  Jade Manalac

Yep, I actually use this back pocket for my phone ALL the time!

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