If you peruse PurseBlog articles on Proenza Schouler, you will see that the entire team adores Proenza, and we say so often and without reserve. Right now, though, I’ve got a bone to pick with the brand; all I want to know is, why did they ruin a good thing with their beyond crazy hit, the PS1, by taking a tomboyish satchel and trying to turn it into a ladylike, chain-strapped shoulder bag? Part of the reason the PS1 stood out from everything else when it was launched was the utility-chic shoulder strap and minimal hardware. Believe it or not, the chain shoulder strap completely changes the bag and I think it not only ruins the look, but also cheapens it.

The bag in question is the Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger bag, which is available in a variety of colors and materials. It doesn’t help that the shape isn’t my favorite rendition either, but it’s all passable until we get to the shoulder strap, where you will find oversized chain metal that leaves me feeling like this bag is “inspired by” instead of being from the designers themselves. This simply isn’t the PS1 I fell in love with, and that makes me a little sad. The good news is I don’t think the boys are adding this strap to most of their bags, and there are still plenty of beautiful PS1 bags to choose from. This version is available via Neiman Marcus for $1,945.

Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger in pink suede

Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger in Red

Proenza Schouler PS1 Mini Messenger in Yellow

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  • Marina

    I find it very chic!

  • Karen SMith

    Bleughhh. That mustard color is so not fetch. Looks like a tacky ripoff from chinatown.

  • Lola

    Exactly the same design as Charles & Keith last season

  • Susie

    Agreed. Not feeling it.

  • I wouldn’t even recognize this bag as a Proenza if it wasn’t for the metal clap. I don’t like it, it reminds me of Lanvin’s “Happy” bag, but the similar Chain-Strap Double Bag I do like.

  • ReneeO

    Dont like the chain either. I sure hope they don’t take that further.

  • Sam

    Yikes! This looks like a PS ‘”inspired” bag that I would find at target :/

  • Donna

    What happened to the Show All option for the pictures? Is it gone?

  • Katja (www.golobsantic.com)

    I don’t think they ruin it, the PS1 is still there. I think they want to increase the circle of fans, I am sure many will find them attractive.

  • Not that these are ugly bags, it’s just that they changed exactly the things that made the PS1 such a great and popular bag. It was its relative ruggedness and utilitarian appeal that made it such a hit, and then they changed it to make it more lady like? It makes no sense at all. And the execution of the changes was not great, either. The chain does make everything it look cheap. I wish they used the dark silver-grey chain that they use for the large wallet on chain. It looks so much more modern and chic.

  • Rashida

    I am not a fan of this style. Leave it alone!