Occasionally, very rarely, I see a handbag for the first time and it breaks my brain. That’s what happened with my blanket-patterned Proenza Schouler PS1 – as soon as I laid eyes on it, I knew that I would eventually have it in my possession. Knowing it existed meant that an eventual purchase was a foregone conclusion, even if it took six months and the Net-a-Porter sale for me to pull the trigger. Those are the bags that I never regret buying, that I never ever part with, and they don’t come along all that often. Looking at handbags as much as I do means that you get good at identifying the ones that you really love after a while. I just never expected a bag like the 3.1 Phillip Lim PVC Pashli Tote to be in that group.

I moan about the evils of PVC designer bags all the time on this blog, and yet, I’m seriously considering ponying up $650 for this one (or perhaps $450 for its mini crossbody sister at ShopBop). I’m a big 3.1 Phillip Lim fan in general, and the Pashli has always struck me as a great bag that will stand the test of time; this version outdoes itself, even if it is PVC. You guys have no idea how much it pains me to admit that.

In fact, this bag wouldn’t be nearly as cool in leather, because the varying levels of transparency wouldn’t be achievable. It’s that variation, which highlights the bag’s various structural panels, that makes this version of the Pashli feel so special and modern. Lim is at his best when his penchant for slick, modern minimalism takes over, and you can see a lot of those tendencies in this bag, even if it’s not particularly minimal in its final execution. Pashli, you will be mine. Buy through Net-a-Porter for $650.

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  • LOLO | Luxury Leather Goods

    I prefer the authentic leather

  • camilla

    This is maybe the first time but I agree with every single word you wrote. But the fact is that I do not like handbags (only shoulderbags). This one is really beautiful and, strange but true, the transparency does not make it seem inappropriate (no woman wants to let you see what she has in her bag! lesson number one), and every single designer who made this mistake (Prada last year, Furla this year made a big flop in the sells). But as said this is not the case.

  • Seriously? PVC is so toxic to humans and the environment, I’m surprised you felt the need to endorse this bag. You can use other materials to achieve the transparency and not have your bag be a walking hazard. We only have one planet.

  • Kemilia

    Eeesh, I would never pay anything close to even $20 for a see-through, plastic tote.

  • Stephanie Barber

    i am not sure which pvc lim bag to get do you think this bag is more winter or it can be worn year round when i think of pvc i think of the summer. I like the white smh idk which to get help please :)

  • Mari

    Me too!! I was so surprised when I saw this and actually liked it. I’m seriously considering the mini version, I think the big one is a little too much.

  • Elegant Tomatoe

    I like the fact that it is cheaper than the full leather version…unlike some other brands, like Stella McCartney; also, 3.1 PL is really chic, and affordable for such amazing designs, great for not breaking the bank for what’s trendy. But, I do not think it will look so good with things inside, but maybe getting a mini, and putting it in a white pouch (have a LV one) would work. Great design, and on trend though!

  • 19yearslater

    The baby one is cute. I’d be scared about this falling apart after a bit of use.