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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Fall 2010 Proenza Schouler PS11 Bag

Any guesses as to how many times we've featured Proenza Schouler on Señora Cartera? I'll save you the trouble of trying to figure it out. Only a hand full of times to be exact. This can be attributed to the label's lack of handbags prior to their successful PS1 Bag. As those of you that read this blog with any regularity know by now, I'm not a fan of the PS1 and its masculine design. I mean, I like man bags, just not hanging off my shoulder. So my expectations for Proenza Schouler's fall 2010 collection were quite low. Was I in for a HUGE surprise! Not only was the collection filled with fun and wearable graphic pieces, it also marked the debut of a brand new bag.

Meet the PS11, a smaller and far more attractive design than the PS1 ever was. The details and structured silhouette distinguish the bag from other similar styles. However, I have a few minor complaints about the bag (what else is new). There's no top handle as in the PS1 so your carrying options are limited to over the shoulder, clutch style if you remove the strap or across the body (a 19" strap drop makes the latter possible for petite women). I'm also not sure that the combination gold/platinum hardware actually work together. My major complaint, however, lies in the pricing.

You can pre-order the PS11 via online until about 9PM EDT today in black or saddle brown cowhide leather for $1850. I think the size (10.5 x 7.5 x 3.5) and finish on the bag merit a slight adjustment in price - at least $300-$400 less considering the larger PS1 is priced about the same.

You'll notice from the runway photos included that there are slight variations from bag to bag (some have fur flaps or quilted leather, but my absolute favorites are the more feminine versions that actually have a top handle as well as a long chain strap. The box-like flap top and buckle straps (minus the inverted stud-accented horizontal strap of the other PS11 versions) make for a more refined design. I can't wait until that version makes it online.

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