Proenza Schouler came out with the PS1 bag in the fall of 2008. I have coveted it pretty much every day since.
I have never owned anything Proenza Schouler, other than multiple tickets to their fashion shows which are always one of my favorites season after season. (And thanks for all the invites!)
And I interviewed the designers (Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez -- the line is a combo of their moms' maiden names) years ago at a former job and they are as lovely as they are talented which always makes me very happy.
If I had no budget constraints in life, I would buy full looks from every damn collection like these from Fall 2013:
And the gorgeous Spring 2014 collection:
No matter how beautiful the clothes are, I know my first purchase will likely be the PS1 because it's a true investment.
It's no longer an "it" bag, which has never been my thing. I just don't live in a world where I can buy a massively expensive bag and only carry it for one season. Perhaps it's more correct to call it a forever "it" bag. The PS1 is already a classic. A very, very pricey classic -- but it's not going out of style.
I love the shape, the structure, the functionality. It's perfect to me.
Ever since I first moved to New York, I've gone to Bergdorf's and wandered the bag floor (well, all the floors), ogling all the beautiful pieces. Back then I couldn't imagine buying anything there -- I couldn't afford basic cable and ate ramen or dollar slices every night. These days there are things that I can actually buy and many that I still aspire to. And when I'm there, I always longingly run my hands over a PS1 thinking wistfully "someday, someday". So I'm a creepy PS1 stalker, sorry!
(Sidebar: I finally watched the documentary "Scatter My Ashes At Bergdorf's" recently and it's such a treat for fashion lovers and gives cool insight into a true New York landmark. I loved it and it's streaming on Netflix now if you want to watch it.)
I definitely don't want a trendy color for my PS1, hence the navy. To me, it's a little more special than black but can still be worn with anything and will never be tied to one collection or season.
Never could I have justified tucking away money for a bag when I was climbing out of the credit card debt hole I was in for years, but now I'm thinking the next time an unexpected freelance opportunity comes around (like of the print mag rate variety) the check is going straight into the PS1 fund.
What's your fantasy bag? Are you more of a Balenciaga Lariat? A Chanel 2.55? A Celine Trapeze? Or do you just think I'm ridiculous -- because that's okay, too.