4.27.2010

Tightwad Tuesday: Proenza Schouler Large Leather PS1 for Pennies

Kitty cats it is not everyday that one falls in love with a handbag in such a way that they contemplate dipping into their life savings and tossing it directly in the face of the shopkeeper in order to claim perfection as their very own; nevertheless, it is an occurrence that does happen every once in awhile during the course of an individual’s lifetime, leading the consumer in question to cast all cares to the wayside and splurge, splurge, splurge!

In past times, such an honor fell upon Balenciaga’s Giant City and Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Stam Satchel; now, the object being swooned over has fallen upon the shoulders of the bewitching Large Leather PS1 from Proenza Schouler.

Darlings if there is any doubt in your mind regarding the necessity of a wondrously weatherbeaten messenger bag slash satchel to one’s wardrobe please shut it out immediately! The truth of the matter, I’ll have you know, is that a cross body bag is an item which no supposed fashionista should be without. It retains the ability to allow for free hands during spur of the moment shopping sprees; whilst adding a splash of casual finesse to the haut monde ensemble we both know you are currently accoutered in. All of which can be observed with one half-second glance in the direction of the Large Leather PS1.

Half inspired by the uniform-wearing Prep School students nonchalantly strolling along Park Avenue, ties undone and hair mesmerizingly mussed; half influenced by the saddle bags carried by experienced equestrians, the Large Leather PS1 combines two worlds into one charming carryall, allowing the user to look unfussy yet fabulous. If only the pricetag were as magnificent as the alluring aesthetic.

Obviously there is no doubt that Proenza Schouler’s pretty is jaw-droppingly beautiful; but at $1,995.00, it is also fairly unattainable for the frugal fashionista. ASOS’ Leather Twist Lock Satchel, on the other hand, is more wallet-friendly.

While slightly darker in color than its more expensive pal; for $109.91, the ASOS piece is a classy compromise with the power to breathe a little elegance into any girl’s handbag collection!

Tell me, kittens…will you be a big spender and go for Proenza Schouler, or be thrifty and spring for ASOS?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Barneys and ASOS for the pictures.


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Cindy Whitehead said...

ooohhhh!!! what to do, what to do. I LOVE the Proenza bag but the price is so good on the ASOS one. I am going to be mulling this one over all day. Although if I did do Proenza I might go for the gray color so that would make my decision for me... See how I can't make up my mind on this one? xo

anhesty said...

i actually really like the color of the asos more. i would go with the asos one!

COCAMIA said...

I absolutely love the real thing but I certainly can't afford it! The knock off version is pretty damn good and the price brings me relief! You have great taste lady!!!

daisychain said...

So tempted to use birthday money (if I get any) on the asos one!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oooh I love them both, but the color of that first one... gorgeous.

Leah said...

When it comes to bags, I really do splurge. I consider them my investment pieces so I'll take the Proenza bag. xoxo

Melanie said...

I always find I like the more expensive item a little bit better...i think it's the details, but maybe it's all subconscious? I have no idea. You really are great at finding these Lust-Must items! This would be a great work tote for me!

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Jamie said...

Ooh, I actually love the cheaper one a heck of a lot more! Sweet!

Jammer said...

Oh my god. That's the most beautiful bag I have ever seen.

Or maybe I'm just excited to not be staring at a textbook for once lol.

Rachel said...

The Proenza Schouler is calling my name. I've been in love with that bag for quite some time now, but the price of the ASOS bag is much more reasonable. *sigh* What to do?

The Blonde Duck said...

I actually like the 2nd one better. The fact it's cheaper makes it three times better.

Jen said...

i'm drooling over this bag. i'm gonna go check it out on asos right now! i'm so tempted...i have to resist and stick to my shopping ban!!!

janettaylor said...

I love them both, but U are so right - that Proenza is too expensive. *sigh*

Jolie said...

Oh I have seen this bag over and over and it is Impeccable! Lovely Asos alternative, my bday is coming up, must send link now! hehe

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I so love splurging on Bags. the Proenza bag is very casual in a chic city girl way;-)

ChYmEc!nDy** said...

I love them.. I wish to buy them too.

FASHION SNAG said...

Big spender! I cannot resist. x


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Sara Lynn said...

OMG, I really love both of them! They are perfect for carrying around books and all the girly stuff that I need....hrmm...

The ASOS is still a bit high for me but I would probably go for that one. I have been romper and bag obsessed all week.

Dancing Branflake said...

ASOS all the way! I love it! Either one, I know my life wont be lost in one mass hobo bag. This would help me so organized.

Josie said...

I'm officially obsessed with this bag right now. Completely. Love your Asos find!
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Sootjeelina said...

I love the Proenza one, but the ASOS one is cool too... The only thing is that one of the things I love the most on the Proenza bag is the colour... But I think I want the ASOS bag, that looks amazing too :D

xoxo Sootjeelina <3

Taj Acosta said...

umm ya $2k is waaay outta my budget for a bag! ASOS is amazing! Love the one you found doll xoxo

Leia said...

love it! I prefer the color of the ASOS one!

ellie said...

You definitely wouldn't feel like a messenger in any of these. Yummy! You'd definitely feel you'd have a destination in mind with these to carry.

meg said...

I'd love the real deal..but I like the other choices just as much.

Iva said...

omg love it!! totally the perfect color for me LOL. I'm all about nudes and beige!! YAY!!! Hope you are having a nice week Erika!

ana said...

The Proenza Shouler Bag is soooo pretty, I will definetely spend my money on this one ;)

Couture Carrie said...

Lovely find, as usual, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Elaine said...

The ASOS bag looks JUST as great as the PS one!

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Maddy said...

Oh!! LOVE!!!! This is perfection! And the ASOS at $109, what a steal! How did you know I was dying for a leather satchel ;o)

jack bespoke said...

is it just me, or does the ps1 and alexa mulberry bag look tooooo similiar.
dont get me wrong, love them both..


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Audrey Allure said...

I absolutely love the Proenza Schouler one :) I even like the color of that more too haha.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Whew that's alot of money!!! That's like a class in my college tutition!! Yikes! The cheaper one looks just as nice. Seriously!! Great one!!

AH said...

i'd be thifty - i actually think the asos one looks nicer, both the darker colour and the slightly rounder shape of it..

R. said...

I'd definitely have to go with the bargain! They're both beautiful bags! xox

Tights Lover said...

I love these handbags, they are gorgeous. I think the ASOS option is a tremendous value for the money!

OceanDreams said...

Both are really nice, they remind me of a brief case of sorts, but with more class! But wow, lots of money! :)

nicole said...

I was just dreaming about the Mulberry Alexa Chung satchel bag yesterday night and then you post this - great minds think alike! Although the ASOS bag does resemble the Proenza Schouler one more. I love the darker tan, almost-cognac colour actually. I've been loving cross body type bags because they're so convenient! You can wear it across your shoulders, which leaves your hands free... for shopping ;) This is not going to be easy to keep myself from getting the ASOS bag, esp since I just bought a necklace, a top and 2 pairs of shoes lol

great post Erika! and thanks for your comment, you're so sweet. I'm sure there are other girls out there with an accessories collection more worthy of being raided haha but thank you! xo

Joanne said...

I'll definitely opt for the ASOS. I actually prefer the whole look of it better than the first one, particularly the darker shade.

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Ohh I'm so totally into these bags these days, which can be worn three ways! Love the Aexis bags by mulberry and here I think I'd save and save and then buy me the Proenza! :D Love it sooo much Ithink I'm going to go bankruot soon! :) :P

Sarah said...

I like the ASOS one best - the colour is perfect. You find such great bargains - always an inspiration. x

Sniff said...

That is a fabulous steal you have found there in the ASOS bag. If I'm ever to spend more than a thousand bucks for a bag, it better had be the Balenciaga!

Hope said...

Did I mention how much i love these posts!? xoxo

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I like the ASOS one better- the color is so nice!!

Jessica said...

You found an incredible substitute - thank you! I really don't need a new bag, but this is such a temptation.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Oh, I like them both! I've been wanting a PS1 but the bag from ASOS is more in my price range.

Nubiasnonsense said...

The Asos one looks great omg you never stop amazing me lol <3

Death Wears Diamond Jewellery said...

i want that proenza bag so badly, im obsessed actually. i even put my name down on the waiting list for like the one store in sydney that carries them. not that i had the money, i just errr, wanted to carry it and look in the mirror...

not loving the asos copy. im keeping my eye out for a vintage satchel

Francy said...

I love Proenza. It's one of my favorite labels. And I definately think this is a useful (and beautiful!) style of bag. But I agree that is wayyyy out of my budget. I think I would try to thrift one.

Elle said...

Loooove the PS1 though I'm still dreaming of a Giant City... sigh... I'm just awful at building up a splurge fund - half way to a bag I end up with 2 pairs of shoes instead :)

madeleine said...

OH MY DEAR! i've been looking for a satchel like this onee!! Love the ASOS one! especially for the price!! i'm in lust now. thanks miss

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Jesica Kulesz said...

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wulanasihsetyarini said...

oh yes i always adore this colour...
and the bag u r reviewed is so lovely..

thx for sharing..

Little Bear Stories said...

think i would go for the 2nd one actually, its lovely! however i am even more of a cheapskate and am actually currently knitting my own satchel! x

kirstyb said...

oh that bag is gorgeuus xxxx

Imogen said...

I love the way you wrote this and I have sometimes dipped into my life savings for fashion must have items. I love the style and colour of these bags and they look so sophisticated.

Sara Bentley said...

Oh, my cartoon character, Cassandra Carmen, has this bag -- how I wish I could raid her closet!!
I'm so excited you featured it, I just love it! Unspoilt elegance, ease and cool and in one handbag!

If you want to check out the sketch:
http://sarabbentley.blogspot.com/2010/03/totally-cool.html

Kristin said...

Ahhhhhhhh, that IS ridiculously delicious! The Asos version is a fab alternative though. : )

Fashion Court said...

i seriously LOVE the both of them!

Sherin said...

It's such a beautiful bag. I am definitely going to go for the more expensive version today!

Midtown Girl said...

I think you are my frugalista sister!

I am in love with ASOS and just bought 3 things from them in the last 2 weeks. I check their site DAILY...Sigh, another fashion obsession, lol!

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closet365 said...

That bag is soooo beautiful!

closet365 said...

That bag is soooo beautiful!

closet365 said...

That bag is soooo beautiful!

J. said...

In my fantasy world, I already own the PS bag. In the real world, the ASOS bag would fit quite nicely into my wardrobe and budget...ASOS it is!

liyana said...

i want to get the bag.. but theres no asos here :(

Little Bow Prep said...

I just adore the second one!

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