So this time, when my DH made a trip to Seattle, I spent a week burning up the internet as I obsessed about my next bag purchase. I narrowed my choices down to the Chloe Marcie and Proenza Schouler. I don’t have a tan bag in my very limited collection, so when I decided on tan, that helped me narrow my choices somewhat.
I also considered the Frye Jenny hobo, considering the leather quality is really good and I’m a sucker for durable, high quality leather. To be honest, I haven’t seen the bag in person which is why I make all my decisions based on extremely helpful reviews, and most reviews for Frye leather are pretty outstanding. Fortunately or unfortunately, the Nordstrom store DH visited didn’t have any Frye handbags, and so he had to select between the PS and Chloe.
He picked up the PS1 and as usual, when he reached home, he said he hadn’t had the time to buy anything for me. I was asleep when he placed it on my bedside table and I woke up to a lovely ‘surprise’. ❤
Ever since I have received my tan PS1, I haven’t been able to separate myself from it. I have carried it with me every single day for the last twenty days. This bag is edgy and gives out a casual vibe, although of course you can carry it out for lunch parties. It’s not, however, a formal looking bag, but it is definitely a bag you will get more wear out of. I went out of town, and this was the only bag I carried. The tan colour goes with almost anything as long as I have either my tan belt or tan shoes.
How could I not love this bag?
I have realised that although I do carry it with jeans or trousers a lot, it really looks best when paired with flowy dresses and skirts, as they bring out the satchel’s cuteness factor.
Material: The PS1 comes in both leather and suede. Although the suede is stunning too, I chose leather as I presumed it will look better for much longer than suede will, and I will not have to baby it as much. The leather is lambskin, and very soft. Earlier PS1 bags had issues with hardware falling off and leather changing colour, but this has been rectified and the newer bags have been better treated. The bag has a zipped pocket on the back, and my zipper kept falling out as the loop hadn’t been adequately tightened. I just did it myself with a pair of pliars.
The bag is not heavy, which is something I love about it.
Shoulder strap: The bag has a long shoulder strap, so you can hang it from your shoulder. But it is NOT long enough to be worn cross-body if you are taller than 5ft 2 or maybe 3 inches. I am 5ft 5in, and definitely cannot carry it cross body.
Handle: The bag has one handle so you can hold it in your hand or hang it in the crook of your arm. In my opinion, this is when it looks at its slouchiest best.
Pockets: The medium size bag, which is what I bought as I don’t have to carry a lot of stuff, has plenty of compartments so you can organise your things beautifully. It is also spacious, yet not so much that you’re constantly digging to find something. It can easily fit a large wallet, sunglasses case, lipstick case, phone and book in the main compartment, and more stuff like keys and compact in the outside and back compartments. It is large enough to fit an ipad or a kindle.
Durable: Is the leather durable? According to the reviews, it is, but in order for me to attest to that, I will have to wait a while longer. I can however say that my very first designer bag which I bought five years ago, the LV Neverfull, still looks good as new.