Love It or Leave It: The Hava Bag by Proenza Schouler

The four world fashion weeks have distinct strengths and weaknesses, and high-end handbags are always one of New York’s. We’re a city that produces some of the best contemporary options in the world, from Mansur Gavriel to Coach, but once you start climbing the price ladder, things get a little trickier in the good old US of A. For years, Proenza Schouler has been our most promising way forward.

The Proenza Schouler PS1 can only be called an absolute success. It was the first bag the brand released, and it was an astonishing number of years before I saw a simple leather version branded. The PS11, which followed immediately after, was (and is) very popular as well. Ever since, though, Proenza Schouler has been looking for her next big thing, and the brand thinks the new Hava bag just might be it.

The Hava does at least one very important thing: it uses very unique hardware, which has always been an important and successful detail of the brand’s past success. The front closure is similar to the one on the PS1, and the bag strap looks a bit like a very futuristic bicycle chain. (I mean that in the best possible way, it’s really cool.)

I know some of our regular readers don’t like chain straps that don’t have a leather break for comfort on the shoulder, but at least this chain is pretty flat, which will probably help with how much it digs into the shoulder. Overall, it’s a nice bag: it can be easily dressed up or down, it’s distinctive but not crazy, and it has plenty of seasonal trends like flap bags and chain straps.

Will it be Proenza’s next big hit? you tell us You can also pick up your own Hava in four colors for $1,850 through Proenza Schouler.