What do you get when you mix the must-have designer bag of the year – Proenza Schouler’s sought-after PS1 – with a cult-favorite tote – the Wayuu tribe’s Mochila bag – that has been seen on every in-the-know fashionista and “it” girl? The limited-edition Proenza Schouler Mochila PS1 Bag, Jack McCullough and Lazaro Hernandez’s modern reinterpretation of the ancient Mochila bag.
Mochilas are traditional woven bags that take the Wayuu tribe of Colombia/Venezuela up to a month to weave. Last November, Vogue editor Lauren Santo Domingo organized the Mochila Project, asking several contemporary designers – including Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler and Oscar de la Renta – to rework the traditional bag in their own way. The results were then auctioned off to raise money for charity.
Thankfully, Proenza Schouler’s offering – a covetable red-and-black satchel that seamlessly mixes the PS1’s practical aesthetic with the exotic chic of the Mochila – is soon to be available to the adoring public. As part of the label’s pre-fall collection, Proenza Schouler will release medium, large and clutch versions of its Mochila PS1, priced between $1,100 and $2,250. If you’re ready to fight for your right to own a Mochila PS1, head to Barneys New York later this month.