SOS: CHANEL Vintage Jumbo XL v. Proenza Schouler PS1 medium

bdrmflr

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Hi, lovely tPFs!

I have quite the dilemma. I'm finally getting my HG :yahoo:, CHANEL Chevron Black Jumbo. I need help with my next purchase, asap! I'm quite the loyalist to Madame Coco and am not sure if I should use this opportunity to get two Chanels (vintage xl and chevron) or step outside the box with the Proenza Schouler PS1, most likely black.

My concerns with the Vintage Jumbo XL is that it maybe too boxy, too heavy, too large, and/or too gaudy and will end up being a display piece, in my closet. I know that the XL can stand the test of time, quality-wise, but I like my bags to be a bit more discreet although I am in love with the bag. I am in awe of its timeless beauty. My concerns with the PS1 are all of the QC issues. I don't want a bag that costs over $1000 to have ripped linings, chipped hardware etc. within a few months of purchase. Not to mention, I'm not sure that it has that juno se qua; or if it's a bit too masculine for a handbag.

However, the PS1 is relatively new so it should be around for awhile. Whereas the XL is a discontinued vintage that is harder to find at a decent price point (sub $3k). I wish I could buy all three, but I can't justify buying three pricey handbags at once. Please, help me decide with support for your answers. TIA!

**Keep in mind, I'm a college student with an Alexander Wang-esque (Pre-fall 2010) fashion sense and a taller than average, slender (but not "skinny") build.**

Credit: Barney's/tPF
 

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Loquita

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PS1, m'dear - but if you like that style and are concerned about the QC issues (and that's something that has kept me from that bag as well, truth be told) why not consider the Mulberry Alexa in black that's coming out soon? It's of a similar aesthetic - a bit more feminine than the PS1, actually - and Mulberry bags are of top quality. You can run them over with a truck and they still look great, if not BETTER than when originally purchased. And the price point is slightly lower than the PS1, if not identical. This makes more sense to me than two Chanels at this point - after all, you are very young and it's an ideal time to experiment with different styles and designers - and it sounds like you yourself are a bit wary about having a large Chanel sitting in your closer, unused.

 

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devilzwind

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if it's chanel vs PS1, i would go for the PS1
but i also agree with loquita about the mulberry alexa! i'm not a major fan of the snakeskin trim, but i am seriously considering getting the black buffalo leather coming out in fall 2010
 

bdrmflr

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Thanks Loquita and devilzwind! I've had the Mulberry Alexa vs. Proenza Schouler PS1 debate myself and the PS1 won. The Alexa is too vintagey-looking in Oak and the Black is not a very sleek design or much my style.

Here are pictures of the XL and the PS1 being worn casually. I feel bad using "celebrities," because I don't condone that culture ;). Yes, I realize that two are pictures of the vintage jumbo and not the XL, but they have the same vibe.:
 

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FendiBagLady

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You must have read my mind, I was having the same debate - Chanel Jumbo vs. PS1 in black. But the quality issues were worrying me. What to do! I posted this on the Chanel thread as well.
 

gratefull

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hey bdrmflr,

I was thinking of getting that PS too...

also, I got the Chanel vintage jumbo xl black lambskin recently too.

I ended up getting a totally different satchel and don't need another one right now.

The PS is cool but more masculine than the Chanel.
I like the vintage Chanel, but it can be kind of heavy. Also, sometimes I bump into things- not used to the size as far as a shoulder bag.
I didn't like the clasp on the Chanel being so big - but still like the overall purse. (don't want in your face labels)
The Chanel is awesome overall, though, and I don't see a lot of people carrying it which is nice.

GL
 

QueenCoco

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ps1...i have both and the ps1 is way more functional for everyday.....I have black large and am trying to decide the color of my next one!