aahhh, the infamous, the one and only PS1. i wishlisted this bag a year ago, then waffled, read mixed reviews from fellow bloggers and Purse Forum, then took it off my list. but after selling off a number of closet items (including several bags) recently, i happened to pass by the store one day, and decided to check out the suede version.
it was a revelation. so i bought it as an early Christmas gift.
in terms of suede vs. leather, i find the differences quite significant. the tobacco suede suits the PS1 perfectly – it's a rich neutral color that showcases the details in just the right way. i've generally stayed away from suede bags, as they've always seemed synonymous with 'fragile / high maintenance'. ironically, the leather versions seem to be more delicate in this case. the suede on my PS1 feels thick, hardy and quite substantial, and has kept its shape even as it has started to break in. in contrast, i've seen quite a few leather PS1s that have become quite 'floppy' and take on an almost-crescent shape when worn. one isn't necessarily better than the other, it just depends on how you like your bags to look as they age.
care-wise, it's actually pretty low maintenance. as with my suede Marant boots, i sprayed the bag with two coats of Collonil before wearing, and use a suede block and brush (works like a Mr Clean Magic Eraser for suede / nubuck - brilliant!) to gently recondition the nap and get out any scuffs from time to time. the color has warmed a bit and the suede has taken on a lovely, velvety texture. i was caught in the rain the other day without an umbrella, and the water droplets just beaded up and dried without leaving any marks.
something i've noticed after several rounds of wardrobe editing over the last few years: all my favorite bags at this point have at least two carry options, and a longer shoulder / crossbody strap. i carry the PS1 by the top handle quite often, too. i've taken it on a few weekend trips already, and it's held up nicely through the wear and tear of travel. i'm looking forward to letting it take on more character as it ages!
if you're considering the PS1, hope this review has been helpful.
what do you think? do you have a PS1?