It’s fairly clear to me who inspired the knock off but I’m going to give both brands a fair trial here and open this up for discussion. Before you guys go off, however, here’s my two cents:
Proenza Schouler launched its PS1 bag line back in 2008 and quickly became one of the most sought after bags for the fashion forward set. In the last few seasons, the duo at Proenza have showed the PS1 silhouette in everything from quilted leather to python (to die! Just saw a turquoise python today at 4510) and single handedly jump started the recent messenger bag craze. Needless to say, there is a strong argument for PS bags being the inspiration.
In Mulberry‘s case, the boxy shaped flap tote has been a mainstay for the brand for many years so it does make sense they’d decide to tweak on the Bayswater with a top handle and two straps, or does it? Mulberry is definitely the more established bag brand here, which makes it a shame that they’d resort to copying a designer who is new to the arena. But then, I’m not judging… or am I?
Now, what say you, my snobs? Who copied who?