New York City’s power brand Proenza Schouler, established in 2002, was named after its founders Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez’s mothers’ maiden names. But that’s not the only sentimental aspect incorporated into the brand… Proenza draws inspiration from the youthful artistic life of the city it so proudly inhabits; their iconic PS1 and PS11 leather handbags—luxurious versions of a classic school satchel—are named after New York City public schools. This talented duo has already received six CFDA awards, and continues to produce timeless design statements that marry sculptural tailoring, sophisticated craftsmanship, and genuine heart and soul.
“Our work isn’t about fashion. It’s about our lives. And we make fashion as a result of our experiences.” -Jack McCollough