“We’re both untrained in the classic sense and cut our teeth on the job,” Chow says. “We spent most of our career together at the menswear label Sean John. But more importantly I think we relate to fashion the way we relate to our existence in NYC. Fashion was always a platform for us to stand out from the pack and express our collective cultural interests,” he shares.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez represent “the next generation of American talent,” according to The New York Times. The duo met while studying at Parsons School of Design, collaborating on their senior thesis, which would become their first collection as Proenza Schouler(Proenza Schouler is named after the two designers’ mothers’ maiden names).
(Proenza Schouler, SS 2014 ready-to-wear)
Awarded with the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2004, three years later the brand was honoured with the 2007 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year, and in 2011 they were awarded their second CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year.