Proenza Schouler was founded in 2002 by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough. Hernandez is originally from Miami—Cuban Miami. McCollough grew up in suburban New Jersey. The brand name originates from the designers' mothers' maiden names. The pair originally met in 1999 while studying at Parsons School of Design. During school, Hernandez interned at Michael Kors and McCollough interned at Marc Jacobs. During their senior years, they worked together at United Bamboo and found that they were in agreement about the things that matter most to designers: Silhouette, Color, Proportion. Their designs are typically sporty and youthful, with some touches of modern elements . Often minimal and sleek, for the shapes, they generally use dark neutral colors.
Proenza Schouler won the CFDA's Perry Ellis Award for new talent in 2003.
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are really good with accessories— I love the paper-bag tot!