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|Headquarters||New York, NY, New York, NY, United States|
Number of locations
|9 Stores (2016)|
|Jack McCollough (Designer)
Lazaro Hernandez (Designer)
Ron Frasch (CEO)
Proenza Schouler / / is a New York based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez. The designers met while studying at Parsons School of Design, eventually collaborating on their senior thesis collection. That collection would become the first Proenza Schouler collection after it was bought in its entirety by retailer Barneys New York.
Proenza Schouler is a combination of the designers' mothers' maiden names; Proenza is thee maiden name of Hernandez's mother and Schouler is the maiden name of McCollough's mother.
Proenza Schouler was awarded with the inaugural CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2004. Three years later, Proenza Schouler won its first of three CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year awards. It won CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year in 2009.
In 2008, Proenza Schouler introduced its first shoe collection, licensed through Giuseppe Zanotti, Vicini S.p.A. Later that year, Proenza Schouler launched its first handbag collection, including the PS1 Handbag. Initially conceived as an anti-it-bag, the PS1 has become a best-selling signature handbag.
In 2011, the company announced a partnership with a group of investors including Andrew Rosen, CEO of Theory, Inc., and John Howard, Chief Executive of Irving Place Capital. In 2012, the company signed a licensing agreement with Iris S.p.A. to produce and distribute footwear.
In 2015, Castanea Partners acquired a minority interest in Proenza Schouler and the brand signed a licensing agreement with L'Oréal for the creation and development of fine fragrances.
- 2003 CFDA Swarovski’s The Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear
- 2007 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year
- 2009 CFDA Accessories Designer of the Year
- 2010 Fashion Group International Fashion Star Award
- 2011 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year
- 2013 CFDA Womenswear Designer of the Year
- 2014 Accessories Council Designer of the Year
The brand has released several collaborations, including a limited-edition makeup collection for MAC Cosmetics in 2014. In 2013, the brand celebrated its 10th anniversary with a limited edition reissue of its Fall 2003 collection exclusively for Barneys New York. Proenza Schouler debuted a denim collection with J Brand in Fall 2010 consisting of hand-painted jeans. In 2007, the designers created a collection for Target's GO International program.
- Proenza Schouler Website
- Vogue: Proenza Schouler - Collections
- New York Magazine: Proenza Schouler - Bio & Collections
- A MAGAZINE curated by Proenza Schouler
- News about Proenza Schouler, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times