Proenza Schouler began simply as a senior project at Parsons School of Design. It was there in 1998 that Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez first met while studying fashion design. For three years, the two designed independently and quite successfully.
In their senior year at Parsons School of Design, Mr. McCollough and Mr. Hernandez designed their first collection that exceeded all expectations. This collection received the Golden Thimble award and the entire collection was bought by Barneys New York. As a result, when they were both only 23, Mr. McCollough and Mr. Hernandez launched their own independent label, Proenza Schouler—named after their mothers.
Both Women’s Wear Daily and Style.com named the Spring/Summer 2003 collection as one of the season’s top 10 collections. In addition, Mr. McCollough and Mr. Hernandez received the CFDA/Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for Ready-to-Wear in 2003, and in the same year were awarded the first ever CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund grant.
In 2004, the first Proenza Schouler shoe collection received an outstanding reception, and the Fall/Winter 2006 and 2007 collections were voted by both Style.com and Vogue as one of the top 10 collections and as one of the top 10 fall accessories. In 2008, Proenza Schouler launched its first handbag line, PS1.
In 2009 and 2011 the CFDA nominated Mr. McCollough and Mr. Hernandez for the Accessory Designer of the Year award. In 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2011, the CFDA nominated Mr. McCollough and Mr. Hernandez for the Womenswear Designer of the Year award, and they won
in 2007 and 2011.