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5 Things You Might Not Know About Proenza Schouler

Chloe Sevigny chatted with Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Interview magazine. Here are five things about Proenza Schouler that you might not already know.


5 Things You Might Not Know About Proenza Schouler

If you didn’t already know, we love everything about Proenza Schouler here at Mama’s A Rolling Stone—from the clothes and backstage beauty looks to the highly-coveted accessories. Accordingly, we were thrilled when we discovered that stylish actress Chloe Sevigny had chatted with Proenza Schouler designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez for Interview magazine. Of course, we definitely suggest you read the entire article but, in the meantime, we have picked out five things about Proenza Schouler that you might not already know.

1. They take inspiration from travel.
“Vibes! Vibes! Like our spring collection. We went to India and did all this research and found all these crazy neon colors, and these long saris. We didn’t do an Indian collection, but we saw something completely foreign to us, and we took the abstract elements of color, length, the idea of wrapping, this femininity. These ladies look so polished. We want to make something polished. So these random things slowly jump to something concrete.” -Hernandez

2. One of their biggest regrets is the choice of their label’s name.
“The whole reason why we even picked that name in the first place was that when we started, Barneys had just bought our collection and we didn’t have a name. We thought, Hernandez McCollough? [laughs] Doesn’t sound so high end, does it?” – McCollough

“Proenza Schouler is better. I actually regret it.” – Hernandez

“Yeah. One of our biggest regrets is the name of our company. It’s like alphabet soup. There are so many letters. Even coming up with a font was a mission. We had to do these fine, little letters. We couldn’t do strong, bold letters because it would be, like, out to here.” – McCollough

3. They are together, personally and professionally. Also, their CEO, Shirley Cook, is dating McCollough’s brother.
“They’ve been together six years.” – McCollough

“What if they get married?” – Sevigny

“Or what if they break up? That’s even worse. [laughs] If they get married, it’s fine. It’s still the family.” – Hernandez

“It could get messy. But you know, all relationships can potentially get really messy.” – McCollough

“Like Jack and I could break up and then what would happen? Hmm.” – Hernandez

“Whoa! What are you insinuating? I don’t need you. [Hernandez laughs]” – McCollough

4. Jack McCollough did the Outward Bound program as a child.
“I was sent away on Outward Bound in the ninth grade. It was to the [Great] Smoky Mountains. My solo was three days long. They don’t even give you a proper tent. You just have a tarp that you have to drape across two trees. And you have, like, a bag of nuts and raisins. When my mom picked me up from the airport she was crying because I was so skinny.” – McCollough

5. The farm they own upstate has inspired them to create something more “local”.
“We have a farm, with animals, and they’re sheared every year. We were talking the other day about how it would be cool to take that wool and spin it into yarn and make sweaters. We’ve been thinking about that lately-something a little more local.” – Hernandez

“Because we’re not in this forever. We’re not going to have the longevity of Karl Lagerfeld, who’s doing this stuff at his age.” – McCollough

Photo: Getty Images

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