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 Mc Collough's mother.

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. 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 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.

The Council of Fashion Designers of America has long been committed to the development of American designers, and thanks its support, many talented designers have gone on to become some of the fashion industry's most influential figures.

In anticipation of tonight's 2016 CFDA Awards, we are looking back at some of the most successful winners to date.is a New York based womenswear and accessories brand founded in 2002 by designers Jack Mc Collough and Lazaro Hernandez.The designers met while studying at Parsons School of Design, eventually collaborating on their senior thesis collection.In 2012, the company signed a licensing agreement with Iris S.p. Proenza Schouler is sold in over 350 doors worldwide, including Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Le Bon Marché, and Lane Crawford.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.