August 21, 2019
Proenza Schouler debuted in the early 2000’s after the designers’ senior thesis at Parsons was bought by Barney’s New York. Stewart met these designers through Susan Sherman and Tania Beasley-Jolly whom the latter mentioned, over time had become mentors to him. These two businesswomen founded MERCH which is a platform where the pair connects prestigious brands to its sophisticated clientele in St. Louis. This platform is where Stewart was exposed to the world of Proenza Schouler when they partnered with MERCH for a pop-up in St. Louis for their F/W 2019 collection.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF PROPHOTOSTL