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. As for how Mr. Stewart met these designers, he stayed in contact with Susan Sherman and Tania Beasley-Jolly who over time had become mentors to Stewart. These two businesswomen founded MERCH which is a platform where the pair connects fascinating brands to its sophisticated clientele in St. Louis through MERCH. This platform is where Stewart was exposed to the world of high fashion when Proenza Schouler partned with MERCH for a pop-up in St. Louis. Taking in a substantial amount of knowledge while working with this platform, he gained a deeper insight on creative entrepreneurship in high-end fashion. Granted with an opportunity to personally meet designers Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, he ended up personally assisting Jack with a shoe fitting for a client and aided their sales team for their F/W 2019 collection.


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