Video: The Proenza Boys First Met in the ‘Lesbian Room’ at a Club

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Proenza Schouler turns ten years old this year, but it seems like only yesterday that designers Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough first shared a joint in the "lesbian room" at a club fourteen years ago, as they recall in this video for W magazine's October feature. The pair wound up in all the same sections at Parsons that year and subsequently did a lot of "homework" together (wink, nudge). As the story goes, their dean Tim Gunn ("just a normal dude" in those days) allowed them to collaborate on a fall collection for their senior thesis; Julie Gilhart then ordered it for Barneys, and their star was born. Moral of the story: pot + gay clubs = legends, or at the very least good interview fodder for when you become famous.