It seems Proenza Schouler‘s Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez are somewhat torn between luxury ‘glamping’ and communing with nature in the real, non-Vogue-endorsed sense. The designers were profiled in the New York Times this week at their rustic retreat in the Berkshires, the very same abode where they keep pigs and chickens and hold marathon sketching sessions. A man after our own (Canadian, former canoe instructor) heart, Hernandez bought a forest green L.L. Bean canoe back in October as a gift for McCollough, who confesses that being in the great outdoors is still somewhat unnerving for him:
“It is such a strange experience for someone who lives in New York City. Everything about it feels so foreign and free. Even after having this house for four years, nature is still a novelty.”
Perhaps that’s why they brought a bit of NYC glamour to the teepee that resides on their property, which hosts up to 20 people when the pair are entertaining:
The tepee, made of 25-foot wood saplings clad in plain canvas, stands out in a field behind the house. It is set in a circle of poured concrete, its interior fitted with a wood deck and a fire pit (a project carried out, Mr. Hernandez said, by “someone else”). Furnished with an overage of shearlings from their fall 2010 collection, it’s as much Nureyev as it is Navajo.
How very luxurious! Bet they use PS1 leather for their camping rucksacks, too.