It was a sweet scene off Canal Street for Zachary Prell’s first presentation of his career, this career being Prell’s second after he took a look around at all the dorky-dressing businessmen in his office one day, self included, and said: No more.
We caught up with the designer during his presentation surrounded by models who had been with him since his early campaigns.
Shop: Zachary Prell
Zachary Prell: I’m so honored. This is a huge accomplishment for our entire team. To see it all come together and see the collection for spring 16 come together in our new studio in SoHo, it’s a lot of work, and it’s miraculous that it all came together.
What can you tell me about some of the color families, patterns and shapes in these clothes?
For spring ’16, our inspiration was the urban explorer on a journey. We wanted to have a contemporary take on sportswear that’s perfect for a getaway or a day in the city. Some of the colors are washed aquas, grays, teal, light blue, a lot of heathered colors because we want to have a soft luxury feel. Crinkle fabrics, seersucker. We have a knitwear program, a luxe essentials program out of Peru. Beautiful Pima cotton shirts. I was obsessed with having a buttery handfeel.
What’s your journey to now in fashion? How did you get here?
My story is unconventional. I came from working in finance, wearing stuffy shirts. I just wanted to create a better product. Ten years ago I took a chance, changed careers and went all in. It started off from a category basis, sport shirts, but I really wanted to do a whole collection. Incredible fabrications, modern silhouette and versatility. That’s what we’re about. I’m humbled to be part of New York Fashion Week: Men’s, and for our first presentation, to have the support of the retail community, I’m really humbled.