You know the phenomenon – someone’s name comes up in conversation so often that you finally decide you need to learn more about them. Zak Profera was that guy on my radar as 2012 came to a close. Friends were talking about how incredible stylish his printed linens were. I’d also been told that his beloved Shiba Inu ‘Shinji’ represents the ‘Fox’ in his company’s name.
So last week I asked him to meet me at Studio Four, where he is represented in New York, to show me his collection. We had a lengthy conversation about his career trajectory, and the fascinating intellectual design process behind each of his prints.