For native New Yorkers Dao-Yi Chao and Maxwell Osborne, fashion has always been a language. The public school system of New York was their initiation – each subculture of students expressed itself by what they wore. Separate and yet synchronistic affinities for clothing eventually led Chow and Osborne to the design department at Sean John, where the duo met and connected via their love for New York. In 2008, they launched Public School as a streetwear-infused menswear label with the lens of high-fashion.
Designer duo Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne aren’t turning their backs on the tension of the times – to the contrary, the latest collec-tion from Public School channels the Manhattan mindset in all of its tenacity and diversity. Tough outerwear charges the conversation with padded bombers in muted military tones and generous proportions. Traditional motifs like Glen plaids, Banker stripes and three-piece suiting get twisted into relevance with artful deconstruction. Sharp lines fuel the collection with a sense of cool conviction that punctuates the present moment like a call to action. And the NYFW runway for Fall/Winter 2017 was just that – a bridge between satirical campaign propaganda, ultra-urban streetwear and American staples that bolster Public School’s reputation for contemporary irreverence and reverberate the New York state of mind.