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PUBLIC SCHOOL

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PUBLIC SCHOOL

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.

This crossover concept gained steady acclaim – after their relaunch in 2012 with a commitment to
domestic manufac-turing, the pair took home the CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in
2013. They were appointed co-creative directors of DKNY in 2015 until the sale of the company a
year and a half later. Public School has since expanded into womenswear, where the label’s DNA
continues to reflect all of the tenacity and diversity of New York with highly-relevant,
artfully irreverent, elevated streetwear. And just like the la-bel’s founding fathers –
everything is made in NYC.

This crossover concept gained steady acclaim – after their relaunch in 2012 with a commitment to
domestic manufacturing, the pair took home the CFDA’s Menswear Designer of the Year award in
2013. They were appointed co-creative directors of DKNY in 2015 until the sale of the company a
year and a half later. Public School has since expanded into womenswear, where the label’s DNA
continues to reflect all of the tenacity and diversity of New York with highly-relevant,
artfully irreverent, elevated streetwear. And just like the label’s founding fathers –
everything is made in NYC.



THIS Season

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.


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