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 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.

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