Public School is a New York Story. Born and raised in New York City respectively, designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow represent the restless energy of the city in which they live and work. Founded in 2008, Public School is redefining the landscape for menswear and women’s wear through their specific New York state of mind, blending ideas of convergence, reappropriation, and disruption.
Chow and Osborne design and manufacture the majority of their collections in New York City, incorporating fabric from the best Italian, Japanese and American mills.
It’s paramount to the Public School brand DNA that it keeps its production roots in New York, supporting local tailors, pattern makers, and skilled garment workers. It is these genuine and personal experiences throughout the development process along with their design mantra “finding perfection in imperfection,” that epitomize the brand and its commitment to creating high-quality clothing.
After receiving many accolades for Public School, including the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund award in 2013, the CFDA Swarovski Men’s Designer of the Year 2013 and the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year 2014, the brand continues to grow and be recognized by its peers. Most recently Public School became the first American designers to take home the International Woolmark Prize in 2015.