NYC-based menswear brand Public School has managed to become one of the quintessential New York brands in a remarkably short time. The CFDA nominated designers, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, debuted their line in 2008 with an attitude-driven inaugural collection that veered heavily into streetwear territory. Just five years later, two of which were spent as members of the CFDA Incubator program, the brand's attitude is still there but the collection has matured. Now you can find expertly tailored suiting, from a killer Spring tuxedo to a wool/silk blend “cardigan jacket” – all in addition to the usual mix of downtown staples that they’re known for.
What is most remarkable about Public School is the way the two designers have adeptly taken their original downtown NYC aesthetic and applied it very organically to a number of different mediums. For instance, this past year they introduced Public School Denim, one of the most buzzed about denim collections in recent memory (especially remarkable given how fickle menswear fans are about their jeans). This coming fall, they will be introducing their first footwear collection, a black and white creeper made in conjunction with The Generic Man. And up next, the CFDA Awards. The design duo is nominated for the Swarovski Award for Emerging Menswear Design.
This young brand has accomplished a lot in its short history, and we are confident that we will continue to see amazing things from Mr. Chow and Mr. Osborne. Good luck next week (at the awards ceremony) guys, not that you’ll need it!