Public School, the new high end men's young designer collection for Spring/Summer 2008 fuses the attitude of NYC with European tailoring and the thoughtfulness of Japanese streetwear. Created by fashion industry vets Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Public School is the new conspirator in the wave of young designers who unapologetically celebrate influences that span high and low fashion, art and culture. It's also a direct reflection of their upbringing in NYC. "We wanted to create something perfect in its imperfection" Chow explains. "Something that captured the attitude and rebellious spirit of New York. For us Public School represents the beginnings of that rebellion, it's really the first place where we developed our attitude as a New Yorker."
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Public School's logo is a black apple with a feather quill both a nod to the Big Apple's edgier side and an underlying quest for knowledge. Every piece of the collection tells a story, with impeccable attention to detail. High-end tailoring techniques get a street edge with elements like a cinch-back jacket with inset waistband straps, semi-elevated patch pockets and a convertible traditional spread collar that folds onto itself into a mandarin. Key fabrications for the spring collection include Italian vegetable dyed lamb leather, Japanese 2x1 cotton twill and a specially developed bonded nylon/cotton. Key items include a leather fitted biker vest with zip off fleece hood and sleeves. A pique polo shirt has a cropped collar with a raised stand made to toughen the neckline. A fresh take on military includes a perforated leather bomber with removable epaulettes and shooting patch.
"We are both teachers and students who continue to critique the culture we help create, resulting in a new vision of constructed garments that focus on fabric, fit and energy," Chow explains. "It's the same energy that's found at the start of every new movement."
Price points range from $72 for a T-shirt to $680 for leather outerwear. Wovens, jeans, and French terry knits range from $125- $230.
Dao-Yi Chow is currently the co-owner of Arrive, Miami's coolest retail spot which offers fashion seekers a cool mix of European designers and top of the line streetwear. He is the former Creative Director of Sean John. Maxwell Osborne was also a former designer at Sean John, heading up the wovens division. Committed to education, he also has been a design instructor at Parsons School of Design.
For more information about Public School, please visit www.publicschoolnyc.com.