For Spring 2019, Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow of Brooklyn based label Public School celebrated the unveiling of their collection with a party in their new store on Howard Street. Yes, that’s right, the designers now have their own experimental lab for all things Public School. The urban design menswear brand also debuted a new PSNY logo. For PSNY, new is relative due to the fact that everything was created from recycled, upcycled, or dead-stock fabrics and materials, which is part of their sustainable philosophy.
Throughout their career, the duo have collaborated with big names, and this season was no different. They reworked all of their favorite time honored staples. For example, a dead-stock silk from Eileen Fisher is transformed into fluid striped shirts and trousers inspired by sleepwear. Vintage Levi denim was used to create a modern version of the trucker jacket, a jacket typically worn by Maxwell Osborne. “It’s very much the foundation of our past and then looking into the future,” says designer Maxwell Osborne of the collection. The collection had a strong focus on streetwear, with the duo presenting a fair amount of t-shirts, casual joggers, and an array of jackets. However, theirs are infused with an unmistakable signature New York style, coupled with a dose of cool factor.
A crisp new PSNY logo was paired with a series of exciting, fresh new prints that exuded a sense of energy and refinement. Other pieces in the collection walk the line between tough and utilitarian urban style, with military inspired pieces like short-sleeved jumpsuits, and more sartorial ensembles such as suiting with utilitarian cargo pockets. Complimenting many of the looks was a collaboration with Nike, which resulted in a new “Air Force 1 High-Lo” sneaker worn with tall socks. With the launch of their new store, Public School is officially paving a new path for menswear.