Black History Month: NY's Public School Fashion Label
A modish new fashion label made its debut during fashion week earlier this month; Public School. The new clothing line for men is the brain child of two young fashion visionaries Maxwell Osborne and Dao Yi-Chow.
Public School is a label that takes men’s fashion for the city dweller and reinvigorates it by mixing trendy, voguish styling with a sense of grit to add a sense of edge to the attire.
It takes a sense of panache to pull this off; Maxwell and Dao have demonstrated that they have exactly that and more.
Maxwell converses about the inspiration for the label, the excitement that comes along with a successful debut and some of the challenges that are faced in the fashion industry.
Maxwell describes the excitement with modesty.
“It’s kind of surreal,” Maxwell said. “It’s kind of cool; the press has been very cool.
There is always another side to the excitement though, Maxwell elaborates on that.
“For us there are just so many factors that play into it. It’s also the selling factor, when it hits the floor, the advertising; you know… that ever growing revolution. It’s cool that the press is happy; I want the people to be happy; I want the people to buy it and keep the whole cycle going. So, I am happy but I’m not jumping for joy because there are still a lot of factors.”
A successful intro is part of the battle. Now, as Maxwell said, the cycle must continue in order for everything to work on a truly exciting level.
Not to mention, Maxwell and Dao only have four more months before they have to do a whole new collection to prepare for another fashion week.
Maxwell pays tribute to his inspirations.
“The people in my family inspired me, I’m third generation born American. My family is Jamaican. They were growing up and sharing sneakers and not having much money. I have some family that is really well off now; working from nothing to something is has always been an inspiration to me.”
Maxwell looked upon his childhood fondly; he comes from a very close knit family. Growing up can be eye opening, he discusses what his eyes were opened to as he matured.Continued on the next page