Collaborated With: Generic Man
What They're Known For: Streetwear staples done in high-end fabrics with a gritty gothic appeal.
There's been an undeniable buzz around Public School since it showed its breakthrough Fall/Winter 2013 at New York Fashion Week in February 2013. Since then, the duo of Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, who met each other while working at Sean John, have won the CFDA Swarovski Award for Best Menswear Designer of the Year. The label's success is no mistake. It makes next-level garments that aren't intimidating through making use of leather jackets, suiting, and tons of layers. Both fans of '90s hip-hop and basketball culture, Osborne and Chow collaborated with the New York Knicks for a capsule collection with their diffusion line Black Apple, but the sneakerheads with more mature tastes geeked out over a shoe in their Spring/Summer 2014 collection: a Generic Man collab high-top that takes the Air Jordan XII into luxe territory. It's hard to say no to a black and white sneaker that riffs on childhood themes.