This was the year that Public School hit solidly upon every single goal that a brand sets out to accomplish. Designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne started off the year with a game-changing collection and incredible presentation at NYFW that saw the likes of Carmelo Anthony and A$AP Rocky rolling through, not to mention tons of editors, buyers, and fans. Anyone who was present at the show felt the unspoken notion that this brand was a leader in the convergence of streetwear and menswear, and that sweet spot in looking unique without looking crazy or trying hard. But unlike other brands, Public School's progress throughout 2013 never flagged.
A few months later, Public School snagged the CFDA Swarovski Menswear Designer of the Year award, solidifying the brand's place atop the game. But PS wasn't done yet. The brand's spring/summer 2014 presentation at NYFW was just as bonkers as the previous show, and the brand was cemented as the pioneers and providers of a wearable but advanced aesthetic that hadn't been seen stateside in some time. And the remarkable year still rolled on: Towards the end of 2013, Public School was declared the winner of the very prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund. But while a crowded trophy case is nice, these two native New Yorkers are solely focused on the quality and aesthetic of their made in NYC line. Even with a banner year under their belts, these two ain't sleeping until every detail is perfect, the label's vision is cohesive, and they're still ahead of the deluge of brands that are treading down the path that Public School is currently blazing.