Reconstructing old pieces from your closet or thrift stores has been a thing for many years. However, one fashion label that was coined as being the next big thing is trying to reinvent itself and recapture their clientele and audience by taking old clothing and making them new.

Public School is a fashion label birthed out of New York City and founded by Dao- Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne in 2008. The two menswear designers were fed up with what was classified as urban wear and considered streetwear as a way to box their creativity up.

They spent years working under Sean Comb before they created Public School. Public School is their voice, it’s their way of saying that they will not be defined at all when it comes to fashion.

The designers envisioned a line that was tailored, with loose knits, structured shoulders and paired with sneakers. It was comfort with a modern twist so that everyone could go on throughout their day with ease.

The first four collections were in black and white which consisted of fabrics and designs that look good in those colors.

According to the Public School website, “The name Public School implies a sense of over achievement, of beating the odds and turning nothing into something.”

What started off as a menswear line is now available for men and women with a New York influence. Almost all of the garments are produced and manufactured in the heart of New York.

In 2013, the label was recognized by the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund and awarded the CFDA Swarovski Men’s Designer of the year. In 2014, they were awarded the CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year. In 2015, they were the first American designer to receive the Woolmark prize in 2015.

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