Public School de­sign­ers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Os­borne on mas­ter­ing the NYC uni­form.

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Even though one-half of It la­bel Public School is tech­ni­cally Canadian (Chow was born in Mon­treal), its DNA—much like its mas­cu­line cool-girl aes­thetic—is to­tally New York. You started out designing menswear. What was it like mov­ing into wom­enswear? Os­borne: “We wanted to set the tone for menswear and wom­enswear to be very sim­i­lar, with boxy shapes that aren’t so sexy or body-con­scious, us­ing the same fab­rics, play­ing with dif­fer­ent fits for both.” Do you think there is a “New York uni­form”? Chow: “New York is a city you can dis­ap­pear in—you can fade into the back­ground or, if you re­ally make it, you can stand out and be a hero. That’s what the col­lec­tion rep­re­sents; there’s a range. I think Public School could only come out of New York.” What style sta­ples stand out from your public-school days? Os­borne: “You could al­ways tell the cats who were into hip-hop mu­sic; the goth kids wore Doc Martens, black ev­ery­thing, eye­liner... and then there were the art kids.” Chow: “And the club kids wore zo­diac plat­form shoes and polka­dot shirts! They all had a uni­form.” (From $380, at Holt Ren­frew, holtren­frew.com)

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