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Dao-Yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne Named Creative Directors of DKNY

Public School designers join the landmark streetwear brand.

The rumor mill has been spinning over whether Public School designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne were joining the DKNY team, but fashionistas everywhere can finally rejoice. In a press release issued Wednesday, Donna Karan International officially announced Chow and Osborne as the brand’s new creative directors.


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DKNY has always been about incorporating the livelihood of New York City and sharing it globally, so it’s only fitting that two of the city’s dopest young designers take the lead.

“We both grew up in New York, and DKNY has always been part of the landscape of this city,” they wrote in a statement. “It is one of the brands that helped change the game for us and for American fashion. It evokes everything our city was always about — energy, disruption, new thinking, and transcending all boundaries. We are extremely proud and excited to be joining the company and to contribute to the next chapter of DKNY, one of the most iconic American brands created by Donna Karan, a true inspiration.”

Osborne and Chow’s new positions are effective immediately, and they will their split time between Public School and DKNY. We look forward to seeing what their creative input will bring to the DKNY brand.

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