Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Obsorne ankle DKNY

by Kristopher Fraser Photographed by Dao-Yi Chow, Maxwell Osborne
Friday, December 2, 2016

For the past three seasons, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, also the duo behind contemporary brand Public School, have held the design reins at DKNY. After Donna Karan stepped down from her eponymous company Donna Karan International, Chow and Osborne stepped in to help usher DKNY into a new era and recruit a younger customer.

After just three seasons, DKNY has announced that they, too, are leaving the brand.

Earlier this year, when LVMH sold Donna Karan International to G-III Apparel Group, it was expected there would be changes. In another, chief executive officer Caroline Brown has also stepped down from the brand.

In a statement, Chow and Osborne said “Given the company sale and subsequent change in strategies, we have decided to step down and focus on our own business Public School. Its been an unbelievable experience to work side by side with the wonderful people at DKNY, especially our amazing design team and atelier. We wish the company success in the future.”

With a list of retail partners ranging from to Bloomingdale’s, the boys are sure to see continued success in fashion indstry. It should be exciting to see what they churn out for the runway next now that they are focused solely on their own brand.

Brown said, “As Donna Karan International transitions to new ownership and therefore new directions, I have decided it is the right time to step down and explore new possibilities. This decision accompanies much appreciation and admiration for all of the talented teams here, our founder Donna Karan and our Creative Directors Dao Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne. I know the company rests in good hands under the new leadership of G-III for the next stage of its development.”

Brown joined the company in 2015.

As she departs, fashion’s game of musical chairs continues.


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