When Maxwell Osborne and his partner Dao-Yi Chow launched their fashion line Public School, they aimed to create something that was a direct reflection of their upbringing in New York City. The public school graduates met when Osborne was overseeing the woven's department at Sean Jean - where Chow was the Creative Director - and Public School was born. The high-end mens young designer collection combines the attitude of New York City with European tailoring and the aesthetic of Japanese Streetwear, while also celebrating the influences that span high and low fashion, art and culture. Today, Maxwell Osborne shares his favorite things with us. Next week, read the interview with his partner Dao-Yi Chow.
Item I own that gets better with age: Have a couple items that get better with age: One being a pair of white basic Chuck Taylors, [the second] my Cloak carry all bag which is made up of Coated Canvas & Suede. Last but not least, our Public School leather biker jacket for the past couple years, which I consider my 2nd skin.
Best vintage buy on eBay: Last Vintage purchase was a “Macgregor Golf Bag.” It was the color that drew me in - bright teal with gold trim. Perfect for weekend getaways. Funnily enough I cannot stand that bag now.
Place I love to visit that’s rich in history: The place I frequent as my little escape from the city - and that’s local - is the Bronx Botanical Garden. Every time I step foot in there it amazes me that this property is in NYC and has been untouched for so long...I truly recommend any New Yorker to take walk or trolley ride through it. Get lost in this park with a good book and a favorite album on Ipod. Botanical gardens doesn’t just look gorgeous - the air itself is treat.
My secret to looking timeless: Secret to looking timeless...is being timeless.
Most powerful photo I’ve ever seen: Most powerful photo for “me” is a family portrait that was taken some time before I was born with all of our aunts, uncles, and grandparents. ‘Til this day our family has never been in the same country at the same time to do another portrait.
Best souvenir I’m glad I brought back home: Best Souvenir...This is pretty random, but when I was in New Delhi, India I picked up a thin Cotton Robe along with some other random goodies for my family specifically my Mother. The reason the robe is the best - It is still being used to this day. I always feel like souvenirs usually collect dust or eventually get tossed, to be hidden. Robe is holding up pretty well.
Favorite vintage fashion trend: Vintage Trend that I love...is the funky glasses frame. Colors & shapes make me happy.
Smell that makes me feel most nostalgic: The burnt outdoor smell you get when you go camping or to the wild of random countries. I’m a city boy so that scent always tickled my fancy. Makes me feel young and free again.
What I’m currently coveting: Some might be upset at this answer but I’m focused on a street Legal Dirt Bike Honda XR650L. I see it as a blank canvas that I need in my life right now.
Best advice I’ve ever received: "Maxwell, keep smiling. It's contagious."
Music that always takes me back: Jamaican Music, specifically from the 1970s-80s, brings me back to Sunday mornings in Brooklyn. My mother is from Jamaica so Sunday mornings she blasted the tapes or vinyl. Even to this day when I hear Beres Hammond, Bitty Mclean, or even Gregory Isaacs I smile. (Smiling just thinking about it).
Film that I can watch over and over again: Coming to America will hands down be watched every time it's on - or I need to watch something to lift the spirits.
Favorite family recipe: Favorite family recipe(s) come from my late Uncle Dominick who was Italian and made THE BEST MEATBALLS ever. He did try to pass on the recipe but it has never been the same. The other is our families Oxtail. The traditional Jamaican dish could be prepared many ways; our families is simple and to the point.
Tastiest mom-and-pop shop that’s been feeding me for years: Miami, spanish food on Collins! That café con leche and empanada...
Blog I’m currently addicted to: For me I honestly only gravitate to visual blogs, so right now ffffound.com & blog.yimmyayo.com.
I couldn’t live without: White Rice, Black T-shirts & Toothpicks.
Words to dress by: Same words I live by...Be yourself.