Since founding Public School in 2008, designers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have met with overwhelming praise for their sporty, tailored collections, which they produce entirely in New York.
Fresh off their CFDA win in June (2013 Swarovski Award for Menswear) and on the brink of showing their Spring/Summer 2014 collection at New York Fashion Week, we caught up with Chow and Osborne and found out what their three travel staples are, how much time a guy should spend choosing his look, and why socks matter.
1. Never stop developing your point of view. Protect it with all you have because it's all you have.
2. Black is the new black.
3. Know your body and understand fit. Not everything looks good on everyone.
4. When traveling, stuff your socks into your shoes to save space and, more importantly, to keep the shape of your brand new kicks.
5. Pack light and always wear your best socks on the flight.
6. It's nice—but not necessary—if all your luggage matches, but it should definitely never match your belt, your shoes, or your wallet.
7. Music is the key to life—and travel. Make sure to always pack headphones! Over the ear, noise canceling, battery-less ones preferred, please.
8. Three staples for every trip: White mini-collared shirt, black T-shirt, and black overdyed PS-13 skinny 5-pocket jeans.
9. Clothes should either change or augment the way you already feel. A well-dressed man is a confident man.
10. Don't spend more time thinking about your outfit than reading this list.