Public School designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow epitomize cool. Chalk it up to their tenure at Puff Daddy's streetwear label Sean Jean, their city-kid backgrounds, or their signature downtown aesthetic, favored by the likes of Ciara, Gabrielle Union, and Hailey Baldwin. They also know how to party. Fittingly, to celebrate the brand's 10-year anniversary, Osborne and Chow teamed up with Moët & Chandon on three limited-edition bottles of rosé champagne using their signature matte black color (prices range from $60 for a 750 ml bottle to $1,200 for a magnum). Here, Osborne and Chow discuss the partnership, their favorite bar in New York City, and Public School's latest milestone.
How did this collaboration come about?
Maxwell Osborne: Moët & Chandon approached us about creating a bottle design about a year ago. When we first visited their cellars in Epernay, France and learned about the birth and history of the brand, the collaboration really felt right. We tend to partner with brands that emulate our lifestyle. When you think about champagne, you think about Moët & Chandon, you think about celebration, and you think about nightlife. Moët really resonated with us as it's all about celebrating life and what's happening right now. We're interested in creating products that make up that whole other spectrum outside of fashion.
What was the inspiration behind the bottle design?
Dao-Yi Chow: The first challenge was to incorporate the signature of Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé with the dark enigmatic vibe of Public School. Black is known as our signature color. We liked the idea embracing the contrast, marrying the pink and the gold of Nectar Rosé against the black to transform the bottles.
Do you ever mix cocktails with the rosé?
Osborne: No, we drink it straight up.
What are your favorite bars in New York City?
Chow: Fumo is a recent favorite. It's a chill vibe with nice indoor and outdoor space. It's also further uptown so it takes us away from our normal downtown routine.
What kind of music do you like to listen to when you're out?
Osborne: Right now, we're listening to a lot of '70s, '80s, and '90s dancehall and reggae music.
What's the biggest difference between the brand now versus 10 years ago?
Chow: Ten years is a significant milestone for the brand and we are grateful to be able to do what we love doing after all this time. To create an idea and have it evolve from a fashion brand into bigger things is exciting.
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This interview has been edited and condensed.