Success Stories

Public School

I Made It Here

Discover how Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, Creators of Public School and Black Apple made a fashion statement with the help of NYCEDC and the CFDA Fashion Incubator and made it here, in New York City.

“For the last two years we’ve been fortunate enough to be participants in the CFDA, NYCEDC (Fashion) Incubator.”
Dao-Yi Chow, Co-Creator, Public School

Business Need

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne grew up in the City and worked together in the fashion industry for years. The wanted to re-launch their City inspired clothing line, Public School but need help on both workspace and mentoring on the ins-and-outs of the business end of creating and running their own fashion brand.


Dao-Yi and Max applied and were accepted to the NYCEDC, CFDA Fashion Incubator. With NYCEDC seed money the Incubator provided Dao-Yi and Maxwell low-cost space and mentoring on the business side of fashion. Their showing at the 2012 NYC Fashion Week was a glowing success. They are filling orders, expanding the line, and graduated from the Incubator. Every piece of every Public School garment, every stich that is sewn is 100% made here in New York City, feeding back into the eco-system, making it stronger and keeping it moving fashion-forward.

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