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A Timeline of PSNY x Jordan Brand Collabs

Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne didn't break the mold, they created an entirely new one. The duo met as colleagues at Sean "Diddy" Combs's iconic fashion label Sean John, where Chow was a senior executive and Osborne was a precocious intern.

Their paths would again in 2005 when Chow enlisted Osborne to help him create a private label for his Miami-based boutique, Arrive. The label's name, Public School.

As the saying goes, the rest is history.

In the years since, the duo have been regarded as luminaries, with their natural New Yorker sentiment and penchant for cool informing a new, aesthetically pleasing way of bridging the gap between athletic and urban wear in their patented monochromatic look.

From being inducted into the inaugural group of the Council of Fashion Designers of America’s incubator program in 2010 to winning the 2013 CFDA Swarovski Award for Menswear and CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (the latter earned them $300k), only to earn the 2014 CFDA Menswear Designer of the Year Award and the 2014/2015 International Woolmark Prize in the following years, Dao-Yi and Maxwell continue to find innovative ways to push the Public School brand in way that feels sincere and authentic.

The business partners were offered a position as co–creative directors for DKNY in 2015, where they worked for almost two years before parting ways to focus solely on Public School remains priority.

And did we mention that the two designers managed to do this without formal design training.

Each of their creative endeavors ooze the spirit of downtown NYC culture, often as unpredictable as the surface of Soho's cobblestone streets. But none have affected the sneaker world like their partnership with Jordan Brand, which has allowed Dao-Yi and Maxwell to put their own spin on classic Air Jordan models – birthing two official releases and some even more coveted pairs given exclusively to family and friends in the process.

As news of and upcoming PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro spreads through the Internets like wildfire, SG revisits the label's past work with Michael Jordan's namesake brand, the stories behind them, and the looks below.


PSNY x Air Jordan 1 Retro High "PSNY/23 NY" (2014)

Release: September of 2014

Style: 715060 002

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 1 Retro High "PSNY/23 NY"

The genesis of Public School's working relationship with Jordan Brand begins in 2014 – a gear-shifting year for the business – with the release of a special Air Jordan 1 Retro High, specially dedicated to New York City. Two distinct variations of the sneaker were created, only one officially released.

The rarer version features an all black colorway with contrasting textures of brushed suede and full-grain leather on the upper, with "PSNY" branding on the heel. An additional brand callout appears on the inside of the tongue, while a covert illustration of a manhole can be seen on the insole. A speckled grey midsole and translucent outsole complete the design.

Only 50 pairs of this shoe, given exclusively to friends and family, exists.

The "23 NY" version of the silhouette (photoed above) was the one officially released, with noticeable differences. Here, the tongue sports NYC branding and "23 NY" replaces Public School branding on the heel. The limited release was exclusive to Footaction's Flight 23 location in New York City.


PSNY x Air Jordan 10 Retro (2015)

Release: N/A

Style: 537687-AJ10

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 10 Retro "Family & Friends"

At one point, the Air Jordan 10 was the kind of silhouette only true Jordan heads championed. But for the forward-thinking duo behind Public School, the shoe was a perfect opportunity to flex their design savvy.

In 2015, we saw two variations of the PSNY x Air Jordan 10 Retro arrive – one anchored by premium black leather and another featuring a vibrant red leather. Here we highlight the former, which sports a Chicago Bulls-centric colorway that would be an official colorway had sneaker designers from the '90s been more futuristic in their thinking. It's constructed with a black leather upper, red accents on the lace-up and inner lining, and a cement grey sole unit with red and black speckling.

Both versions were gifted to a short list of family and friends. The victory lap appears on the insole, where Public School lists its biggest accomplishments to date (since the brand was founded in 2008) in a design inspired by the famed outsole created by Tinker Hatfield.

PSNY x Air Jordan 10 Retro (2015)

Release: N/A

Style: 537687-AJ10

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 10 Retro "Family & Friends"

If the "Family & Friends" PSNY x Air Jordan 10 Retro in black is the gala, the Gym Red version is certainly the afterparty. Credit that to its play on the tonal red sneaker trend.

The Public School NY, this clean edition of the Air Jordan 10 was produced in extremely limited quantities, and only given out as a friends and family release. The premium edition of the AJ10 features a black leather upper with red accents and a grey speckled sole.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro

Release: December 12, 2015

Style: 130690 003

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro

If you said PSNY was greatly responsible for the lifestyle Air Jordan 12 craze, you wouldn't be wrong. Among the most respected silhouettes, like many Air Jordans, AJ 12 releases were more rooted in traditional colorways than anything else.

However, Dao-Yi and Maxwell used their left-of-center thinking when designing their first-ever PSNY-branded items for retail. The PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro and a companion pair, the PSNY x Jordan Horizon Premium (sold separately), were both given unique looks.

The former is the genesis of the aforementioned trend, in a smokey greyscale look featuring a molded upper that enhances the paneling that defined the original design. PSNY branding appears on the tongue.

This PSNY was also accompanied by matching apparel.

PSNY x Jordan Horizon Premium

Release: December 12, 2015

Style: 827432 002

Link: PSNY x Jordan Horizon Premium

Jordan Brand's experimentation with woven uppers birthed a handful of silhouettes, including the Horizon, which Public School NY selected to be the a companion pair of a specially designed Air Jordan 12 in their first-ever retail collab with the house that MJ build.

The upper rests comfortably atop of tooling from the Air Jordan 13. The shoe features an unique jacquard knit pattern. Special detailing on the sneaker includes the PSNY branding on the tongue and translucent black outsole.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Friends & Family" (2016)

Release: N/A

Style: 572646 849

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Friends & Family"

It pays to have friends in high places. Especially when you're in the PSNY crew's inner sanctum. Dao-Yi and Maxwell used the brand's NYFW 2016 Fall/Winter as grounds to unveil the second PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro.

The sneaker features a simple black tonal upper in nubuck, with matching tumbled leather appearing on the mudguard. A white sole unit offers high-contrast, as it balances the look. Per usual, this shoe was given exclusively to friends and family.

DJ Clark Kent revealed that only 50 pairs exist.

PSNY x Air Jordan 1 Retro Low NS "Friends & Family" (2016)

Release: N/A

Style: 676183PROMO

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 1 Retro Low NS "Friends & Family"

Much of Public School's creative cache in their collabs with Jordan Brand lies in their ability to give prominent retros lifestyle makeovers. That job became much easier with the Air Jordan 1 Retro Low NS' introduction. The silhouette is a Swooshless version, more often than not featuring premium materials.

Once again, PSNY delivered another extremely rare promo sneaker, meaning it never officially released. It features a premium elephant-textured tumbled leather upper in black with white and yellow accents. Faint PSNY embossing appears on the heel.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Wheat"

Release: June 28, 2017

Style: AA1233 700

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Wheat"

Public School NY continued their stellar run of Jordan Brand collabs in 2017 with the second-ever official release. This time, the prize was the Air Jordan 12 "City Pack," comprised of three colorways exclusive to New York City, Paris, or Milan, respectively.

The options go as followed: the Air Jordan 12 “Wheat” in NYC, the Air Jordan 12 "Bordeaux" in Paris, and the Air Jordan 12 “Olive” in Milan.

Of course, the "Wheat" option represents the concrete jungle – an undoubted ode to the Big Apple’s love for the buttery tan suede Timberland 6'' boot. Like the rest of the collection, the sneaker is defined by its tonal look. The molded upper from the original PSNY-edition Air Jordan 12 returns in a polished suede look.

The lace accents are the most eye-catching on this colorway, with a metallic polish. Textured rubber on the midsole also adds a nice touch. A PSNY hangtag and additional branding on the tongue and insole solidifies the sick collaboration.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Olive"

Release: June 28, 2017

Style: AA1233 200

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Olive"

From PSNY's "City Pack" collection, here’s the "Olive" option, exclusive to Milan. The version sees the defined molded upper in an Medium Olive-hued suede. This may be the classiest of the tonal shoe options thanks to its fall-centric look. PSNY branding appears on the tongue, as well as the insole.

PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Bordeaux"

Release: June 28, 2017

Style: AA1233 600

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 12 Retro "Bordeaux"

Easily the most visually striking option from the "City Pack," the "Bordeaux" features a beautiful shade of burgundy that truly accentuates the premium suede construction. This pair was exclusive to Paris. Dare we say that this colorway best conveys the air of luxury that's come to define PSNY x Jordan Brand collabs.

PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro "Black Suede"

Release: September 10, 2017

Style: 921194 011

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro "Black Suede"

After much hearsay, Public School returned with the PSNY x Air Jordan 15, their second Jordan Brand collaboration of 2017.

Officially unveiled during their NYFW Spring 2018 presentation, the shoe arrived in four variations – two pair released for retail, with two other versions for friends and family. Here's the black suede option, featuring a tonal black colorway that coats the entirety of the premium suede upper.

The ankle collar and textured heel maintains the color scheme. The upper rests atop of a sail-colored outsole that offsets the look. PSNY branding on the heel completes the design, continuing the legacy of the brand's relationship with Jordan Brand.

PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro "Olive Woven"

Release: September 10, 2017

Style: AO2568 200

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro "Olive Woven"

The second for-retail option from the PSNY x Air Jordan 15 release is this tonal "Olive" colorway featuring woven construction. Unlike its black suede counterpart, Dao-Yi and Maxwell switch up the look by making the woven pattern seen on the OG shoe uniform throughout the upper (doing away with the traditional mudguard).

Once again, the duo offset the upper with a sail-colored outsole. Proper PSNY branding in a matching look completes the design.

PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro "Friends & Family"

Release: N/A

Style: 921194 011a

Link: PSNY x Air Jordan 15 Retro "Friends & Family"

Here's a rare gem reserved for people close to Dao-Yi and Maxwell. In typical PSNY fashion, this black woven version of their Air Jordan 15 collab was gifted to family and friends. The design mirrors the aforementioned olive shoe, instead sporting a tonal black colorway. Like the rest of the collection, the upper rests atop of a sail-colored outsole that offsets the look.

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