BREAKING: Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne Step Down At DKNY; Plus Caroline Brown Is Leaving DKI

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Changes at American -based brand DKNY continues!

Last summer we reported that LVMH Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy, owner of DKNY and DKI was trying to sell the New York-based company (see it here). A few days later, we reported that LVMH agreed to sell Donna Karan International to G-III Apparel Group Ltd. for an enterprise value of $650 million (see it here).

Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow & Maxwell Osborne were hired as DKNY‘s new creative directors last year (see it here). After one year and eight months, the design duo will be stepping down from their co-creative director position.

The designer’s decision to part ways with the Donna Karan founded brand was informed by the label’s sale. “Given the company sale and subsequent change in strategies, we have decided to step down and focus on our own business Public School. It’s been an unbelievable experience to work side by side with the wonderful people at DKNY, especially our amazing design team and atelier. We wish the company success in the future,” the duo wrote in an email circulated to press.

In addition to Chow and Osborne’s departures, Caroline Brown, the CEO of Donna Karan International, will also be stepping down.

Photos Credit: Luca Tombolini /

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