DKNY creative directors Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow are to leave the, brand reports WWD. The pair will exit the label at the end of the year in order to concentrate on their own brand Public School.
The news comes not long after the sale of DKNY and its parent company Donna Karan International (DKI) to G-III Apparel Group, with the co-creative directors commenting in a statement, “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 pair joined the label in 2015. In addition to Osborne and Chow, CEO Caroline Brown will also leave her role at the end of the year.
There is now speculation as to whether Donna Karan will return to her namesake label after departing in 2015; however, when questioned Morris Goldfarb, chairman and CEO of G-III, told WWD, “I’ve spoken to Donna several times. We don’t know what direction that will take.”