Tumi x Public School Debuts at the Brand’s First International Show in Dubai

by Paige Reddinger

Last night in Dubai, Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne of Public School showed their Pre-Fall 2016 collection for their first-ever international runway debut. The show, which was sponsored by Cadillac and held the day before the Dubai Motor Show, also debuted the American automotive brand’s 2017 Cadillac XT5. It wasn’t the first time the two American brands worked together: Public School held its Spring 2016 show in Cadillac’s headquarters in Soho in September. “This is a new way for two American brands to join forces, share a passion for design and grow globally,” said Andrew Smith, Cadillac’s executive director of global design. “For Cadillac, it gives new meaning to being a patron of the arts.”

Other brands such as J.Mendel have shown at Cadillac’s headquarters, and in June, the automotive brand announced a multi-season partnership with the CFDA. The collaboration with Public School will be ongoing as the new XT5 is unveiled globally. From this project, another was born: an all-white capsule collection called Tumi x Public School, including a limited-edition backpack ($495) and tote ($395), which will be sold exclusively on Tumi.com and PublicSchoolNYC.com. The bags are made from Cubic Tech, a technical material used by N.A.S.A. known for its lightweight durability.

Naturally, there was plenty to be desired in the clothing realm as well. Perched front row were industry VIPs and friends of the brand like Nick Wooster, Hannah Bronfman, Vashtie Kola, and Mia Moretti. Plus! We spotted former Maxim EIC and stylist Kate Lanphear, who looked like she was consulting Chow and Osborne backstage. Take a peek below for the full show and some behind-the-scenes photos.

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