Inspired by a recent tour of Eileen Fisher’s Tiny Factory in Irvington, N.Y., Public School’s Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne needed no convincing to take over the space, using damaged clothes from Eileen Fisher’s Renew take-back program as grist for their own designs.
Their brief was simple: “We’re trying to extend the life cycle of a million-plus garments that Eileen Fisher has collected,” Chow said in a statement.
The three ready-to-wear items and one hat are exclusively available at Making Space, Eileen Fisher’s new “retail experience” in Brooklyn, where the brand will curate a selection of products from its current collections and samples from its design studio.
Making Space is also a “home for workshops and neighborhood events, a place for the curious and for locals and for everyone,” it said.
The Public School x Eileen Fisher collection runs in extremely small batches—150 pieces per style. All garments are one of a kind and when they sell out, they’re gone for good.
Chow and Osborne mined Renew’s collection of silk—a material it “receives a lot,” according to Eileen Fisher—to create the “Hastings” top, a color-blocked button-down blouse with a mandarin collar and subtle balloon sleeves.
Another textile Renew has in abundance? Merino wool, which Public School turned into the color-blocked “Ludlow” V-neck sweater, complete with “distinctive slits” at the elbow.
To create the wide-legged “Harlem” pant, the designers incorporated two shades of reclaimed denim, cropping them with side snaps. “Like ours, Public School’s clothes are defined by ease,” Eileen Fisher noted.
Public School also fashioned a version of its WNL cap, called “Riverdale,” using material from Eileen Fisher’s DesignWork program, which employs a felting technique to inject new life into old clothes.
Any scraps used to create the items will be saved for future use, Eileen Fisher added, “because making clothes is a lifetime commitment.”