Monday kicked off the Year of the Monkey. To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Public School and DKNY co-designer Dao-Yi Chow and his wife Canis Chow took over the iconic NYC hot spot Indochine for an intimate dinner. The event, sponsored by Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, was filled with designers and models, wearing cool custom-made monkey masks. We got the host — who gave each guest red envelopes with eight $1 bills inside — to tell us the difference between hanging with a DKNY vs. Public School girl.
What was Chinese New Year like growing up?
As a little kid all you really care about is the little red envelope. [Laughs] Once you get past that it was about family, all your local family getting together and having dinner. The whole idea of an Asian family, being respectful to your parents and elders, those [values] were really reinforced.
How do you guys celebrate at home now?
We do the same thing. Had we not been hosting this we would have had dinner at home with my sister and her two kids and my parents. But we would probably go out to eat. It was the same way when we were younger.