Panichgul is young but he very well may be one of the designers of our future
Born in Thailand, Thakoon Panichgul relocated to the United States with his family at the age of eleven. Having a mother who was a seamstress at Pendleton Woolen Mills definitely inspired this young man and he soon became obsessed with fashion magazines. The designer grew up in Nebraska and went on the attend Boston University at his mother’s request. He graduated with a business degree and was immediately off to New York. We all know where fashion magazines lead and that’s straight to the city!
Panichgul is young but he very well may be one of the designers of our future. As we have seen in the last ten years our designers are getting older and retiring. With the retirement comes the question of who will be there to dress us tomorrow. Luckily for us, Thakoon is here to save the day! By the time he graduated from Boston University he already had completed a summer internship with Showroom Seven, which is a press and sale showroom.
Wasting no time he became an assistant in the fashion features department at Harpers Bazaar Magazine and really learned the industry. Finally realizing that he was more into fashion design than he originally thought and having more experience under his belt; he began classes at Parsons the New School For Design. After graduation he earned a gig with production of J.Crew, which was his second internship in the fashion industry.
Armed with the little skills learned from pattern making and sketching classes, Panichgul did what most would consider a huge career risk
He produced a small collection and used his previous connections to show at places like Barney's and Bergdorf's the fashion Olympus of New York. And it paid off. They loved his collection, but alas there was not enough to make a buy possible. Instead he sold the lines to Ikram in Chicago and Kirna Zabete in New York. This all led to success because when the next collection was produced he was ready with a small show, hair and makeup artists and models. Surprisingly he was viewed by the editors of some of New York’s best magazines and was purchased by twenty stores directly after. The coolest part is that some of the stores who had first bought the line had employees who decided to intern with the designer.
Since introducing his first line in 2004 he quickly has become a repeat offender on the favorites category. Now we are entering 2010 and Thakoon is still designing strong looks that are loved by many. In the last few years the designer has dressed many famous women including: Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, Rachel Bilson and of course Michelle Obama. He has received much press coverage since dressing the first lady but he hardly needs it seeing as how his clothes speak for him.