The Thakoon collection is a true reflection of the highly diverse background of its designer, Thakoon Panichgul. Born in Thailand, raised in Omaha and now New York-based, Panichgul’s creations blend various distinct influences with dynamic ingenuity. His work is an examination of innovative construction. His collection imparts a feminine spirit, poised elegance and an underlying hint of playful wit.

Upon earning a business degree at Boston University, Panichgul moved to New York to begin his career in fashion—first in production, then merchandising—laying the foundation to what has become a very well rounded background in the business. Prior to launching his own label, Panichgul spent four years as a writer and editor for Harper’s Bazaar, where he chased after style news, traced trends and developed fashion stories. Eventually, he decided to try his hand at design, leading him to enroll at Parsons School of Design.

In September 2004, Thakoon presented his first ready-to-wear collection, quickly becoming one of fashion’s most celebrated talents to emerge from the New York scene. In 2006 Thakoon was one of 3 recipients of the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund and also has been nominated by the CFDA for the Swarovski Award for Best Emerging Womenswear Designer. He developed a cult following and created a unique niche, consistently showing collections of beautifully crafted, feminine designs which are as romantic and sensual as they are modern and intelligent.

Panichgul is fascinated by decorative ideas that spin out of constructing clothes. Where classic patterns have existed for decades, the nuances involved in finishing the garments are reexamined or altered in some way. The subtleties, he believes, make all the difference.

May 2004

Thakoon launches 13 piece capsule
collection.

September 2004

Spring 2005 collection debuts,
sells to 15 stores.

September 2005

First Thakoon runway
show is produced.

February 2007

Thakoon eyewear collection debuts in stores.

May 2007

Thakoon collaborates with Gap on a collection of white shirts and shirtdresses. Vogue features the Gap collection on its May cover.

June 2007

Thakoon launches first
Resort collection

December 2008

Thakoon tapped to design a capsule
collection for Hogan

February 2008

First Thakoon for Hogan collection presented during Milan fashion week

February 2008

Lancôme’s Gucci Westman and Thakoon create the next Lancôme installment of Pout-a-Porter limited edition lipstick series

July 2008

CFDA inducts Thakoon as a member

September 2008

Michelle Obama wears Thakoon to the final night of the Democratic National Convention and the first Presidential Debate

December 2008

Thakoon’s Go International collection available in Target stores and online

December 2008

Thakoon Addition Launches.

September 2008

Thakoon launches a shoe collection with Giuseppe Zanotti

November 2009

Thakoon named Creative Director of Tasaki

February 2011

Thakoon launches Carbon Copy.

February 2011

Thakoon launches www.thakoonstudiodiary.com and relaunches www.thakoon.com
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