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Thakoon Panichgul

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Thakoon Panichgul (/təˈkn pəˈnɪɡəl/;[2][3] Thai: ฐากูร พานิชกุล, born in Nakhon Phanom Province, Thailand[4]) is a Thai-American fashion designer.

Early life and education[edit]

Panichgul moved to the United States with his family when he was 11 years old. He grew up in Bellevue, Nebraska.[5]

Panichgul attended Bellevue West High School, where he was a DECA member, attending the international DECA conference in 1993 in Orlando, Florida. After graduating from Boston University in 1997 with a business degree, he moved to New York City.


In 2000, Panichgul started his fashion career in writing at Harper's Bazaar working as an associate features editor.[6][7] As a fashion writer, Panichgul developed an interest in designing, and eventually pursued formal studies at Parsons School of Design from 2001 to 2003.

Thakoon Panichgul, 2004–present[edit]

In September 2004, Panichgul produced his first ready-to-wear collection and became recognized by fashion press, editors and stylists, as well as celebrities like Rachel Bilson, Demi Moore, Michelle Obama, and Sarah Jessica Parker. In 2007 he produced a fashion line for The Gap after being singled out by Anna Wintour of Vogue Magazine, as chronicled in the 2009 American documentary film, The September Issue.[8]

Panichgul was a runner-up for the Vogue/CFDA Fashion Fund in 2006, and nominated by the Council of Fashion Designers of America in 2007 for the Swarovski Award for emerging women’s wear designer of the year.[9] His clothing has been worn by U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, who wore a floral dress by Panichgul on the evening her husband, Barack Obama, accepted his party's nomination for president at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.[10]

In 2015, Vivian Chou’s company Bright Fame Fashion acquired a controlling interest in Thakoon Corp. for an undisclosed sum.[11]

Thakoon Addition, 2009–present[edit]

In 2009, Panichgul launched Thakoon Addition as a capsule component to his runway collection.[12] Addition subsequently had stand-alone presentations at New York Fashion Week.[13] Through a license with Six London, the brand added shoes to the assortment by 2013.[12]

Other activities[edit]

In 2008, Diego Della Valle signed Panichgul up to create a clothing brand for Hogan.[9][14] In 2009, he ended his two-year contract as the brand's creative director.[15]

Panchigul produced a well-received limited-edition clothing line at Target in early 2009. In 2012, he made a limited-edition series of lacquers for NARS Cosmetics based on the brights from his spring runway.[16]

In September 2019, Panichgul launched a direct-to-consumer line on THAKOON.com.[17] His new start-up site aimed to create comfortable clothing from a luxury designer perspective.[18] Panichgul was also the force behind the creative platform HommeGirls: a magazine and retail site that celebrated menswear and tomboy style and culture among women.[19] It was launched via Instagram in March 2019 with images of menswear-inspired fashion.[20]

Since 2009, Panichgul has been the creative director of jewelry company Tasaki.[21][15]

Personal life[edit]

Panichgul and creative director Russell Spina have been in a relationship since the early 2000s. The couple lives in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood.[22]


  1. ^ "กว่าจะมีวันนี้ ของ "ฐากูร พานิชกุล" ดีไซเนอร์เลือดไทยชื่อก้องโลก". www.thairath.co.th. July 17, 2011.
  2. ^ "- YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  3. ^ "Pronunciation Is Key". June 3, 2009.
  4. ^ "Thakoon gossip, news, photos & videos". Archived from the original on April 6, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ "Teen Vogue bio".
  6. ^ Rachel Felder (8 March 2013), The editor’s eye Financial Times.
  7. ^ "Thakoon Panichgul is part of the BoF 500". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  8. ^ Ray A. Smith (2009-09-19). "A Design Generation Rising". Wall Street Journal.
  9. ^ a b Luisa Zargani (16 October 2007), Hogan Taps Thakoon Panichgul Women's Wear Daily.
  10. ^ Christina Binkley (16 September 2010), An Established Designer With the Eye of an Upstart Wall Street Journal.
  11. ^ Lisa Lockwood (11 December 2015), Chou Acquires Controlling Interest in Thakoon Corp. Women's Wear Daily.
  12. ^ a b Jessica Iredale (16 October 2013), Thakoon Addition Expanding Into Footwear Women's Wear Daily.
  13. ^ Lauren Cochrane (6 January 2012), Parallel lines Financial Times.
  14. ^ Vanessa Friedman (20 September 2012), Diego Della Valle’s latest trend Financial Times.
  15. ^ a b Sophia Chabbott (9 November 2009), Thakoon Panichgul Takes Creative Post at Tasaki Women's Wear Daily.
  16. ^ Sandra Ballentine (18 March 2012), Polished New York Times.
  17. ^ "From Luxury Fashion to Sweats, How Thakoon Reinvented His Brand & Found Success". The Zoe Report. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  18. ^ Segran, Elizabeth (2020-09-04). "Can sweatpants ever be high fashion? Thakoon is here to persuade you". Fast Company. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  19. ^ "From Luxury Fashion to Sweats, How Thakoon Reinvented His Brand & Found Success". The Zoe Report. 12 May 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  20. ^ "HommeGirls Is Our New Favorite Destination for Menswear-Inspired Fashion". Teen Vogue. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  21. ^ "The making of a jewellery Icon". www.thejewelleryeditor.com. 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  22. ^ Stephanie Cain (24 June 2020), Embracing Work-Life Balance at the Dining Room Table New York Times.

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