Thakoon Panichgul

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Panichgul, Thakoon

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


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

Panichgul attended Bellevue West High School, and as 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 associates features editor.[6] As a fashion writer, Panichgul developed an interest in designing, and eventually pursued formal studies at Parsons School of Design from 2001 to 2003.

In September 2004, Panichgul produced his first ready-to-wear collection and became recognized by fashion press, editors and stylists, and 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.[7] 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 the 2008 Democratic nomination for president. He produced a well-received limited-edition clothing line at Target in early 2009.

Panichgul's collection has been described as "forward-looking, respectful of the past, and not at all vintage. In fact, his delicate deconstructions are entirely modern, owing more to the Antwerp Six than to Vionnet. Though his collection might be perfect for a modern Madame de Pompadour, it would suit an L.A. starlet just as well."[8]

In 2017, Panichgul decided to take a step back and think about the fashion landscape. He realized that elevated design is not a luxury; it belongs in every woman's wardrobe. In September 2019, Panichgul launched a direct-to-consumer line on focused on thoughtful designs and beautiful materials at accessible prices.[9] His new start-up site created comfortable clothing from a luxury designer perspective.[10] Panichgul was also the force behind the creative platform, HommeGirls, a magazine, and retail site that celebrated menswear style and tomboy style and culture among women.[11] It was launched via Instagram in March 2019 with images of menswear-inspired fashion.[12]

Panichgul also collaborates with jewelry company Tasaki.[13]


  1. ^ กว่าจะมีวันนี้ ของ "ฐากูร พานิชกุล" ดีไซเนอร์เลือดไทยชื่อก้องโลก
  2. ^ YouTube Studio Tour
  3. ^ J'adore Blog
  4. ^ "usurped title". Archived from the original on April 6, 2009. {{cite web}}: Cite uses generic title (help)CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  5. ^ Teen Vogue bio
  6. ^ "Thakoon Panichgul is part of the BoF 500". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  7. ^ Ray A. Smith (2009-09-19). "A Design Generation Rising". Wall Street Journal.
  8. ^ "Speaker Profile". Teen Vogue Fashion University.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "From Luxury Fashion to Sweats, How Thakoon Reinvented His Brand & Found Success". The Zoe Report. Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  10. ^ Segran, Elizabeth (2020-09-04). "Can sweatpants ever be high fashion? Thakoon is here to persuade you". Fast Company. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  11. ^ "From Luxury Fashion to Sweats, How Thakoon Reinvented His Brand & Found Success". The Zoe Report. Retrieved 2021-09-01.
  12. ^ "HommeGirls Is Our New Favorite Destination for Menswear-Inspired Fashion". Teen Vogue. 2019-06-03. Retrieved 2021-09-05.
  13. ^ "The making of a jewellery Icon". 2021-06-16. Retrieved 2021-09-01.

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