Thakoon Panichgul recently sat down with Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail to dish on Harpers, Anna, Michelle and Nebraska.
On moving to Nebraska from Thailand at age 11: “I didn’t know a lick of English. I had no friends. And I was coming from Bangkok, which is a huge, huge city and [where] my brother and I were running around by ourselves and knew everyone and were like the life of the party and having fun. And then we get to Omaha, and there was really nothing to do. So I think it forced me to kind of dig within myself to survive.”
On his professional foundations: “I was also a journalist for a little bit, working at Harper’s Bazaar magazine, and I would go and cover stories about young designers, many of whom would come and go so quickly. They had so much talent, but they didn’t have the means or the know-how to keep it afloat. So part of why I wanted to start my own collection was a) I couldn’t get a job as a designer for anybody else because I didn’t have a background but b) I thought of fashion as a creative outlet but also as a business.”
On Anna! “She’s the kind of person who will follow through with anything that she promises. In this industry, there are a lot of fickle people. And people make promises all the time and don’t really follow through. But she really does.”
p>And finally, on MObama! “She’s just a breath of fresh air. I think it’s nice in fashion to have somebody who’s so commanding and so powerful and not just an actress or a model: It’s actually the first lady, who has kids and responsibilities and a different kind of standard she has to dress for. It’s really refreshing.”