Born in Thailand, raised in Omaha and now New York-based, Thakoon Panichgul studied business at Boston University, before moving to New York to begin his career in fashion. After working in production and merchandising, Panichgul spent four years as a writer and editor for Harper’s Bazaar. Eventually, he decided to try his hand at design and enrolled 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 a recipient 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.