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The ’00s Fashion Star Who’s Making a Comeback

Photo: Courtesy of Thakoon Panichgul

The fashion world fell in love with Thakoon Panichgul between 2007 and 2009, when he dressed Michelle Obama for the 2008 Democratic National Convention, rolled out a collaboration with Target, and had a central role in The September Issue. A decade later, Panichgul has launched a revamped version of his eponymous label after taking a two-year hiatus from designing. But his wearable, elevated style remains the same. The line is a curated selection of essentials — oversize chunky sweaters and more special pieces like a camel-colored wrap jacket with a white bow. A new storefront also just opened in Soho, at 397 Bleecker Street. We spoke with him about linen, how to serve appetizers, and pleated pants.

How do you thank someone for a gift?
With a handwritten note card.

What would you never wear?
Linen. Nothing against linen, but it’s not my thing.

What’s your dream vacation?
Something completely removed from my everyday.

What’s a good book on your coffee table right now?
A David Hockney catalogue by the graphic design studio A Practice for Everyday Life, some vintage ’80s Teen Beat magazines, and ’70s Car Graphics periodicals from Japan.

Last show you binge-watched?
Euphoria.

Secret to hosting a good party?
Space out the appetizers into three segments (nuts, cheese, nibbles). Make a simple one-pot or all-in-the-oven main dish because it’s not only easier to cook for many people, but it’s also cozier.

What is a trend that you like right now?
Pleated pants and tucked in T-shirts for men.

One you don’t understand?
Overdressing for fashion shows.

Favorite museum/gallery?
Musée Rodin in Paris.

Shoes you wear most often?
Adidas Stan Smiths.

What’s your favorite… 

Pajamas?
Hanes cotton boxers.

Candle?
Astier de Villate’s Atelier de Balthus.

Scent?
Frederic Malle’s Monsieur.

Restaurant?
Il Buco.

Socks?
Muji ribbed socks.

T-shirt?
Beams Japan and Carhartt WIP.

What is your favorite space in your studio/office/home?

Clockwise from left: Photo: Courtesy of Thakoon PanichgulPhoto: Courtesy of Thakoon PanichgulPhoto: Courtesy of Thakoon Panichgul
Clockwise from left: Photo: Courtesy of Thakoon PanichgulPhoto: Courtesy of Thakoon PanichgulPhoto: Courtesy of Thakoon Panichgul

I love the countryside, Paris, and New York. I love bohemian interiors, and I always love a good wallpaper.

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Muji Men Right Angle Rib Socks
Carhartt Work in Progress Black Pocket T-Shirt

Available in sizes S–XL.

Thakoon Wrap Tie Jacket Camel

Available in sizes S–L.

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The ’00s Fashion Star Who’s Making a Comeback