Launch a Nine West accessories collection in fall '06? Check. Design a critically acclaimed fall 2007 collection of fanciful feathered dresses and chic sequined sportswear? Check. Unveil a line of sunglasses and Gap Design Edition white shirts that are a hit with fashionistas around the globe? Check. Nab a Swarovski Womenswear Designer Award nomination for the second year in a row? Check, check, check.
Not bad for a Thai-born, Omaha-bred fashion-writer-turned-designer who's celebrating his third anniversary in the business this September.
The Fashion Informer caught with the 31-year-old Thakoon (as he is known professionally) for a little tête-à-tête. So, Mr. T...
What was your first job after graduating Parsons?
J. Crew, as production assistant in womenswear.
What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Favorite off duty activity?
Right now, looking for a puppy and/or a kitten online.
What's the last book you read?
"The Beautiful Fall" by Alicia Drake.
What's in heavy rotation on your iPod?
Peter Bjorn and John.
What did you do last weekend, and what are your plans for this weekend?
Last weekend, I spent the day at MoMA, then saw the Murakami show uptown, went home and watched the entire "Planet Earth" series on DVD. This weekend, I am in Omaha with mom!
What's your favorite website?
The sartorialist.com, for obvious reasons!
What's your favorite getaway spot?
I recently just spent an entire day at the Bonny Doon cliffs near Santa Cruz. It had all the elements of a postcard picture day: beautiful breeze, desolate beach, open field of flowers, crisp clear water, and quietness. Such natural, innocent kind of beauty that it beckons you to run through the fields, which I did.
What would be your dream job?
What's your favorite non-fashion magazine?
House and Garden.
Christmas, even though I'm Buddhist.
Any hidden or surprising talents?
I was first chair on the clarinet!
When are you happiest?
Daylight Saving Time in the fall, when we gain an hour [of sleep].
Stay tuned next Wednesday for Random Questions For...Nadja Swarovski.