Thakoon Panichgul On His Meteoric Rise and Life-Changing Creative Reset

I’m curious about what that time [sabbatical] was like for you. Were you scared about walking away from it even a minute? What did you find on the other side of it didn’t go the way you expected? Was it unexpected?

It was a journey of like sadness and misery, and then light at the end of the tunnel. Really goodnessIn the beginning, when you come up in the fashion industry with runway collections behind you, you have this feeling that if you step off of the runway, you’re never going to be seen and heard from again. It’s almost like people are gonna forget about you, right? So that’s the fear that was really real. But then, you know, I said, fuck it. Is that going to be the truth? Let’s, see if that pans out, right? I’ll figure it out—that was always my mantra.

The first couple of months, I just would call all my friends, make sure that I was still connected. It’s like, do you want to have lunch with me? Let’s have a drink, let’s have dinner like I was always trying to stay connected to everyone I knew in that industry, because I didn’t want to be forgotten. And then, after a while, I settled into, oh, maybe I should just actually be traveling a little bit. I went to Marrakech. I went to Cuba. I went to Mexico. I just went all over the place. And that was when things started to open up creatively. I saw things differently. I stepped out of the fashion bubble. And I saw what the bubble was doing to people that were still in the bubble. And I was so thankful to have that opportunity to kind of look from the from that perspective, from my perspective. Creatively, I walked away with so much I started Hommegirls, which is my magazine and passion project. That idea came to me while I was on my sabbatical, the new iteration of Thakoon came to me while I was on this sabbatical—I highly recommend it.

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