Aloha Rag's new private label is getting ready to include a series of designer collaborations. The first up for the series will be Thakoon Panichgul. This will be his first dive into men's wear.
“I love seeing designers create pieces that are outside of their comfort zone," said designer of Aloha Rag Tatsugo Yoda. "At the end of the day, they are artists and my boutique is their gallery."
Panichgul was asked by the Yoda to create an item "in the vein of a cardigan" since Panichgul has been sporting them as of late. “Every season I get another cardigan, and I had been wearing a lot of plaid shirts also. So I wanted to do something that had the ease of a plaid shirt with the comfort of a cardigan," said Panichgul.
The $850 cardigan will be designed in two color-ways: red and blue, and green and black with it's co-branded label 5+1_Annapurna.
Yoda's Aloha Rag boutiques are launching the private label collection for this upcoming spring. Though the items are available for wholesale, they will be exclusive to Aloha Rag stores in New York and Honolulu. Only the New York unit will carry the Thakoon cardigan, which hits stores in February.
Thakoon has also been named the Creative Director of Tasaki, a Japanese jewelry line known for creating their own pearls. “It is exciting to be working with fine jewelry as it will unquestionably feed into my overall creative process… My goal is to approach jewelry design in the same manner that I approach clothing: always move forward but respect the past.”
Looks like a busy 2010 for Thakoon!
Photos: Thakoon.com; WWD