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Invest in a Thakoon Blazer (That Thakoon Panichgul Says Will Last Forever)

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This month, eBay, in partnership with the Strategist, went back to some of our favorite celebrity shoppers — including fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul — to ask them about things that they can live without and would be willing to sell at auction for charity. All proceeds will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (eBay is receiving and donating all proceeds and matching every dollar the auction earns). Click here to see all the stuff you can bid on.

I really like the idea of women subscribing to men’s clothes. Not in a way that she wants to look masculine, but more so that she ignites a femininity into tailored clothes. For me as a designer, it’s not always about showing the body. Practicality and performance are really important to me; I’m into simple designs that have an element of newness to them. This blazer, a menswear essential, is the perfect example of that.

I designed it in 2018 for the Thakoon fall-winter collection, but it was never actually produced in this colorway. This jacket is an original prototype and has never been worn. It’s the only one that exists. The blazer is made with a plaid double-faced wool fabric — a classic menswear fabric — that is very warm and will last forever. It’s unlined, relaxed, and lightweight and even has a detachable hoodie that adds an element of sportiness to it. You can wear it on a crisp fall day or as a winter layer with jeans and sneakers or a heel. It’s the kind of jacket you can grab for work and for the weekend. I always want to make designs that sit in your closet forever and are worn season after season — like this blazer. I could’ve donated a sequin jacket or dress, but they’re just showpieces. Nowadays, you want to invest in something that you’ll live in.

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Invest in a Thakoon Blazer (Thakoon Says It’ll Last Forever)