Since we returned from our vacation to Los Angeles this past June, Tawn has been in the process of designing and producing his initial collection of women’s wear. It has been a challenge and an adventure as he locates vendors, deals with problems anticipated and unanticipated, and learns about how a fashion business is run.
They say that success is a combination of talent, lots of hard work, and a dose of good luck. Right now, we’re at a point on the road to Tawn’s dream of being a successful fashion designer where those three factors are coming together. It is a point that, years from now, we may look back on as the critical break that altered the course of his career.
A month ago, Tawn had the opportunity to meet Khun Kai, the man who established the first haute couture brand in Thailand some forty years ago. He continues to produce elegant dresses and wedding gowns that are highly sought-after. While helping a friend shop for her wedding gown, Tawn introduced himself to Khun Kai and inquired if he might consider taking Tawn as an intern. Initially, Khun Kai said he was not interested in having an intern.
A week later, though, Tawn received a call and was invited to Khun Kai’s studio. Starting the next day, Tawn listened as Khun Kai shared his insights on the fashion industry in Thailand and the challenges of running your own design studio. The day after that, Khun Kai explained that he was looking for a designer to help produce the Spring/Summer 2012 collection for “k and i”, Kai’s streetwear brand. Introduced two seasons ago, k and i has yet to establish a solid identity and find its market.
Out of the blue, Khun Kai asked Tawn to design that Spring/Summer collection for k and i. Returning home that evening, Tawn was understandably excited and a little stressed by the challenge. He worked late into the night, creating a mood board to capture his overall design inspirations for the collection and then sketched 48 rough looks to articulate how he thought k and i could best fit into the market.
With some feedback, Khun Kai approved the looks and after he and Tawn chose various fabrics, his in-house team of seamstresses began preparing prototypes.
The collection will show, along with Khun Kai’s “Kai” couture line, October 8 at Bangkok International Couture Fashion Week, sponsored by Harper’s Bazaar magazine. This is a particular honor as only four other brands will be featured, all of whom are well-established here in Thailand. As Tawn explained, these are brands he shopped when he was growing up, so to appear on the same stage as them is a rare privilege.
As you can imagine, Tawn is honored, excited, and quite anxious right now. While 48 looks have been completed, he continues to edit and make adjustments and is now working with stylists to help produce the look and the feel of the show. As for me, I receive a near-daily update on the experiences of working with a legend and the interesting dynamics that entails.
Of course, I’m very proud of Tawn, thankful that he has be given this opportunity, and look forward to sharing the collection with you in the near future.
Oy, tried chatting with you on Facebook but failed. Anywho, I meant to say congrats to Tawn (and to you as well)! Good luck with everything, I’m sure things will turn out splendidly XD
omg can’t wait! this is so exciting!
Congratulations Tawn!!! Good luck for the show.
Oh my goodness sake Chris..that is probably the most exciting news I have heard in a long time from anyone!! Please tell Tawn that I am so excited and proud…and I can’t wait to see the results of all of his inspiration and hard work!! Now it is YOUR turn to bring your husband hot tea and cookies while is he hard at work!!!! Keep us posted on his progress on this huge project!! Ruth Ann
Congrats to Tawn, that sounds like an amazing honor! I’m excited for him!
How exciting to work alongside the famous fashion designer! Congrats to Tawn! Pretty soon, I guess he will be making his way to view the ‘haute couture’ shows in Paris and Milan 😛
This is awesome Tawn!!! I can’t wait to see the designs and the finished products! You have wonderful taste and I love your designs!I am looking forward to updates and progress!
Awesome and congrats to Tawn. And a big pat in the back to you as well for being so supportive.
wow just wow! I am so excited for Tawn. I can’t wait to hear more about the show. I can feel the amazing vibes that Tawn has to be feeling right now. Go Tawn!
Congrats to Tawm, I so look forward to seeing the collection!
Life has a way of changing so fast. I’m sure Tawn will deal with the suddeness of it all and come out on top. Making you and others proud of his creations
Wow — Tawn — that’s HUGE!!! Congratulations on this success! And I hope it continues for you ~ ~ ~
That is a great great break indeed. Very happy for Tawn, as we Cantonese say, “add oil, Tawn” .
CHEERS! THAT’S FANTASTIC NEWS! 😀 Congratulations Tawn!!! best of luck with the show…. looking forward to more updates XOXO
Congratulations to Tawn!! Wow! It’s always inspiring to see people do something different 🙂 All the best for the show.
Awesome. Keep us updated on how things turn out. 😀
Congratulations. I’m pretty sure all this hard work is going to pay off… especially since he has some pretty nice designs and great ideas.
When will he brgin his men’s line?
Congrats to Tawn!!! That is amazing. I am so proud of him. Remember to tell him to slow down and breathe. Thoughts and prayers.
@Toro69 – @Devilzgaysianboi – @Lakakalo – @stepaside_loser – @Sinful_Sundae – @Inciteful – @slmret – @seedsower – @jace1982 – @Passionflwr86 – @Dezinerdreams – @stebow – Thank you so much for your kind words and comments. He seems to be remarkably calm at the moment but let’s see how the rest of the week turns out!@oldpartner – Tawn would definitely like to design men’s wear as well but the emphasis (and money) in the industry is on women’s wear.@stevew918 – Thank you for the recommendation, Steve. What does that expression mean? I think we’ll try to keep the oil as far away from the models as possible!@The_Eyes_Of_A_Painter – Thanks for the kind words. Yes, life does have a habit of throwing the unexpected at you, both for the better and for the worse. I guess the trick is to learn to roll with the punches, so to speak, and grab the proverbial bull by the metaphorical horns. Ha ha!@ZSA_MD – Thanks for the recommendation, Dr. Zakiah. @ElusiveWords – Oh, you just assume I’m being supportive, Matt. Keep that positive impression of me alive. =P@CurryPuffy – One can only hope that Paris and Milan are in the picture one of these decades!@moolgishin – Oh, sorry for missing you! I’m spending so little time on Facebook and relatively less time on Xanga, simply because there is so much going on these days.@Redlegsix – Tea and cookies it is! =D
That is so exciting!!! So proud of Tawn!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂
Yeahhh Tawn! Woot woot.
he will do great 🙂 xoxo this is gonna b fabulous… cannot wait for pix!!!
@christao408 – see http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=add%20oil for “add oil”. The first time I heard it, I had no idea what it meant.
In Cantonese, we say add oil as an encouragement. I think it means step on the gas, and keep going. I think.
well done, tawn. i’ll be cheering you from across the ocean.
@rudyhou – Thanks, Rudy. I’ll pass the message along. Where are you these days? Back in the states?@stevew918 – Thanks for the explanation. Add one more expression to my list.
@ElusiveWords – You are so helpful. Thanks.@Roadlesstaken – @Sinful_Sundae – @yang1815 – Thanks for your encouragement!
@christao408 – i’m based in indonesia.
@rudyhou – That’s what I thought. I suppose Indonesia technically is “across the ocean” isn’t it? I guess most of the time when I think of crossing an Ocean, I’m thinking of North America.
@christao408 – now that u r living in bangkok, you should be thinking more of within “south east asia” box. so ‘across the ocean’ should mean one of the many south east asian neighbors.
Terrific story – go get ’em,Tawn! Best of luck on his show; I have no doubt you will document it well in pictures and I look forward to seeing them.