Venice is one of those places that makes an irrevocable impact on you. Walking through the Piazza San Marco late at night when there is no one around, there is nothing but reflection. What was once constrained by the white boundaries were market stalls of imported goods. And when the square filled with water there were kayak races.
We discovered that our version of Isan Dreams could exist anywhere, we took it to NY in the midst of the winter and found that the rural way of life that we discovered in Isan where people come together to see woven and dyed garments over a family meal fits right into Chinatown. On cold rainy night in February we presented our collection that we called Collection 0 over a family-style Isan meal. It felt like the start of something.
A space for experimentation where under the layers of construction and civilisation lies freedom to discover, experiment, share and collaboration. UNDER THE PAVING STONE THE BEACH - inspired by the writings on the walls during the 1968 Students' Revolution in Paris - at The Land - one can also be free.
Isan is where it is at, the first time there was like walking into the set of an Apichatpong Weerasetkhakul, except this Isan is real. And we embarked on a journey which led us to Sakon Nakhon.
Railei is the perfect escape, between limestone cliffs, clear water, powdery sand. No worries at all. Ideal back drop for our new collaboration Philip Huang x PLAYN.
Back in NYC, we discovered beach life exists at Rockaway Beach through our friends who already live there. Only a train ride away there's surfing, skating and the best fish tacos on earth (though sadly the taco stand will no longer be there this summer in its original place).
We decided to introduce Philip Huang for TIMO in Rockaway with my buddy Ian Jones, photographer Bibi Cornejo-Borthwick and stylist Susan Bender.
Thailand, was how it started - it was all about the beach and Bangkok too - though it was Yao Noi island which was really something special and then the 2-hour long boat ride to Railei. That was awesome.
In Bangkok, I met Pow, who owns TIMO trunks, he gave me my first pair of parrot green trunks, I took them everywhere with me that summer . . . that was the beginning.