New York City

For its hip galleries, boutiques and eateries, designer Thakoon Panichgul will take Manhattan

"I live in West Chelsea, and it's my favorite thing to walk the streets and go in and out of galleries, just walk around the neighborhood. New Yorkers are very neighborhood-centric, and that's what they like to do," says 34-year-old fashion designer Thakoon Panichgul. Born in Bangkok, Panichgul—who extends his collection this month with a secondary line available at Barneys New York, Dover Street Market, London, and Lane Crawford, Hong Kong—moved with his family to Omaha, Neb., at age 11, where early glimpses of fashion magazines and the Roman Polanski film Rosemary's Baby made living in the city one day "something...

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