Kanapot Aunsorn’s street couture street thesis was well-received by fashionistas, and right after graduation, he started his own fashion label. In just four years, Kanapot Aunsorn became a well-known name in the fashion world, thanks to the unique technique and design. Fusing feminist with sporty, his design appeals to those who appreciate uniqueness.
Before starting the brand
- I studied fashion design at SWU. I’ve always been in fashion competitions and I joined SPY U Fashion and The Designer by MCOT. After graduation, I started my own brand, called KANAPOT AUNSORN.
Being a designer right after graduation
- I didn’t intend to start my own brand so soon, but once my thesis collection got out, fashion people and celebrities started wearing my design and it went viral. People wanted to know who made these clothes. My pieces are wearable street couture. Chalisa Viravan wore my clothes to New York Fashion Week and street photographers and US Vogue photographers took her picture, so people started being curious who made them. So, I thought about starting an Instagram account to keep track of who have worn my design. I didn’t mean to start a business – it was more like an online portfolio. I didn’t even think of the name of my brand and just used my own name. After that, everything followed automatically. I started with the Autumn/Winter 2015 Collection, and it was well-received. My thesis collection is still available and has become classic items.
What makes your brand different?
- People say my design looks different because of my matching style. I match a very feminine dress with a bomber jacket. My muse is Chompoo Araya A Hargate, who bought a jacket from me.
The making of KANAPOT AUNSORN
- Being a street couture brand, everything is meticulous. There are many steps involved. Each piece takes a lot of time and effort.
The concept of each collection
- I love art and movies, so I use those as my inspiration. I love the film A League of Their Own, starring Madonna. Women in the past did not involve much in sports, but that movie portrayed female baseballers, and they are very cool. I also love history, and my father’s a soldier, so my thesis collection reflects my childhood memories – camouflage prints, the way my father dressed.
The A/W 2017 Collection is based on a film
It’s based on a sixties movie Hidden Figures. In every collection, I imagine a strong woman. This movie is about racism in the US and women who are talented enough to work at NASA, but they still have to prove themselves because of their skin color. Fashion in that age was influenced by the outer space, such as Paco Rabanne who used silver leather patches to make a dress. Inspired by those, I made Retrofuturism print.
Your favorite designer
- TANDT’s designer Nooknick. He started from zero and worked his way up to the top. He did everything on his own and his design is very unique. I like TANDT because the style is feminine but not too girly.
Despite being a new brand, you’re supported by many fashionistas
It’s probably because my style is different. Trendsetters want to be different. They want to be the first to be seen in something. They also want something they can match with items in their wardrobe. I'm glad to receive such a great support.
Do you think KANAPOT AUNSORN is successful now?
Compared to other labels, I’ve just started my first step, whereas others are way ahead of me. I think I’ve come far enough in just a short period of time. I have to progress carefully.
Check out KANAPOT AUNSORN on 3rd floor, Siam Center
SHAKA SPRING/SUMMER 2017
SHAKA SPRING/SUMMER 2017