DEREK KETTELA - PHOTOGRAPHER - CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Derek Kettela was born in Toronto Canada. Derek is an avid skateboarder and snowboarder,
which led him to photography of action sports. While living in Vancouver from 1997 to 2002
he worked as a senior contributing photographer for Transworld Snowboarding magazine,
traveling to Japan, New Zealand, Chile, and Europe in the process.
In 2003, Derek reloctated to New York City and changed his focus to fashion photography.
Derek’s photos have been published editorially in Wonderland, Own Magazine, Preen,
Chinese Harper’s Bazaar, Italian Glamour, as well as the British and Japanese editions of GQ.
Derek is currently based in New York City.
THAKOON PANICHGUL - FASHION DESIGNER - CONTRIBUTING EDITOR
Born in Thailand, raised in Omaha and now New York-based, Panichgul has a talent
for blending distinctly different influences into his work, imparting a feminine spirit
into a youthful, sporty line.
After graduating from Boston University with a business degree, Panichgul moved to New York.
Most recently, Panichgul spent four years as a writer and editor for Harper’s Bazaar,
where he chased after style news, traced trends and developed fashion stories. While there,
Panichgul realized that his ideas were often influenced by his designer’s point of view, and
eventually he decided to move away from journalism and back to design, and this
led him to enroll at Parsons School of Design.
In September 2004, after many years of training, Thakoon presented his first ready-to-wear collection,
quickly becoming a favorite of editors, stylists and celebrities. He created a unique niche, showing a
collection of beautifully crafted, feminine designs which are as romantic and sensual as they are
modern and innovative.