The Only Son‘s Au Ekbutr Udomphol is a young designer born, bread and currently based in Bangkok. I’ve known Au since he was studying fashion in Sydney , through his stunts at then Tsubi, Sass & Bide and subsequent move to New York to work for Imitation of Christ. His clean, edgy aesthetic translates into well cut clothes and cool , understated jewellery that possesses a certain kind of androgynous look suited for boys and girls. I couldn’t think of anyone else to round off my guide to Thailand than Au – he is simply the best man for all the Bangkok insider knowhow!
TG: Your label The Only Son incorporates lots of androgynous cuts and tailoring. I love the fact a girl can easily wear the TOS men’s clothes. How did you start the label and what inspires you?
AEU: I started the label after returning from nyc in 2009, when approached by a Thai Luxury Conglomerate to start my own label.. it was the right opportunity and challenge at the right time.
As for inspiration : good music, good art, good company (such as yourself TG)
TG: I adore your jewellery. How do the two processes compliment each other? What is your favourite piece?
AEU: Each collection has its own concept which always intrinsically linked between the RTW and the jewelry . My new favorite piece is the Silver chain bracelet and colour coated ring.
TG: As a born and bred Bangkok-ian, what is the most exciting thing about your city and how has it changed in recent years?
AEU: The eclectic and unexpected mix of the old and new, without trying to sound like a tour guide I’d say the food and hospitality , the spas and the serenity escape to the temples that are located even in the busiest areas. A lot has changed with the property booming and improved transportation means new developments are everywhere. The locals now have more distinctive style and don’t really follow one particular trend as before.
TG: If you had 24 hours in Bangkok what would your itinerary look like?
AEU: Breakfast at RMA institute, JJ market for vintage finds. Lunch in Aree then spa afternoon at Yunomori Onsen, dinner at Bolan, drinks at Moose then depending on the company.. the night could get a bit wild.
TG: What are your top 3 bars, restaurants, hotels and amazing things to do in Bangkok?
TG: : When you are in Bangkok always….?
AEU:: Try the street food, visit the jj and train markets, check out the Temple of Dawn and the Grand Palace
TG:: When you are in Bangkok never…. ?
AEU:: Be misguided by tuk tuk or overpriced taxis, and never ever insult the monarchy!
TG: What is the absolute wildest place in Bangkok that could double as a set from Hangover II ?
AEU: I’d hate to say they’ve pretty much captured it all. Apart from Boys street in Surawong, across from where the movie was filmed which is the male version hence the name.
TG: You lived in New York designing for Imitation of Christ for years. How is Bangkok different to NYC and how is it the same?
AEU: As far as lifestyle, the music and art scene here is nothing compared to NY but its improving. And the similarity ? There’s always a new place to go to! Bangkok is a better comparison to LA rather than NY – it’s not that easy to get around.
TG: What is next for The Only Son?
AEU: Flagship store, as soon as the right location comes up.
TG: Thanks Au!
Check out Au’s pop up shop in the newly redesigned Paragon shopping center in Bangkok!