After design stints at the likes of Ksubi, Sass & Bide, and Imitation of Christ, Ekbutr “Au” Udomphol returned to Thailand in 2006 to launch his own label, The Only Son. He designs for the confident and curious, dressing them in his unique blend of minimal utilitarian luxury. Combining a prolific understanding of sportswear details and technical fabrics with a love for art, film and music of both popular and subcultural genres, past and present, his garments embody a distinctively 21st-century attitude.
Fascinated by the anti-heroes of vintage Americana motorcy- cle culture – greasers, bike gangs, a young Steve McQueen in head-to-toe riding gear – Udomphol christened his piece The Wild One after the 1953 eponymous film, starring Marlon Brando in his iconic role as gang leader Johnny Strabler. The all-black one-piece calls to mind moto jackets of the 1960s, featuring quintessential multi-zippers and quilted paneling, albeit elevated in a buttery deerskin leather. A predominantly male garment, the boiler suit has been reworked for a woman, its lax, straight-cut silhouette in keeping with the brand’s androgynous aesthetics. Classic snap lapels were bypassed in favour of a sleek, high crewneck collar with a cleaner, more contemporary feel. The Cabinet de Curiosités logo has been incorporated into the suit’s lining, completing this one-of-a- kind garment that can’t be tamed.