''I don't like to do the
same thing over and over,'' he says with a smile. ''I love
Among his pet projects is Pooch Décor, a line inspired
by his own lovable -- and well-loved -- pets. As he chats
in his living room, dogs Cricket and Taylor are constant
companions, along with his cat, Logo. The memory of his
first dog, the late Pica, remains strong as well. His pets
aren't just inspirational, they help Supon keep control
of his life.
''Pets aren't an accessory for me,'' he says. ''I always
get so mad when people think that pets are a toy or a fashion
accessory. They keep me calm, they force me to go out and
play, and they take the stress away.''
With his sparkling sense of style and playfulness, Supon
is not just a designer who makes his home in an unlikely
He's simply an original.
METRO WEEKLY: You grew up in Thailand,
but you also went to high school in Northern Virginia --
you're kind of a local boy as well. How did you end up coming
to this area?
SUPON PHORNIRUNLIT: I came here because
my parents wanted me to have the education abroad. At that
time, we had a cousin who happened to be living in Alexandria,
so my parents sent me to live here. I went to T.C. Williams
high school. Then I went to NOVA -- Northern Virginia Community
College -- for two years.
I had been doing some acting in Thailand. And it went a
little overboard because I started to skip school. I saw
acting as a full-time thing. My parents did not want me
doing that, to drop out of school [to become an actor].
I think that's one of the reasons why they wanted to send
me over here, because then I would have to really stay in
MW: How old were you?
SUPON: About 17 -- it was my last year
of high school.