NICK FOUQUET – THE FREE-SPIRIT HATMAKER TO THE STARS
From floppy hats to wide-brimmed fedoras, summer is unquestionably a hot hat season with countless variations appearing everywhere from the Coachella Music festival to the Riviera to the city streets. And when it comes to one-of-a-kind hats, the man leading the pack isCalifornia-based Nick Fouquet, also the hatmaker to the stars.
With a following the caliber of Madonna and Pharrell Williams, what sets this surfer-boy-meets-rebel guy apart are his unconventional methods for which he sets his hats on fire or hand paints them creating unique toppers.
His elaborate techniques and hand-made workmanship are detailed, down to each hair of the eco-friendly beaver fur felt he uses, in a cool video that shows the making of Fouquet's hats. The process of up to 20 steps includes cutting, hand-stitching, steaming, drying and sanding, plus a plethora of hand applied details. Hats off to this quirky designer who blends old world crafting with a fresh boho edge.