What – you don’t have a “hat guy”? You might consider putting one on speed dial after meeting “the hatmaker”, Nick Fouquet. We love to see new artisans embrace traditional methods, especially when it results in art like Nick’s that we can wear. Fouquet has caused quite a stir over the last few years as hats have come raging back into fashion. Notable fans include Pharrell Williams, Jared Leto, and, yes, that cute guy you spotted at Gjusta – that was probably one of Nick’s hats too.

We’re taking a glimpse inside Nick’s Venice studio for a typical day with this much sought after hat maker and self-proclaimed “psychedelic bourgeois bohemian.” Highlights include multiple stop-ins from Europeans hoping to shop his new collection and a break out session to hit the surf in Malibu…

Favorite object in the studio:

A picture of my grandfather surfing Diamond Head in Hawaii, circa 1950.

To get the creative juices flowing…

I meditate and write.

Soundtrack in the studio:

Otis Redding’s Greatest Hits album.

At 10:00 am I am usually:

Writing my to-do list.

Daily necessity:

My favorite current project is:

Building a capsule collection for Borsalino out of Italy.

Latest inspirations:

My handgun.

I stay balanced by:

Going for a bike ride early in the morning with my sister.

Favorite spots in the neighborhood:

La Fiesta Brava.

Go-to snacks always on hand:

Organizational item I can’t live without:

My yellow legal pad. I write everything on it.

Most common visitors to the studio:

Lori Petty (actress) and Europeans.

When I’m not in the studio I am...

In Malibu, chilling on the beach with the crew.

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