Milliner Nick Fouquet crafts one-of-a-kind chapeaus for everyone from Bob Dylan, Pharrell, Justin Bieber, Madonna, David Beckham and Anna De La Russo, to his artist/surfer friends.
The French-American designer founded his company in 2013 after several years exploring the world, during which he trekked the Nepalese Himalayas, painted houses in Colorado, and modelled for Ralph Lauren, Guess, Etro, Levis and many more in New York and Europe.
Each Nick Fouquet hat is unique, his style internationally renowned for unparalleled craftsmanship and bold Keith Richards-meets Huck Finn-meets The Artful Dodger aesthetic.
“I would say my style is luxury bohemian with a European and southern Californian sensibility,” says Nick.
“The thing I’ve learned about hat-making is patience.
“It’s about slowing down and doing things one step at a time. There are a lot of parallels to how you should live life, and how you should make a hat.”
Nick is coming to Australia as official lifestyle ambassador for the new ‘Coburg Quarter‘ project by Future Estate.
“Coburg Quarter is a new community for creatives and artisans and the vision for the community is all about breathing new life into a historic space,” says Nick.
“Which is exactly what I how I approach my craft – I’ve taken the dying art of handmade finery and brought it back to life with a modern twist so it’s a great fit.”
As part of the visit, an appointment only pop-up with his exclusive limited edition ‘Coburg Collection’ and new S/S17 range – for four days in Melbourne from Friday, October 28 to Monday, October 31.
“I am so excited. Really keen to try some incredible food that I’ve heard so much about and maybe take a day trip to see a national park,” says Nick.
“I’m probably most excited to just experience the city and its vibe. I’ve been to Australia before but never Melbourne so I can’t wait.”
Nick has some rock star tips for men looking to complete their race day look this spring.
“I would say choose a classic style that’s got a playful twist. Look for something that is classic in shape but also a little fun and eccentric.”
And for the ladies wondering about the latest looks from Paris Fashion Week?
“Dusty pink was definitely a key theme so it was really cool to see all the different pinks and how the colour was used across different fashion applications.”
- Friday, October 28 – Monday, October 31
- To make an appointment to view his current collection, please call 03 9080 1000