Bourgeois Bohemian feat. Nick Fouquet

January 27th, 2014

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Some people decide they want to be designers and travel the world looking for inspiration. Nick Fouquet did it the other way around. He traveled the world seeking adventure and experience, what he found was a distinct aesthetic and a unexpected passion.

Nick, a self described free spirit, was born in NYC, raised in France and Florida, and spent two years fearlessly backpacking alone through South America, Brazil, Thailand, Australia, and many places in between. He eventually settled into a bungalow on Venice Beach and opened a studio/shop on Abbot Kinney where he practices the old fashioned art of hat making.

“Becoming a hat maker was definitely not planned. It was a series of life events that made me realize my true passion… I graduated with a BA in Environmental Science and Sustainable Development, so my future was looking more like forestry or a recluse in the high mountains of Colorado as a field worker… But I often found myself designing in my free time, making one-offs, and working with designers in the different countries I traveled to.”

Today Nick uses 100% Beaver fur felt which is sustainably harvested in Tennessee – few hat makers use it.

What I love about his personal style is that everything he wears is thoroughly broken-in. He keeps a minimal wardrobe of pieces that he’s been wearing for years, many of which have trekked with him to multiple continents. He’s living proof that clothing with worn-in character can speak volumes about the character of a man.

Here’s three examples of Nick’s “Bourgeois Bohemian” personal style.

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1. It’s A Flea World

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We’ve had our share of blue blazer + khaki looks on TSBmen, but this is one of my favorites. Every piece has it’s own story.

The blazer is vintage (Nick had it tailored and changed the buttons himself), the RRL denim shirt is tattered and frayed across the bottom, the pineapple print jeans were a thrift store find in NYC, the silk scarf was purchased passing through Italy, and the jewelry is a collection from various travels.

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One of the distinct qualities of Nick’s hats is the wide stiff brim.

It’s not meant to be shaped or floppy, it’s meant to retain it’s rigid straight shape.

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Just in case somebody tries to steal your jacket on the late night train to Peru…

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Some shoes look better with age and wear – these brown leather mocs are a great example.

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  • Vintage navy blue blazer
  • Chambray shirt by RRL
  • Vintage thrift store pants
  • Italian Silk Scarf
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  • BHGolf

    know the item it’s felt meaning fur as in cut or shaved ! Think sheep farmers, they don’t kill the sheep they shave the wool got it ?

  • Arron

    The hat I asked about that pharrel wore on the Grammys was $1000

  • Dani

    So, I know ‘if you have to ask, you can’t afford it’, but does anyone know the price range on his hats?

    I’d love one, but I’m a broke college student. (nonetheless, I’m sorely tempted, whatever the cost. I’ve been looking for a hat to fall in love with, and I think I just found several).

    • Cullen

      Broke college student as well checking in! Just sent this guy an email asking him for a rough price range on most hats. Will get back to you whenever I get a response! (Hopefully sooner than later)

  • Arron

    This dude is one of the most stylish guys in fashion. I just saw him the other day surfing. Seemed like a nice guy and his hats are epic. Been following him over the years on his style since I first saw him on style like u

  • Samantha

    Seriously? Beaver fur felt? This guy couldn’t just use some sort of synthetic vegan felt instead of the “luxurious” fur of an animal? I’ve seen you guys do some pretty despicable fur-wearing in the past, but this is just ridiculous.

    • Jerimy

      You know you never get people to you point of view is you start out by insulting them.

    • just stop

      Yeah except vegan fur is a fancy word for saying synthetic….it’s sometimes no more than a plastic, it wears down quickly yet, it’s not biodegradable. How is that any better for the planet? The byproducts to make synthetic fur, usually overseas in factories, need to be taken into account as well. Killing an American animal and practicing carcass salvaging is the ideal. The products last generations and when you are done they biodegrade into the Earth.

      And if that’s the case every time a leather belt, shoe or bag is featured on this blog you should be posting that. People only get upset about fur because it remains in its recognizable form which is a reminder that an animal was killed. Whereas leather products look nothing like the actual animal so out of sight out of mind, right.

  • http://Keyboardandcompass.com Jeff McAllister

    As someone who has travelled extensively I can really relate to Nick as he’s portrayed in this piece. I love the way his outfits tell HIS story: the perfect mix of road-worn utilitarian basics and finer accessories he’s picked up along the way. You’ve got to respect that list of inspirations as well.

    It’s one thing to profile an outfit, but another to profile the person behind it. Another great post guys!

  • chris d

    Thanks for this great post, Dan. It’s authenticity like this that inspires me.

    A few well-chosen and well-worn pieces should become the foundation of a man’s style.

    I’ve learned this lesson from your blog and applied it. It brings dividends beyond just looking good.

  • anon

    TSBmen = best menswear editorials in the game! Thank You!

  • Brett

    That first hat approaches Clint Eastwood levels of badassery.

  • Gandalf

    I think i saw this chap on a recent trip to Venice, Ca. He might be a nice guy for all I know, but when I saw him hop into his vintage 4×4, all I could think of was “This dude is waaaaay overdoing it.”

    I’m all for originality. I’m all for individuality. But theres a point (and it’s particularly criminal in LA) where things just come off as trying too hard. Add the pretty-boy looks and its. just. too. much.

    • John

      Agreed. The consensus in the comments seems to be that his style is authentic but I think this take it way too far.

  • Joe

    Really love these looks. I really like how, in this case, the subject is a craftsman (which means artist) and his appearance, clothing, and craft all portray the same aesthetic and story. Also, I love the ropers in the last look. Though being from Texas, it’s hard to see it as a new trend. But I am glad to see more kick ass boots out there.

  • JM

    I appreciate the aesthetic he is going for, it’s what RRL tries to bring out; but part of me thinks “Couldn’t he do it in clothes that don’t look so dirty?” I understand it’s the whole bohemian aesthetic so buying completely new clothes would be out of character, but if I had to constantly patch my pants and my shoes were coming apart, I’d go buy some second hand clothes in better condition.

    That being said, those hats are completely amazing!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Patching jeans you’ve worn through > buying new jeans that look used.

      • JM

        Exactly, that’s why I had said buying second hand, but in better condition than the current ones. You don’t lose any authenticity, plus it’s someone else’s story you get to travel in.

  • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

    He looks like a Josh Duhamel/Timothy Olyphant mix with a Johnny Depp sense of style. Alot of this guy’s asthetic dress I couldn’t personally pull off but I like the way he looks in it. Pharrell’s wide brim hats, I have to say, have peaked my interest but Nick’s headwear has gotten me to say, “Ok, I HAVE to get one now.” Great post once again.

  • anon

    what he reminds me of is a white Hiroki Nakamura

    this is like the an authentic version of John Mayer, lol

  • http://undefined TimL

    Dude looks great in the first post.
    Love the jacket and scarf.

  • Owen

    I guess living in the UK and now in Scandinavia I rarely see hats of this type being worn so I find it hard to relate to this style. The first things that spring to my (admittedly narrow) mind are Indiana Jones and John Wayne. Also I think the style over here is more formal so it’s interesting to see distressed looks like this for a change. Mind you, this guy could make a tutu look rugged, and I’m not sure many guys could pull these looks off as well as Nick does.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Only Nick Fouquet can pull off Nick Fouquet. That’s the theme here. Those who relate to him can draw inspiration from him.

      • http://undefined Mathieu Lavoie

        Being very handsome sure doesn’t hurt in that case ;-)

  • cam

    hey dan nice post and have to think its a little interesting timing with pharrell last at the grammys…nick owns his style and while not necessarily mine or others, very cool to see something I can tell is authentic to ones lifestyle

    • cam

      *last NIGHT at the grammys

    • http://undefined TimL

      Yeah, I like individual style but that dude looked like a cross between Smokey the Bear and Run DMC with their addidas wear. (Way too casual for Grammy awards)

      • http://undefined Robert

        Grammy’s aren’t the “Grammy’s” anymore, in essence, he dressed for the occasion. Shoot, Daft Punk were in helmuts.

        • http://undefined Jeanscuffed

          ….but when AREN’T they in helmuts lol

          • Joe

            Wait, they’re not really robots?!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Pharrell is a style icon in his own right, but was tripping last night with that hat. Just like any garment, a hat should flatter the shape of your head…not have a crown that is oversized and all smashed up… He could have benefitted from a Fouquet piece.

  • Mark

    Dude looks so fly. Being Scottish, it’s not really a look suitable for my situation and environment, it works for him and he pulls it off so effortlessly.

    This is what style’s all about. And the dog in the second page/first picture knows it.

    Keep it up, brother.

  • Steven Santander

    This is amazing, cool guy with a great back story. I love the subtle details and worn in character of everything. I’ve been looking into his hats for a while now, I need to get to the West Coast and check them out in person. I feel like we would have a lot to talk about..style, travel, millinery, hair!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Steven. You guys would get along great.

  • Fox

    I love this post! It’s nice to see stiff brimmed hats, silk scarfs, and neckerchiefs back on the up&up!

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      #up&up

  • Sergio Arteaga

    Nick’s outfits are definitely very LA and in a good way. The laid back feel is definitely evident.

    The question I want to pose is, at what point is genuinely distressing going too far? I get that worn and beat up can look good with a certain aesthetic but when shoes and clothing have holes, I think that’s too much no?

  • Miguel

    Truly Bohemian, love all the looks, not my style but you always have to pick some from all styles.

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      Exactly. Thanks Miguel.

  • Tired

    Between the furs and this hat advertisement across three pages I think I’m done with TSB. Maybe go back to NYC or Canada and get to your roots and off this #menswear nonsense.

    • Sergio Arteaga

      To each his own but I don’t see this advertisement for this guy’s hats first then his style second. I think his sense of style here is the story. Nick provides a unique aesthetic that is different than what traditional menswear is. As an LA native this isn’t “out-there” for me, this is a pretty great take on the laid-back nature of fashion in LA and especially in Venice Beach. This guy happens to own a hat shop and wears his own stuff, I don’t see the big deal nor is there any harm in including his site in the feature. It’s like complaining about all the Michael Andrews Bespoke suits…

      The fur post I guess I get the objection to it but that’s all personal matter and taste. With all due respect, you don’t have to click on every feature. I personally don’t care if fur is featured as I don’t stand on either side of the aisle on that one.

      What is being presented is different perspective on style/fashion, some may fit with the norm and some may not. Even as an LA native and a fan of Venice Beach, it doesn’t mean you’ll see me wearing what Nick is but I may take some inspiration from it. Isn’t that what it’s about?…#justsaying

      • Joe

        Don’t feed the trolls.

      • Jack

        Well said.

      • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

        Thank you Sergio. Very well said.

        For the record, we sought out Nick for this story and it was not in any way sponsored by his brand

    • http://tsbmen.com Dan Trepanier

      All the best to you brother.

      Although judging by your readership history, you’ll be back…later today.

  • http://byhookandbycrook.tumblr.com/ Theguybehindthelens

    Really interesting feature. I can appreciate the subtlety of his worn in looks and the silk scarves contrast wonderfully with the rough and worn in textures of the rest of his pieces.