The Mad Hatter: Nick Fouquet

Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting milliner Nick Fouquet in his killer studio space in Venice Beach, California, located on the historical shopping Boulevard, Abbot Kinney. Finding his store is kind of like finding a gem: you have to search. Situated in the back garage of Left.House, a bungalow shop focused on showcasing local artisans, Nick and his team create astounding hats, empasizing on craftsmanship. What sets Nick’s hats apart are the unconventional methods he employs, like setting hats on fire or painting them by hand, leaving each one perfectly unique. Unique enough that Madonna and Pharrell took notice and both wore custom hats on the Grammy’s stage this year. When asked  if he could craft a hat for anyone, dead or alive, “Keith Richards,” was his immediate answer, and I think that’s totally do-able. While there, I was able to see Nick do a fitting for a custom hat and throughout the process, I saw his inner “Mad Hatter” come to life. As he says “A hat is your soulmate and finding the right one is like dating.”  I would like to date any of Nick Fouquet’s hats, wouldn’t you? Thank you Nick for opening your space to us!

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The Gap

The voice of storyteller Ira Glass, of This American Life, has gotten us through countless commutes in traffic and long travels on the road. His interviews and anecdotes have the ability to inspire, rouse and motivate through radio waves. Several years ago, he gave an inspirational dialogue with Current.tv, which has been so beautifully interpreted by German-based artist Daniel Sax by way of animated typography. Glass’ motivational address encourages artists, creatives and writers to fight through the struggle. Give it a listen.

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Nanushka

Just when I thought all the amazing winter markdowns had come and left, my day was brightened yesterday when I stumbled upon Nanushka‘s seasonal sale. Raffia hoodies, hand woven tunics, wool bombers, and denim pencil skirts are all 50% off and still so wearable for at least a few more months. Go forth, friends!

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Aakash Nihalani

What started out an accidental exercise with a single roll of painter’s tape, is now the medium that artist Aakash Nihalani uses for his geometric, trompe l’oeil  forms on sidewalks and public surfaces. I love his most recent work, where blue paint is seemingly spilling over a 3-dimensional shape.

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