It may be true that no two people are the same. We all have our individual flaws, fears, dreams, goals, stress, insecurities. The manifestation of these traits however, and how we choose to live with them, I believe, fall under just two types of people. 

1. Those that will spend their time empowering their weaknesses; believing in their flaws, fears, stress and insecurity by pouring energy into their existence. Once they are proven to be true, time is then spent fighting them; usually by adding outwardly impressive things – more money makes me more impressive, right? 


2. Those that give weight to their goals and dreams and say f&@k it, I am not the best at x,y,z but it doesn’t matter. I will go out and get what I deserve and what I want. I acknowledge I have fears, flaws and insecurities and I really don’t give a damn. So does everyone. I will find the things that make me inwardly happy, regardless of how this appears to others. 

The people that fall under the latter category are not swayed by marketing or advertising. Not swayed by fast cars, big homes and the amount of zeros following the number on their pay-check. These things may occur as a result of their talent but they are not driven by them. They have an understanding that these things are of less value when they are living authentically. Living authentically from anyone I have met, anything I have read or seen, means placing less value on things. Less value on how much ‘stuff’ you have. It is blind to your wardrobe and blind to your appearance. 

I am not an expert on psychology; no expert on the human mind. I have simply had the great fortune of meeting the many weird and wonderful through my travels. It is no coincidence that the most successful, happy, secure and inspired apply similar practices on how they fill their time and enrich their souls and minds. I have seen this time and time again. 

I recently had the great pleasure of interviewing Mr Nick Fouquet, a creative who embodies the very essence of living  authentically and as a result, spends his time with the people he loves, creating the things he believes in. Designer, Father, Husband, Model and total Hippie with a capital H, this is what he had to say…..

ME: I’m a bonafide hat fanatic; my friends rarely see me without one. I once read a quote by John Galliano which stated “An outfit without a hat is like a teapot without a lid” which I of course loved. If I’m being honest, I think my hat obsession began with the (near) buzz cut of my golden locks some 8 years ago following a painful breakup. Little to no hair gave me such a sense of freedom and allowed me to then experiment with accessories – namely, hats. Is your involvement quite so dramatic, or is millinery something you always planned to do?

NICK: To be honest I never had a plan for what my life would look like career wise. My passions were vast and had always gravitated towards garments and fashion at a young age. Like stealing my dads cashmere sweaters and going to local French antique markets and altering clothing. I think hats chose me, I’ve always had an affinity for the history of hats and their complexity, I didn’t see myself as a hatter, it just happened with a series of events. Life has a funny way of placing you. I fell in love with hats and the making of it, it’s like an obsession.

ME: You appear to lead such a carefree life. Is that the reason you do what you do or has being involved in design made it this way?…I guess it’s the chicken or the egg scenario!?

NICK: I guess I lead a pretty carefree life, I’ve always been lucky to work in fields I love, life’s a journey, who knows what will happen next, I just do it one day at a time.

ME: You’ve travelled extensively which is apparent through your work. Is there somewhere in particular that inspires you or is it a culmination of travels and experiences that you refer back to for use in your designs?

NICK: Traveling has been my best teacher. It’s had a huge impact on my personal style and work, I draw inspiration from so many of my travels and the memories I have, I try to incorporate them into my designs always. I wouldn’t say 1 place specifically has inspired me, they all inspire me completely differently, I just need to open myself to the place at the time and go with the wind.

ME: Describe a typical day for you

NICK: Wake up, cook breakfast for the love of my life (Kassia) walk our dog, check the surf… If it’s good we charge out if not I meditate, read and write, then head to my shop bust some emails and start creating, after work I try and do ceramics if I’m not to tired, pass out watching a documentary in bed.

ME: What would surprise us about you?

NICK: I speak French fluently

ME: I work with social media daily yet am almost certain it’s not a healthy pursuit. It has however, given small businesses a global voice that otherwise might not have been possible – so I guess it’s become very important to balance the soul and social in a way that’s not damaging to yourself or your brand. Do you handle your own social media? If so, how do you keep a healthy balance? Are you constantly checking your smart phone or do you allocate a certain amount of time to it?

NICK: I do handle my own social media, and like doing it myself and implementing my creations or things that inspire me, unfortunately there seems to be a price to pay such as isolating myself from my loved ones and ultimately myself, as connected social media seems to make us, I think it’s isolating us. It’s a love hate relationship for me, it’s a bit like crack cocaine.

ME: Have there been times you’ve doubted yourself and the path you’re following? If so, how have you overcome them?

NICK: I doubt myself constantly, I tell the committee in my head that tells me what I should or shouldn’t do to shut the fuck off, I take action and move forward. Sometimes I’m stoked I’m a hatmaker and sometimes I belittle my profession. I love what I do and would never want to comprise that for a cubical. I think it’s human nature to doubt urself especially if ur an artist. U just got to keep on keepin on.

ME: I listen and re-listen to lyrics and melodies more than I care to admit. I think it’s to the point of brainwashing now! How important (if at all) is music to your creative process? Is there a song or lyric that best describes you?

NICK: I’m the same way, I tend to loop songs I fall in love with, not fun for people around me. Music is a huge part of my creative process in the workspace and even outside, I need music 24/7 it feeds my soul. I love music especially soul music, Otis Redding radio on pandora is my jam. The song that best describes me is high tide low tide by Bob Marley

ME: Historical references are very important to fashion designers in particular and are often used as inspiration. What I want to know is – do you have a current, living, modern-day muse that you look to for advice or general inspiration? A mentor-of-sorts?

NICK: I have so many fashion designers, and artists I look up to for inspiration, most particular Ralph Lauren, I think that man is a genius. He’s been always someone I looked up to , it’s not a brand it’s a lifestyle, it’s a world. I have a guy who works for me his name is Rubin, funnily enough I learn so much from him, and together we push each other with ideas and inspiration, I have a couple other people I look up to my mentor Christophe Loirent is a bad ass dude, his work is mind blowing and definitely inspiring for me, I look up to that guy big time.

ME: If you had to wear the same hat every day for the rest of your life (god forbid!) what would it look like? Can you sketch it for us?

NICK: I would wear this one hat, I’ll have to send u a picture, it embodies the essence of my brand