Home » Nick Fouquet: A Mad Hatter

Nick Fouquet: A Mad Hatter

There is a lot of uncertainty as to the origin of the phrase “as mad as a hatter.” We are all familiar with Lewis Carroll’s novel “Alice in Wonderland” and the sequel title, “Through the Looking Glass,” in which a character named the Mad Hatter is introduced. But, it seems the phrase has a much more somber element behind that quirky character we all know and love.

In the 17th century, mercury was used in the process of curing felt, making it impossible for hatters to avoid inhaling the substance. Hatters often suffered “mad hatter disease,” or mercury poisoning, which causes neurological damage including confused speech and distorted vision.

In today’s terminology, the word has taken on a much different spin and meaning. And, that is exactly what Nick Fouquet tries to convey in his brand new video. (insert link to website http://www.nickfouquet.com/)

Nick Fouquet, is a hat maker with a store on the historical strip of Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, CA. Fouquet is a self described free spirit, born in New York City and raised in France.

“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.”

The reason why Fouquet’s hats are so incredibly astonishing and out of this world is the unconventional method he uses to design them, like lighting them on fire or painting each by hand. Each one is hand-crafted and one-of-a-kind. Let’s also not neglect to mention that Madonna and Pharrell wore his custom made hats to the Grammys this year.

“It’s a very personal process,” says Fouquet, “ You get to know each person and then it’s all about the details.” Fouquet meets with each client to get a better understanding of what a perfect hat means to them. Not so bad for a guy who’s only been designing hats for a couple of years.

More Fashion Fabula

The Ultimate Denim Shop

Finding the perfect pair of jeans can be quite the challenge. Sometimes the path to perfection can be a bumpy one, since denim shopping tends

Home Decor: Neutrals With An Edge

There are plenty of practical reasons to decorate with neutral colors. The shades we think of as neutral – whites, beiges, tans – don’t clash

Tom Ford’s Private Blend

Care for a hint of tobacco? How about a whiff of black suede? If a taste for exotic aromas suits your style, then Tom Ford’s

Look of the Week by Macy’s

Clockwise from left to right: Ray-Ban Sunglasses,Shearling Lamb Coat,7 for All Mankind Jeans,Ribbed Turtleneck,Madden Girl Boots

What to Wear to a Wedding

Have you ever received a wedding invitation in the mail that left you completely clueless about what to wear? Between “black tie optional” and “semiformal,”

On Trend: A Folk Story

Perhaps the must-have item this season is a peasant dress — the seventies folk trend is set to be a huge success for 2015. The

The Modern Romantic

Counter Clockwise from left to right: ‘Joey’ Tassel Loafer, Sheer Greek Key Knit Skirt, Topshop Suede Jacket,‘Cupcakes for Breakfast’ Tee

Shop the New Converse: Chuck II

Chucks — as millions of devotees know them — come in many colors and variations. Andy Warhol wore them when he painted soup cans and

How to Wear White Denim

Style can sometimes mean stepping outside of your comfort zone. And let’s face it when it comes to denim, this means going beyond the everyday

History in Fashion: Overalls

Love them or hate them, overalls are back in trend this season and we wanted to find out what inspired this trend. Quick History The

Topshop + Adidas

From left to right: Topshop Check Topper, Topshop V-Neck Tee, Topshop Moto Ankle Skinny Jeans, Adidas ‘Stan Smith Sneakers

Best Fall Looks for the Office

This fall’s trends vary from sparkles to goth to fishnets—none of which are especially appropriate for the workplace. Now that we’ve covered what isn’t appropriate

Be Bright, Wear White!

Summer after Summer, an all-white look remains an absolute favorite for all fashion-lovers. Why not beat the heat and look effortlessly stunning! It’s the perfect

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Still need something for Dad? Look no further — we’ve got you covered! This Father’s Day, don’t just get Dad anything; give him he can

Product of the Month

HERSCHEL SEALTECH LAWSON BACKPACK This bag is almost as smart as you are. Herschel’s new Sealtech Backpack brings together the best of waterproof technology and

Latest Fashion Coupons

There are no coupons currently available

Fashion Brands


Use a social network:


Feedback/Suggest Brands

Again, welcome to Your Brandzaffair. Our goal is to be your daily source for immediate access to all your favorite brandz with their best offers, in addition to providing insights and reviews in your lifestyle interests. We want to always continue to improve your experience. Please tell us what you think and what we can do better.

Spread the Word