Onken Hat for Nick Wooster

Nick Wooster by Nick Onken

I recently photographed Menswear Icon, @nickwooster for GQ Taiwan and Esquire Mexico in his amazing NYC apartment. His taste is impeccable. Everything in his home with detailed thought to his amazing wardrobe. I’d take his closet any day.

Nick has a clean GQ style, he’s a menswear icon. He wanted a Panama style hat as he only wears hats to the beach. I loved this earthy Carmel color. My inspiration came from the his styling in the GQ shoot with his magenta pink pants. I wanted to bring that into the hat, so I utilized the same color for the small accent stitching on the hat.

My vision is to infuse people with the highest vibrations, so I use my signature stick of Selenite, the highest vibrational stone. 

The crown wrap is a strip of fabric from a Pendleton fabric.

Nick's BIO:

Nick Wooster (Nickelson Wooster) was born in Salina, Kansas on July 2, 1960. At a very young age he was into fashion and never wanted to wear the same thing twice. When he went into middle school and high school, he noticed the richer kids had nicer clothes, and he constantly told his mom "I want that." And his mom said, "Great. Then go get a job and make money and buy that, because we're not buying it for you." Nick Wooster was born in a middle class family. At 16, he began working at a local clothing store Joseph P. Roth and Sons. He entered the University of Kansas in 1978, where he studied journalism and advertising. After graduation in 1982, Wooster moved to New York City, where he took a job at advertising agency. In 1985 he started selling advertising space at New York Magazine. He got fired, because the company found out his drug addiction.[2] Saatchi & Saatchi.[3] Later he became an assistant department manager for the Saks Fifth Avenue store chain,[3] and in 1984-1985 he worked as account executive at New York Magazine.

From 1987 to 1993, Wooster was a buyer, first for Barneys New York store chain, and then for Bergdorf Goodman chain. On September 3, 1995 Wooster became sober completely. In 1993-1995 he worked as director of retail merchandising at the Calvin Klein fashion house, and in 1995-1996 as the design director of the Polo Ralph Laurenbrand. In 1996 he became president of the American brand John Bartlett.[3] Wooster left John Bartlett in 2001 and founded own agency, Wooster Consultancy. In the fall of 2001, Wooster struggled financially and did anything he could to stay afloat. Wooster moved to Miami, working in a car dealership before moving to Los Angeles, having a couple of false starts, working on the floor of Barneys in Beverly Hills, and then, eventually, working for two companies for a few years. In 2005 he became general merchandising manager for the brand Rozae Nichols, and in 2007 he moved to the position of creative services director of the Splendid/Ella Moss brand.

Later, in the fall of 2009, Tommy Fazio had left the men's fashion director job at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. In 2010, Wooster became men's fashion director at the Neiman Marcus store chain, but was fired in year and a half after a very frank interview with GQ.[3][4] In 2010-2012, he was a consultant for the Thom Browne brand and for online clothing store Gilt Groupe.[3] In 2012-2013, he served as senior vice president of JCPenney retail chain.[4][5]