Nick Wooster is the reigning king of street style,
a muse, designer, decorator, retailer, collaborator—he’s done a lot in a lot of different fields. For many years he was the men’s fashion
director at the Neiman Marcus group, but now’s he’s free, in the wild, to just
be himself. We caught up with him in New
York to ask him what that means.
(rightfully) celebrated for your taste—in clothes, in decor, architecture, etc.
How did you come to your present particular
aesthetic affinities? Is there something
that unites all the things you like? Like,
what is taste, dude?
Thank you for the kind words, but I honestly have
no idea. Maybe aesthetic judgments are
like left-handedness—they just are. I
have had the good fortune to have some amazing guides on my journey, and I
guess I pay attention. The only thing
that unites everything is a sense of tension: old and new; right and wrong;
hard and soft; masculine and feminine—that sort of thing.
(Nick wears the Afton in Cocobolo)
What’s on the top
of your most-desired list?
Besides more closet space? I guess I would have to
say a bespoke suit, benchmade shoes, and always more sunglasses.
Do you dress to
suit your mood and schedule, or is it the other way around, dressing to get
yourself in a certain mode?
You have to dress for the occasion, whatever that may be,
and weather trumps all. After that, it's
mood. Sunglasses always help with the mood thing. I think frames are exactly that—they
immediately telegraph your intentions. I
always insist on sunglasses during
daylight hours, even when it's raining—that's where yellow and light blue
lenses come in handy. In total, I probably have 60 pairs.
I know you like
the Sunset Tower when you are visiting. What
are your favorite shops (of any variety) and restaurants in LA?
I love LA... and I love shopping there. Favorite stores: RTH, Union, Mohawk General,
Obsolete, Blackman Cruz, Maxfield, Ron Herman, Barneys, and Opening Ceremony.
Restaurants: Tere's, In-and-Out Burger, Madeo, Mozza, and
You've done a
variety of things and been able to transition from here to there seamlessly...
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I haven't figured
out what I want to be when I grow up, but if anyone has any ideas, I'm all
(Nick with Sheldrake Sun in Buff)- photos by Ari