Watching a Handsome Dude Light a Hat on Fire
If you’re tired of shallow depth-of-field videos of self-aware artisans plying their repurposed archaic crafts, please look away. In the video above, Venice, California hatmaker Nick Fouquet (formerly of Mister Freedom) blocks a beaver-felt hat, eventually taking a match to it, a step that singes off stray hairs and more importantly looks friggin’ AMAZING in slow motion. Fouquet’s hats are beautiful, primarily custom-made, and expensive (as are most true beaver felt hats; rabbit felt is cheaper). Fouquet doesn’t post pricing, but reportedly they run $400 to over $1,000.
Particular smells from the cottage, the coffee house, my studio, and around town. I’m constantly reminded of the past two years.