Custom Route 83 hat
Nick Fouquet is reviving the art of custom hatmaking in L.A.’s Venice Beach with a bohemian style inspired by everything from gutter punks to Keith Richards to the dandy sapeurs of the Congo. The old-school process numbers 20-odd steps, including custom measuring, steaming and pressing the shape on block forms, drying and sanding the felt—and often a final distressing with dirt and flames, which Fouquet alludes to with a signature matchstick tucked into the hatband.