From clothing buyer at Barneys to design director at Ralph Lauren, over the last three decades, Nick Wooster has held the most coveted positions in the fashion industry. Yet, until recently, only industry insiders and die hard fashion enthusiasts knew who he was.
Wooster worked behind the scenes for over 25 years in the fashion retail business before realizing that he was far more passionate about designing clothes than he was about selling them.
His career designing for the world’s largest and most prestigious clothing brands, combined with the work he’s done on his personal labels and collaborations, have given Wooster an exceptionally broad range of influences to draw from. He’s refined his style over the years to reflect his diverse range of personal and professional styles.
His style can be broadly defined as street wear, but Wooster considers his clothing a transparent reflection of his interests, passions and personality.
“Getting dressed is really the only area in my life that I can say I am fearless; I’m terrified of so many things, yet am somehow not afraid to wear anything.” — Nick Wooster in an interview with The Satorialist
Throughout his career Wooster has committed himself to taking bold risks with his personal style, some that paid off and some that didn’t. But through his process of trial and error, he’s defined a unique and iconic personal style that has become the subject of nearly every fashion publication around the world.
By taking risks and pushing himself outside of his comfort zone, Wooster has found a clearly defined personal style and a level of success that he could have never have achieved if he had stuck to the traditional and the expected.
When defining your personal style, just like when defining any creative style, it’s crucial to push yourself outside of your comfort zone and experiment with what works for you. It will always be a process, and you won’t be successful every time, but with an open mind and a fearless approach, you’ll undeniably grow into a style that represents you.
“It’s a bit like a DJ … I like to sample a lot of stuff and hopefully that result is unique.” — Nick Wooster on his aesthetic as a designer
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