Nick Wooster Lets Us Into His Amazing NYC Apartment

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Okay, so not to sound like we have a one-way ticket on the jaded train or anything, but we guess we’ve gotten pretty used to working with some completely amazing and admirable people. And, don’t get us wrong or anything: there’s nothing we love more. We won't lie, this day job has some serious perks. That said, every once in a while (okay, so maybe it’s more like once a week—we’re enthusiasts, okay?!) an opportunity rolls through the office that literally causes all other work-related activities to grind to a halt. And here we present you with one of the biggest inter-Cov HQ squeal-inducing subjects yet: Nick Wooster. The day that his email arrived granting us access to his West Village apartment (and closet) will forever be know as the day The Coveteur office exploded.
Just in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past 3 years, Nick Wooster (full name: Nickelson Wooster — not even joking) is pretty much the king of men’s street style. We mean, no kidding: Ever since he started doing the circuit back when he was men’s fashion director at Bergdorfs and Neimans (yes, he magically worked at both department store temples simultaneously), he inspired the same kind of frenzied photog scramble outside shows as Anna Dello Russo and Miroslava Duma. So, you can imagine that by the time we walked through the threshold of the fashion consultant’s apartment, we had pretty much morphed into those heart-eyed emojis.
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And, we were totally vindicated. We mean, this is a man who jokingly refers to his wardrobe as his 401k. But, it’s not a joke: There’s a reason this guy is street style gold. One cursory glance in his multiple closets and there’s no doubt Wooster knows what he’s doing. First of all, he has enough Yohji and Thom Browne and Carven and Mark McNairy to stock the entire men’s department at Barneys.
But, it was his accessories collection that has to be seen to be believed — brogues and boots already displayed Cov-style on his bookshelves (we swear, he did half our job for us); a colorful collection of kilt pins that he clasps through the top buttonholes of his many, many oxford shirts; flamboyant brooches and pins that he wears as boutonnieres (“I can find something to buy literally anywhere,” he told us as we sorted through them all — we believed him); and lastly, his shoes. As our photog Jake snapped away at Wooster, we fawned over his leopard-print Célines. We totally get why the man admitted he wouldn’t swap closets with anyone — but seriously, Nick, consider us! Because for the first time maybe, like, ever, we’d actually trade wardrobes with a member of the opposite sex. Wooster, consider yourself warned.
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"Dr. Bonner’s Peppermint Castile Soap, Kiehl’s moisturizer, American Crew Forming Cream, Lubriderm, Clinique Anti-Fatigue Cooling Gel for the Eyes, and Ban unscented [deodorant]. My signature scent is Diptyque Philosykos.”

Jumpsuit, Engineered Garments.
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Shoes, Various Designers.
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Jumpsuit, Engineered Garments.
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Jumpsuit, Engineered Garments.
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“I started buying pins at RTH Shop in Los Angeles, but now I look for a safety pin wherever I am. One of them is my mom’s kilt pin. I usually wear them in the holes of a button down collar shirt and sometimes I use them on a cardigan.”

Shoes, Sperry Top-Sider.
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“There have been way too many ‘wow’ moments [in my career], but let’s say the two most ‘memorable’ ones were becoming the Men’s Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman and then abruptly losing that position 17 months later. I am eternally and equally grateful for both. I also had the most incredible experience working with Ron Johnson at JCPenney. All of this has led me to where I am now, which is the most exciting and terrifying moment of all. I am only here because of all of the amazing people that have given me every opportunity along the way: Charlie Roth, Fred Pressman, Peter Rizzo, Dawn Mello, Ira Neimark, Rick Rector, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, John Bartlett, Gilt Groupe, GQ, Andrew Pollard, Mike Fisher, Moise Emquies, and Jim Hedges. To each of them, I respectfully say, thank you.”

Jacket, Lardini; Shirt, Thom Browne; Pin, RTH; Pants, Engineered Garments; Shoes, Eytys.
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Sunglasses, Various Designers
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“My favorite brands/designers are Thom Browne, Rick Owens, visvim, RTH, Trickers, Church’s, Grenson, O’Keeffe, Brooks Brothers, J.Crew, Soph, Paul Harnden Shoemakers, Layer-O, Junya Watanabe, Ganryu, Comme des Garçons, Kapital, ts(s), Engineered Garments, Mark McNairy, AOMC, Supreme, and Lardini.”

Shoes, Sperry Top-Sider x Jeffrey.
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“My style [in high school] was 1970s prep through the lens of the Midwest. It was pre-The Official Preppy Handbook. The uniform consisted of chinos, topsiders, Shetland sweaters, Lacoste polos, and the occasional lapse during my freshman year that involved a photo-printed nylon shirt with a truly gigantic collar.”

Shoes, visvim.
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“My earliest fashion memory is telling my mom I didn’t like the way certain T-shirts fit. I was in kindergarten. There was nothing that even related to ‘fashion’ in Kansas in the 1970s. I did, however, realize that there was a ‘best store’ in town, so I was lucky enough to get a job there. It didn’t occur to me that there was a ‘fashion business’ until my mid-twenties after a failed attempt at a career in advertising.”

Shoes, Various Designers.
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Shirt, Sacai.
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“In my junior year of high school in 1976 I worked at the finest clothing store in Salina, Kansas. The family who owned the store was Joseph P. Roth and Sons. I am forever grateful to the Roth family for giving me the job that changed the course of my life. I worked there after school, weekends, summer, and winter holidays and the six months post-graduation from the University of Kansas — before I took the plunge and moved to New York in January of 1983. Those seven years are my record for the longest job I have ever had.”

Top to Bottom. Glasses, Thom Browne, Warby Parker, Garrett Leight.
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Shoes, Various Designers.
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“There are no stories [behind my tattoos]… I just like the way they look. My first was in 1993 — it’s a classic sailor tattoo with a heart, dagger, and 'MOM' on my left bicep. My last one was started in 2009 on my right leg. I will never finish it. It’s way too painful and I’m a pussy."

Shirt, Sacai.
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Shoes, Various Designers.
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Ties, Various Designers.
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Bag, Want Les Essentiels de la Vie; Caribiner, Vanities; Sunglasses, Vintage; Shoes, Nick Wooster x Greats Brand.
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Shoes, Various Designers.
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“I love the grey flannel top hat that Albertus Swanopoel made for me. I am crazy about the idea of a hat, but they almost always come off before I leave the house.”

Hats, Various Designers.
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“My favorite artists are Aaron Smith, Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, and David Hockney.”

Top, Comme des Garçons.

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“My first-ever designer splurge was in December, 1984; I purchased an Olive Tweed oversized great coat from Perry Ellis. It was on sale for $900 and I was making $25,000 a year. I still have it and break it out on occasion. The craziest purchase is my [whole] wardrobe — I jokingly refer to it as my 401k plan. I have probably spent what most people would be happy to retire on. Do I regret it? Ask me in 2025.”

Jacket, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers; Shoes, Be Positive.
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Sweater, Carven; Shirt, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers.
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“Will I sound like an asshole if I say I don’t want to trade closets with anyone? I guess if I had to I would trade with the The Prince of Wales, Mr. Wallis Simpson — only because I think we are about the same size.”

Jacket, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers; Shoes, Rick Owens; L to R. Hats, Yves Salomon, Prada.
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“Paris is my favorite city for fashion week. Unfortunately, I haven’t been in a couple of seasons. My fashion week survival tips: Get a driver and drink plenty of Red Bull and water.”

Jackets, Paul Harnden Shoemakers; Bag, Soph.
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“I have had three custom suit experiences all in the past month. Freeman’s Sporting Club and Saks Fifth Avenue were nice enough to do custom made-to-measure suits [for me]. I am very excited to see the results. The third is the capsule collection I am making with Lardini. We are launching it at Pitti Uomo in June. When it’s all said and done, it will be 60 pieces customized to reflect my point of view. I hope it is well received.”

L to R. Jackets, Nick Wooster x United Arrows, Lardini; Shoes, Various Designers.
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Clockwise. Shoes, Mark McNairy, Sperry Top-Sider x Jeffrey, Céline, Undercover.

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“If I could live anywhere, or any way, in the world, I would like to maintain multiple residences in London, New York, Los Angeles, and Hawaii. I always say you can live anywhere as long as you get to leave it frequently.”

Sweater, Carven; Shoes, Mark McNairy.
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What can't you live without?

"I can't live without my Bausch and Lomb Lubricating Eye drops. I had Lasik 11 years ago Although it was life changing I do have dry eyes. Also, sunglasses. In addition to dry eyes, one of the side effects of Lasik is light sensitivity. And, I can't live without my iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Pro — I owe everything to the internet. Same with TV, don’t judge me. And shopping. Duh.”

Sweater, Carven; Shirt, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers; Pants, RTH; Shoes, Undercover.
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“Three staples every man should own: a grey flannel suit, black and brown brogues, and a brown 1” alligator belt with a sterling plaque buckle.”

Jacket, Neil Barrett; Tie, Thom Browne; Shoes, Various Designers.
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“My guilty pleasure/vice is smoking. I took it up at 31 years of age as a tradeoff for drugs and alcohol. Don’t judge me.”

Jacket and Shirt, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers; Pin, Arts & Science.
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“My favorite books are Metropolitan Life and Social Studies by Fran Lebowitz. If I could trade places with any literary character, it would be Fran Lebowitz. Although Miss Lebowitz is truly a literary figure, she is absolutely a literary character in all senses of the word. Because she came of age 14 years before I did, she got to experience New York in a way that I only caught the tail end of. It’s the story of my life. She clearly has better stories, although I have some good ones.”

L to R. Pants, Thom Browne, Michael Bastian; Sunglasses, Vintage Ray-Ban.
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“I really can’t describe my interior design aesthetic — it’s exactly the same as getting dressed. It starts with a respect for history, understanding some basic rules, then breaking them, or at least disrespecting them somewhat. And, you can never go wrong with grey.”

L to R. Ties, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers, The Hillside.
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Bags, Parabellum Collection.
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Jacket and Shirt, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers; Pin, Arts & Science.
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"This is a custom luggage set Globe Trotter made for me. They are lined in grey fox flannel."

Pins, RTH; Luggage, Globe Trotter.
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Jacket and Shirt, Black Fleece by Brooks Brothers; Pin, Arts & Science.
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“My last purchase: a Layer-0 jacket from Maxfield. It’s the most femme thing I own.”

Shorts, LongJourney; Pins, Nepenthes.
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“The white top and the blue top are T-shirts my father made for his Volkswagen auto repair business, Wooster Auto Parts and Service, in Salina, Kansas. The yellow top was a gift from the photographer of my senior class picture. I think it’s so scary…and hilarious. They are all circa 1978.”

Tops, Vintage.
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