Name: Westbrook Maker
Location: Venice; Los Angeles, California
Size: 500 square feet
Years in business: 1 1/2 years
Westbrook Maker owners and hat designers Nicholas Fouquet and Gregory Westbrook moved their workspace from an underground parking garage in Venice to an official location on Abbot Kinney Boulevard less than than a month ago. After acquiring the location, they outfitted and designed the space, which now includes a store, in under 2 weeks!
The Westbrook workspace/store feels more like a good friend's studio apartment. Clients come in to chat, look at hats, and watch the process of hats going through the finishing touches. The aesthetic is built around the fact that this is a production space, and the design between the two functions is fluid.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Tom Sawyer meets Keith Richards meets a Samurai meets Billy the Kid.
Inspiration: Traveling, my father Bernard Fouquet and his style, music, old French movies, old American movies, and anything that is timeless.
Favorite Element: Reclaimed wood, Indian fabrics, and my aperture wall with my art and found pieces.
Biggest Challenge: Putting wood floors in and putting several coats of polyurethane, so we couldn't walk on them for 2 days. The floors coming out beautiful in the end was well worth the wait.
What Friends Say: It's cozy and welcoming, it has a charm and uniqueness. My friends know me, and this space is an externalization of my soul.
Biggest Embarrassment: My desk and the paperwork all over it and the workshop itself when there is felt and thread because of all the work. I guess it adds an authenticity to it all, but when I have someone important in the space I want things to be neat all around. It will never be perfect.
Proudest DIY: Making it all happen and looking at it finished, thanks to the help of Tim McCarthy at Forma Design Group.
Biggest Indulgence: The French vintage crates converted into hat racks.
Best Advice: Pause when agitated or doubtful.
Dream Sources: Japanese Boro anything, traveling and picking up gems in the most random places.
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(Images: Marcia Prentice)
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