Nickelson Wooster (born July 2, 1960) has worked with Barneys New York, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus chain stores, as well as Calvin Klein, Polo Ralph Lauren and Thom Browne on the street style aspect of their brands.
Nick Wooster was born in Salina, Kansas on July 2, 1960. At 16, he began working at a local clothing store Joseph P. Roth and Sons. He entered the University of Kansas in 1978, where he studied journalism and advertising. After graduation in 1982, Wooster moved to New York City, where he took a job at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Later he became an assistant department manager for the Saks Fifth Avenue store chain, and in 1984-1985 he worked as account executive at New York Magazine.
From 1987 to 1993, Nick Wooster was a buyer, first for Barneys New York store chain, and then for Bergdorf Goodman chain. In 1993-1995 he worked as director of retail merchandising at the Calvin Klein fashion house, and in 1995-1996 as the design director of the Polo Ralph Lauren brand. In 1996 he became president of the American brand John Bartlett. Wooster left John Bartlett in 2001 and founded own agency Wooster Consultancy. In 2005 he became general merchandising manager for the brand Rozae Nichols, and in 2007 he moved to the position of creative services director of the Splendid/Ella Moss brand.
In 2010, Wooster became men's fashion director at the Neiman Marcus store chain, but was fired in year and a half after a very frank interview with GQ. In 2010-2012, he was a consultant for the Thom Browne brand and for online clothing store Gilt Groupe. In 2012-2013, he served as senior vice president of JCPenney retail chain.
In 2012, Nick Wooster designed a collection of shirts for the American brand Hamilton 1883. In 2014-2015, he created two joint collections with Japanese brand United Arrows. Also in 2014, Wooster designed a collection with the Italian house Lardini, presented at the men's fashion exhibition Pitti Uomo in Florence. In 2015, he designed a capsule collection of clothes from merino wool in cooperation with the Swedish brand The White Briefs, also presented at Pitti Uomo.
Nick Wooster is known for tailored blazers, handlebar mustache and tattoo sleeves. He got his first tattoo in 1994; about five years later, he had a three-quarter sleeve done on his left arm. Upon completion of his left arm he had a sleeve done on his right arm. He also has one tattoo on his right leg.
- Tommye Fitzpatrick. Nickelson Wooster, Creative Director, The Business of Fashion (16 October 2012)
- James Covert. Nickelson Wooster to become creative director for JCPenney’s men’s clothing business, New York Post (27 April 2012)
- James Covert. An ill-fitting suit: Wooster joins Penney exec exodus, New York Post (17 April 2013)
- Alec Banks. Hamilton 1883 for Project Wooster Collection, Hypebeast (15 August 2012)
- Alec Banks. Nick Wooster x UnitNew York, ed Arrows Collection, Hypebeast (4 April 2014)
- Cameron Wolf. United Arrow’s Collaboration With Nick Wooster Might Get You Street Styled by Tommy Ton, Too, Complex (2 April 2015)
- Guy Trebay. Nick Wooster, One-Man Brand, The New York Times (19 June 2014)
- Jesse Steinbach. Nick Wooster Unveils Collaboration with The White Briefs & Woolmark, Out Magazine (14 January 2015)
- Nick Wooster on Whether You Should Get a Tattoo, Esquire (28 July 2011)
- Sean Hotchkiss. Tumblrs to Know… Nickelson Wooster, GQ (5 августа 2011)