September 26, 2016

In the Nick of Time

Nick Wooster has joined the team at Forty Five Ten.

Men’s fashion icon Nick Wooster doesn’t like the word “trends.”

“I hate the word, especially when it comes to menswear,” he says. “It indicates that something you buy today will be obsolete tomorrow. With that said, there are ideas and currents that become popular and run through the fashion world.”

And in terms of “ideas” that are finished, the dapperly-dressed Wooster offers athleisure as an example.

“There are beautiful sweatpants out there, but overall I don’t think that it’s what I want to see at lunch.” (Editor’s note: We were at lunch, and thankfully not wearing sweatpants.)

Wooster is now bringing his sartorial expertise to Dallas’ own Forty Five Ten as the Men’s Fashion Director. This isn’t his first time guiding the helm of a fashion emporium in the city—he was previously at Neiman Marcus.

“It feels so good to be back in Dallas,” he says. “The city has changed quite a bit, and with all of the activity happening Downtown and in the Arts District, it’s an exciting time to be working here.”

Wooster is helping expand Forty Five Ten’s men’s offerings from a department to an entire business (and floor within the soon-to-be-open Main Street flagship store).

“We’ve almost increased the number of vendors we are offering by tenfold,” he says. “Doesn’t matter which kind of profile a man fits—the classic guy, the style conscious-but-fashion-adverse guy, the connoisseur, or the guy who wants the most elusive and exclusive products out there—we’ve got something for him.”

Wooster says he’s a combination of all the aforementioned guys—but at the end of the day he’s still a guy who grew up in Salina, Kansas. (Peep a throwback Thursday photo courtesy of GQ here.) You’d never guess he’s a midwestern guy looking at Wooster now—maybe it’s those intimidating tattoo sleeves.

“I started out with this heart with a dagger in it that says ‘mom,'” Wooster says. “I was in Miami, wearing sailor pants and on my way to a party. Probably in hindsight, its not that I regret it, but it wasn’t prudent. But then again, fashion isn’t always prudent.”