Nicolas Ouchenir: Flowing Script
The In-Demand Calligrapher Invites NOWNESS to the Crème of Paris Fashion Week
Leading fashion calligrapher Nicolas Ouchenir gracefully addresses invitations to this season’s most desirable shows and parties in photographer Thibault Montamat’s revealing portraits. For almost a decade the penman has been deploying his chirographic talents to transform the humble invite, envelope or name tag into a work of art for the likes of Hermès, Louis Vuitton and Dior. “Seeing your name calligraphed on an invitation makes you feel desired,” explains the 33-year-old Parisian. “And that’s what everyone secretly wants.” Born and raised in Belleville, where he first started scribbling graffiti on the Metro, Ouchenir is the only calligrapher in town to create bespoke alphabets for each client. “Calligraphy might be an age-old trade but it follows current trends,” he says. “From Gareth Pugh’s violent lettering to Kanye West’s signature-like alphabet, it’s a craft both timeless and ephemeral.” At his atelier on rue St-Honoré, the dashing scrivener opened up to NOWNESS about the intricacies of his scripts and using blood as ink.