Model Village tribute to Street Style photographer Nabile Quenum


The popular French photographer, often known by his blog’s name, J’ai Perdu Ma Veste, was a frequent contributor to New York magazine, Vogue and GQ. With his recent passing, today's post is a special tribute to Nabile's work, with huge admiration as his portfolio brings back to life his talent and will forever show his unique eye for street style photography.

Model Village had a close and personal relationship with Nabile, with exciting projects planned for 2018. However his memory will always live on within the MV community and indeed the fashion industry worldwide. This post shares his inspirational life story and highlights a few of our favourite photographs captured by Nabile. 



Born in Paris in 1985, Quenum moved to Ivory Coast in West Africa at the age of four, before returning to the French capital in 2002, where he lived for the last 15 years. In 2014 he told Le Report:

“Paris is me, and I am Paris. I feel free here,” he told Le Report.  

Read his interview with GQ here and discover the reasons behind his love for the French Capital, including his specific interest in Paris street style and Parisian style icons. 


His working portfolio famously captured models from around the globe. In September 2017 he photographed last year's Model of the Year Adwoa Aboah. The Supermodel also shared her respect and memories of Nabile on her social media.  


Nabile's personal blog J'ai perdu ma veste  featured daily portfolio updates, helping to inspire the fashion community and truly capture the "Models Off Duty" look. Quenum was a fixture on the Fashion Week circuit and stood out of the crowd by capturing models' natural aesthetic and style in real life, showing raw emotion and beauty which is often edited and lost in today's modern world.

Pictured below: Victoria Secret Supermodel Candice Swanepoel


Pictured below: Model Hanne Gaby Odiele

Vogue reported how his colourful style was also a unique factor of his, bringing life and joy to his work, which is perhaps something inspired by his childhood life in Africa surrounded by such rich and organic natural inspiration.

Lurve magazine editor Lyna Ahanda who often worked with Nabile told Vogue: “He had a great sense for color. He always wanted to shoot things from a bright, sunny perspective.”

He also helped share his advice for models wanting to be scouted in large publications such as Vogue. Check out his interview with the popular fashion blog, Envelope as he describes what makes a "magic moment" for the perfect shot. 

Pictured below: Male models at PFW S/S 2015


His passing will undoubtedly be deeply felt, especially during this Fashion Month. However, whilst Nabile himself has sadly left this world, his work will always live on and inspire the modelling community. In the meantime we can all follow the best advice he'd suggest, as he told the online blog Fashion We Like: "Be yourself and always be polite."