The Unknown Hipster is a creature born between the demimonde of Paris and the hip enclaves of New York. Of obscure pedigree and questionable occupation, the Unknown Hipster nonetheless seems to be able to attend exclusive openings, guest-only parties, and private fashion shows. He mixes with artists and celebrities with all levels of fame – from the painfully hip threeASFOUR in the Lower East Side of Manhattan to Karl Lagerfeld’s ne plus ultra exclusive fitting chambers. In between, the Unknown Hipster crashes François Pinault’s party in Venice, communes with Marina Abramovic at MoMA, has a run-in with a faux John Baldessari, and attends the Occupy Wall Street protests.

As written and drawn by the celebrated illustrator and author Jean-Philippe Delhomme, the Unknown Hipster’s adventures are by turns sly, perceptive, and extremely funny. Delhomme simultaneously celebrates and pokes fun at our culture’s obsession with fame and exclusivity. Adapted from Delhomme’s The Unknown Hipster blog in the form of a diary, this witty book precisely captures in words and drawings contemporary culture today.

Jean-Philippe Delhomme is an award-winning illustrator based in Paris and New York. He has produced classic advertising campaigns for Barneys New York, the Bon Marché in Paris, Saab, and The Mark Hotel. His illustrations and writings appear regularly in GCasa Italy; GQ France; and American GQ, where he illustrated Glenn O’Brien’s popular column, “Style Guy.” He is also the author ofThe Cultivated Life (Rizzoli, 2009) as well as several novels.


ISBN: 978-0-9859958-0-5


6.75” x 9.25”

192 pages

200 color illustrations

Published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, each sequentially numbered.