Over the last few years, Pedro Garcia creative heads Pedro García and Dale Dubovich have become our unofficial ambassadors to Spain. Always ready to list the hot spots and point us toward good beaches and great eats, they’re obviously passionate about their roots and eager to share.

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their magazine-style lookbook (all images courtesy 
Pedro Garcia)

 

Of course, the real proof is in the shoes—and how those shoes are made. Pedro Garcia, the brand, takes a lot of pride in their made-in-Spain ethos—so much so that their seasonal magazine is called Made in Spain. The most recent edition took them to the industrial port of Bilbao to explore, discover and share the city and the fall collection.

We went one step further and traded a few emails with Pedro and Dale to get inside the inside scoop.

GO BEHIND THE SCENES AND INTO BILBAO

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Brandon Maxwell took the road less traveled to designer fame: He earned a degree in photography in 2008 then used it to assist stylist Deborah Afshani before moving on to work with the nearly incomparable fashion authorities Edward Enninful and Nicola Formichetti. Then he set up his own personal-styling practice, acquiring clients like—boom!—Lady Gaga.

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Brandon Maxwell

 

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Looks from Brandon Maxwell’s spring-summer 2016 collection. All images courtesy Brandon Maxwell.

From there his transition from arbiter to designer was seemingly, well, seamless. Although we all know that anyone who appears to be an overnight success invariably has lots of stories about struggle, waiting games, and hard, hard work.

Suffice it to say that Brandon Maxwell is on the fast track, and we’re thrilled to count his among our designer collections. In an effort to get to know this hot young talent, we chatted via email about how his summer is going.

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Not that she needs any introduction, but the movie and TV star and newly-minted fashion designer Melissa McCarthy took time out of her crazy-busy schedule to stop by our flagship store in downtown Seattle last Friday, where she greeted customers and promoted her clothing collection, Melissa McCarthy Seven7.

Photos by Paul Conrad/Getty Images for Nordstrom

Let’s be honest: mixed in with the thrill at the prospect of meeting a favorite celebrity IN PERSON is the tiniest fear that the actor you’ve loved and laughed-so-hard-you’ve-cried watching—whose movies you OWN (even though you can watch them on Netflix)—will be nothing like her accessible on-screen persona in real life. But Melissa McCarthy did not disappoint. She was absolutely lovely—warm, down-to-earth, genuinely gracious and engaging with every single person she met—and there were many!

MEET MELISSA: READ MORE

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The blogger/designer is truly an invention of the digital age. Once a social media enthusiast has curated his or her accounts with the finesse of an artist, amassed an audience with the determination of a prom queen candidate courting votes and been photographed at enough events to establish fashion clout, the next step is to helm a collection. Blogging now segues nicely into designing since it establishes an aesthetically attuned audience.

In the case of Julie Sariñana of the blog Sincerely Jules, having 3.7 million Instagram followers helps. The style dynamo has built a small empire around her beautiful snapshots of adorable outfits and enviable trips. And her casually hip clothing line captures this easygoing but glamorous lifestyle.

Julie Sariñana of Sincerely Jules.

Sariñana shared images of how she styles her fashion line, named for her blog, which is new to Nordstrom this month. We spoke with the designing woman about managing her busy schedule and season-less dressing.

P.S. THERE’S MORE: READ ON

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The first rule: Buyers know best.

The second rule: See the first rule.

When it comes time to shop our yearly Anniversary Saleand in case you missed the alerts: it’s time!—it just makes good sense to check in with the men and women who curate our top designer merchandise. They strategize these steals and deals with you in mind, and we do mean strategize; read on to find out what iconic Alexander Wang handbag was reinstated specifically for us, and for you.

OK, ready? Let’s do this—from the ground up.

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Alexander Wang’s Kenze boot: $484.90 during our Anniversary Sale, $725 after sale

Says our designer shoe buyer John Langston of Alexander Wang‘s Kenze boots: “They have all the elements of fall’s best trends and they’re so identifiably Wang! They personify Alex’s spirit of individuality and the playful, romantic poet.”

How to wear them? Glad you asked. “This season, short boots act as a new alternative go-to option,” says John. “Skip the pumps and pair these with a myriad of looks—from a cropped carrot pant to an ankle-length straight-leg denim jean or a sleek pencil skirt.”

GET MORE ANNIVERSARY PICKS FROM THOSE WHO KNOW BEST

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Easy, fresh mixed berry cobbler recipe with strawberries, blueberries and vanilla bean from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

Looking for a way to use up those ripe summer berries—or an excuse to have more of them? Our mixed-berry cobbler combines fresh blueberries and strawberries into an easy-to-prepare dessert that’s just right for the season. A little sugar sweetens the berries, and seeds from a vanilla bean dot the perfectly thickened juices with their rich, warm flavor—all underneath a crisp and crumbly old-fashioned oat topping.

For an added layer of sophistication (i.e., to make people think you spent a whole lot more time on this super-simple recipe than you actually did), serve it as we do in our Blue Stove Restaurants in individual crème brûlée dishes. However you present it—in individual portions or a family-style casserole dish—this Strawberry and Blueberry Cobbler couldn’t be a better way to punctuate the end of a delicious midsummer dinner.

Easy, fresh mixed berry cobbler recipe with strawberries, blueberries and vanilla bean from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell.

GET OUR RECIPE

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale outfit of the day.

Some days the most arduous decision comes first thing in the morning: What to wear? (Yeah, our lives are pretty chill.) But standing in front of a closet and considering what to put on your sleepy self can be a real head-scratcher.

Good news: Over the next few weeks, we’ll be posting entire outfits on our Instagram account that are shoppable during our Anniversary Sale. Just check our feed (#NSale #OOTD), then swing into the store where you’ll find the whole featured look.

Pick up pieces by Topshop, rag & bone, Madewell and more, all styled, on sale and ready to wear. You’re welcome.

But you still have to make your coffee yourself.

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Rhi Blossom

Alongside fashion luminaries like Kate Moss and Grace Coddington, Rhi Blossom appeared in Calvin Klein’s high-profile fall 2016 campaign. For School of Doodle, a social network and collaboration hub for girl and gender nonconforming artists, Rhi inspires other blossoming creatives through work as a creative director and an ambassador. This year, Teen Vogue named Rhi a “Young Feminist Changing the Game.” All the while, in the roles of activist, actor, model and artist, Rhi champions youthful creativity and gender equality. Yet the 19-year-old just seems to be having a good time.

In yet another function, as one of the faces of our Anniversary Sale, we caught up with the enthusiastic Rhi to talk about art, music, fashion and shopping our big event.

READ MORE ABOUT RHI

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We’re celebrating long, post-summer-solstice days with Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Out—your go-to mercantile for nature provisions from all the best brands. And what better way to welcome a season of camping, glamping and road-tripping than with a cool new pen pal from the almighty Keen?

Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Out: interview with Rory Fuerst, Jr. of Keen Uneek.

SHOP: Keen Uneek

The innovative, eco-conscious footwear brand has been hitting the ground running since 2003, and we were lucky enough to trade missives with Rory Fuerst, Jr.—creator of the increasingly covetable Keen Uneek line (just ask the Tokyo street-style set).

STEP TO IT

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In addition to hundreds of beauty exclusives, free samples and gifts with purchase, we’re offering a little something extra special at our store beauty counters each day during our Anniversary Sale. Check out our Glam-Out Days calendar during the first week of the sale, and drop by for an extra dose of beauty, on us.

SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING AT A STORE NEAR YOU

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