conversechuckIIRedesigning the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a risky proposition. We’re talking about the most classic American sneaker, whose design has gone relatively untouched since 1917. A true shoe of the people.

Think about it. Which other garment is worn by young and old folks alike so prevalently? And in various stages of pristine or tattered? Chucks are like Levi’s 501s for your feet.

And yet: Converse designer Damion Silver was faced with a problem. Foot fatigue was an issue. Especially if you’re trying to wear them every day, All Stars have always been a little hard on your dogs.

Enter Lunarlon, Nike cushioning technology.

That’s just one way Silver–a visual artist who shows his own paintings at galleries all over the world–created the Chuck II, a stellar and more comfortable sequel to Chuck Taylor All Star.

We spoke with Silver on the phone at Converse headquarters in Boston proper about shoveling snow, his unrealistic fantasy of one day skateboarding on a frozen golf course–and the pressures of redesigning the brand’s #1 seller worldwide.

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Emily Schuman (in pink) poses with fans wearing picks from the collection she designed.

Lifestyle blogger Emily Schuman—the mastermind behind the uber-popular blog cupcakes and cashmere—popped by the Nordstrom flagship in Seattle recently for a party to celebrate her new eponymous line. More than 150 devotees of her blog and the new collection—think breezy jumpsuits, sporty-chic parkas and motos, and wear-everywhere separates—came out to partake in the festivities. The party was a huge success, with a crowd that featured fans of both genders, shoppers of all ages and one impressively well-behaved chihuahua. Hugs and selfies were plentiful.

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Caroline Issa is an expert on several levels—the fashion biz, the magazine world, being magnetic on camera and off. But today we call upon her genius as a Nordstrom Signature collaborator and astute client/customer as she tells us what she loves about three of the specially priced Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa fall collection pieces that are part of our Anniversary Sale.

Nordstrom Signature and Caroline Issa V-neck cashmere sweater

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Photo by Kyle Johnson

Parties crack and moods lift to the sounds of Tuxedo, the west coast duo whose 1980s funk is inspired by the past and crystalized in the present by Mayer Hawthorne (Andrew Cohen) and Jake One (Jake Dutton). If the group’s eponymous album is not in your summer music rotation already, we recommend it.

The singer and producer are old friends and hip-hop collaborators. They’re both deejays, too, and initially bonded over mixtapes each had made focusing on artists like Bernard Wright and David Grusin. The shared affinity is central to Tuxedo.

We spoke to them on tour about how Tuxedo fits into this current retro moment in pop (Mark Ronson, Daft Punk) and which piece from their custom Klein Epstein Parker tuxedos Jake One accidentally left at home with 30 minutes to showtime.

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Two years ago, one of the first recipes that kicked off our What’s Cooking series was a summer berry salad with balsamic fig vinaigrette and spiced, candied almonds. We thought it high time for a new salad idea featuring everyone’s favorite summer ingredient (berries!) for those hot and sunny days.

Mixed Summer Berry Salad Recipe with Blackberry Champagne Vinaigrette. Photo by Jeff Powell.

This time around, we’ve got snack-on-the-leftovers-worthy candied walnuts and a beautifully colored (and flavored) Blackberry-Champagne Vinaigrette. Rounding out this salad, roasted chicken breast and blue cheese (pick a good creamy but crumbly one or a goat cheese, if you find blue too funky) ground everything with their savory notes. Prep your ingredients up to two days in advance, and you’ve got a dinner salad–or office lunch everyone will jealously eyeball–at the ready whenever you are.

You’ll have extra berries after making this recipe. I’d encourage using the additional blackberries to serve up a couple Amelia Cocktails with vodka, lemon and St. Germain, or get a couple extra pints while you’re shopping and make your menu a real berry bonanza with a summertime dessert like our Shortcakes with Lemon Curd or White Chocolate Mousse.

Mixed Summer Berry Salad Recipe with Blackberry Champagne Vinaigrette. Photo by Jeff Powell.

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Jeffrey Kalinsky The Coveteur

Jeffrey Kalinsky: founder of Jeffrey, a trifecta of perfectly curated designer boutiques including two iconic brick-and-mortars (Atlanta and NYC) as well as a convenient online outpost; our own Fashion Director of all things designer; and retail visionary extraordinaire. Need we say more?

Thanks to the recent bio courtesy of The Coveteur, not really (for now, anyway).

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Every season has its It bags, but fall’s are all the more needful when you factor in our Anniversary Sale savings. Here’s designer handbag buyer Jennifer Sabenorio on two of her favorites.

Burberry Dewsbury grain leather tote
($933.90 $1,395)

“This season is all about sophisticated texture and new neutrals. The soft grey is the perfect color to feel polished and fresh with your new fall wardrobe.”

Michael Kors Skorpios large hobo
($665.90 $995)

“The hobo is the hands-free, effortless shape of the season. I really love the braided handle as a subtle and sophisticated detail—perfect for day to play!”

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You’re not the only one who browses the prints and patterns inside Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Liberty London and imagines an endless weekend of DIY projects. Liberty London fanatics are a crafty bunch, as you’ll see when stylist and author Sania Pell leads you through this tutorial.

Get your scissors out, folks. Let’s do this.

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Nordstrom Designer Preview is just a few days away, and no matter where you stand on Shawn Serven‘s philosophy on outfit planning (and maybe not outfit planning), and no matter if you’re going to be there IRL or just in spirit, you probably wouldn’t turn down a little professional outfit inspiration, right?

We talked to Wendy Nguyen, one of the ultra-chic style bloggers on her way to Seattle for the big event, to get her fall picks and strategy for fashion event style.

Blog: Wendy’s Lookbook

Lives: 
Los Angeles, CA

Her style in three words: Structured, layered, downtown

When she’s not blogging or Instagramming she’s: Designing, filming for YouTube, managing productions, boxing (such a great workout!), and playing with my little cat Sammie.

Psyched about seeing: I’m loving the flounce hem as seen at Mary Katrantzou and Christopher Kane, the high-waisted trouser silhouette at Topshop Unique, structured menswear-inspired outerwear pieces, and super high over-the-knee boots. Designer collections that make my heart stop are Mary Katrantzou, MSGM, and Burberry Prorsum.

Event dressing: For events like the Designer Preview runway show, I love challenging myself by playing with different silhouettes and shapes. I think it’s the perfect time to have fun with fashion. An Emilio Pucci dress with rolling wave hemlines? Of course!

Completing the look: I love a strong smokey eye and nude lips paired with a colorful outfit, or just a sexy cat-eye and red lips coupled with a black and white outfit. Romantic wavy curls and halo braids are my favorite summer hair looks right now. For nails, I like them short with a punch of fire engine red or a soft mauve nude color.

Follow Wendy on Instagram

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