The fashion world was rocked by the recent news of shoe designer and Nine West cofounder Vince Camuto’s death. Today, and going forward, Nordstrom remembers the man and his work.
“Many of us have had the opportunity to work with Vince over the years and we all feel fortunate to have known a true icon in the industry. He was an amazing partner to Nordstrom and was honored with our Partners in Excellence award in 2012. There are a couple things that come to mind when I think about Vince. He firmly believed that the people were the most important factor in building a successful business. He had a tremendous passion for helping his team to learn, grow and achieve their full potential.” —Scott Meden, General Merchandise Manager, Shoes, in an email to his team.
“What a great loss to our industry.Vince put the customer first and he valued his team and had great humility. He was a teacher and a mentor.” —Tacey Powers, Women’s Shoes Buyer
“We have lost a special person within the footwear industry. He was as talented a person as I’ve had the good fortune of getting to know. Interestingly, as each year passed he literally got more enthusiastic about the customer and the business. He loved being on the floor, talking to the customer, and because of his rich background and innate skills, he instinctively—season after season—came up with great product. We would talk every couple of months and I always got a huge lift from being on the receiving end of his infectious spirit for the business. Our family and team extend our thoughts and prayers to Vince’s family and co-workers.” —Blake Nordstrom, President, Nordstrom Inc. (in Footwear News)
“Something I admired the most is his enthusiasm for the business. He was really into the business. He was engaged and always strived to do more and to do better.” —Pete Nordstrom, President of Merchandising (in WWD)
You think you really know someone … and then … well, then you realize you don’t know them at all; you’ve simply admired them from afar. That’s what happens to us, anyway—until we get our one shot at gathering three actual knowable things about fashion’s favorite icons.
The Thread: Let’s go back in time. What was the feeling you had when you started the resort collection, and what story did you hope to pass on? Christian Louboutin: I admire beauty, grace and fairytale love. The dream is a major factor in my language of design.
What are you waiting to read?
I love reading Haruki Murakami. I hope to read his latest on my next holiday.
What’s for dinner?
I adore Indian food. My favorite meal is chicken tandoori and I love cheese naan!
We’ll always say yes to a peek inside the handbags of inspiring women—and definitely yes to insider tips on the best little-known places to go in Paris. British-born, Paris-based Creative Director Clare Waight Keller gives us both, and tells us a little about the newest handbag designs in the Chloé resort collection.
We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.
Is it February yet? Okay, okay. One exciting thing at a time, sure. But as soon as the holidays are over, we’re officially living for the release of fashion editor Caroline Issa’s exclusive-to-Nordstrom line. In the meantime, we’ve got her shopping list.
There’s something you need to know aboutBalenciaga shoes: they’re live on Nordstrom.com and in select stores as of … now.
There’s something else you should know: This is an exciting time for footwear within the already very exciting brand. For years, under Nicolas Ghesquière, shoes were outsourced to Pierre Hardy. Now that Alexander Wang is at the helm, everything from heels to boots to sneakers happens in-house.
Here’s to Wang and company owning it, and, perhaps, you owning a pair or two, also.
We understand, you like things a certain way. Shoes of Prey knows that too, which is why we’ve announced an exclusive partnership that puts their online bespoke shoe studio into six of our brick and mortars.
The innovative New World design/retail model allows you to design shoe creations online with your very own brand of unparalleled and fastidious care. There are, after all, over 70-trillion possible combinations (yeah, girl—trillion). Combine that unique aesthetic freedom with a few iPads and hands-on, in-store customer service (and multiply it by special accommodations for hard-to-fit feet and more) and what’s not to love?
If you’re in the greater Seattle area, make an appointment at our Bellevue Square location to play with digital colors, fabrics and silhouettes galore—complemented by a touch of on-demand human advice—and you’ll receive the fruits of your labor in the mail within four weeks! Not planning on carousing about the PNW anytime soon? No worries, we’ll be announcing five more store locations early next year.
At last, your dream shoes are but a few guided keystrokes away.
Hear that? It’s the sound of stylists, editors and fashion-obsessed citizens all over the planet making a wish and blowing out the candles.
Fall marks a decade of the Pigalle pump and while you might say the shoe is designer Christian Louboutin‘s golden child—born in the autumn of 2004, named for his favorite Parisian neighborhood—it’s been raised by those who love and adore it. So shouldn’t we all celebrate?
Or all of the above. The standing-room-only crowd at Elliott Bay Books on Friday, November 14 was likely compelled by a number of reasons, and when a patterned-shirt-dress clad DVF came through the back hallway door and strode up the left aisle all of them coalesced in the form of whoops, yelps and lots of applause.
Seattle Art Museum’s Chiyo Ishikawa introduced von Furstenberg and our own Laura Cassidy, editor of the Thread, and the two began a 15-minute open dialog concerning literary aspirations (hers were simple: to tell her mother’s story, but she realized that to do so required telling her own), character studies (the memoir is studded with stars playing really interesting parts) and civic duties (she gave us a few tips on how to get a Seattle version of New York’s Highline: in short, demand beautiful public space and don’t give up).
The mic then went to the room and the most Tweeted and Instagrammed moment emerged: a fan asked the designer what her favorite part of being a woman was and DVF answered, “That I’m not a man,” and bent in half in laughter at her own joke.
We’re a biased bunch of writers, sure, but for our money, we loved it when she called herself a femmmmmmminist—that’s a feminist with lots of M’s, as she explained. And we really loved the time she compared a writer’s breakthrough moment to an orgasm. What a gal.
We spent a little time with DVF offstage and behind the scenes before all of that went down, and took the opportunity to shoot the first in what we hope will be your favorite new video series. Check it out here.
Depending on what part of the planet you live on, you might be looking at those potted orchids in high-end grocery stores right now and thinking, “Those guys know how to live.” The very idea of a hothouse flower is ultra-alluring right about now.
How to replicate that warmth and exotic beauty in the pre-holiday doldrums? We think the Marni collections are a pretty darn good place to start.
It got us wondering, actually, what her favorite stems and blossoms are. So we asked her.
“My three favorite flowers are peonies for colour and perfume, hydrangea for form and colors—such as pink, green and fading blue—and then white and pink tulips,” she told us via email. (Which explains this excellent Marni tulip tunic.)
Our favorite flower, if you’re wondering, is the killer abstracted mokara on that tough-sporty biker jacket. Yes, please. Does it come in a bouquet?