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Jamie Grayson is the baby gear expert behind the cultishly adored BabyGuyNyc. Lindsay Pinchuk is the CEO and founder of Bump Club and Beyond, a social event company beloved for providing moms and mothers-to-be with vital information and a sense of community. The pair — who’ve curated a selection of their favorite picks on Nordstrom.com this week — also happen to be the best of friends. Read on for an intimate conversation between the two.

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When you two aren’t working on your businesses, where will we find you?
Pinchuk: With my family — with my two girls and my husband. Usually at a park or at a restaurant or a park in Chicago.

Grayson: At the theater. I love plays. Or you will find me eating or having a cocktail with my friends. I spend so much time traveling that spending time with my friends is very, very important.

Cocktail of choice?
Grayson: I do enjoy bourbon. If we’re doing cocktails, I love an Old Fashioned. If we are just talking drinks, I love an EPA. I do enjoy the beer. And I enjoy wine! I’m an equal opportunity employer.

Pinchuk: I would say on a warm summer day a glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or on a very cold winter’s day, a glass of Pinot Noir.

Grayson: And I always love a margarita!

Pinchuk: Who doesn’t love a margarita?

Grayson: Everyone should love a margarita. It’s like babies and puppies. If you don’t like a margarita I don’t trust you.

What’s the best baby advice you’ve ever gotten?
Grayson: I would say “Go with your gut is” the big one — and ignore the advice of strangers. People are too judgmental. And unless you asked for advice, don’t accept advice.

Pinchuk: Along those same lines, our mantra at Bump Club has always been, ‘Your best is good enough.’ And what works for you is what you should be doing. Don’t let people pressure you — whether it’s friends or grandparents or colleagues — to do things they way they did.

Grayson: Don’t live a life of comparison. It’s kind of the opposite of ‘Not my monkeys, not my circus.’ That is your monkey. It is your circus. You’re the ringmaster of your own family.

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What happens behind the scenes when Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinsky and crew are photographing the best of the season’s runway for our Designer Collections lookbook? Well, a little and a lot. There are times when half an hour goes by in a sort of hurry-up-and-wait fugue, and periods of such scurry and excitement that you look up to find two hours have passed in what felt like five minutes. It’s the nature of the game.

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A blur of a man: Jeffrey Kalinsky in his studio and office.

As a companion piece to the rich, gorgeous images and exclusive interviews in our fresh-off-the-presses, in-mail-boxes now book, we decided to single out a few of the more placid moments as well as let you inside the cheerful assortment of fashion flotsam and jetsam in Kalinsky’s Chelsea office. (Call it our 9-to-5 complement to his home’s recent cameo on The Coveteur.)

We also brought some of our favorite favorites into close range, so you get a sort of stylist’s view of the season’s best.

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In honor of our big store opening in Vancouver next month (September 18—mark your calendars!) we’ll be bringing you a slew of Vancouver content here on The Thread between now and then. First up, an interview with our Vancouver campaign cover girl: supermodel, mom and muse to many, Coco Rocha. Without further ado …

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Personal life motto:
The most important words of advice to me have always been: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s important to be nice.” I think treating everyone with the utmost respect is vital to a healthy view of self and others.

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?
Modern, eclectic, fresh.

24 hours in Vancouver with no plans—what would you do?
Start the day with a run around Stanley Park, have coffee on Robson Street and then lunch with friends in Steveston getting fish and chips. Take an afternoon nap on the beach at Spanish Banks and then a night out in Yaletown.

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Next time you want to throw the party to end all parties, consider making it disco-themed and getting the savior of New York nightlife Ladyfag to host.

That’s how Nordstrom Fashion Director Jeffrey Kalinksy celebrated 25 years of his Jeffrey boutiques, a milestone that occurred recently during New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

The party went down at Jeffrey’s Chelsea boutique; the scene centered around queen diva Ladyfag and Honey Dijon, who deejayed while models and fashion insiders danced to the sounds of disco and the clinking of Clicquot-filled flutes. There was much voguing and merrymaking.

Jeffrey was kind enough to do a quick Q&A the morning after. Read it here and check out our party pics below–and read The New York Times’ review as well.

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gigantic-instagram-install-nordstromMaking the dream a reality on the roof of Store 1.

Ever wondered what a 15-story-tall Instagram post would look like? Wonder no more—today we built a gigantic 3D Instagram installation on the roof of our flagship store as part of our celebration of all things #NSale.

Using a 55-foot re-creation of a Leith leopard-print body-con dress (meow) on sale during Anniversary Sale and an actual 25-foot-long hanger built by Nordstrom’s visual team, this massive feat of ‘Gramming came together piece by piece for all the world to see. How, you ask? We shared live updates on all of our social channels and had drones capturing the whole thing for your entertainment, so check back here later this afternoon for a time-lapse like no other.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

No stranger to The Thread, the affable potter, designer, author and founder of his eponymous enterprise Jonathan Adler shares his perspective on Pride and what he’s seen in the New York LGBTQ community after over 25 years living in the city.

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In a nutshell, what’s a normal day like for you?

There is no normal day. I’ll go from making a mold on the wheel in the pottery studio to a meeting with our president about a new store opening to a brainstorm session with our marketing team to come up with subject lines for our emails. I’m lucky to work with such fun and talented people.

After work, I race home to have dinner, read, watch TV and beat my husband at Ping-Pong.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?

I moved to New York in 1989 in the middle of the AIDS crisis, and Pride was an incredibly poignant and powerful moment. I moved here hoping to find creative fulfillment and amour and excitement, but it was all happening against the backdrop of AIDS. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of tears. My favorite part of Pride weekend was the transcendental (even spiritual?) Dance on the Pier.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Cristi Duncan splits her time in New York City modeling, working on photo sets, scoping out the city’s best music and perfecting her photography. Plus, documenting it all–and other things she’s into–under her alias toooth on Instagram.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I’ve worked within fashion and photography since I was in high school.

I started out modeling with the NY agencies. I began styling shoots and assisting photographers. From there, I worked as a photo editor and studio manager. I also worked for a fashion/design marketing and branding agency.

Besides photography, my favorite thing to do in New York is going to see live music, especially if it’s outdoors. There’s nothing better than good tunes in a park.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
I used to avoid Pride Month events at all costs, not because I didn’t want to go, but I really didn’t have a group of friends that I felt comfortable sharing that with when I first moved to NY. So my most memorable Pride Month was once I found a group of women who really inspired me to go out and celebrate with them, which was really an awesome experience for me.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

When you’re part of the world’s #1 international model-management firm, you’d better bring your A game. As a junior agent at IMG Models in NYC, Ethan Miller and his colleagues help represent some of Earth’s most-wanted models.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I book supermodels around the world and work for the coolest woman I know.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Walking down Broadway in Seattle, hand in hand with my first boyfriend, wearing Pride beads and feeling oh so confident.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

L.A.-born and based, Courtney McCullough studied dance in London before moving back home to a successful modeling career. When she’s not posing in campaigns and ads for the likes of M•A•C,  W Magazine, BCBGeneration, New Balance and…the list goes on, she’s probably either working on film projects like Weekly Meeting for Well Dang! Productions or traveling the world with her camera in tow. This is a woman who takes carpe diem to the next level.

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What is your first memory of celebrating Pride Month?
Some years ago I was living in Israel, and I went to Tel Aviv Pride, which was such a festive environment. People in Tel Aviv are quite friendly and outgoing in general, but this was a whole other level of conviviality and solidarity, especially in a conservative region of the world.

What does Pride Month mean to you?
I think the increasing visibility of the LGBTQ community in our country and in the media is a positive step forward. Knowing that younger people are seeing that it’s perfectly fine to be yourself and to know there are individuals with similar experiences on such a large scale is very uplifting and gives me hope.

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June is Pride Month–dedicated to celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community, honoring its history and host to some of the most wild, colorful parades around the world. This year, we’re asking just some of the many out and inspiring individuals in the fashion and design industries what the month means to them.

Nick Nelson knows style. And you might just know Nick Nelson, too. Or at least recognize his work as a stylist that shows up in magazines like ELLE and Harper’s Bazaar, plus on a few celebs you might have heard of–aka Solange Knowles and Lupita Nyong’o. Check out some stunning examples of Nick’s work in his fashion portfolio.

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In a nutshell, what do you do?
I style editorials for fashion magazines, celebrities, TV, advertisements, etc.

What’s your first memory of celebrating Pride Month? 
Grace Jones performing at a Pride event in New York.

What does Pride Month mean to you? 
Celebrating the idea that as civil rights are extended and formal equality achieved, we can move past gay and straight to human.

What are you doing this year to celebrate? 
Hopefully leaving the city and enjoying some quiet time with my boyfriend.

How would you love to see Pride Month evolve in the United States or the world? 
Perhaps less of a party and more of an acknowledgement of the unsung heroes in the LGBTQ community.

Follow: Nick Nelson on Instagram

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