Men’s Fashion

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Veilance production images courtesy of Arc’teryx

You probably have heard of Arc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor company whose technically advanced gear stands up to extreme conditions. But do you know about Arc’teryx Veilance?

Veilance is the luxury fashion wing of Arc’teryx, which blends outdoor technology and ergonomics into versatile clothes for the city-dwelling person. Everything is tied back to a stark and vaguely mysterious aesthetic. Basically what we have here is apparel equally suited for biking to work, conducting meetings and looking cool on the street.

To learn more about Veilance, we caught up with designer Lars McKinnon and Arc’teryx lifestyle design director Takanori Kasuga. Topics discussed: professional histories, the nature of Gore-Tex and the unrelenting design mission of Veilance.

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SHOP: Mionn IS jacket | Graph cardigan | Seque tote | all Arc’teryx Veilance

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Images courtesy of Stampd

Designer Chris Stamp is changing the way men dress with his label Stampd, which started as a cult brand in Los Angeles in 2011. The Stampd aesthetic involves layered, streetwear-adjacent looks with sharp tailoring and soft materials, and inspiration drawn from Copenhagen and Tokyo as much as L.A. If all that means nothing to you, peruse the Stampd lookbook images in this post. You’ll get it.

This year, Stamp has been named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, making him a competitor in a prestigious battle for emerging designers. Being named a finalist is a massive honor in itself, capable of boosting careers and even pushing brands into the mainstream.

We currently offer Stampd in the men’s designer sections at our Seattle flagship store, as well as in California (South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Topanga in Canoga Park, The Grove in Los Angeles and Fashion Valley in San Diego) and in Aventura, Florida. We do not sell Stampd online. Visit any of those stores to see what hasn’t sold out yet. And keep in mind you can order any item from any store (like that bomber jacket you see above, for example) through our customer service line: 1.888.282.6060.

So you can get to know him a little better, we caught up with Mr. Stamp on the horn to talk about the Fashion Fund, what he’s working on at the moment, rap music he’s into and the rising menswear power structure in Los Angeles.

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This month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In shop – Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – focuses on unique, easygoing style for men and women, combining broken-in fabrics and precision craft. Here we zero in on one of our featured brands, AGOLDE.

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You know them from rap music, but the whole A$AP crew is into fashion: A$AP Rocky came into the game rapping about Rick Owens and Raf Simons; now he’s in Dior ads, and A$AP Rocky and A$AP Bari are making waves with their VLONE line.

But A$AP Ferg has the coolest fashion pedigree, with his dad’s store Ferg Apparel holding down Harlem in the ’80s and ’90s with luxurious gear and custom sweatsuits, outfitting everyone from neighborhood elders to Puff Daddy.

Ferg is always up to something, fashionwise, and recently with AGOLDE made a line of jeans modeled on his own destroyed pants, his favorite pair of jeans that he wore in his name-making video for the song “Work.”

We chatted with him about his dad’s store, custom camouflage leather and wearing two pairs of socks at the same time.

SHOP: A$AP Ferg’s AGOLDE jeans (light blue) | A$AP Ferg’s AGOLDE jeans (blue) | all AGOLDE | Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded

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Ryan Babenzien and Nick Wooster at Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre

Brand new to Nordstrom is GREATS, the exciting Brooklyn-based sneaker brand shaking up the American luxury market, led by Ryan Babenzien. Perhaps you know the Babenzien family name because Ryan’s brother Brendon was the creative director of Supreme, the defining streetwear brand. Now it’s the other Babenzien’s turn to influence style.

Ryan is a visionary, pushing GREATS into the fashion consciousness with ambassador/consultant Nick Wooster at his side—a must-follow menswear icon—and designing with an open-source philosophy about silhouettes. He makes sure GREATS is competitive with other luxury brands (made in Italy with premium leathers) but sells at a lower price point. GREATS generally sells direct and does not wholesale its product—our partnership is an exception.

We just launched GREATS as a limited run in all our Canadian stores. They’re also available by phone: 1.877.794.5304*. You might want to place that order now; our initial buy will sell out.

Check out our interview with Ryan Babenzien below about his background, his business and his brother—and learn where the name GREATS came from in the first place.

*We ship free nationally. International orders are subject to customs and shipping fees.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE Q&A

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Cozycomfycool: Cold-Weather Looks

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Styling by Morgan Dillon; images by Matthew Sumi

Is there any amount of cozy that’s too cozy? When the weather gets cold, the answer is no. With athleisure feeling less like a trend these days and more like a paradigm shift, designers are putting comfort at the forefront of their fashion. It’s all the better for stacking clothes and taking coziness to the max. Try stepping out of the house wearing fuzzy socks—fuzzy shoes, even—and two jackets at the same time: a middle layering piece and an overcoat. Then you shall know the true meaning of cozy. Be inspired by these looks and layer up.

Our model here is Tay Sean, rapper and producer extraordinaire. If you don’t know him, his new album, Leavings, is outstanding experimental hip-hop. Listening is a warm, enveloping experience. Dressing-wise, he has a unique style, so we met with him ahead of time in the store so he could help choose clothes from our men’s and men’s designer departments. His reaction:

“I didn’t realize Nordstrom had so much cool stuff.”

Check out our cozy looks below and our interview with Tay Sean about his music and personal style.

SHOP: Helmut Lang coat | Public School anorak* | Rick Owens pants | Clarks Wallabees

*available by phone: 1.888.282.6060

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOOKS AND Q&A

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In conjunction with Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – our Olivia Kim-curated shop running now through November 13 – we present this rough bandana guide. There are a million and one ways to wear a bandana. Here are five.

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The Neckerchief.

Fold the bandana into a triangle and simply knot it around the neck in the back (the way the guy above is wearing it). The techniques here are to either tie it close to your neck or leave the bandana looser so it hits further down your chest. Your call. Depends on how large you want the triangle to be.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | APPRVL bandanas

CLICK HERE FOR MORE BANDANA STYLES

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This image from our 1991 holiday catalog shows five coats cut at waist level. You’ll notice one other coat, the second one from the left, goes much lower. If you’re looking at that brown, single-breasted overcoat and thinking, “dang, he looks pretty cool…” well, then:

1.) You’re right.

2.) It’s time to browse our selection of overcoats and trenches.

This is the season for three-quarter and full-length coats. Once associated with dressing up, over the years the overcoat has gone from formal to normal. Consider it a versatile piece you can wear everyday, dressed down with a t-shirt or a hoodie (you’ve probably seen Drake do that), over jeans and a button-up (as in our catalog image), or you can kick it old school and wear one with a suit. A classic look.

Whether you needed a reminder to break out your longer coats or are considering buying your first of this style, we hope you enjoy the style and the warmth. As well as the gravitas which comes with adding subtle structure to your shoulders and chest.

SHOP: men’s overcoats and trenches

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You probably think you know Dockers. And maybe you do. But just in case: Dockers pants were first issued in Argentina in 1983, with initial designs patterned after a dockworkers’ pant that a Levi’s merchandiser had brought back from Hong Kong.

The global brand eventually became a household name, its chinos redefining the business casual work aesthetic. Based in San Francisco – where Dockers has been part of Levi Strauss & Co. since day one – Dockers is currently launching a new American initiative: the Premium Edition collection, an elevated look and feel for the brand. It’s not new to Dockers but is new to the U.S.

To find out more about Premium Edition we spoke with Tony Murray, the design director for the division, and Radha Weaver, senior merchant. They explained to us some of the finer points of the clothes and how right now, Premium Edition is all about getting back to Dockers’ California roots.

SHOP: Dockers

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This month’s Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In shop – Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – focuses on unique, easygoing style for men and women, combining broken-in fabrics and precision craft. Here we zero in on one of our featured brands, Atelier & Repairs.

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As embedded in the fashion industry as Maurizio Donadi is—he’s worked for major brands and consults for several more—he’s ambivalent about it in general, questioning what it is and why it operates the way it does. Why so much mass-produced excess? And why so serious?

With Atelier & Repairs, he creates a unisex line in limited quantities where every piece is completely unique. Perhaps most characteristic of his approach are A&R’s vintage military pants, reinforced with fun/functional patchwork and artistic crotch gussets.

He spoke to us on the phone about the difference between transformation and production, his concept of “de-militarizing” military clothes and how he doesn’t ship internationally because he doesn’t want to burn airplane fuel.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | Atelier & Repairs patchwork cargo pants Chamula boots

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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Feel that chill in the air? It’s time to wear cozy clothes. But as fall kicks in, it’s still not quite the season for the heaviest coat in your closet. An in-between measure is in order.

Check out what these guys wore in our 1978 fall catalog. Maybe you’re not about to go hiking, or perhaps teach a college English class – which is what these gentlemen look like they’re going to do.

But if their style is at all your thing, let these men inspire you. They’re dressed for the weather. They’re looking right. Now it’s your moment to shine.

SHOP: sweaters | designer sweaters | turtleneck sweaters lightweight & shirt jackets | corduroy pants | jeans | chinos | flannel shirts | scarves | boots boat shoes

LET 1978 INSPIRE YOU TO DO WHAT, EXACTLY?

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