Men’s Fashion

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The bomber jacket above is a preview of Topman′s fall drop

One thing we’re noticing at this summer’s festivals and concerts is crazy creative patches all over jackets and denim. Both nostalgic (no doubt you had a few as a teen) and trendy, they look good on several of our favorite articles of clothing, adding a bit of personalization to your staple pieces.

Patches on man at Fashion Week

Here are a few things to consider as you decide where to plant a badge and some of our favorite patched styles.

SHOP: bomber & varsity jackets | denim jackets

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Images courtesy PAIGE

Launching in sync with our justifiably famous Anniversary Sale (early access ongoing now) is PAIGE jeans for men, the division of the California brand that, especially for men, targets the sweet spot between fashion and comfort.

We jumped on the phone with Paige Adams-Geller, the Paige behind PAIGE, to talk about her brand’s evolution over the years. She has a unique history with Nordstrom—and just a unique history, period, finishing high school at 16 in Alaska, jumping straight into the fast life of NYC modeling, singing in bands in bars. The conversation even got a little existential from a professional standpoint, touching on one difficulty about which we can all relate:

When you’re good at a lot of things, how do you narrow down your options and focus on a career path?

SHOP: PAIGE Jeans for men

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Images by Jesse Rivera; styling by Jodi Taylor; modeling by Doug Ta’a

Summer is here and sandals are on our mind and feet—and not sandals worn purely for function, like beach flip-flops or shower shoes for the funky locker-room floor. We’re talking about sandals worn out in the world, for style.

Drop “mandal” from your lexicon immediately (to ensure it dies, don’t even say it in jest). While we can’t endure that term, we sympathize with your sandal anxiety. Not every guy can wear them with style; that’s what makes this a medium-to-high-swagger move. You’ll have to BYO confidence.

We spoke with men’s senior stylist Jodi Taylor on how to wear sandals and discussed the big puzzler: socks or no socks. As usual, she had the answers.

—Andrew Matson

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Jon Batiste

His good-natured grin and bouncy mannerisms have endeared him to the nation as the bandleader of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. But Jon Batiste had been collecting accolades and admirers for many years prior to this appointment. Batiste, a Juilliard graduate, released two albums by the age of 17. His New Orleans-based jazz family includes over 3 dozen musicians and inspired the backstory for his fictionalized character in the HBO drama Treme.

Between melodica sessions, we spoke with the stylish multi-instrumental musician and actor (in addition to Treme he’s appeared in Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer) about our Anniversary Sale, which starts July 22, what motivates him in the morning, some of his favorite things, including green tea and Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, and what he’s shopping.

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Dad style, oxymoronic though it may seem, has established itself as a major factor in several areas of current fashion. Perhaps you’ve noticed the rise of dad hats (unstructured baseball caps with curved bills), dad shoes (New Balances are hot), Hawaiian shirts and Belichick-esque short-sleeve sweatshirts. The New York Times wrote about it the other day. And you don’t have to be a dad to partake in fatherly flair.

One thing we’ve noticed lately is how dad style is interpreted by some of the most famous rappers of our day, like A$AP Rocky, Wiz Khalifa, Future and Gucci Mane. All are known to base outfits around key dad values like ease and comfort, while introducing a layer of rock-star luxury not stereotypically “dad.”

In that world-within-a-world—of dressing like a rap dad—many outfits are grounded by Gucci slides and loafers, which set a free and easy tone that says, “No, I’m not struggling for success anymore,” and “Yes, I could retire at any moment.” A good level to be on, if you can get there. Or at least a good vibe and a cool look.

SHOP: Gucci slides | Gucci loafers

SEE IT: RAP DAD STYLE DONE RIGHT

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Swim brand Pangea outfits the modern man who wants to hit the beach in the same pair of shorts he’ll wear to drink mojitos at the bar afterward. So … pretty much every man.

Founder Nick Bradley spoke to us on the phone from Los Angeles—where he oversees all (and we mean all) Pangea operations—about recognizing the need for versatile clothing in his own life, which led him to start the brand.

He also spoke about the global travels that inspire Pangea printmaking, and the invaluable mentorship he’s received from Paige Adams-Geller, founder of PAIGE.

SHOP: Pangea

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After its debut last week at Paris Fashion Week, the Y-3 Noci sneaker is now available at Nordstrom. Usually, you can’t buy products fresh off the runway from Fashion Week. But sometimes you can, and now is one of those times.

Y-3, of course, is the partnership between legendary designer Yohji Yamamoto (hence the Y) and adidas (hence the 3, for three stripes). The brand has been envisioning the future of sports fashion for 13 years now.

We spoke with Y-3 senior design director Lawrence Midwood about sci-fi aesthetics, what it’s like working with Yamamoto, and the inspiration behind the Noci–a bruiser of a sneaker.

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SHOP: Y-3 Noci sneaker | all Y-3

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Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)

Suki Waterhouse, Cara Delevingne and Clara Paget attend Glastonbury Festival on June 22, 2016, in Glastonbury, England.  Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images.

It’s almost tradition now—ever since Kate Moss was the first to be smart enough to slip on a pair of the rain boots with her teeny cutoffs in the ’90s, Hunter boots are the official footwear of Glastonbury. After all, the storied music festival gets muddy—and this year was thought by many to be the muckiest. But braving the elements is part of the fun, right?

In 2016, Moss’s kid sister, Lottie, was among the throngs of festivalgoers—along with Pixie Geldof, Alexa Chung, the Delevingne sisters—who did likewise. See our slideshow after the jump to watch how the style set handles puddles while the music plays on.

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Elegant and practical, road-ready but refined, Troubadour bags are the perfect travel companions for daily excursions or epic adventures. Samuel Bail and Abel Samet’s line of leather goods is a passion project that sprung from a noticeable gap in the luggage market for overnight bags suitable for a weekend with friends or a business trip. Their sleek styles bridge destinations and occupations. World-class artisans help the founders create the enduring designs in their collection. And every aspect of a Troubadour bag is carefully considered, from the zippers and buckles to the vegetable-tanned leathers crafted in Tuscany.

Troubadour leather and rubber backpack

We spoke with the two jet setters, who were at the Pitti Uomo trade show at the time, about how to select and care for leather, and about the material’s enduring appeal. Read on to the end to learn how you should be caring for your leather goods at every stage in its life cycle.

Troubadour founders Abel Samet and Samuel Bail

What is your favorite thing about leather?

Samuel Bail: We love the way leather wears–its character, patina, uniqueness and ability to age beautifully.

Do you have a memory of discovering how smitten you were by quality leather products?

Abel Samet: An old leather wallet my grandfather always had on him. It literally looked like it had been to hell and back, which is absolutely what made it so cool to me as a little kid.

LEATHER LOVERS, READ ON

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There’s nothing like a made-to-measure shirt. There just isn’t. You look good, you feel good, you don’t futz with your collar or pull on the fabric when you check yourself out in the mirror. The shirt does not require extra finessing. It’s almost like it was…specifically fitted to your frame? Exactly.

Some trepidation about buying such a specialty item over the Internet is normal. But do not fear, the process is simple: two measurements you can take at home (neck and sleeve, detailed here) and five easy decisions to make. Then you’re done.

Alternatively, come see us in person. We’ll take care of you.

SHOP: made-to-measure shirts

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