Men’s Fashion

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We are continually inspired by Creative Growth, the Oakland nonprofit arts center for adults with disabilities, and have built a relationship with the organization going back to our 2014 Tomorrow Together shop.

Last April, Olivia was back at C. She saw artists prepping apparel for the annual CG fashion show fundraiser. Some artists were decorating shoes. That was an a-ha moment for Olivia, who was planning our Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans shop at the time.

Now lo and behold we have an exclusive collection of custom Vans designed by CG artists, each pair a one-of-one, available online and in limited quantities in-store at our San Francisco, Seattle and Bellevue locations.

See a selection of our styles below and read stories from Jennifer Strate O’Neal, CG’s
partnerships and communications manager, about four specific pairs of Creative Growth-designed Vans.

–Andrew Matson

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

SEE THE SHOES AND READ ALL ABOUT THEM

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Good trends don’t die. They endure, season after season, year after year. Sometimes they come back more developed, as in the case of the World War I flyboy uniform and early ’90s outerwear staple, the bomber jacket.

The style returned in a big way two years ago when it landed on the runways of Balmain, Salvatore Ferragamo and Phillip Lim. We haven’t seen the bomber craze wane since. Truthfully, we kind of hope it never goes off our radar again.

So here is our ode, in pictures, to a truly great jacket and some tips, in words, on how to wear one.

THE TREND TAKES OFF: READ ON

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Photo courtesy @DJmustard

Just a quick PSA here to illustrate how clean sneakers can finish an outfit perfectly, whether they cost $500 or $50–give or take a nickel.

You probably recognize these guys from anything defining West Coast rap in the past few years. You probably recognize their shoes as well. If not, that’s DJ Mustard on the left in Balenciaga and YG on the right wearing Vans.

SHOP: Balenciaga Arena (in stores only) | Vans Authentic | all sneakers

—Andrew Matson

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Vans founder Paul Van Doren; images courtesy of Vans

For a big-picture view of Vans during our monthlong Vans-focused Pop-In shop, we chatted with Steve Van Doren, son of Paul Van Doren, founder of what began as the Van Doren Rubber Company in 1966. Steve is now Vans’ vice president of events and promotions and a lifelong Vans expert.

We talked to Mr. Van Doren about the day his dad doodled the famous “jazz stripe” which now adorns classic models like the Old-Skool and Sk8-Hi, the confluence of Vans and music (rock, rap and other)–and how, massive though it has become, Vans is still very much a family affair.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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Whenever the season changes, we like to catch up with men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes to get the inside scoop on what’s new for customers and what’s cool for our own closets.

Dan told us about several exciting online designer launches–Japanese brand Tomorrowland; wallets and bags from Common Projects; wallets and belts from Gucci–as well as newto-us brands available in-store only: Our LegacyStampd, Philip Lim, R13, Maison Margiela and Ovadia & Sons.

Those in-store brands are now available at Nordstrom locations in Seattle, Chicago, San Diego, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Contact your store to see exactly what’s there.

And read on for Dan’s take on key pieces by Moncler, ATM and Armani Collezioni.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE MEN’S DESIGNER INFO

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For Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans we partnered with Vans for an exclusive apparel collection for women and men, loosely based on the colors of our sneaker selection. We love the result and hope you do, too. In fact we were so impressed during the prototype-vetting process and seeing the finished products, we got Vans’ designer Vince Martinez on the horn to ask him about the collection piece by piece.

For this project, I was told it was a Pop-In Shop, which I was familiar with, so I got excited to do something extra creative. There weren’t strict parameters, just to tie back to the footwear and bring the design to life. It wasn’t a free-for-all, but I was allowed to do what I do. Usually I’m told, “Here’s your budget.” And I work with that. For this, there was no budget. I was like, OK, I’m just going to take everything to the next level: use the most expensive fabrics, work with the factories, make sure the hand-feel is good. All those things that I normally do, but I was able to give a lot more pushback.

–Vince Martinez

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

CLICK HERE FOR THE LOOKS AND Q&A

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We had our in-house aces at Studio N depict a few calculated style risks for the upcoming cold season, because sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.

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Style risk: the farmer cuff

The farmer cuff (no actual farming required) is absolutely trending. Wear it with no socks or no-show socks, always. This roughly six-inch cuff turns your regular pants into a pair of cropped pants. It’s a lot more successful with vintage-feeling, wide-leg styles.

Alternatively with dark denim or chinos, avoid the farmer cuff and do a clean double roll. Same goes with cargos. Speaking of: there’s a passé but vocal perception about cargo pants being corny, a Disneyland dad thing. Ignore that. The cargo pant is a classic. A small double roll works well with a thin cargo. Since there’s so much going on leg-wise already (the cargo pocket), it’s about keeping it sleek.

SHOP: vintage-wash jeans | cargos | adidas | jackets

CLICK HERE FOR MORE CUFF STUFF

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Our Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans Vans selection includes Old Skools and chukkas designed by our own Olivia Kim, a project she undertook with designer Alex Dymond. You’ll be able to tell which ones they are. They’re fuzzy.

Available for adults and kids, Olivia’s faux-shearling and velvet shoes aren’t available anywhere else on the planet except for Nordstrom. They are exclusive and “fashion” (Vans also exists in the fashion world now, if you didn’t know), but above all else, fun.

Here she speaks on Kurt Cobain, cringing when brands try too hard to be down with the kids and how getting her shoes clowned in fourth grade scarred her for life.

—Andrew Matson

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

READ THE Q&A

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We had our in-house aces at Studio N depict a few calculated style risks for the upcoming cold season, because sometimes it’s good to step outside your comfort zone.

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Style risk: work a chunky turtleneck sweater into your outfits.

Wear your chunky turtleneck (this really just means a heavier weight turtleneck sweater) with jeans and a casual coat. You should probably not wear your chunky turtleneck with a blazer: you might look like Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele. Frankly, it’s just not a modern look. But chunky turtleneck + jeans + casual coat = winner. And by casual coat we mean a work jacket, chore coat, utility jacket, anything boxy and slightly oversized so you don’t render your weighty knit an uncomfortable burden.

SHOP: all Vince | Vince utility jacket | all utility jacketsVince chunky turtleneck (live date September 15) | all turtlenecks | Acne turtleneck | Moncler turtleneck

CLICK HERE FOR MORE RISK MANAGEMENT

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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.

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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

CLICK HERE TO PARSE PATCHES

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