Men’s Fashion

More Magic: KENZO x Kahlil Joseph

Parisian fashion house KENZO is back with another extremely artistic short film directed by Kahlil Joseph, whose work you know from Lemonade. The film presents an engaging story you’ll have to complete with your own imagination, starring Tracee Ellis Ross, Jesse Williams, Kelsy Lu and Ishmael Butler. Butler also provides music (you know him from Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces).

Family friendly warning: there are a few swears.

Commercial tie-in: the video shows some aspects of our current KENZO selection for women and men, such as the triangular Bermuda print and lo-fi concert flier graphics.

SHOP: KENZO

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Scene Snaps: New York, Part Five

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17, from our Global Trend Reporter Kristin Yamada.

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There’s nothing like an upcoming trip to help you edit your wardrobe–especially when the destination is Fashion Week. With that in mind, our friends are thinking carefully and packing right.

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Nordstrom Senior Producer Thig Gishuru is about to attend his first Fashion Weeks ever—check for his work on our Instagram channel and here on The Thread. He’s thinking about footwear. And the fact that he doesn’t speak French.

On his way out the door to New York (starts February 9) and Paris (starts February 28), here’s what he said about what he’s bringing.

The Thread: Where is your head at vis-à-vis packing for Fashion Week? What’s your thought process? 

Thig Gishuru: Packing for New York is always interesting because I’m usually out all day in different social situations. Especially on this trip, I might not get to change clothes in between things I’m doing. I’m packing for warmth, comfort and style—and hope the three blend together. For Paris, I’ve never been there before. In general I’m expecting cold, bright days and long nights.  

SHOP: Ray-Ban sunglasses | Public School pants* | OUR LEGACY jacket* (most of our current OUR LEGACY selection is available online)

*available in stores or by phone; inquire at 1 (888) 282-6060

WHAT ELSE THIG IS PACKING

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Did you read our Senior Fashion Director Shannon Schafer in GQ? She was speaking about bomber jackets among a panel of menswear experts, discussing different brands, shapes and colors. An excerpt:

“The bomber jacket trend started with ’90s throwback colors of black and olive for us. Fashion colors quickly gained momentum and now burgundy is our top-selling color.”

You’ll want to read the rest of her entry here.

And while we’re at it: did you read GQ‘s Raf Simons interview? It’s a riveting Q&A with the legendary Belgian designer—and relatedly, our new Adidas by Raf Simons Stan Smith and Ozweego styles are some of the coolest sneakers on the planet. They go great with bomber jackets, too.

SHOP: bomber jackets

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Wear Your Heart Everywhere

At one point in your life you were all about the anti-Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day. Commercially motivated romance was a fraud to be avoided at all costs—even red traffic lights made you avert your course during the month of February.

Then you met your sweetheart—your child, sig other or dear friend—and you couldn’t help gushing, just a little.

To help you show your emotions, we rounded up the coolest, heartiest (as in bearing hearts) Valentine’s Day gifts. But none of these are so sappy as to cause nausea. Even the teenagers on your list will approve.

WEAR YOUR HEART EVERYWHERE: SHOP THESE GIFTS

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animalstyleAnimals are everywhere in fashion for women, men and kids. Perhaps you’ve noticed. Is it the Gucci effect? An aspect of a wider maximalist trend? Increasingly web-based humans yearning for a return to nature?

Regardless, we are seeing more animals depicted on clothes and accessories than ever before. And while we must shout out PUSS PUSS, the leading cat/fashion magazine, clearly designers are now letting the dogs out. And tigers, pandas and deer.

Check out seven brands below featuring animals in creative and exciting ways.

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SHOP: Givenchy Bambi tee

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Situation: You’re stepping out and need to look great. Good is not good enough. But you don’t want to go full formal. You will ask yourself: How to dress up without wearing a suit?

001_regularSHOP: velvet blazers | graphic tees | skinny trousers loafers

The big idea in this and the following looks is to mix suiting elements with stuff you’d wear normally. Make this casualized concept part of your personal style. Keep in mind dark colors can be a shortcut to elevated style, and be sure your jacket and shoes are always on point.

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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

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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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

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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