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.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans
SEE THE SHOES AND READ ALL ABOUT THEM
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.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans
CLICK HERE FOR THE LOOKS AND Q&A
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.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans
READ THE Q&A
We’re celebrating long, post-summer-solstice days with Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Out—your go-to mercantile for nature provisions from all the best brands. And what better way to welcome a season of camping, glamping and road-tripping than with a cool new pen pal from the almighty Keen?
SHOP: Keen Uneek
The innovative, eco-conscious footwear brand has been hitting the ground running since 2003, and we were lucky enough to trade missives with Rory Fuerst, Jr.—creator of the increasingly covetable Keen Uneek line (just ask the Tokyo street-style set).
STEP TO IT
Eradicating global poverty might seem unreachable—but Cotopaxi founder and CEO Davis Smith can scale mountains.
“One of my earliest memories is from the Dominican Republic. My family moved there when I was four and I remember seeing children my age on the street who were completely naked. It was the first time I’d seen anything like that, and it just shocked me. I mean, I can’t even describe to you how I felt.” LET’S CLIMB
We’re celebrating long, post-summer-solstice days with Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Out—your go-to mercantile for nature provisions from all the best brands. And what better way to welcome a season of camping, glamping and road-tripping than with a cool new pen pal who built a company and ethos (#campvibes forever) around feeling the pulse of the great outdoors?
Meet Benji Wagner, co-founder and creative director of Poler Stuff. This Portland-based purveyor of all things adventurous has been bridging the gap between action sports and traditional outdoor activities since 2010 with “the world’s highest standard of stuff” and amazing strokes of genius like the Napsack. (Seriously, get it—it’s like a Snuggie for the wild.)
READ THE MINI SESH
Ready to celebrate long, post-solstice days in the great outdoors? We’ve pulled some of our favorite (and ultra-useful) provisions from our new Pop-In Shop so you can hit the open road, climb every mountainside or glamp like a champ with the best wilderness gear and down-with-nature home goods.
Time to pack it up and pack it down.
THE 6 THINGS YOU NEED IF YOU’RE GOING…
Perhaps like us, you are a fan of Rihanna. In that case you have probably noticed she has been dropping new music lately including this banger with Mike Will, “Nothing Is Promised.” But did you notice that while promoting the jam on Instagram, she hit the dab in the club while wearing one of our hats?
Image via Apluss
The specific hat is by Terrible Records, our musical partner for Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil—the sun/swim shop curated by Olivia Kim running now until June 26. When you’re done turning up in the club and want to chill out at the beach, listen to Terrible’s custom playlist for the Pop-In below.
SHOP: Terrible hat | Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO OUR TERRIBLE BEACH MIX
ONIA halter swimsuit
What’s going on back there? In coordination with Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil, this month’s sun/swim edition of our themed shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim, our stylists offer wisdom about the back/booty sides of four key women’s swimsuits.
The drop one-piece (seen above) has made a comeback and is the must-have suit of the season. It’s sexy while also providing coverage. The drop in back tends to minimize your lower half. This fit is also easily worn for a night out with shorts or a skirt.
CLICK HERE FOR THE REST OF THE FIT GUIDE
Need inspiration for a beach vacation? Here’s a free idea: travel to Asia. Since she’s the expert on the topic, we talked to Lost Guides: Bali author Anna Chittenden about her top ten Asian beaches.
Lost Guides is a stylishly offbeat travel guide and can be found in-store-only as part of Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil, our sun/swim shop curated by Olivia Kim, running now through June 26.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil
CLICK HERE FOR THE LIST