POP-In @ Nordstrom

popinopeningceremonygiftguideLuckily for your recipients, you’ve decided to do some holiday shopping this year with Pop-In@Nordstrom–our experimental shop curated by Olivia Kim. Good idea! They’ll love our current collaboration with iconic NYC fashion brand Opening Ceremony.

But wait, there’s more.

The current shop just underwent a holiday refresh. Which means Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony is still in full effect but now also includes: boards for hovering; avocados for skincaretribbles for ears—and so many other fun choices.

We know there is a tendency for holiday shopping to overwhelm. See through the Matrix and gain Neo-like clarity with our gift guide, represented by the hyperlinks below:

Stocking Stuffers
The Gadget Getter
The Young at Heart
The Home Chef

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For the second season in a row, we’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving. New this year: the Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony Holiday Shop edition. 

If Brian Paquette, principal designer of Seattle-based Brian Paquette Interiors, could only handpick all of the elements of every room … well, on the entire planet … we’re pretty positive global productivity, happiness and general good vibes would skyrocket. The Newport, Rhode Island, native has a knack for layering steel with coal, surprise with serenity, and pop culture with classic ideas about what makes a room—and a home, and a workplace—a haven. Can’t fathom gutting the whole joint and starting from scratch right yet? Check out Paquette’s new textile and wallpaper line, and then check out his spot-on thoughts about cashmere, candlesticks and wrapping them all up in style.



Taking a Page from OC | Listen Up!

opening ceremony

This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand. Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop.

miapolaroidOC cofounder Humberto Leon with M.I.A.

Maybe you first heard about Opening Ceremony while Googling Omarion’s varsity jacket in the music video for “Post To Be”?

Or maybe you know music has always been a vital entry point into the brand.

Here are some key OC/music connections from the Opening Ceremony book, with tracks from individual artists.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony

Dance party this way….


opening ceremony

This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand.

Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop. Dive into the book below. 

jonzeleonOne of the coolest aspects of the book Opening Ceremony is a pull-out zine created by Academy Award–winning director Spike Jonze. Jonze is a friend of OC and one of the brand’s many artistic collaborators, a theme we explored in our first installment of Taking a Page from OC.

Jonze uses the zine to get at the origins of Opening Ceremony—cofounded in 2002 by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim—by interviewing Wendy Leon, one of the matriarchs of the company.

Read on for excerpts and family photos galore.

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony



The Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony is a 350-page pastel-striped encyclopedia of retail, style and general amazingness chronicling the first 10 years of Humberto Leon and Carol Lim’s modern marvel. In a series we’re calling Taking a Page from OC, we’re sharing our favorite elements of the best stories found inside.


From Opening Ceremony, published by Rizzoli

Some might say you can’t improve on Keds or Pendleton—or The Muppets for Miss Piggy’s sake, but those people haven’t seen what Leon and Lim and team did with the brands. While part of OC’s genius has been introducing lesser-known brands and unknown artisans to the popular fashion lexicon, another aspect has been taking a proven formula and giving it a boost of colorful charm, unexpected dimension and a new way to relate to and experience an established icon.



We partied last night. So forgive us our photosensitivity.

The Physics perform at Hotel Max for Nordstrom Night Out

To celebrate the launch of our new Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony, records were spun, and mini hot dogs, sliders and ahi tacos were consumed. The third floor of our Seattle store became the happiest place in town, for hours on end, as shoppers explored the treasures contained within the vinyl-curtained Pop-In space created by the industrial designer Max Lamb.

Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony

In addition to kooky-cute clothing from Opening Ceremony’s 2016 resort collection, the new temporary store-within-a-store hosts jewelry by Venessa Arizaga, Master & Dynamic headphones, Alix bodysuits and Nicopanda terry jackets and pants. Your holiday shopping just met its match. Consider this gift-central for the next two months—that is, if you want to be an unparalleled elf.



As you may know, Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony is the next evolution of our constantly changing store within a store, an experiment curated by VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. The shop is live now and includes clothes and gifts.

For more on that story we direct you to this article in WWD. The venerable outlet comes correct with history and context.

Writer Sharon Edelson says this particular joining seemed inevitable, since Olivia was the first employee at Opening Ceremony back in 200. She helped bring the now-iconic New York City store and brand to its current prominence, before joining Nordstrom in 2012.

Says OC co-founder Carol Lim about Olivia:

“When she moved to Nordstrom, the scope of [her job] seemed like a natural fit for Opening Ceremony. Nordstrom has been a longtime partner with the Opening Ceremony brand. It felt like a nice merging of the two companies and our relationships.”

Also in the article: Olivia mentions upcoming partnerships with Danish home brand Hay, the Italian Trade Commission and the return of the men’s streetwear/lifestyle Pop-In, Heartbreakers Part 2.

Stay tuned, y’all!

Shop: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony


Everyone starts somewhere, and Olivia Kim’s first job in retail was in 2003 as Employee #1 at Opening Ceremony. From there, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim and our VP of Creative Projects basically set the standard for what would become the most important riff in modern fashion: introduce Designer A to Designer B, and let their collaboration take the product to a whole new place.

opening ceremony


The Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony

As we kick off Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony, we also kick off a series we’re calling Taking a Page from OC, in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page, pastel-striped encyclopedia of retail, style and general amazingness—to bring you the stories of how these friends cross-pollinated a literal world of cool stuff and grew their very own empire.



Just a week to go before last call on our favorite versions of iconic life essentials, so here’s a list of top five of get-’em-before-they’re-gone brands from Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classicsbecause what’s a call to action without a proper guide? Custom logos, shades with history, embroidered button-ups that look better on her than him… All good things may come to an end, sure, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out looking like a winner.

Arc'teryx Beta jacket: Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics.

1. Arc’teryx

Known far and wide as the leader in serious performance gear, Vancouver, BC-based Arc’teryx can add superior fit, minimalist design and loads of cool new technologies to their long list of noteworthy trademarks. But if you’re going to zip into one of their impeccably assembled designs, it should definitely be these his-and-hers Beta LT jackets.

Arc'teryx: Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics.

Get ready to geek out over the out-of-this-world Beta—we’re talking helmet-accommodating StormHoods™, breathable Gore-Tex®, an ergonomic three-dimensional fit and WaterTight zippers. (Now with 100% more custom-designed Pop-In logos!)



As you’ve probably heard, we’ve been rounding up our favorite versions of iconic life essentials for Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics, and really, what’s more timeless than denim?

Vale denim skirt and shirt. Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics.

vale denim shirt and skirt

We had the pleasure of trading missives with creative directors (and bonafide jeaniuses) over at vale and Cartel Handbags for more insight on this perennial favorite—and how these bosses are fraying the denim standard.


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