Krochet Kids is much more than adorable hats (although they certainly do have those). It’s an innovative, socially responsible nonprofit that operates on the simple principle that a handout only goes so far.
It starts by offering impoverished women in Uganda and Peru a steady job; for many, this represents the first time they can confidently feed and care for their families. While earning a fair wage for skillfully crafting Krochet Kids hats and apparel, the women also take classes and meet with mentors, building knowledge that helps them to save wisely, invest and even start their own businesses.
KK sums it up in one powerful word: Empowerment. Keep reading to learn more, including the success stories of five inspiring women and how you can personally thank the exact woman who made your item.
As much fun as we have building our Pop-In Shops on the Internet each month, you haven’t had the full experience until you’ve “popped in” (see what we did there?) to a real-life Pop-In@Nordstrom—i.e., offline and hands-on, at one of eight Nordstrom stores.
It’s the only way to fully grasp how unique the treasures are that Olivia Kim (our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator) searches far and wide for. Keep reading for a look inside our latest shop—TMRW TGTHR, a collection of goods that do good—and to find the participating Nordstrom location nearest you.
“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.
“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”
One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).
Vogue, W—and now Elle? We’d like to congratulate our own Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects and curator of our rotating, themed Pop-In Shops, with a metaphysical high-five for being featured in this month’s issue of Elle, on newsstands now.
In the two-page profile, Elle calls our colleague “the tattooed poster child for cool” and praises her point of view as “a woman in a position to change the way millions of Americans shop.” For her part, Olivia offers tips on office attire (such as mixing tulle skirts with menswear-inpired button-downs), shows off her shoe collection (which ranges from Prada and Miu Miu to Crocs, Docs and Jordans) and previews our next Pop-In@Nordstrom—a collection of sustainable and socially responsible pieces that launches in mid-September.
Read the full story at Elle.com, and pick up a hard copy for your coffee table (just look for K.Stew on the cover):
Olivia Kim—our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator—hopped a plane to Los Angeles last week to share cocktails and conversation with our new friends at L.A. boutique/gallery Poketo.
The casual soirée took place at The Line Hotel, a chic new spot in Koreatown (K-Town for short) that boasts a mini Poketo shop nestled conveniently in its lobby. Olivia—along with Poketo founders Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan, their staff and a bevy of artistic acquaintances—gathered in a posh suite to admire one another’s work, talk art and design, and enjoy more than a couple laughs.
Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a Seattle-based design partnership comprising Dylan Davis and Jean Lee. Refined yet playful, minimal yet imaginative, the duo’s functional art is invariably easy on the eyes. And—with four handcrafted glass/brass/wood/leather wind chimes designed exclusively for Pop-In @ Nordstrom Welcomes Poketo—it’s pleasing to the ears as well.
Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Jean—and to see more photos from our visit to Ladies & Gentlemen’s Seattle home/studio.
Our latest Pop-In shop, guest-curated by L.A. boutique/gallery Poketo, contains only sparse smatterings of apparel amidst a bevy of home goods and curious objects. If any clothing line could sit logically alongside the rainbow robots and functional octahedrons that shape Poketo’s aesthetic, though, it would have to be the innately wearable mash-up of midcentury modern and the Internet age known as Dusen Dusen.
Keep reading for a Q&A with Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen, accompanied by a Dusen Dusen lookbook that was shot exclusively for The Thread.
Leah and Billy, the couple and creative duo behind Baleen jewelry, are conduits for well-made, understated objects. A standard of thoughtfulness in their cost-efficient designs renders them unique against most affordable jewelry. Splitting their time between Seattle and Maui, the pair’s sense of balance seems inherent and is conveyed in their minimalist approach.
Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Leah—and to see more photos from our visit to their Seattle home/studio, where each piece is assembled by hand.
For our latest Pop-In Shop, Olivia Kim (Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In @ Nordstrom curator) invited her favorite Los Angeles boutique/gallery, Poketo, to collaborate on a unique selection of home goods, jewelry, stationery and more. From “reclaimed branch” colored pencils to an award-winning tea kettle, we think you’ll love these functional objects designed to provide “art for your everyday” (as Poketo itself so eloquently put it).
Keep reading for a Q&A between Olivia Kim and Poketo’s founders, Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung—who caught up with Olivia on the phone to chat about L.A., art and eating slugs.