POP-IN@Nordstrom

The 2017 series of Pop-Ins at Nordstrom begins with three shops featuring the exciting cultures of Korean fashion and style, curated by Olivia Kim. To start: Gentle Monster, the youthful Korean sunglasses company with a penchant for artistic storytelling.

Beyond making fantastic sunglasses, a big part of the Gentle Monster brand is creative store design. You don’t just inhabit a Gentle Monster retail zone; you get a rich offline experience. We knew they’d do something special for our Pop-In Shops—and they did.

We went straight to the source to learn more, asking Renee Kim, Gentle Monster Associate Space Designer, about the seemingly somber concept behind our joint shops and the meanings behind the Korean materials she used.

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SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster

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The 2017 series of Pop-Ins at Nordstrom begins with three shops featuring the exciting cultures of Korean fashion and style, curated by Olivia Kim. To start: Gentle Monster, the youthful Korean sunglasses company with a penchant for artistic storytelling.

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We love the bold, fun designs of Gentle Monster sunglasses, but one thing that’s really intriguing to us is how the Gentle Monster stores—which started five years ago in Seoul and spread through Asia before coming to the U.S.—are basically standalone modern art exhibits. Whether or not you purchase anything, you leave feeling enriched like you went to a museum.

We spoke with Anthony Bae, Gentle Monster head interior designer, to ask one main question about two especially interesting spaces in Seoul and one in Shanghai: What’s the story behind these stores?

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster

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The 2017 series of Pop-Ins at Nordstrom begins with three shops featuring the exciting cultures of Korean fashion and style, curated by Olivia Kim. To start: Gentle Monster, the youthful Korean sunglasses company with a penchant for artistic storytelling. 

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Gentle Monster sunglasses are striking, but the whole idea of the company is intriguing: a brand that’s trying to decorate your face as well as mess with your mind. The origin story is unusual too. It all deserves a proper introduction, so we broke it down with Taye Yun, Gentle Monster U.S. VP of Communications.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Gentle Monster

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We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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By Rajni Jacques and Brittany Adams for Elle

Photographer: Andy Ryan; prop stylist: Vanessa Barrantes; hair and makeup: Jezz Hill

Fear not, procrastinators! If you haven’t begun holiday shopping yet, there’s still time to find the perfect present for everyone on your list. We enlisted our supercool Vice President of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim—and her adorable French bulldog, Spy–for a lesson in one-stop shopping. “Spy is my secret weapon,” says Kim. “He’s a distinguished older gentleman who knows what he’s looking for and goes straight for it!”

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We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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Homemade sweaters as gifts tend to evoke the same disdain as a sticky brick of fruitcake. We envision handcrafted knitwear as ill-fitting and scratchy, in musty-colored yarn with multihued crocheted granny squares. But the ladies of Loopy Mango, a couture knitting company, have managed to shed this tired cliché with their trademark megachunky yarns and knitting kits. Dyed in candy pastels and brights, their woolly products yield creations that look like high-fashion cocoons.

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A shawl from the Loopy Mango Merino No. 5 knit kit now at Nordstrom.

Waejong Kim and Anna Pulvermakher, the effervescent duo at the helm of Loopy Mango, merged their love for fashion and art with the DIY movement. Fashion devotees with a fondness for anything one of a kind, they’ve spent time on both coasts, curating eclectic goods for boutiques that combine vintage with new, practical with precious. Their love for needlework eventually led from establishing a small yarn section to a massive yarn line, which has appeared in Vogue and been used by knitting circles around the world. The whimsically large accessories even caught the eye of the late roving fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, a day the Loopy ladies call “a life highlight.”

We spoke with Anna about Loopy Mango’s macro-gauge designs, her favorite TV shows to knit to, their celebrity fans and tips for new knitters who may pick up one of their super-popular knitting kits–the Merino No. 5 is now available in our new Pop-In shop.

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We each have our own different holiday traditions, but we all wrap gifts. This year we hope to inspire you to get creative and put your heart into it – and to take care of everyone on your list at Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, our holiday shop curated by Olivia Kim.

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Pop-In@Nordstrom is our constantly changing themed shop curated by Olivia Kim. This holiday season it’s a gift shop with an attitude of gratitude. 

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love4Congratulations! We are almost done with this bonkers year. Now let’s finish on a positive note.

Please visit our holiday-themed Pop-In shop, Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom, and share what you’re thankful for. Then look for your message to appear on one of the ornaments on the page. Use Pop-In@Nordstrom to spread love.

Don’t get us wrong, gifts are great – essential, even – but we also want to focus on what’s really important this time of year. Sometimes you have to say it out loud. And by sharing, hopefully you’ll inspire others to share, too. 

The more the merrier.

SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom

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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, Bonum.

bonumoneLess a brand and more a workshop with a storefront, Bonum makes and remakes beautiful jeans every day, sometimes blending their own new denim with vintage denim in the same jean, with options for repairs and bespoke pieces if you visit the shop in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Product development manager Jun Kobayashi organizes all that making. He began his denim days with indigo dye experiments in college. Later he worked at the Kapital denim factory, cutting and sewing near Kojima Station in Okayama.

On Skype, he schooled us on the significance of Okayama in Japanese denim (it’s hype), the availability of vintage American bandanas in Japan (unavailable) and details about styles we’re carrying.

Thank you to Bonum store manager Terumasa Ikuta for translating during our chat.

SHOP: Bonum | Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded

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