POP-IN@Nordstrom

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 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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Check out our video below, meant to inspire you to wrap with multiple papers. That’s right, multiple papers at the same dang time. And have you ever made a pinwheel? It’s fun and easy!

SHOP: Love, Pop-In@Nordstrom | Home & Paper

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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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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

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In conjunction with Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded – our Olivia Kim-curated shop running now through November 13 – we present this rough bandana guide. There are a million and one ways to wear a bandana. Here are five.

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The Neckerchief.

Fold the bandana into a triangle and simply knot it around the neck in the back (the way the guy above is wearing it). The techniques here are to either tie it close to your neck or leave the bandana looser so it hits further down your chest. Your call. Depends on how large you want the triangle to be.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | APPRVL bandanas

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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, Atelier & Repairs.

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As embedded in the fashion industry as Maurizio Donadi is—he’s worked for major brands and consults for several more—he’s ambivalent about it in general, questioning what it is and why it operates the way it does. Why so much mass-produced excess? And why so serious?

With Atelier & Repairs, he creates a unisex line in limited quantities where every piece is completely unique. Perhaps most characteristic of his approach are A&R’s vintage military pants, reinforced with fun/functional patchwork and artistic crotch gussets.

He spoke to us on the phone about the difference between transformation and production, his concept of “de-militarizing” military clothes and how he doesn’t ship internationally because he doesn’t want to burn airplane fuel.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Faded | Atelier & Repairs patchwork cargo pants Chamula boots

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ferg_polaroidImage courtesy Alexander Wang

We were working ahead, interviewing rapper and fashion designer A$AP Ferg for a top-secret future Pop-In shop, when he mentioned Alexander Wang with an anecdote we thought you might like to read now.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang

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During our editorial photo shoot for this Pop-In shop, we got to know supermodel Hanne Gaby Odiele and her then-fiancé John Swiatek (not a model, so he says). Both are core #wangsquad members, and, like everyone we worked with on Wang’s team, were super friendly and down-to-earth. They seemed a lot like us, except a few weeks later, their marriage ceremony was covered in Vogue.

As Hanne and John got their hair and makeup done, this is what they had to say about castles, Lil Wayne, skateboarding and having too much fun while working with their friend Alex.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang

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One way to appreciate the depth and breadth of what Alexander Wang has brought to the fashion game is to look at images from past runway shows.

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Way back in 2007, Joanna Rodger of Vogue praised his “combination of eighties hip-hop and seventies Parisian chic, channeling Run-D.M.C. and YSL simultaneously.” The fall/winter 2016 collection, available at our Pop-In shop, was deemed “slightly profane” and “a whole lot of fun” by Alyssa Vingan Klein for Fashionista. Here’s a look back at Wang, then to now.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang

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