POP-IN@Nordstrom

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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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World’s easiest pop quiz:

Q: What does Pop-In@Nordstrom model Hanne Gaby Odiele wear to report for duty at the Alexander Wang show?

A: A couple of the raddest pieces from our just-opened Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang shop, of course.

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Hanne in Alexander Wang’s pierced wool and angora blend rugby with the Lyndon boot (Girls tights coming soon!)
All images by Michael Yuri Chard 

We caught up with the Belgium-born model on Saturday afternoon at her agency, where we traded a few questions and answers before she headed to Manhattan’s Pier 54 for the big show.

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Our own Olivia Kim and Alexander Wang go way back to 2006, when Olivia was the buyer at Opening Ceremony. Wang came through the door with a rolling garment bag, trying to sell some sweaters like a young rapper hustling a demo tape. The next year he crashed the fashion establishment, commencing his ongoing run of spectacular runway shows and game-changing designs.

On the phone – Olivia in Seattle at her office; Alex at his studio in NYC – the two caught up about business, nightlife and approaching fashion as 360-degree storytelling.

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Alexander Wang

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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.

–Andrew Matson

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

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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.

–Vince Martinez

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

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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.

—Andrew Matson

SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom x Vans

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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?

Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Out: interview with Rory Fuerst, Jr. of Keen Uneek.

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).

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Eradicating global poverty might seem unreachable—but Cotopaxi founder and CEO Davis Smith can scale mountains.

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“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

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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?

Pop-In@Nordstrom Gets Out: interview with Benji Wagner of Poler Stuff.

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.)

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