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On the other side of the globe as well as in your own kitchen, our friends at Pioneer Square Pantry—part of Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—are improving the world through food.

When you invite their quaint and functional coasters, aprons and placemats into your home, you’re not only supporting a small business that builds connections across oceans and industries (the items we’re carrying are an exclusive collaboration with a design studio in Japan)—you’re also creating a reminder for yourself to slow down and savor life’s quiet moments and simple pleasures.

Keep reading for a Q&A with Eva Soroken and Kylen McCarthy, the creative culinary duo behind the brand—plus mouthwatering, edible inspiration from Chef Kylen.

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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up her OK’d by O.K. product picks, inspiration and things she’s super in love with right now.


Brother Vellies Black Springbok Vellie Boot

“This shoe adds a punch to ANY outfit. How chic would it be with just a white tee and jeans?!”


Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up her OK’d by O.K. product picks, inspiration and things she’s super in love with right now.


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“I am totally crushing on Lauren Bush and what she is doing with this line. Proceeds from this bag alone will provide 300 meals for children in Kenya.”

The Brother Vellies springbok boots pictured above—part of our TMRW TGTHR Pop-In Shop—represent not one, but multiple acts of good karma. They create solid jobs for the skilled artisans who handcraft them in South Africa. They offer additional income for farmers providing the hides. They put materials to good use that would otherwise go to waste. They provide a consumer like you with high-quality footwear that will last for years. And, perhaps most importantly, they share a cross-continental story about people’s lives and cultures, which might otherwise go untold.

Keep reading to see more photos that Brother Vellies founder Aurora James (along with her stylish friends and their adorable offspring) shot just for us—and to hear Aurora’s thoughts on growing up in Canada, listening to your mother and the evolving definition of what it means to help people in need.

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Now that Fashion Week has come to an end, our final Fashion Week story this season highlights all the got-to-have-them shoes on the feet of the industry’s most stylish ladies. It’s a thing we like to do. Click a pair to shop these showstoppers right now.

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Photos by Crystal Nicodemus.
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With Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR, curator Olivia Kim and team discovered dozens of ways we can all help make the world a better place: Feed the hungry by buying a handbag. Plant flowers with the flick of the wrist. You can even support the fabric of American manufacturing by purchasing a handmade, high-quality power strip.

Regarding that last point, we navigated the boat-lined north edge of Seattle’s Lake Union to visit the modest production facility of Conway Electric—a brand led by a man who quit his day job in order to build a better extension cord. Keep reading for a Q&A with founder Kevin Faul about industrial design, leaps of faith and the power of American ingenuity.

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October 3, 2014

Listen Up! Yelle

You guys, Fashion Month is over. Even though we know there are editors, bloggers, models and photographers (including one dear-to-our-hearts Global Trend Reporter) who haven’t slept in their own beds in weeks (and are probably SO ready to do just that), we’d be lying if we said we weren’t shedding a wee tear or two at the thought of all the sartorial spectacle being over.

That’s why we got so excited when we happened upon this video for the title track from French electro-pop band Yelle’s latest release, Complètement Fou.

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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

“Sticking with my black theme: How CUUUHUTE are these baby big cats?! Could you imagine snuggling with one of them?!”

Whether it’s Lady Gaga or Iris Apfel, some of our favorite icons have rocked Alexis Bittar. Now, in a unique collaboration, the provocative designer is featuring a special selection of limited-edition editorial pieces from his collections over the years. From a crystal mask designed for Gaga to a Deco-inspired bib necklace, these creations represent Bittar’s unpredictable take on jewelry, and his unique fusion of art, fashion and downtown club kid sensibilities. The Thread chatted with Bittar about his influences, artistic references and covetable pieces.

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“These pieces are true editorial and way more influenced by the runway. They’re really art,” he explains.

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As Paris Fashion Week wraps up, we’re looking back on a packed show schedule and busily assessing the looks we’ve fallen head over heels in love with. Here is our definitive guide to the key trends and major ideas we think will be influencing the way you’ll want to dress next spring.

1. ’60s / ’70s

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