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October 13, 2014

Monday, Monday

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Four days until Friday, friends.
Here’s an Annie Leibovitz picture of the great thinker, author, and activist Susan Sontag—in a bear suit.

There’s recycling (turning old paper into new paper, for example), and then there’s upcycling—taking one person’s garbage and transforming it into a new, improved and entirely different product.

Leading the way on the latter is Madrid-based ECOALF—a key part of Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR. Founded by Javier Goyeneche as a way to improve the world for future generations (‘ALF’ is short for ‘Alfredo,’ his son), the brand has developed groundbreaking ways to turn humankind’s garbage into clothing, shoes and accessories that not only look amazing, but feel extremely high-end to the touch.

Keep reading for a closer look at the exclusive prints we developed in collaboration with ECOALF, videos about their innovative upycling methods, and a Q&A with the brand’s founder.

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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.

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“I <3 the ocean!”

Image via Wave Tribe

October 10, 2014

Listen Up! Ty Segall

BOO! It’s that time of year again. Costumes, candy, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, scary movies—it’s October! And though it’s true the 31st is still a few weeks away, when we caught this new video from Ty Segall we couldn’t help but get just a little giddy about Halloween.

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The four friends behind Public Supply have a passion for design, an ardent belief in keeping art and music in schools—and a simple method for taking the guesswork out of giving back:

1) Buy one of their USA-made notebooks (25% of profits benefit public schools).
2) Check the batch number on the back.
3) Go to their website and match your number to the specific classroom on the receiving end of your good deed.

Once there, you’ll find a precise breakdown of the supplies you helped fund (ranging from printer ink to sheet music to robotics kits). But the best part has to be the heartfelt words of gratitude typed up by each dedicated teacher, explaining the cognitive value of their new teaching tools and just how ecstatic his or her students will be.

Keep reading to see eight of our favorite thank-you notes—plus a Q&A with Public Supply cofounder Russell Daiber.

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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.
Jeff Powell