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.
Less 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.
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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If there was one trend that the Fashion Week fold universally embraced this fall (for Spring 2017—yeah, it’s confusing), it was denim. And that’s not as dull as it sounds. Current denim trends include a multitude of styles that open the door to personal interpretation. It’s tempting to say that if you wear any cut with confidence, you’re in vogue. But there are a few ground rules to consider.
Image by Indigital Images
We spoke with Nordstrom Styling Director and our jean therapist Ruth Basloe about this season’s hot styles. She gave us some tips for wearing the trends now.
WHAT’S NEW ON THE JEANS SCENE
We spoke with Khloé Kardashian and her cofounder and friend Emma Grede about their denim collection, Good American, which comes in sizes 0 to 24, how social media is changing body ideals, Rihanna as a denim icon and Instagram blocking.
Why create a denim line?
Khloé Kardashian: I’ve always thought there’s been something missing from the denim industry. Whenever I buy new jeans it’s hard for me to find a pair that fits my body type, and even when I do, I always need alterations. I knew if I’ve had this problem, there must be tons of other girls who do too.
Emma Grede: We started Good American because we want women’s shopping experiences to embrace the new body ideal. It’s just crazy that we still have plus sizes and are splitting up friends who go shopping together into different departments based on their size.
MORE THAN JUST GOOD (KARDASHIAN) JEANS: READ MORE
Jessica Alba is a busy lady. Between her acting career, devoted parenting of two daughters and running the Honest Company, her business of earth-friendly, non-toxic household products, she still somehow finds time to lend her entrepreneurial and fashion savvy to collaborations.
For example, this fall, Alba is the face and toned body of a denim collection for DL1961. It’s a partnership that strikes one as sincere. Both Alba and DL1961 favor environmentally conscious practices and technological innovation. DL1961’s fits, too, flatter a curvaceous figure; Alba is famed for her own.
We spoke with the actress turned entrepreneur about denim’s enduring appeal and her favorite way to style her jeans, the go-to uniform of ladies on the go.
HOW JESSICA DOES JEANS: READ MORE
Images courtesy PAIGE
Launching in sync with our justifiably famous Anniversary Sale (early access ongoing now) is PAIGE jeans for men, the division of the California brand that, especially for men, targets the sweet spot between fashion and comfort.
We jumped on the phone with Paige Adams-Geller, the Paige behind PAIGE, to talk about her brand’s evolution over the years. She has a unique history with Nordstrom—and just a unique history, period, finishing high school at 16 in Alaska, jumping straight into the fast life of NYC modeling, singing in bands in bars. The conversation even got a little existential from a professional standpoint, touching on one difficulty about which we can all relate:
When you’re good at a lot of things, how do you narrow down your options and focus on a career path?
SHOP: PAIGE Jeans for men
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“I just put on a pair to do quality control,” says designer Rachel Comey of her new Frisco shoes. “It’s this crepe-soled shoe that’s an alternative to an espadrille. You can wear it everywhere. It’s very comfortable but fun.”
We are talking about the Rachel Comey pre-fall collection: what’s new, what’s returning, how her 15-year-old brand has evolved and continues to. Presently Comey seems to have found her niche in comfortably cool designs. Her shoes have developed a cult following (staples like the Mars bootie and the Calder pump in particular). Denim styles, like her near-essential Legion jean, also regularly appear on the practical but chic street-style starlets.
“For the first 10 years of my career, I was intimidated by denim,” says Comey. “But what is great is that you can experiment with it but it is all so wearable. However you wash, dye or cut it, you will still get some use out of it; it still has a utilitarian feel.”
This season, Comey branched out into black denim for the first time. No doubt her Legion jeans in this fabric will catch on with her devotees. She’s also added a brocade to hems on her Fracture jeans, and extended her use of the floral fabric to jackets and accessories. It adds a lush element to a collection that seems inspired by both the prairie and the city.
BEHIND THE SCENES WITH RACHEL COMEY: READ MORE
Embracing his entrepreneurial spirit and Midwestern attitude, designer Matt Baldwin of Baldwin has disrupted the fashion game by creating American denim smack dab in the middle of the heartland.
Photographs by Ryan Strong
Baldwin is Kansas City: it’s durable, it’s industrious, it’s modern. With exceptional classics and seasonless staples, this KC-based brand is poised to put its community on the map as a fashion force. Step aside, Brooklyn cool.
KC—the City of Fountains—is revered for sports, the arts and its absurdly good barbecue—wait-in-an-hourlong-line-outside-a-gas-station good. That good. The popular Power & Light District is a nightlife hot spot, Westport is a low-key favorite and the Plaza always makes for a great day of shopping (with a stop at Baldwin, of course).
We chatted with Matt about creating a clothing company, the perfect pair of jeans and living in the barbecue capital of the world.
SEE MATT’S KC PICKS AND BALDWIN CLOTHES INSIDE THE CITY’S PREMIER ART GALLERY
Mei Kawajiri is into fingernails the way Michelangelo was into marble muscles. Trained in Japan and currently making house calls to some of New York’s most illustrious bloggers, It girls and fashion photographers, Mei has taken full advantage of the nail art renaissance that fortuitously coincided with her arrival in the States.
Wielding a whisper-thin brush and some techie tools you might be surprised to find in your manicurist’s bag (hello, 3D printing pen), Mei offers clients a unique avant-garde art that includes not only an astounding range of freehand illustration but also encompasses the mind-boggling subgenre of nail sculpture—all done on a miniature, moving canvas.
Mei (Instagram @CiaoManhattan2012) has collaborated with Google on finger-themed art for the Android watch (she cheerily points out that when she’s not making art on nails, she’s making art about nails), runway nails for the Nicopanda Fall 2016 show and now she’s lending her talent to the in-store launches of AGOLDE denim at Nordstrom. Impeccable tailoring underpins the artful laid-back vibe of the LA-designed-and-made jeans, making them the perfect pair for the awesomely proficient and gracious Mei.
We chatted with the charming celebrity manicurist at the AGOLDE launch event at our Michigan Avenue store about her tips for keeping your nail art fresh for weeks, her Magic 8 Ball trend predictions and more.
What was the first piece of nail art you did?
I painted fingers on my own nails. 🙂
What is your least favorite nail trend?
I know people love it, but the classic French manicure is just not my cup of tea. I think it makes nails look shorter!
MANICURE ADVICE AND THE AGOLDE x MEI EVENT SCHEDULE
Skinny jeans and leggings have dominated the fashion and music scenes for over a decade. But just as the pendulum swings, so does the pant leg. Volume was bound to bounce back on denim hems. In recent seasons, we’ve been noticing an abundance of flare jeans on the streets of the world’s most fashionable cities. Here are some of our favorite looks, along with shopping and styling tips.
SHOP: flare jeans
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