Ryan Babenzien and Nick Wooster at Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre
Brand new to Nordstrom is GREATS, the exciting Brooklyn-based sneaker brand shaking up the American luxury market, led by Ryan Babenzien. Perhaps you know the Babenzien family name because Ryan’s brother Brendon was the creative director of Supreme, the defining streetwear brand. Now it’s the other Babenzien’s turn to influence style.
Ryan is a visionary, pushing GREATS into the fashion consciousness with ambassador/consultant Nick Wooster at his side—a must-follow menswear icon—and designing with an open-source philosophy about silhouettes. He makes sure GREATS is competitive with other luxury brands (made in Italy with premium leathers) but sells at a lower price point. GREATS generally sells direct and does not wholesale its product—our partnership is an exception.
We just launched GREATS as a limited run in all our Canadian stores. They’re also available by phone: 1.877.794.5304*. You might want to place that order now; our initial buy will sell out.
Check out our interview with Ryan Babenzien below about his background, his business and his brother—and learn where the name GREATS came from in the first place.
*We ship free nationally. International orders are subject to customs and shipping fees.
CLICK HERE TO READ THE Q&A
Last year about this time, we chatted with Alex Chantecaille, vice president of sales and promotions for Chantecaille, about her company’s work to protect the wolves of Yellowstone National Park and her travels to Istanbul. It’s been another busy year for Alex.
We spent some time learning about Chantecaille’s newest endeavor to support conservation and hearing about her favorite places from her extensive, enviable travel calendar. Catch up with Alex, pick up a few new beauty secrets and learn more about the new Protect the Lions Collection, from which 5% of proceeds will be donated to Lion Guardians in Africa.
SEE OUR CHAT WITH ALEX CHANTECAILLE
More than a makeup mogul renowned for her artistry, Trish McEvoy is also a master innovator. She started her company back in the ’70s when, unable to find makeup tools she liked, she hand-cut artists’ brushes into the shapes needed for perfect application. Women and artists around the globe took note when she started manufacturing those brilliant brushes, and her business was born. Today, McEvoy has a full range of beauty products and tools—including amazing fragrances—but at the core her intent is the same as it was from the beginning: to provide women with the tools and techniques to simply unleash The Power of Makeup®.
DISCOVER TRISH’S SECRETS AND PRODUCTS DU JOUR
TAVIK designer Jordan Rath. Images by @humblegiants.
Most men would agree: versatility is a good thing in a garment. To that end, TAVIK makes comfortable menswear that works perfectly for everyday chilling or—with updated cuffed trousers and button-up shirts—the new-school dress codes of the workplace.
You’ll notice a similarity to the off-duty surf aesthetic of designer brand Saturdays NYC. But TAVIK is doing its own thing—and has been making a better board short since 2004, when the company began in a garage in Laguna Beach, California. (Board shorts were stupidly long back then.)
To learn more about TAVIK’s history and what’s in store, we spoke with designer Jordan Rath, creative brand director Mark Powell and founder Erik Paulsen on the phone at their design space in the heart of Costa Mesa’s arts district.
SURF THE STYLES AND READ MORE
Behind the colorful, detailed menswear of London brand Dent de Man are the stories of designer Alexis Temomanin. We’re excited to be carrying exclusive-to-Nordstrom styles from Dent de Man in Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil—our sun/swim shop curated by Olivia Kim—and spoke to Temomanin about his formative Ivory Coast childhood, entrée into the fashion world and being haunted by blue patterns.
SHOP: Dent de Man | Pop-In@Nordstrom de Soleil
CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A
As a cofounder of the cult favorite brand Fresh, Lev Glazman knows a thing or two about what it takes to make a beauty product extra special. He and his wife, Alina, became pioneers in the early ’90s when they opened an apothecary shop focused on creating products that highlight the power of natural ingredients and time-honored rituals—all with an artisanal spirit. Today, Fresh has a dedicated following with new devotees every day. With good reason. Lev took some time to tell us all about his favorite products right now, the power of high-quality roses and the beauty tips he gives out most, including to his own daughters.
GET FRESH WITH LEV GLAZMAN
Don’t call Emily Schuman a mommy blogger. Before giving birth to her adorable little one, daughter Sloan, she already had an established online following for her lifestyle and fashion blog, cupcakes and cashmere. Her online musings were so popular that she went on to launch a successful—and lovely—clothing line and pen several books about entertaining, decorating and living with style.
So we couldn’t think of a better lady to talk to about how to celebrate Mother’s Day.
Do you have plans for Mother’s Day this year? What are they?
It’s only my second Mother’s Day as a mom, so to say that this is our tradition sounds a bit early, but it’s what we’ve done two years in a row. We go for a walk together and out for breakfast. We then spend the day as a family, and I treat myself to something on my own in the afternoon—like a mani/pedi or a massage.
Do you remember something really special you gave your mom on Mother’s Day?
As a kid, I remember always thinking that if I could just afford to buy her something, that would be what she really wanted. But the truth is, the gifts I made for her—whether it was a poem or a piece of art—were what meant the most.
What would be the best Mother’s Day gift your daughter could give you?
Something she made with me in mind. I can’t wait for her to be able to draw pictures that I can frame.
KEEP THE CUPCAKES COMING: READ MORE
Now through May 22, Pop-In@Nordstrom is partnering with the much-loved skin care brand Aesop, celebrating the simple virtues of our daily routines. In this blog series, we explore five skin care rituals with Aesop’s own Dr. Kate Forbes, general manager of products and research & development.
The Silhouette of Morning
“Even a single hair casts its shadow.” Publilius Syrus
A ceremonial approach to the morning shave begins with:
- Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste 75mL
- Moroccan Neroli Shaving Serum 60mL
- B&T Toner 100mL
- Moroccan Neroli Post Shave Lotion 60 mL
What is this ritual all about? We’ll get into that in a moment. First let’s meet Dr. Forbes and learn about Aesop in general.
Pop-In@Nordstrom / Aesop
CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A
With a lengthy list of celebs and notable clients known the world over, British-born Jenny Packham is a phenom in the fashion design world. Her bridal collections—available in our Wedding Suite—are forever sought after for their romantic blend of classic touches with a modern edge. Jenny spent some time telling us about her newest collection, her favorite things in the bridal world and must-see places required for any London itinerary worth its salt.
SEE ALL OF JENNY PACKHAM’S FAVORITE THINGS
Aerin Lauder, founder and creative director of AERIN and style and image director at Estée Lauder, spent some time sharing a peek into her perfumed world. A lover of art, travel and easy refinement, Aerin pours herself into her luxury lifestyle brand and believes that living beautifully should be effortless. See some of the ways she brings that philosophy to life.
SEE MORE FROM AERIN IN OUR MINI Q&A