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‘Pitch Night’ at STORY with Olivia Kim, Jaden Smith, and Tory Johnson

We sell a ton of different brands here at Nordstrom—all of which we love and think you will too. To decide which brands to work with, our buyers go to fashion weeks, visit showrooms, analyze the market and meet with creators and their teams. Eventually they place orders.

Usually that’s how it goes. But recently our own Olivia Kim tried something else entirely: she received three-minute product pitches from independent brands, one after another, for three hours. She did this as a special guest for “Pitch Night,” a regular event at STORY in NYC—a retail space with aspects of a gallery and museum.

READ ABOUT THE EVENT

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What Olivia Kim Did at New York Fashion Week, Plus Her Favorite NYC Places

In the frenzy that is Fashion Week, it’s always a sweet relief to bump into a friendly face—if you’re lucky, even a friend. So, when we ran into Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects and curator of our Pop-In shop and SPACE, Olivia Kim, we couldn’t wait to catch up on what she’d been seeing and doing with her time in the Big Apple. She obliged. We chatted about our favorite shows. And, bonus: she gave us some tips on where to eat, hang out and shop around the city.

DROP IN ON OUR CHAT

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Pop-in@Nordstrom x Hanes Chats with Dean the Basset (via Assistant Carly Bright)

 

It’s a dog’s life. At least on Instagram, where social-media sensation Dean the Basset has racked up 200,000 followers at the tender age of three (hey, that’s 21 in dog years!). With a penchant for pizza and comfy tees, turns out this cool Canadian canine is just like the rest of us.

We interviewed him recently on his new role in fashion, his future ambitions and his close friendship with Olivia Kim, our VP of Creative Projects and curator of the Pop-In shops.

Catch Our Full Q&A with Dean

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From Our Friends at Who What Wear: 4 Cool Ways to Style the Nike Sneakers L.A. Girls Love

Lauren Eggertsen is an associate editor at Who What Wear. As a huge fan of trending items, under-the-radar brands and timeless basics, she does not take the search for that perfect pair of sneakers lightly. Nike Cortez sneakers have everything she looks for in that ideal pair, and she’s about to tell you exactly why.

If there’s one sneaker I’ve noticed the cool girls of L.A. wearing as of late, it’s the Nike Cortez. But since the shoe is inherently quite sporty, it may seem a bit intimidating to style, which is exactly what I’m here to help you with today. I clearly love these sneakers (I own how many pairs now?), so, in an effort to remain somewhat unbiased, I decided to also bring you street-style images of cool girls around the world wearing them.

Ahead, you’ll find four of the most forward yet approachable ways to style Nike Cortezes. With outfit combinations ranging from floral dresses to statement trousers, my roundup has a look or a style tip in here for everyone, guaranteed. Basically, if there’s one pair of sneakers you invest in this season, I recommend it be these for their flattering shape, level of comfort and overall stylish qualities.

READ THE STORY, SEE THE LOOKS

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SPACE Designers Talk Summer Capsule Exclusives and Cool, Cool Summers

Two of our favorite words: Exclusive and Summer. And while technically speaking we can’t quite claim the latter just yet, today marks the kickoff of an only-available-here capsule collection from some of the most exciting emerging designers at SPACE.

A Marques’Almeida look from the exclusive SPACE capsule collection for summer

Aimed at outfitting your hot city nights as well as your getaway adventures, the collection features pieces made especially for us from Ashley Williams, Marques’Almeida, Simon Miller and more.

Inspired by their take on summertime fun, we chatted with some of our favorite SPACE designers about the season—past, present and future.

SPOILER ALERT: ADORABLE THROWBACK IMAGE AHEAD

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What Olivia Kim Wore to the Comme des Garçons-Themed Met Gala

“I have a very zen approach,” said Olivia Kim on her way to the Met Gala last night. “What’s meant to fit, work and come together, will.” New goal: May all be as cool-headed and easygoing before big events.

All of fashion—and many bold names from art, design and media—were at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to honor one of the industry’s most brilliant minds: Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garçons. But that’s our Olivia, taking it all in stride. The look tonight just feels very me. That’s the best way to explain it.”

“In celebration of our hero Rei Kawakubo, Spy and I are both donning very conceptual thing-a-ma-jigs,” Olivia wrote on Instagram, with a similar image. “Mine is black crinoline tulle and his is clear plexi.”

“I’ve been wearing Comme since I was in high school,” explained our VP of Creative Projects. “So it’s full circle in a sense. When I first started thinking about it, honestly I was thinking, ‘I wear Comme des Garçons almost every day—how can I wear it in a way that feels special enough for the Met Gala?'”

The solution? To go deep with it, and remain abstract about it at the very same time. How very Rei of her.

CHECK OUT HOW OLIVIA ROCKED IT

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Talking Books, Movies, and Art with SPACE Designer Sophie Buhai

Proof positive that you can invent yourself: SPACE designer Sophie Buhai. After she and her business partner concluded their New York-based clothing line Vena Cava, she moved back to her native West Coast and started anew, on her own—with jewelry.

Sophie Buhai at home in Los Angeles

With her experience creating complete ready-to-wear looks, it’s no surprise that her sculptural pieces are total outfit-makers. Smooth, minimal chokers and chunky rings add just the right powerful touch on jeans-and-tees days.

So who’s the woman behind the bangles? We offer this brief but friendly introduction.

MEET SOPHIE HERE

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Allure Mag Talks Korean Fashion with Olivia Kim | Required Reading

Olivia Kim makes Seoul’s pop-culture-obsessed fashion scene sound dangerously exciting. Talking recently about trends and It items with a writer at Allure.com, she puts herself in the platform shoes of the city’s youth culture and imagines them going, “We’re going to embrace it. We’re going to love it. We’re going to kill it. And then we’re going to move on to the next thing.”

(Insert that wide-eyed, surprise-face emoji here.)

The imaginative style vibe of South Korea’s capital is totally trending right now, and in Allure‘s new must-read memo on the ten hottest brands, our New Jersey-raised, Korean-American creative projects VP dishes on the pop stars and designers who drive the obsession, trends and demand through the streets and then out into the world.

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Allure.com’s Korean fashion news flash

 

It’s a cool read and a great way to get caught up with what might become the world’s next fashion city—Seoul Fashion Week anyone?—and it’s also the perfect primer for our brand new Pop-In@Nordstrom: KFASHION, which runs March 31 through May 7.

So, who are the designers behind these It items?

CATCH THIS WAVE

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Hey, Toronto! You Can Meet Vejas Kruszewski in SPACE LAB at Nordstrom

We’ve had the pleasure of standing in a Paris Fashion Week showroom twice now with the lauded and awarded-young SPACE designer Vejas Kruszewski (no really, though; he’s just barely two decades old), and we are here to tell you that he’s one of the most easygoing yet intellectual designers we know.

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Vejas; image by Jessa Carter

If you live in Toronto and you like talking fashion, please note this date and time: March 15 from 5 to 7pm.  

Vejas and his right-hand, Saam Emme, will be at Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre to chat through inspiration and innovation—and your personal style and the spring ’17 collection. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 416.552.2900, ext. 1350. 

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EXPLORE: current-season emerging designers

—Laura Cassidy

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Olivia Kim’s Favorite Parisian Vintage Shop

Every once in a while you end up in a weird situation where you’re ahead of schedule for an appointment or a meeting, and you can’t decide whether to just show up all awkward and early or try to kill a little time somewhere. But every once in a great while, something magical happens: a third option emerges. Maybe you run into a friend you haven’t seen in ages or you pass a bookstore that’s perfect for getting lost in.

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Today, in the middle of our Paris Fashion Week showroom rounds, we realized we were headed for the Roksanda showroom with a fairly decent amount of time to spare. Should we just pop in early? Should we call ahead and see if popping in early would be OK? How did we manage to get that far ahead of schedule anyway, when 97% of Fashion Week is spent racing the clock and being almost-late everywhere we go?

Just as we were pondering all that, Olivia Kim looked out the window and noticed where we were.

“Hey! My favorite vintage store is on this street.” Problem solved.

COME INSIDE WITH US AND CHECK IT OUT

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