Olivia Kim

popinopeningceremonygiftguideLuckily for your recipients, you’ve decided to do some holiday shopping this year with Pop-In@Nordstrom–our experimental shop curated by Olivia Kim. Good idea! They’ll love our current collaboration with iconic NYC fashion brand Opening Ceremony.

But wait, there’s more.

The current shop just underwent a holiday refresh. Which means Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony is still in full effect but now also includes: boards for hovering; avocados for skincaretribbles for ears—and so many other fun choices.

We know there is a tendency for holiday shopping to overwhelm. See through the Matrix and gain Neo-like clarity with our gift guide, represented by the hyperlinks below:

Stocking Stuffers
The Gadget Getter
The Young at Heart
The Home Chef

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Taking a Page from OC | Listen Up!

opening ceremony

This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand. Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop.

miapolaroidOC cofounder Humberto Leon with M.I.A.

Maybe you first heard about Opening Ceremony while Googling Omarion’s varsity jacket in the music video for “Post To Be”?

Or maybe you know music has always been a vital entry point into the brand.

Here are some key OC/music connections from the Opening Ceremony book, with tracks from individual artists.

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Dance party this way….


opening ceremony

This is Taking a Page from OC, a series in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page book dedicated to the story of the iconic New York fashion brand.

Dive into the world of Opening Ceremony via Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony, our current Olivia Kim–curated shop. Dive into the book below. 

jonzeleonOne of the coolest aspects of the book Opening Ceremony is a pull-out zine created by Academy Award–winning director Spike Jonze. Jonze is a friend of OC and one of the brand’s many artistic collaborators, a theme we explored in our first installment of Taking a Page from OC.

Jonze uses the zine to get at the origins of Opening Ceremony—cofounded in 2002 by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim—by interviewing Wendy Leon, one of the matriarchs of the company.

Read on for excerpts and family photos galore.

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We partied last night. So forgive us our photosensitivity.

The Physics perform at Hotel Max for Nordstrom Night Out

To celebrate the launch of our new Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony, records were spun, and mini hot dogs, sliders and ahi tacos were consumed. The third floor of our Seattle store became the happiest place in town, for hours on end, as shoppers explored the treasures contained within the vinyl-curtained Pop-In space created by the industrial designer Max Lamb.

Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony

In addition to kooky-cute clothing from Opening Ceremony’s 2016 resort collection, the new temporary store-within-a-store hosts jewelry by Venessa Arizaga, Master & Dynamic headphones, Alix bodysuits and Nicopanda terry jackets and pants. Your holiday shopping just met its match. Consider this gift-central for the next two months—that is, if you want to be an unparalleled elf.



As you may know, Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony is the next evolution of our constantly changing store within a store, an experiment curated by VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. The shop is live now and includes clothes and gifts.

For more on that story we direct you to this article in WWD. The venerable outlet comes correct with history and context.

Writer Sharon Edelson says this particular joining seemed inevitable, since Olivia was the first employee at Opening Ceremony back in 200. She helped bring the now-iconic New York City store and brand to its current prominence, before joining Nordstrom in 2012.

Says OC co-founder Carol Lim about Olivia:

“When she moved to Nordstrom, the scope of [her job] seemed like a natural fit for Opening Ceremony. Nordstrom has been a longtime partner with the Opening Ceremony brand. It felt like a nice merging of the two companies and our relationships.”

Also in the article: Olivia mentions upcoming partnerships with Danish home brand Hay, the Italian Trade Commission and the return of the men’s streetwear/lifestyle Pop-In, Heartbreakers Part 2.

Stay tuned, y’all!

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Everyone starts somewhere, and Olivia Kim’s first job in retail was in 2003 as Employee #1 at Opening Ceremony. From there, Humberto Leon, Carol Lim and our VP of Creative Projects basically set the standard for what would become the most important riff in modern fashion: introduce Designer A to Designer B, and let their collaboration take the product to a whole new place.

opening ceremony


The Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony

As we kick off Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony, we also kick off a series we’re calling Taking a Page from OC, in which we mine the essentially-out-of-print, highly collectible, Rizzoli-published Opening Ceremony—a 350-page, pastel-striped encyclopedia of retail, style and general amazingness—to bring you the stories of how these friends cross-pollinated a literal world of cool stuff and grew their very own empire.



In less than 24 hours, the doors to Nordstrom Pacific Centre in downtown Vancouver will open to the public. Last night, however, attendees of a tented fall fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery—just across the street from the new store—also enjoyed a festive preview of the new location during an in-store gala.

The sold-out event raised $420,000 for local organizations BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre Foundation, Covenant House Vancouver and the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Guests included supermodels Coco Rocha, Karolina Kurkova and Amber Valletta; actresses Camilla Belle and Diana Bang; Inventory Editor-in-Chief Ryan Willms; Vogue Editor-at-Large Hamish Bowles; Vogue West Coast Director Lisa Love; Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim and fourth-generation Nordstrom family members and co-presidents Blake Nordstrom, Pete Nordstrom and Erik Nordstrom, and President of Full-Line Stores, Jamie Nordstrom.

Nordstrom Pacific Centre Gala, left to right, Hamish Bowles, Olivia Kim, Lisa Love, Camilla Belle, Pete Nordstrom, Karolina Kurkova

L-R: Hamish Bowles, Olivia Kim, Lisa Love, Camilla Belle, Pete Nordstrom, Karolina Kurkova

During a pre-gala fashion show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, guests watched as 38 models wore 85 looks from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Bibhu Mohapatra, Marni, Simone Rocha, Yohji Yamamoto and others.

Fashion Show at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Nordstrom Pacific Centre

A model shows a dress from the Burberry Prorsum fall collection on the runway at the Vancouver Art Gallery.




While staring at color-changing leaves, we recommend zoning out to this trippy music mix created by Creatures of the Wind–one of the brands we sell in our new SPACE shop, the new venture by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim to showcase emerging and advanced designers.

The mix was used in Creatures of the Wind’s FW 15 runway show last February, where the collection (which we now sell) was inspired by American psychedelic rock.

Our writer Laura Cassidy was on the scene and remarked:

“…the soundtrack was appropriately heavy, droney, and fuzzed-out. Imagine Silver Apples, ‘Seagreen Serenade’ into Captain Beefheart’s ‘Autumn’s Child,’ followed by ‘The Bulblight’ by Rod Freeman and ‘Paix’ by Catherine Ribiero.”

Sounds great except you don’t have to imagine it anymore. Here it is:

And did you know? Laura is back on the scene right now at New York Fashion Week, breaking down 2016 collections. Follow along with her right here.

Shop: Creatures of the Wind


You know how you’re always thinking it’d be nice to toss out all of those has-beens and wannabes and just get the best of the best so you can keep them forever? Because we understand your time is precious, Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics went ahead and rounded up the most enduring versions of iconic life essentials for you—like one-of-a-kind Filson bags, custom cut and threaded Woolrich blankets and storied Leica cameras, to name a few.


All images by Donovan Nguyen

Now all you need to do is take a gander at some of the ultra-exclusive goods, like this retro-rad baseball tee from CAMP Collection, in their natural habitat (aka: behind the scenes at our scenic photo shoot) and pick out your new favorite lifers.



It’s like our Creative Projects curator and director, Olivia Kimsaid in a recent
interview with the newly rebranded vogue.com:

SPACE is really meant to be a platform to introduce our customers to another aspect of what designer fashion could be, this advanced and emerging designer world.”


A look from the SPACE edit of VETEMENTS for fall ’15

As part of that world, we’re building interviews and erecting behind-the-scenes stories with the talented fashion minds behind our exciting brands. Find out who we’re talking to now, and what they’ve got to say about the French word for “clothing,” the music of the fall collections, and grannies on Instagram.