Olivia Kim

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.



It’s not that we haven’t been waiting with bated breath to tell you about SPACE, Nordstrom’s brand-new, just-launched department for emerging and advanced designers curated by Olivia Kim. Oh, our breath has been all kinds of bated.

But as folks like the New York Times and Vogue.com seem keen to tell the story of The Biggest Thing to Happen at Nordstrom in Quite Some Time themselves, we’re more than happy to let them.

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Simone Rocha, Vetements, Julien David,  And Re Walker and more at SPACE

SPACE, a permanent, evolving, women’s shop-in-shop on the very precipice of forward-thinking fashion minds from Beirut to Japan, London to New York, is live now at Nordstrom.com/SPACE and in Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco. (Vancouver: holla! You’ll have one too, just as soon as the flagship opens!)

SPACE at Nordstrom, a Q and A–style interview with our Pop-In auteur, emerging designer mastermind and all-around style guru is live on Vogue.com right now.

Here are some of our favorite sound bites:


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Everyone knows all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

Image of Preetma wearing SPACE designer Paskal by Julien Boudet for Bleu Mode

If Preetma Singh didn’t exist, the street style world would have to make her up. Every scene needs its rare bird of uncommon style, and the lawyer-turned-Nylon-mag editor and part-time rock drummer for the band Vomitface (yeah, let us know when it’s her turn at career day), is that green-haired, radically outfitted creature when it comes to Fashion Week and beyond. And you’ve gotta be booky to get through law school, right? Beware, readers, this girl’s about to drop some existentialism on you.

Preetma’s current top-three literary picks:


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oliviakimnytimes1We’re in the NYTimes today with an article about SPACE, our new boutique-like store-within-a-store focused on emerging and advanced designers. SPACE launches August 20 and is the newest project from our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

A key section of the piece:

“Olivia Kim isn’t business as usual for Nordstrom, the century-old Seattle-based department store with more than 100 locations across the country. This month, she will unveil her largest project yet: SPACE, a permanent shop-in-shop of her own creation dedicated to emerging or
otherwise unrepresented designers in a handful of Nordstrom stores.

‘I didn’t want designers to feel that we were this really big company. I wanted them to understand that we could do really small things.’”

Read more at nytimes.com and preview SPACE at nordstrom.com/SPACE.

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Everyone knows that all the cool girls are really bookworms—what they don’t know is what all the cool bookworms are reading. You will now, though; just follow along with this series as Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker helps us celebrate the literary life well lived.

First up: L.A.-based Djuna Bel, who rocks romantic vintage pieces and iconic designers in the same breath and evokes a kind of laid-back, free-as-a-bird cool even though you know that the life of a fashion stylist is one of those things that sounds like a daylong picnic but is actually a lot of body-busting labor and handwork. But let’s be real. This lady puts Keds on Taylor Swift and kicks it with Langley Fox. Like she told Closet Visit upon their voyage into her leather jacket– and Christopher Kanepacked hideaway, “There is nothing I don’t love about my job.” And as it seems she finds enough time to ponder underground Americana classics and It-girl biz tomes on her off-hours, yeah, she’s got it all dialed in. Color hers the modern West Coast idyll.

Here’s what she’s got her nose in this season:



It’s one of the best ideas of the modern era: great glasses at great prices, via a terrific interface with a sublime try-and-buy setup—and a meaningful giving-back component too. Today, as we reveal Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes Warby Parker, we chat with the geniuses behind this lightbulb moment and the resulting beautification of the spectacles circuit. Please meet our friends Neil Blumenthal and David Gilboa, and get a glimpse of their bright, brainy, bagel-filled lives.