SEE: The Breaks
VH1’s TV movie follows on the heels of Straight Outta Compton with a look at the state of hip-hop in the ’90s, before the genre was enjoying mainstream popularity. Set in New York and its boroughs, The Breaks is both nostalgic and historically salient, and features Mack Wilds, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and David Call, plus a score by DJ Premier.
WATCH: J.W. Anderson’s London Collection: Men show live via Grindr
Last season Periscope was the go-to streaming app for watching runway shows like Burberry. In 2016 you can expect other inventive intersections between technology and fashion. For instance, 2015’s British-Fashion-Award-winner for men’s and women’s designs J.W. Anderson will be sending invitations to watch his men’s show this Sunday through the dating app Grindr. Hook it up.
READ: The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
Acclaimed Japanese noir novelist Nakamura’s first book examines the psychological power of firearms and violence. Available in English this week, The Gun subtly depicts the tension between good and evil in the individual and our cultural obsession with the aesthetics of criminality.
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We partied last night. So forgive us our photosensitivity.
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.
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.
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As you’ve probably heard, we’ve been rounding up our favorite versions of iconic life essentials for Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics, and really, what’s more timeless than denim?
vale denim shirt and skirt
We had the pleasure of trading missives with creative directors (and bonafide jeaniuses) over at vale and Cartel Handbags for more insight on this perennial favorite—and how these bosses are fraying the denim standard.
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Got something to say? Bow & Drape’s customizable everything will gladly remove the cat from your tongue. They were such a hit the last time we hosted them, we just had to bring ’em back—and as a result, Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics was bestowed with a line of exclusively designed, city-specific sweaters for your local pride needs (because everyone needs to know that You Sushi Seattle).
Image courtesy of Aubrie Pagano
We chatted up CEO Aubrie Pagano via email to find out how she went from the kid who developed her first clothing line in a sketchbook to the very tippity top of the style game.
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What’s in a name? Sometimes, a lot—at least as far as we can tell when it comes to Arc’teryx-sponsored athlete Roger Strong. We caught up with the professional outdoorsman as he drove down to this year’s Pacific Crest Trail Days hoopla (before jetting off to France for a global Arc’teryx meeting—ah, the good life) to chat about his go-to pistes, favorite Arc’teryx gear and, yes, getting caught in an avalanche.
Image courtesy of Roger Strong and Joe Stock
In honor of the exclusive his-and-hers Beta LT Jackets that we’re carrying at Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics, our buds over at Arc’teryx put us in touch with Strong, an avid climber (and skier and fisherman and kiteboarder…) who’s been a sponsored athlete for 15 years and living the vertical life since his childhood in the wilderness goldmine of Denver.
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“There’s a certain quietness that comes with fewer options,” Land of Women founder Mckenzie Raley told us. And she’s so very right. Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics is stoked to be carrying these minimalist, second-skin uniforms—easy yet complementary, comfortable yet sexy.
Boss lady Mckenzie Raley
There’s time to slip into something comfortable before checking out our full Q&A with the model-turned-designer after the jump.
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To commemorate our Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics collab and Filson’s imminent new flagship unveiling, we got inside one of the coolest and oldest Northwest brands to tour the production spaces and hang out with their highly specialized Filson Restoration Department, or FRD.
First, A Little History: The original flagship and full-scale production studio (known today as third base at Seattle’s Safeco Field) was once the premier stop for prospectors during the Alaska Gold Rush. And though it’s been a few minutes since 1897, that same indomitable spirit definitely lives on within the company’s factories and sustainable manufacturing practices.
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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.
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Our Director of Creative Projects is maybe one of the most colorful people we know—like, an animated rainbow with pink puppies follows her everywhere she goes. It’s pretty magical. But New York in midwinter is a cruel place. Pastel puppies or not. And really, when travel is concerned, less is very often more.
Even when that travel takes you to Fashion Week.
So let this glimpse into O.K.’s luggage be a lesson to all of us: It’s chic to streamline. And to wear sensible shoes in subhuman temperatures. These shoes and coats are our Pop-In Shop curator’s all-black-everything staples for Fall Fashion Week, and they are also our way of saying to you, “Heads up! We’re going full-on with this thing.”
In the days and weeks to come, you’ll hear from more Nordstrom insiders about their packing strategies, and we’ll get geared up in other ways, too—like, with actual gear. Because, yeah, how does our social media team capture those killer backstage beauty moments? (And everything else?)
So bundle up, friends—Olivia Kim does—and stay tuned.
Shop: More items OK’d by O.K. at Nordstrom.com/oliviakim
Zeitgeist (noun; ˈtsīt-ˌgīst): the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place.
Could you sub in accessory for “general belief?” We think so. Could you then say that Meadowlark’s septum ring, from our Gift & Go Pop-in—and RiRi’s recent Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, and Edward Enninful W cover—is having a Zeitgeist moment? Um, yeah, we think so.
SHOP: Pop-In@Nordstrom: Gift & Go