If you’re at all susceptible to the spastic charms of festival-grade EDM, you probably already know and love Major Lazer. If not, come check out the global electronic/reggae/dance party, via this custom Nordstrom mix and get your learn on. These sounds are crazy, son! Several Nordstrom-exclusive previews and remixes in there, too (*airhorn*).
It’s the perfect soundtrack to Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom, our collection of apparel and accessories which puts a non-#basic spin on festival gear and updates classic rave aesthetics from the 199os. Pop-In, of course, is the rotating, themed shop within select physical Nordstrom locations and on the web, curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim.
Much props to mixmaster and Major Lazer producer Walshy Fire, coming out of Miami, FL. We’re looking forward to his new Miami booty music label, Planet Rocks, and fully expecting the upcoming Major Lazer album “Peace is the Mission”–which he’s all over, including the sleek single “Lean On“–to dominate dance parties this spring and all through festival season.
Back in the early-/mid-’90s, rappers had a serious taste for Polo gear in bold primary and secondary colors. I mean, witness Raekwon and Ghostface Killah in the video for the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple.”
With that history in mind, we look at this shot from the 1992 Nordstrom holiday catalog and think back fondly on this classic era of street-yacht menswear.
Sound the alarm: New colors of the adidas ‘Tubular’ lifestyle shoe are shop-able. That would be the sensational sneaker that the brand debuted in 2014 and caught on like the flu, and only gets sicker with each new colorway (that black/surf petrol/off white, though?).
How to hit a golf ball? We’ve got you. In the video above, find three #protips for hitting an iron (aka the club you’ll be swinging most of the time) and three tips for chipping, the super-tricky part of the game when you are near but not quite on the green. Your instructor is Patrick Ackerman, Glendale Country Club Golf Pro.
As for how to look your best while you knock down those eagles and birdies? Well of course we’ve got you there, too.
Besides being abnormally comfortable (many have elastic at the waist as well as the cuffs), they cut a lean, tapered silhouette that shows off your favorite shoes, without pesky concerns about rolling or hemming your pant leg.
Keep reading to see three ways to wear them: on the weekend, at the office and for a date.
The Sneaker Project is a curated selection of sneakers handpicked by our buyers, and forgive our immodesty here, but it rules. Twice a year we give it an extra dimension with atmospheric videos shot in various cities. We pick a sneaker enthusiast and make them our tour guide. So far we’ve profiled Seattle, New York and now Los Angeles.
Our L.A. video was made by and stars Dan Regan and his actor friend Spencer Lofranco. Regan is a downtown L.A. dweller and Venice neighborhood local, an artist/photographer/director we admire–someone whose professional title could probably be something nebulous like “creative strategist and digital fathomer,” but that’s obnoxious and he’s not.
In fact, he’s pretty much the man for steering us away from #basicstuff in Venice and recommending a few crucial spots to chill and eat. Check out our Q&A and some behind-the-scenes snapshots below.
You’ve probably heard the modern, headphone-y pop music of Toronto duo Majid Jordan without knowing it through Drake: they wrote and were featured on Drake’s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and on “Legend,” he shouts them out, saying their album will drop this year on his label OVO.
Jamie Webster handles the entire visual presence of the group (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) as creative director, in between his creative director and partner roles at the Common Good production company and design studio and co-owning the bar Dog & Bear. He took us site by site through the insiders’ tour of Toronto that is the music video for “Forever,” which he directed.
“The idea was to provide their audience with a glimpse of Toronto through Majid Jordan’s eyes. Not the CN Tower or cheesy buskers at Yonge-Dundas Square. It’s not a Toronto tourist video. It’s spaces that are cool or have a significance to us. We see the way the city is depicted and it’s often way off the mark.”
Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim, which exist in selected physical Nordstrom locations and of course online.
Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia are below.
This photo is from the Nordstrom holiday catalog from 1977, shot on a Washington State Ferry (aka the peoples’ yacht). And barring the madras car crash happening on that coat, which gives us weirdo Raggedy Andy vibes, we love everything about it.
Anyway: bags. Carrying one can be stylish and functional. And not that the guy in this image ever had such a problem, but where else are you going to put your giant, phabletty phone?
The classic brand goes a lot deeper than one fabric, and with two new designers steering its style, we figured it’s a good time to go behind the brand with interviews andphotos from Haspel’s showroom in New York.
But for one sec, let’s appreciate their heritage.
Haspel was born in New Orleans in 1909. They’ve outfitted every United States President post-Coolidge, Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird and Jon Hamm in Mad Men. Without Haspel, who knows if we’d have the idea of American suits that keep you literally cool. Or suits that you could wash and dry at home. (They pioneered wash-and-wear, too.)
These days, Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos are the design force driving Haspel (you may know them from their own brands Shipley & Halmos and S&H Athletics). They were hired last year by Laurie Aronson Haspel, whose great-grandfather Joseph Haspel started the company and whose grandfather Joseph Haspel, Jr., remains something of a company spirit animal.
Jeff Halmos (on the right, above) spoke to us about taking a serious but light approach to handling so much history, about what’s fresh for Haspel for spring–and about what a rad dude Joseph Haspel, Jr., really was.