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It’s time for another scan from the vaults.

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sango1Not that we advise throwing around slang you don’t understand or which is nonnative to you, but it’s cool to know what’s out there. To that end, check out Our Slang, a digital handbook put together by designer Kai Wright which breaks down current terminology from Atlanta, Chicago, New York City, Toronto and the Bay Area.

We came to know Wright through his music as the producer Sango, which we recommend perusing. Check out Our Slang below, which will help you decipher the slang you see above–language you may have already encountered through that one Drake and Jhené Aiko song.

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Extra Crispy Seasoned Fried Chicken Recipe with Honey Chipotle Glaze from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell

Be a man: learn to cook. Fried chicken may seem daunting but we swear it’s not–and should really be in your repertoire since it’s perfect hot or cold, ideal for watching football with the homies and also completely advisable for a date, either at home or picnic-style.

There are a lot of secrets to crispy skin and flavorful meat out there. Here’s Nordstrom Sixth & Pine Restaurant’s: a double dredge in heavily seasoned flour with a good, long wait in between to let the herbs and spices make their way into the pieces before frying.

The sweet and spicy honey chipotle dip adds a modern twist to this classic. Extra Crispy Seasoned Fried Chicken Recipe with Honey Chipotle Glaze from Nordstrom. Photo by Jeff Powell

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project-pabloAlbum art for Project Pablo’s I Want to Believe by Devon White

Vancouver is still ruling our lives as we anticipate our new store opening September 18 in that gorgeous Canadian city.

To get properly psyched up, we’ve been bumping beats from 1080p Collection nonstop, 1080p being the label run in Vancouver by one of our heroes Richard MacFarlane–who maintains a frequency of albums and quality of music which makes other labels look lazy in comparison.

We asked MacFarlane which 1080p music would be best for three situations: a party, feeling sad and listening while at work.

For partying, MacFarlane suggested Vancouver’s own Project Pablo–whose hazy house music soundtracks some excellent Tech Decking in the video below for “Movin’ Out”:

Read on for MacFarlane’s commentary. Now please excuse us while we turn up the volume and think Vancouver thoughts about skateboarding, wildlife and islands.

–Andrew Matson

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daoyichowwhitebackground1Did you know Dao-Yi Chow, who co-runs the CFDA-winning brand Public School with Maxwell Osborne, is a writer and onetime rap journalist? It’s true. He confirmed it when we asked him recently at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Chow used to contribute to The Flavor back in the day, a “real hip-hop magazine” based in Seattle in the mid-1990s. Chow went by Durwin Chow GNS, “graffiti non-stop,” and lived in New York. Most Flavor writers back then contributed their stories by fax machine.

Here’s Chow’s July 1994 cover story, an interview with the brain-twisting duo Organized Konfusion.

Fun fact: Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch would one day ghostwrite for Diddy, who would eventually employ Chow and Osborne as designers at his clothing brand Sean John–before Public School became one of the hottest brands in menswear.

–Andrew Matson

Shop: Public School | men’s designer collections

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jorgevallsdetailsOur own Jorge Valls, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, was featured in a Details article yesterday about “Retiree Style”–a term which writer Alex Frank connects to the rise of unabashedly comfort-focused menswear.

Click here to read the piece.

To be clear: Jorge definitely has a job and is not retired. He’s actually doing his job in this image, headed into a runway show at Paris Fashion Week. When we see him in the halls today we’re going to remind him not to take the “retiree” tag too seriously.

But to keep it 100, jokiness of the term aside, Jorge’s personal style is a perfect example of what the article is talking about: breezy, sporty and perfectly accessorized, a mixture of designer and everyday items worn with an assuredness that comes with killing it over time. Because like Kanye West says: when you try hard, you die hard.

On a related note, click here to listen to Jorge talk about runway shows and overarching trends at the recent New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

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seattleseahawksBecause you want to rep your squad before the game but unlike at your bro’s tech job–where everyone wears t-shirts and sits on yoga balls all day–your office dress code is business casual.

That’s why Vineyard Vines’ NFL ties are on point.

But you know what? It’s not just about the external pressure to look good. Contrary to popular belief not all football fans are schlubby.

Some of us, as much as we love the no-cares-given fashion sense of Bill Belichik–and sincerely, we do–like to look crispy and clean while supporting our team.

Shop: Vineyard Vines ties | all Vineyard Vines

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New! Expanded Y-3 Selection

yohjiyamamoto5The hits keep coming from Y-3 at Nordstrom–Y-3 being one of streetwear fashion’s most elegant pacesetters, the team-up of legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto with adidas.

We’re now selling the Retro Boost, above, and Desert Boost, below. They join our offerings of the game-changingly awesome Qasa high sneaker and Y-3’s AW 15 apparel line.

We’re happy to show you these sneakers. But we wish we could hand them to you through your computer or phone screen.

They’re eerily lightweight. The midsole feels like tapioca, strangely. As with all Y-3 stuff, they look hard but feel soft–and are full of details you need to be physically near to get.

Shop: Retro Boost | Desert Boost | all y-3

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How to Dress Like N.W.A.

With Straight Outta Compton currently in theaters, we thought you might want to know how to dress like N.W.A.–the legendary Los Angeles rap group at the center of this Hollywood blockbuster.howtodresslikenwaStyle notes: black and white everything. T-shirt slightly longer than the bomber jacket. Any Los Angeles sports gear is a bonus.

And if you’re trying to rep N.W.A. around the office, we humbly suggest Raiders cufflinks.

Shop: Leather Dodgers snapbackTopman bomberRaiders cufflinks | Zanerobe long tee | Converse Chuck II sneakers | Levi’s Jeans

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friendlychemistFriendly Chemist Touch of Jupiter album artwork by Sharona Franklin

We’re locked into a Vancouver, B.C., groove right now, anticipating our new store in that beautiful Canadian harbor city on September 18.

One of our favorite things to do while in Vancouver is jog around Stanley Park. Smack dab in the city, it’s also a place to see orcas in the water. As we struggle to stay on our fitness regimen this summer/fall, we’re bumping Vancouver music in our headphones and visualizing Stanley Park, aiming to move as swiftly as an orca or perhaps soar like one of the local bald eagles.

Our running soundtrack comes courtesy of Vancouver resident Richard MacFarlane, who operates one of our favorite independent music labels, 1080p. Read our Q&A with MacFarlane here. For jogging he recommends the steady beat of Friendly Chemist, aka Van-city’s Jean Brazeau.

Read his comments and listen below to the sounds of the True North, strong and free.

–Andrew Matson

“If you’re running in Vancouver, or anywhere, you should be listening to Friendly Chemist–he’s from here. His music is this kind of spacey techno. Not super high-energy, but enough to keep you coasting for sure.”

–Richard MacFarlane

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