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January 26, 2015

Follow Up: @SolesBySir

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The outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will certainly be measured in points–though in the larger game of life, you could argue that the true winner will be the team with the fewest concussions. But there is another competition afoot: Which player will have the illest shoes?

We spoke about what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday with Marcus Rivero, aka Soles by Sir, the custom-footwear king of the NFL. The Miami-based painter and designer says his shoes will be worn by players on both teams on February 1. Sales have been good since his status spiked this month after Instagramming a pair of gold-flake cleats commissioned by the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch (our hero at the Nordstrom blogs), which were instantly banned by the NFL. 

Apparently there’s some league rule we don’t understand about shoes needing to match the color of uniforms. But we do understand banning a shoe is a sure-fire way to make it legendary and Rivero says business is better than ever.

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January 23, 2015

Listen Up! Dainjazone

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.


OK, let’s briefly remember LMFAO from a few years ago, the most annoying band in the world that also seemed to be having the most fun. Dainjazone was their deejay. Turns out his club/EDM mixes are superb for working out. Especially if you enjoy the ego-canceling fury of, say, a good spin class.

Not that the nephew of Motown founder Berry Gordy doesn’t have taste or range. He just understands that music is kinetic. Dainjazone (real name Joseph Hampel) spoke with us on the phone between club gigs from Los Angeles. Topics included health, travel and the baffling power of horns.


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‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Post-Nelly there seems to be some confusion in this world about what exactly defines a “sweatsuit” and what it is for. Well, it doesn’t get any clearer than this textbook example from the early ’80s. Sweats. In a suit. And why again? Because you have good style (duh). And because you stay open to fitness opportunities in your daily journey through the world.

Shop: Adidas pants | Adidas sweatshirts & hoodies | All men’s active


(Images and captions via Jorge Valls; L: Marni finale. Beautiful new takes on traditional menswear ideas. R: Morning walk in Florence. Gorgeous!)

Here’s your chance to visit Florence and Milan for Men’s Fashion Week. (We’re gonna take you via IG, holmes!) Images with commentary are courtesy of Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Office Director Jorge Valls. Florence is above; everything else is Milan.

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Super Bowl symmetry: see above, in GIF form, and here in The New York Times.

Shop: Seahawks gear | Patriots gear | Men’s athletic wear

January 16, 2015

Listen Up! DJ Diamond Kuts

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Don’t take our word for it, go ahead and ask Nicki Minaj or President Barack Obama–they’ll tell you DJ Diamond Kuts rules. Philly native Tina Dunham has rocked huge crowds on the Obama campaign trail and helped break Minaj in her early mixtape days, eventually producing original music for the superstar rapper.

More impressive to us, though, are Diamond’s regular radio mixes on hip-hop and R&B station Power 99 FM, each one a furious dispatch with flawless between-song cutting (hence the name). While her mixes come in many modes–hip-hop, reggae, R&B–her dance mixes are arguably her most exciting work and perfect workout soundtracks.

We caught up with Ms. Kuts on the phone and talked about exercise, the art of deejaying and things to eat in Philly which are not cheesesteaks (no disrespect to cheesesteaks).

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L-R: “Lance’s mom” (Gretchen Corbett), “Lance’s mom’s boyfriend” (Justin Long), “Lance” (Carrie Brownstein) and “Nina” (Fred Armisen); image courtesy Portlandia from “The Fiancée” episode 

As a business which started in the #upperleft corner of these United States, we at Nordstrom have a special appreciation for IFC’s Portlandia. That would be the sketch comedy TV show where stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein basically teach a master class in how to mock life in Portland, OR. It’s all there: the passive-aggressiveness, the self-righteous savior complex, the questionable style choices. And yet the show, currently in its fifth season, is a love letter.

“The Fiancée” episode aired Thursday, Jan. 15, and was partially filmed at the Lloyd Center Nordstrom. (That location is now closed, with every employee who wished to be relocated given a new home at a nearby Nordstrom.) Key scenes in the episode occur at Nordstrom and feature Armisen’s character Nina, with makeup done by Jessica Needham and overall style created by her sister, two-time Emmy winner Amanda Needham.

We spoke with the sisters while the two native Portlanders sat in their car in deadlocked traffic. Topics discussed: Nina, Portlandia and good versus bad style.

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Men's Crewneck Sweater Striped

As winter turns to spring we find our preppy seafaring heroes blasting “Billie Jean” in striped crewneck sweaters, polos fully popped, no socks, no problems. Who wouldn’t take such an opportunity to hit ‘em with that Blue Steel?

Shop: Striped sweaters | All sweaters | Polo shirts

Circle up the feel-good focused bookworms; this month’s trio of tomes is right in line with January’s Wellness Realness focus.

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January 12, 2015

New! Nike Air Max Tavas

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Our post-holiday goals in 2015 include increased food discipline and headphones-enhanced running (call these goals resolutions if you must). The gym is cool, but for those of us who are able, here’s to also simply exploring outside with our homies more often this year. Because the world is beautiful and walking definitely counts as exercise–and IRL relationships matter.

Enjoy these behind-the-scenes images from the upcoming Los Angeles episode of Nordstrom’s Sneaker Project: Sneakers in Your City. Of special note: the achingly fresh, soon-to-be-released Nike Air Max Tavas–brother of the classic Air Max 1, cousin to the tech-y Huarache.

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