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The crown jewels of our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop, GIFT & GO, are a series of five blacked-out Rolexes customized exclusively for us in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department.

Make no mistake: Each watch is literally the only one of its kind in the world. Through advanced technologies, our friends at London-based Bamford take brand-new luxury watches, custom-color each individual component, and reassemble the watch to its original premium-grade specifications.

Keep reading for a closer look at our custom Daytona, Milgauss, Explorer II and more—and to hear the backstory of the brand from founder George Bamford.

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November 20, 2014

Put A Hat On It: Part 1 of 2

You’re never fully dressed without a topper. Not this time of year at least. We pulled together some of our favorite hats in a variety of styles in an effort to help you protect your noggin from the winter chill. Be sure to check back tomorrow for even more cool headgear.

Brixton ‘Hooligan’ Driving Cap

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Wigens ‘Vilgot’ Driving Cap | John Varvatos Star USA Cap | Ted Baker London ‘Stirhat’ Driving Cap

SHOP: Driving Caps

Bailey ‘Briar’ Wool Fedora

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Stetson Water Repellent Safari Hat | Scala ‘Classico’ Crushable Felt Outback Hat | Dorfman Pacific ‘Diamond’ Crushable Felt Fedora

SHOP: Fedoras

Obey ‘Glasgow’ Snapback Cap

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RVCA ‘Hooks’ Snapback Cap | True Religion Brand Jeans Baseball Cap | Vans ‘Splatter’ Snapback Hat

SHOP: Snapback Hats
Photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf

Plaid: it’s as old as the hills. But today’s best applications of ages-old tartan patterns take that traditional country club madras and your grandfather’s Sansabelts and throw a handful of future at them. Urban bravehearts hoping to steer clear of geezerville should aim for flat fronts and slim, even slightly cropped legs. And it goes without saying (but we will just in case): pair solid tops with checks, please.

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Paul Smith London ‘Kensington’BOSS HUGO BOSS ‘Sharp’ | Junya Watanabe ‘Patchwork’

SHOP: More Fall/Winter Trends | All Designer Pants

November 14, 2014

Your Friday Spirit Animal

Hey, wake up. The end of the week has arrived. Here’s what English-born pop artist David Hockney has to say about the weekend: “You must plan to be spontaneous.”

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SHOP: Cardigans

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Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring menswear brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

When our ace Pop-In Shop photo crew completed their already-ambitious shot list ahead of schedule, did they adjourn to the corner bar for self-congratulatory beers and back-pats? No. Did they snap a selfie and take a nap? No. Did they high-five in slow motion while a building exploded in the background? Probably.

But THEN, they grabbed their gear and headed outside to put in more work. Keep reading to see their full gallery of extra-credit images, shot atop undulating rooftops and on the wrong side of the tracks in SODO (that’s shorthand for ‘south of downtown’), Seattle—and don’t miss your chance to shop rare Hong Kong clothes at Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T, through this weekend only.

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November 13, 2014

Considering: Smart Slippers

Look, on days like these, even a total genius just wants to hang around the house in a pair of slippers and eat Nutella out of the jar.

Just maybe—hopefully—not those slippers.

We took the liberty of picking out a more gentlemanly pair for old EinsteinThe L.B. Evans Duke Opera. As for his choice of spreadable Italian snack food? Oh, right. That’s our choice. And we’re fine with it, thanks.

SHOP: Slippers

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November 11, 2014

Follow Up: @IronandAir

New series! In which we hook you up with the feeds you need.

 

Ah, the open road. There’s almost nothing as attractive—especially when you’re scrolling through a smart phone app while waiting for your dental hygienist. Or your project manager. Or a stop light. Not that we condone app-surfing while engaged in the driving task but let’s just say we know from experience that it happens from time to time.

Whenever it is that you find yourself in need of a transportive fix, Iron & Air Magazine’s Instagram feed will hook it up. Gregory George Moore, Brett Houle and Adam Fitzgerald smartly repurpose and repackage great-looking original content from their Manchester, New Hampshire-based bi-monthly print and digital motorcycle lifestyle journal and serve it up in a swiftly moving stream of “bikes, autos, outdoor adventure, art, design, music and craft.” 

Should you find yourself actually transported to Iron & Air’s historical mill town home base near Boston, Moore and Fitzgerald recommend the vintage oddities at Modern Gypsy. They tell us there’s also a great speakeasy, but you’ll have to call them directly when you’re there if you want the details on that. For now, make your own martini and enjoy this brief conversation.

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November 10, 2014

Gifted: Portable Beats

What’s that they say about cocktail hour—it’s 5 o’clock somewhere? It must be someone’s birthday too, right? Let our new Gifted series point you in the direction of the best gifts all year long.

Bose Bluetooth wireless speakers: Nordstrom best gifts for him.

The sound quality of your music, movies, games or TV is directly proportional to the quality of your home theater system. Extend the reach of any audiophile’s top-notch listening experience with a wireless Bose® Soundlink® Color Bluetooth® Speaker. Garage, home gym, patio, wherever—these compact speakers are packed with clear, full-range sound and a rechargeable battery for up to 8 hours of unplugged play.

SHOP: All Bose®

Culture Map is everywhere Nordstrom is, mapping out the best in arts, events and happenings.

From Robert Frank to Vivian Maier and Lee Friedlander, modern humans have always had an appetite for raw, urban photography. What’s there to say about that appetite now that street style images make up a democratized runway and Facebookers from Istanbul to Indianapolis are enamored of Humans of New York?

Plenty.

Amid typical film fest fare—foreign narratives, art house shorts—Houston Cinema Arts Festival includes in its week-long offerings Street Scenes, a multimedia four-title presentation and conversation with the artists about life in the city, or more to the point: cities.

Exploring the nitty and the gritty, film fest visitors take a look down the lens of four visionaries in the field: New York-based Cheryl Dunnartist/painter James Naresnoted rockumentarian Jem Cohen and Occupy Wall Street photographer Ken Jacobs, and get in on the action themselves with an Instagram contest, running now through midnight on November 7 and judged by Cheryl Dunn herself.

Houstonians: you’re encouraged to submit your own urban images with the hashtag #HCAFstreet. The winner gets their pic thrown up on a monitor in the Street Scenes gallery and entered into the mix of city shooters feted all month long at a related gallery show.

Image of “Boogie” by Cheryl Dunn and still from “Same Streets, Different Worlds” by Jem Cohen from Houston Cinema Arts Festival

See upcoming events at Nordstrom Houston Galleria in Houston; for events at a Nordstrom near you, see our Stores & Events pages

Our guest editor Thig Nat (right)—a polished professional by day, hip-hop musician and talented photographer by night—possesses an innate sense of style that shines through on the microphone as much as it does in his personal appearance.

Keep reading for a look inside Thig’s creative process as his band, The Physics, heads back into the studio—and to see his favorite fall items that work as hard as they play.

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