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Images by Canh Nguyen

We love Maiden Noir‘s streetwear-meets-menswear style, which can be borderline dressed-up and also extremely cozy, with a deft use of polar fleece. We’re psyched to carry the Seattle brand as part of Heartbreakers II: our Pop-In Shop which this month is focused on evolving menswear, curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

So psyched, in fact, that we commissioned an exclusive reversible fleece jacket and fleece hat for the occasion.

Because Maiden Noir is based in Seattle’s International District, just a mile south of Nordstrom HQ, we thought we’d pop in for a visit. After all, how busy could designer Nin Truong and his parter Christa Thomas be? They only run Maiden Noir simultaneously with a coffee shop, a line of bags, a vodka brand and Truong’s other job as design director of Stüssy.

They’re a power couple, for real.

Shop: Maiden Noir | Heartbreakers II

This way for the Q&A + studio tour

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Shop: Études Studio

As part of our deep dive into the world of Heartbreakers II—our Pop-In Shop focused on evolving menswear curated by Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects—we got to know the brands with a quick interview.

For the format we chose a handwritten questionnaire, which should delight fashion graphologists worldwide (we see you).

Check our Q&As below with designers and creative directors from an international selection of the Heartbreakers II roster: Études Studio, BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS, Maiden Noir, LONGJOURNEY, Kinfolk, Needles, NIKBEN, Stutterheim, XLARGE, Xander Zhou, Tim Coppens and COTTWEILER.

We think you will find they are rich texts.

And you’ll notice one question is about music. Songs mentioned are compiled here.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

Click here to meet our designers by hand

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Hey, player: Are you ready for a super-emotional listening experience?

Hopefully your answer is YES, in which case please allow us to present the soundtrack for our new Pop-In Shop: Heartbreakers II, a showcase of evolving menswear curated by our VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. It’s the monthlong sequel to our first menswear Pop-In from 2014.

We asked designers and creative directors from Heartbreakers II brands to provide songs for a broken heart and songs for a heartbreaker. Every designer came correct.

The result is an extremely fresh mix of hollowed-out hip-hop, American easy listening, French rock, Afropop via the UK and Japanese versions of Western folk classics–chosen by brands including Études, Bedwin & the Heartbreakers, Maiden Noir, LONGJOURNEY, Kinfolk, Needles, Nikben, Stutterheim, XLARGE, Xander Zhou,  Tim Coppens and COTTWEILER.

Get into the official Heartbreakers II soundtrack below.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

Jams through this hyperlink

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Images by Shawn Brackbill

The most anticipated show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s was by Public School, the subtly avant garde brand designed by New York City natives Dao-Yi Chow (L) and Maxwell Osborne (R).

Their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was fascinating and seemingly inspired (to us, anyway) by Cowboy Bebop and Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat. Our ace photographer friend Shawn Brackbill was on the scene and summed it up thusly:

“Public School’s show was off-site, unlike the rest of the shows, and it was almost off-putting until I realized what was going on. They were bringing the public into it. It was an inside/outside thing. They had these big windows so people outside on the sidewalk could see the styling, see all the models getting ready. Then the models would come out and actually walk in the street, walk around the block, and then go back inside where they did a more formal runway show. That’s where all the heavy-hitter people were, everyone on the official guestlist. Then each model came back outside for a finale lineup, on the street.”

See images from the show below (and see Brackbill’s full clip of #NYFWM photos here) along with a streamable soundtrack by Twin Shadow, who always scores Public School’s live events with experimental grooves.

Shop: Public School

This way for fashion in the streets

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Images by Shawn Brackbill

The report from our man Shawn Brackbill, photographer extraordinaire, on the Todd Snyder show for Snyder’s Autumn/Winter 2016 collection at New York Fashion Week: Men’s:

“The music was The Smiths, ‘How Soon is Now,’ but an extended remix so the vocals came in really late. They had a lot of guys; a lot of looks. This show was one of those that felt like a bombardment of looks. The collection was expansive; lots of layers, lots of turtlenecks. It was beautiful and everything looked really wearable.”

Snyder, if he’s a new name to you, is one of the best American menswear designers working today, an Iowa-bred master of casual and business-casual looks with a vaguely collegiate aesthetic.

Check out Brackbill’s behind the scenes shots below (and all his #NYFWM stuff here), interspersed with our interview with the man himself, Mr. Todd Snyder.

Shop: Todd Snyder

This way for Todd Snyder images + Q&A

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Are you ready to handle the champagne for your private V-Day celebration like a total boss? Don’t worry, you don’t need a sword to saber a bottle of champagne.

Watch the flick and let Tom Stocks–our renaissance homie–be your guide to this surprisingly easy, show-stopping maneuver.

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If you’re a person who is alive, chances are you’ll be tuning into Superbowl 50 on Sunday, February 7, to watch Cam Newton and the Panthers take on Peyton Manning’s Bronco squad.

Whether you’re gearing up to support your team at a local watering hole or planning to cater a living room party (pro tip: make these wings) you may require pieces game-day pieces of flair.

Shop: sports fan gear

Get in the game, player

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It’s a miracle we all don’t just break up the second week in February.

Don’t fret, however. Our editors’ gift picks for him and her will steer you clear of any unconscious uncoupling.

BE MY VALENTINE’S GIFT: OUR PICKS

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Image and animation by Elizabeth Rudge

To better consider Brooklyn Brew Shop’s beer making kit–which we love and will be demonstrating on this blog in the near future–we asked a professional brewer to give it a test drive.

Our friend Andy Arguelles at Two Beers Brewing Company, which is right down the street from our photo studio in Seattle, said he’d give it a whirl. After he played around with Brooklyn Brew Shop’s kit for a few days, we called him and asked what he thought.

Here’s Andy on the beer kit, his favorite parts of the brewing process and which beers to pair with meals you will almost certainly cook/eat this week.

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Shop: Brooklyn Brew Shop

Hit this link for the Q&A

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The second-ever installment of New York Fashion Week: Men’s is upon us, and one of the first presentations on the schedule is by Chapter–the Los Angeles/outer-space brand designed by Devin Carlson.

Chapter is showing its autumn/winter 2016 collection, seen in the image above and video below. We’re feeling it.

Which pieces do you think Nordstrom will buy?

Shop: Chapter

Click to read about how Fashion Weeks are like glimpsing the future

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