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Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.

Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.

Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.

See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.

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Ready for a shot of ’90s hip-hop culture–aka one of the key retro influences in today’s menswear? Check the early rap journalism of Dao-Yi Chow, now half of the design team with Maxwell Osborne of the CFDA award-winning brand Public School.

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umitbenanPeep this fire ensemble from Umit Benan, one of the newer designer brands acquired by our expert buying team. We’re feeling everything about Umit Benan’s Fall/Winter 15 Fisherman Collection–and this outfit specifically, from the cut of the pants and shape of the jacket, to that attention-grabbing banded collar shirt. Flawless victory, Mr. Benan.

Here’s Benan in an article our friends at Four Pins hipped us to, talking about the inspiration for the Fisherman Collection, influenced by growing up in Turkey and absorbing life in Bosporus Strait port cities:

“When you go down to the Bosporus, you see men, 50-60 years old, with big bellies and facial hair, wearing extremely colorful clothes. Yes, most of them are technical garments from brands like Nike or adidas, but I like this contrast between these masculine Turkish men and all these bright colors. […] It was just a childhood memory I wanted to share.”

Hit the link below to see our full Umit Benan offerings.

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Amid the white walls and clean lines of his office, Ryan Willms, editor-in-chief of the design magazine Inventory, cuts an equally crisp silhouette. His hair hangs in a sharp fringe just below his angular chin. His nose truly is aquiline. His selection of a white shirt and black pants might be austere if he weren’t so relaxed.

To celebrate the opening of our Vancouver store on September 18, we’ve been exploring the city through the eyes of its fashionable residents. Get a glimpse of what British Columbia’s big city looks like to Willms in the interview below.

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Your job takes you all over the world. How does Vancouver stack up?

I always enjoy coming back to Vancouver. The air here is amazing. I try to appreciate these days. Being able to run the seawall or go to the mountains is certainly unique to the city. There are some interesting people and things happening in Vancouver, but you have to hunt them out on your own a little more than in bigger cities.

What three words would you use to describe Vancouver style?

Casual, comfortable, inoffensive.

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We warned you and now it’s here: Street Report, our collection of slammin’ fall styles in the category of streetwear—or athleisure, if you will.

You know, the clothes we wear now: the jogger pants, the bomber jackets, the sneakers, the Timbs. Styling concepts that revolve around layering. Silhouettes that look not like a V (for you sharp suiters out there), but more like you.

Check out our Street Report video lookbook, shot at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, below.

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Fall Denim: Five Washes to Know

falldenimblack1There are a billion and one things to know about denim, but at this exact moment you only need to know two:

1) Slim fit is the new normal.

Don’t worry, wearing slim-fit jeans does not mean having an awful time trying to get your keys into/out of your pocket. It means you’re living in modern times.

2) Owning jeans in various washes is the move.

If you care about coordinating with your shoes and the rest of what you’re wearing, you’ll need a few pairs of jeans in different colors. Five washes for you to consider: black, distressed, grey, vintage inspired and dark wash.

Check out the murdered-out fit above and, below, four more ensembles to inspire you to master each category.

Shop: cold weather Chuck Taylors | DIESEL hoodie | BLK DNM t-shirt | J Brand jeans

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Image by Ameris Photography

Niña Mendoza’s suit by Manuel Mendoza

We’ve been rocking with 100% Vancouver deejays lately, with our new store opening September 18 in that majestic Pacific Northwest metropolis.

One recent set by Vancouver’s Niña Mendoza gave us life (shout out DayShiftSEA, one mile from Nordstrom HQ in Seattle) and we highly recommend her funky, right-now-meets-1983 mix “Love For Free,” promoting her September 10 show with Dâm-Funk. It’s been sustaining us throughout the week.

Stream the mix below and download it here so you don’t kill your data while you’re in the gym. Hit READ MORE for the track list and Vancouver-focused Q&A.

And if you’re in Vancouver, catch Niña Mendoza Fridays starting in September at the Projection Room inside the Fox Cabaret.

Love For Free Mix • Niña Mendoza by Blueprintlive on Mixcloud

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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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