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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 4, 2014

Bookmarked: Designtripper

We’ll show you our bookmarks if you show us yours. Tell us about your favorite blogs in the comments section.

A seventeenth-century Italian flat with restored original terrazzo floors. A lush and airy Bahamian cottage tricked out by a renowned interiors visionary. An inn on Fogo Island in Newfoundland with sleek, modern architecture and a commitment to social good. Serious fodder for escapist daydreams, yes, but the real tie here is Meghan McEwen, who writes about these properties and more for Designtripper.

Upping the promise of the best design and travel blogs and nullifying long, often frustrating searches on sites like Airbnb and VRBO (and maybe equally frustrating discussions that begin with “Where should we go this year?”), McEwen’s small team of contributors explore the history, aesthetic and allure of privately owned vacation rentals all over the planet. If you’re the sort of traveler who places equal weight on journey and destination, and if majestic stone hearths in cliff-built five-story cribs seem like reason enough to cash in some frequent-flier miles, chances are good that Designtripper’s digs-centric globetrotting will appeal to you.

And, yeah, if you’re just into virtual escapism, they’ve got you on that too.

The minimal, efficiently organized interface includes filters for location, rental type (homes vs. hotels and inns), food-centric destinations, family-friendly havens and even socially conscious travel. Have a good trip.

Image of Mazzini 31 via Designtripper

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Travis Gumbs (left) and Joshua Kissi—two of our favorite photographers, stylists, travel journalists, fashion historians and the masterminds behind globally influential men’s interest blog Street Etiquette—are always up to something.

This time around, it’s a travelogue/lookbook in cahoots with Australian brand Zanerobe (progenitors of some of the best jogger pants in the biz, along with next-level shirts, shorts, jackets and more). The photographic essay, titled On the Road, took them out of their standard stomping ground of New York, and up the West Coast—hitting Los Angeles, Portland and our hometown of Seattle along the way.

Keep reading to see the results, and to shop selected items from Zanerobe’s ‘ZNRB’ fall collection.

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These visually striking and subliminally comedic portraits (seriously, when’s the last time you saw Jerry Seinfeld mug this meanly?), commissioned by New York brand rag & bone, came across our desk a few weeks ago. But today—with the launch of our latest limited-time, Olivia Kim-curated shop, Pop-In@Nordstrom x rag & bone—seemed like an ideal time to call them to your attention.

Keep reading to see more of this series by talented English photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath (a former avid skateboarder and punk band bass player who has since shot for high-profile publications like Vogue, Wired and Rolling Stone). The impressive body of work includes GQ’s deftly sardonic “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, NBA badass Carmelo Anthony, and many more men and women of all ages—a testament to the universal appeal of rag & bone’s modern-meets-heritage menswear.

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One of them is a multilingual Fashion Week veteran who’s lived in Portugal, Belgium and Spain. The other is a first-timer whose hobbies include motorcycles, IPA and minimalist sneakers. They both work here at Nordstrom HQ—and they both had a hell of a time in Europe last month for Fashion Week.

Keep reading to see selected Instagram pics by our colleagues Jorge Valls and Dan Drewes—and read their notes on favorite spring/summer 2015 fashion shows, travel tips and more.

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Few things call to mind the fleeting nature of summer quite like the sudden arrival of fall designer collections. Yesterday, the weather officially turned warm here at our Seattle HQ; today, we’re staring down buffalo plaid shirts, Fair Isle sweaters and leather jackets from brands like The Kooples.

The Paris-based label tapped Grammy-winning directors Fred&Nick to set the tone for the coming season. The resulting short film, titled Today, Tonight, is inspired by London’s fabled Ace Cafe—a 24-hour hole-in-the-wall where rival motorcyclists in the 1950s and ’60s congregated to fight over girls, hear jukebox tunes that radio stations wouldn’t play, swill tea with milk and sugar, and settle disputes on the road in 100-mph races.

Check out the teaser clip above, then keep reading to watch the full-length version, update your Fall wardrobe for day and night—and see how The Kooples can help you find your soul mate.

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Best Made Co is physically based in the big city of Manhattan—but the five-year-old company’s ethos is keenly focused on wide-open spaces with nary a skyscraper in sight.

Originating with a simple proposition to build a better axe (a lifeline in the wilderness as well as an inspirational symbol for city-dwellers), Best Made quickly expanded its offering to include form-meets-function items from first-aid kits to fireside coffee cups.

They frequently field-test said products in picturesque, enviably uninhabited locales—and collect incredible visual documentation while they’re at it. Keep reading to see excerpts from four of our favorite Best Made photo essays from all corners of the great United States (a perfect way to wrap up our LET’S GO Pop-In Shop, which comes to an end this Sunday).

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If you’ve been following our recent Father’s Day posts, you’ve probably noticed that Dads appreciate functional gifts: sunglasses, gym bags, whiskey—things they can use every day.

The ruggedly refined mix of nature and technology created by Silver Moon Woodworks—with one-of-a-kind iPad stands and cell phone valets wrought from reclaimed wood—more than fit the bill. Keep reading to catch up with the man behind the brand, George Knutson, as we tour his Renton, Washington, workshop and learn about the philosophy that fuels his tactile craft.

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What better way to celebrate our new Surf City Pop-In Shop than to grab a board and get wet?

If you’re landlocked, of course—or just foster a healthy phobia of oceanlife (as documented at our Downtown Seattle store)—the next-best thing is to crack a cold one and soak up the frothy photography of Brooklyn photographer and frequent Salt Surf collaborator Will Warasila.

See more photos and read a Q&A with Warasila on our sister blog, The Thread, and if you haven’t yet tested the waters in Surf City—do so by clicking below:


About Craig Stecyk III: “Artist, photographer, writer, filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Dogtown visionary and architect of surf and skate culture as we know it.”


About John John Florence: “Photographer, filmmaker and currently the world’s most dynamic surfer. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. His supernatural skills in the water will inform the future of the sport for generations to come.”

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…That’s some high praise—but when it’s quoted from a surf brand as legendary as Hurley, you know it’s well-deserved.

Hurley’s roots are deeply embedded in the beach culture of 1970s Costa Mesa, where Bob Hurley got his start shaping surfboards for some of the best surfers in the world. Today, Hurley (a key player in our new Pop-In Shop—Surf City) has grown to a global force that pushes the technological envelope—as well as the visual aesthetic—of what beach gear can be.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Hurley ambassadors Stecyk and Florence—and to see three Stecyk-designed surfboards on display at selected Pop-In @ Nordstrom locations.

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