Behind the Scenes

6A8A9B7B-F57E-452B-949BFC1CFA7C07F6Apolis makes smart, durable menswear and maintains utter transparency about its supply chain, achievements for which it is recognized by both style and business organizations. You may not know the brand, but you should.

We got on the horn with cofounders/brothers Raan and Shea Parton to talk about the mission of Apolis, collaborating with Warby Parker and the benefit of growing up next to a Patagonia visionary.



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EJCome hang out at our Chicago flagship store in Men’s Shoes this Thursday from 5-7PM, where we will be hosting special guest EJ Samson, director of content strategy for Hearst Media Group–aka the guy who runs the website for Esquire.

It should be fun. All the event info is here.

Samson put together outfits featuring Timberland boots which will be on display in the store. He will be ready to answer your questions.

Ask him about the outfits. Ask him about Esquire. Dance to the deejay or stomp around in your Timberlands and enjoy light bites and cocktails.

To get to know him better, we called Samson ahead of the event and asked him about his history with styling and his visions for the future of digital journalism.

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Saturdays-3108Images by Robin Stein

Surf-inspired brand Saturdays NYC started in 2009 with a staunch imperative to chill, selling espresso shots and hosting hang-outs in the storefront backyard. Years later the brand has become a serious fashion player, but the chill has not waned.

When we met with co-founder Morgan Collett at Saturdays’ showroom in New York, a zen glow hovered over him from the previous day, when he watched the sun rise and surfed in Japan with one of his idols, Kohei Chiba.

A hardcore fan of Swedish design who cut his teeth working for Acne and J. Lindeberg, Collett is also still that kid from Newport Beach, California, who got a varsity letter on his high school surf team.

Read on for our interview with Collett to learn how his brand truly represents a culture, how surfing is different in New York versus Cali–and to see images of prototype shoes in Saturdays’ SoHo showroom.

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Full Q&A through this link


Eton-3146Images by Robin Stein

Toward the end of our interview with Sebastian Dollinger, head of design at the Swedish brand Eton–makers of arguably the finest dress shirts on the market–he shared his love of lying:

“One time I told a reporter the whole collection was inspired by fish. And they printed it!”

So forgive us if we have doubts about the existence of his new EDM band, which he said is called Highly Sedated and appears to be un-Googleable.

Dollinger has a rock star personality regardless, and is a master designer with a deep history at Eton. He was practically born into the company and as an elementary school kid, used to sneak into his dad’s basement to watch him design Eton shirts.

Read on for a candid interview with Dollinger and photos from the Eton showroom in midtown Manhattan.

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bluejeancommitteeImages courtesy IFC

Every Documentary Now! episode on IFC begins with Helen Mirren’s dead-serious introduction about the educational film you are about to see–and then embarks on a bait-and-switch journey into mockumentary that is consistently weird and hilarious. This is the funny new show you should watch this fall, the brainchild of SNL alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and producer Seth Meyers.

Attention to detail is crucial in this form of comedy, and a good chunk of the program’s perfect pitch comes from costume designer Marylou Lim.

We talked to Lim about dressing Armisen and Hader as they used their fake-documentary style to rip into Grey Gardens, the Vice media network, soft rock icons the Eagles–and other subjects that wouldn’t have occurred to anyone else, like a fictional parade in Iceland dedicated to an exotic notion of Al Capone.

We’re looking forward to more of this inspired joking and more outfits from Lim. Documentary Now! just got picked up for two more seasons on IFC.

Click here for the Q&A


miansai1Studio images courtesy Miansai; antique fair images and captions by Michael Saiger

Look at the flick of that wrist: Is that a Miansai?

Yes, indeed. The eye-catching Miami-based brand creates masculine, nautical-inspired jewelry. Its calling card is the bracelet. Trademark wrap and cuff models sail out of Miansai’s ocean-adjacent headquarters and end up on fashion runways and wrists of regular guys worldwide.

Versatility is the thing with these bracelets. They look good with t-shirts and with suits. Any occasion is fine. And just so you know, from our official scientific testing at parties, a Miansai bracelet will net at least one compliment per 15 minutes.

We spoke with founder and creative director Michael Saiger about the Miansai name–pronounced my-ahn-sigh–and his main source of inspiration: antique fairs.

Shop: Miansai | jewelry and cufflinks | all accessories

Hit this link for the full Q&A and field report


ervell1Images by David Brandon Geeting

Speaking on the phone with new-to-Nordstrom designer Patrik Ervell about his personal history and design inspirations, we guessed he might talk about coming of age in the 1990s. His take on Seinfeld-esque jeans sort of gives him away as a child of that era.

We didn’t expect the native Northern Californian to go on about Britpop, British underground culture (“they invented all the forms”) and Brutalist architecture. Nor to reveal that he once worked at Nordstrom. But that’s an actual fact.

The clothes you should be wearing this fall from Ervell display a blend of austerity and flyness, with careful attention paid to sensory details. There is a distant Joy Division thing happening, the printed logo on a few shirts looks just like Jodeci’s, and everything is made to feel a certain way on your skin that’s hard to convey through the Internet.

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Read more about Patrik Ervell, including which Brutalist building he admires and visits frequently in New York City’s Chinatown.



While staring at color-changing leaves, we recommend zoning out to this trippy music mix created by Creatures of the Wind–one of the brands we sell in our new SPACE shop. That would be the new venture by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim, to showcase emerging and advanced designers.

SPACE is womenswear-only and we’re feeling it hard for inspiration and gifting.

The mix was used in Creatures of the Wind’s FW 15 runway show last February, where the collection (which we now sell) was inspired by American psychedelic rock.

Our writer Laura Cassidy was on the scene back then and remarked:

“…the soundtrack was appropriately heavy, droney, and fuzzed-out. Imagine Silver Apples’ ‘Seagreen Serenade’ into Captain Beefheart’s ‘Autumn’s Child,’ followed by ‘The Bulblight’ by Rod Freeman and ‘Paix’ by Catherine Ribiero.”

Sounds great except you don’t have to imagine it anymore. Here it is:

And did you know? Laura is back in effect right now at New York Fashion Week, breaking down 2016 collections. Follow along with her right here.

Shop: Creatures of the Wind


asaprocky2  Images courtesy Shomi Patwary

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.



jorgevallsdetailsOur own Jorge Valls, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, was featured in a Details article yesterday about “Retiree Style”–a term which writer Alex Frank connects to the rise of unabashedly comfort-focused menswear.

Click here to read the piece.

To be clear: Jorge definitely has a job and is not retired. He’s actually doing his job in this image, headed into a runway show at Paris Fashion Week. When we see him in the halls today we’re going to remind him not to take the “retiree” tag too seriously.

But to keep it 100, jokiness of the term aside, Jorge’s personal style is a perfect example of what the article is talking about: breezy, sporty and perfectly accessorized, a mixture of designer and everyday items worn with an assuredness that comes with killing it over time. Because like Kanye West says: when you try hard, you die hard.

On a related note, click here to listen to Jorge talk about runway shows and overarching trends at the recent New York Fashion Week: Men’s.