Designer Collections

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Created by the Belgian fashion legend Raf Simons–described in this recent T Magazine profile as “the most important menswear designer in the world”–we offer these sneakers for your consideration. Both began as adidas sneakers and then Simons had his way with them.

Are you drawn to the monochrome austerity of the R-branded Stan Smith? Do you feel emotions when faced with the beautiful colors and calculated gaudiness of the Ozweego 2?

If you answered yes to either, you may have found your new spring sneaker.

Shop: Raf Simons ‘adidas Stan Smith’ | Raf Simons ‘adidas Ozweego 2’ 

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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 this month 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 partner Christa Thomas be? They only run Maiden Noir simultaneously with a coffee shop, a line of bags 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

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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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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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Photos by Atsushi Nishijima and Yoshiyuki Matsumura, courtesy Arc’teryx

You likely know Arc’teryx–the outdoors brand based in Vancouver, B.C., which has a fanatical following and specializes in the kind of technical perfection required by Olympics-level skiers.

But do you know Arc’teryx Veilance?

The fashion-oriented Veilance line balances body movement with a minimalist aesthetic, comprising anatomically tailored pieces which are perfect for, say, riding your bike to work. And then wearing while at work.

There’s a considered subtlety to the design of the Veilance line which reveals itself in real life. The hidden buttons on the blazers. The geometry of the sweater yoke. The soft proprietary weaves of wool, nylon, cotton and elastane.

Get a feel for Veilance in these images from the Arc’teryx publication Tomorrow, which uses as a model the famous photographer JIMA.

Shop: Arc’teryx Veilance

Click here to see Veilance unveiled

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Images courtesy Cottweiler

Specializing in abstracted tracksuits designed in England by Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell, Cottweiler is one of those underground brands you might be unconsciously familiar with, since it’s worn by famous musicians. If you ever thought FKA twigs looked cool on stage–and frankly it’s not even up for argument that she does–or wanted to dress like the grime emcee Skepta, Cottweiler is worth your attention.

We’re proud to announce Cottweiler is part of Heartbreakers II, our upcoming menswear-themed Pop-In Shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Launching in time for Valentine’s Day and running from February 12 through March 13, Heartbreakers II is all about evolving menswear.

Images below are from Cottweiler’s recent autumn/winter 2016 show at London Collections Men. That means the clothes are meant for two seasons from now, so none of them will be available for Heartbreakers II. Still, it’s worth getting into Cottweiler’s world for a second to get a feel for what we’ll be dealing with come February.

Click here to see more of Cottweiler’s wheaty aesthetic and asymmetrical designs.

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The designer himself; images courtesy Xander Zhou

Fresh off the runway in London, consider these images a preview of sorts for Heartbreakers II, our upcoming menswear-themed Pop-In Shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Launching in time for Valentine’s Day and running from February 12 through March 13, Heartbreakers II is all about evolving menswear.

One of the featured designers in Heartbreakers II is Beijing-based Xander Zhou–who, fun fact, is also the fashion director at the Chinese version of The New York Times’ T Magazine.

Images below are from Zhou’s recent autumn/winter 2016 show at London Collections Men. That means the clothes are meant for two seasons from now, so none of them will be available for Heartbreakers II. Still, it’s worth getting into Zhou’s world for a second to get a feel for what we’ll be dealing with come February.

Click here to see Xander Zhou’s sartorial visions for modern men/knaves

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