Designer Collections

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It’s time for another scan from the vaults.

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daoyichowwhitebackground1Did you know Dao-Yi Chow, who co-runs the CFDA-winning brand Public School with Maxwell Osborne, is a writer and onetime rap journalist? It’s true. He confirmed it when we asked him recently at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Chow used to contribute to The Flavor back in the day, a “real hip-hop magazine” based in Seattle in the mid-1990s. Chow went by Durwin Chow GNS, “graffiti non-stop,” and lived in New York. Most Flavor writers back then contributed their stories by fax machine.

Here’s Chow’s July 1994 cover story, an interview with the brain-twisting duo Organized Konfusion.

Fun fact: Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch would one day ghostwrite for Diddy, who would eventually employ Chow and Osborne as designers at his clothing brand Sean John–before Public School became one of the hottest brands in menswear.

–Andrew Matson

Shop: Public School | men’s designer collections

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oliviakimnytimes1We’re in the NYTimes today with an article about SPACE, our new boutique-like store-within-a-store focused on emerging and advanced designers. SPACE launches August 20 and is the newest project from our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

SPACE is women’s-only, but we’re still jazzed about it because, you know, gifting.

A key section of the piece:

“Olivia Kim isn’t business as usual for Nordstrom, the century-old Seattle-based department store with more than 100 locations across the country. This month, she will unveil her largest project yet: SPACE, a permanent shop-in-shop of her own creation dedicated to emerging or
otherwise unrepresented designers in a handful of Nordstrom stores.

‘I didn’t want designers to feel that we were this really big company. I wanted them to understand that we could do really small things.’”

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Read more at nytimes.com and preview SPACE at nordstrom.com/SPACE.

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J.W. Anderson | Brands to Know

jwandersontshirt1British designer Jonathan Anderson is a restless and vital spirit in the fashion world, always at work on several projects at once and bringing a slightly “off” sensibility which intrigues rather than alienates. You can sense him working to expand what’s acceptable and normal, while appealing to traditional aesthetics everyone understands.

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New! Balenciaga Sneakers

balenciaga_arena_blackDid you know we carry the Balenciaga Arena? True story. We offer this extremely flossy yet approachable designer sneaker several ways: low, high, black, red, white or navy.

Like with Common Projects shoes, we aren’t offering the Arena online. Check our full collection of men’s Balenciaga sneakers in these select Nordstrom stores:

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Since we’re opening our third Canadian store on September 18th in Vancouver, B.C., we’ve been renewing our love affair with the city, draping ourselves in wings + horns gear (it’s designed there) and cruising around with 1080p Collection music bumping in our headphones.

That would be the internationally respected dance music label run out of Vancouver by Richard MacFarlane, who releases cassette tapes and floods the Internet with chill vibes. (Sorry we just said “chill vibes” but it had to be done.)

We spoke to MacFarlane about the natural beauty and the music scene in his adopted hometown–he left New Zealand because he felt the country wasn’t cool enough, musically–and which 1080p releases convey the most Vancouverishness.

Check the interview and see images from 1080p headquarters below.

–Andrew Matson

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coppens1Meet Tim Coppens (last name rhymes with opens), the talented designer who came up through the ranks at Ralph Lauren and adidas and is about to bring his CFDA award-nominated style to Nordstrom. You could call his look athleisure but you’d be better with athluxury.

After all, this is the Belgian designer who recently put 150,000 Swarovski beads on Vans sneakers at New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Tim Coppens will be shoppable mid-August on our website, and his wares sold in physical form exclusively at our Seattle headquarters and our new Canadian store in Vancouver, B.C.

We caught up with Coppens in his NYC showroom the day after his #NYFWM runway show to get to know him better through his spring/summer 2016 collection, his most personal work to date.

The collection is a memory-dive into his formative years skateboarding around New York City with his European friends in the 1990s, listening to hip-hop, watching Kids and VHS tapes of 411 Video Magazine. That crinkly nylon jacket above comes from Method Man. His red leather pullover is a Patagonia hijack. The magic mushrooms on his varsity jackets come from Tom Penny, the reclusive skater with the psychedelic public image.

Basically, Coppens dream of the ‘90s represents a magic part of his life when he hung with a tribe and followed his instincts, and which changed him forever.

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dannyny2Nordstrom Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin

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Our Men’s Fashion Office is wrapping its time in NYC for the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s, heading home after a week of scoping spring/summer 2016 styles.

For #NYFWM, the award on our squad for incurring the most street-style photography goes to Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin–which, again, we’re not surprised. And the award for clarity in a hectic situation goes to Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls.

Jorge saw two main style thrusts #NYFWM: loose luxury and 1990s-inspired streetwear. You can safely say these will define the clothes you see in retailers next spring, or at least be heavy influences. Here he is talking about both.

#NYFWM: Two Big Ideas

 

Check out Jorge’s take on four different shows during #NYFWM and explanation of the two main types of events here. Check him talking about the economic power of the whole thing here. Fashion can be a baffler, but when Jorge explains it to us, we get it.

–Andrew Matson

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varvatos-head-shotIf New York Fashion Week: Men’s were a music festival, John Varvatos would have been the headliner. The American menswear designer went last and went big at #NYFWM, with a rockin’ runway show which people jostled to get into beforehand and fought during to take photos.

We meet Varvatos backstage to talk about the England-meets-SoCal inspiration behind his stripe-y spring/summer 2016 collection–a lot of it had to do with a guitar player whose name rhymes with Beef Pritchards–and why he forewent his regular runway show in Milan in favor of New York.

Shop: John Varvatos

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billy1Behold, Billy Reid’s spring/summer 16 collection. Or most of it, anyway. The southern designer’s clothes contained some of our favorite footwear at #NYFWM, including shoes with their backs made to be heeled down. But who are we kidding, we loved the whole thing. The long jackets, loose fits, Cuban collars, hypnotic patterns, gardener-length bills on baseball hats–and especially that yellow coat above and the green vest at the end of this post.

Check out our backstage interview with Reid here, where we talked about his vision for this collection and which music he played in the studio while designing it.

Shop: Billy Reid

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