Designer Collections

turkey-cranberry-sandwich3It was slightly more stressful than it needed to be and your aunt said that one offensive thing, but guess what? Thanksgiving is over.

Now it’s time to make a sandwich and shop our men’s designer clearance sale.

We’re talking 55% off the regular retail price, in some cases, until November 30. With so many incredible brands suddenly in your realm of purchasing: go for it.

Shop: designer clearance


You think you can mess with Karl on any level?

karl3Think again, cowboy.

Man, myth and fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of an article by Andrew O’Hagan which you must read.

Through the piece, we gain a greater appreciation for Lagerfeld’s intellect and specific flavor of inscrutability–a kind of sparkling aloofness which might be annoying if he didn’t hit nothing but homeruns as the designer of Chanel, Fendi and his own line, to name a few projects.

But homeruns he hits. And so he is legend. Have you ever worn a Lagerfeld watch or gifted anything Chanel or Fendi for a special occasion? Then you already know.

Read the piece 

Shop: KARL LAGERFELD | Chanel | Fendi


This past June, Giorgio Armani opened Armani/Silos, his own museum in the center of Milan, to showcase his life and work. It’s been a big year for the house of Armani—but not as big as 1975 was.

armani1Forty years ago the legendary brand began, and today it is one of the most successful fashion companies in the world. But this is an industry that tends to favor the future. There were celebrations around the anniversary and the Armani/Silos opening, and then it was time to get back to work.

Recently in Milan, the house presented their spring ’16 collection, and we were lucky enough to get some time with the iconic designer himself.

Here’s what Giorgio Armani had to say to our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy about consistency, passion, dedication and desire.

Click here for our Milan Fashion Week coverage

Shop: Armani Collezioni

Through this link: Armani Q&A and images from the past 40 years


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


reigningchampmixedmediahoodieGood hoodie or best hoodie? That’s where our heads are at right now with this sleek, technologically enhanced number by Reigning Champ. We’re loving the soft terry body and wind-resistant stretch nylon arms. Functional and fashion forward. Perfect marriage.

The onset of cooler temperatures has us contemplating fall fleeces. We’re especially feeling Canadian designs, probably because we’re amped up about our new flagship store in Vancouver, B.C.

Reigning Champ is based in Vancouver and shares a factory with wings + horns, the Vancouver designer brand which is a worldwide leader in borderline dressed-up fleece.

Check two complete wings + horns looks below.

And hit these links to get your fleece on, Canadian or not. Our whole selection is fresh for fall.

Shop: Reigning Champ | wings + horns | all hoodies | all fleece | all sweaters + sweatshirts

Related: the history of the hoodie

Peep two head-to-toe wings + horns fits


twinshadowIt’s not a Public School runway show without a soundtrack by Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr. He’s done them all going back to 2012, becoming an essential piece of the New York City brand along the way.

For the show that just occurred at New York Fashion Week—and which our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy attended and covered excellently—that music takes the form of an original 9-minute dance mix.

Most Twin Shadow music is pop rock. This is a bunch of drums and squeezes of chipmunk soul. It’s a change of pace and it’s great. ’Nuff said.

Shop: Public School

–Andrew Matson


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.

Shop: Patrik Ervell

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


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.



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.

Shop: Umit Benan