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The crown jewels of our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop, GIFT & GO, are a series of five blacked-out Rolexes customized exclusively for us in collaboration with Bamford Watch Department.

Make no mistake: Each watch is literally the only one of its kind in the world. Through advanced technologies, our friends at London-based Bamford take brand-new luxury watches, custom-color each individual component, and reassemble the watch to its original premium-grade specifications.

Keep reading for a closer look at our custom Daytona, Milgauss, Explorer II and more—and to hear the backstory of the brand from founder George Bamford.

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November 20, 2014

Put A Hat On It: Part 1 of 2

You’re never fully dressed without a topper. Not this time of year at least. We pulled together some of our favorite hats in a variety of styles in an effort to help you protect your noggin from the winter chill. Be sure to check back tomorrow for even more cool headgear.

Brixton ‘Hooligan’ Driving Cap

Similar Styles

Wigens ‘Vilgot’ Driving Cap | John Varvatos Star USA Cap | Ted Baker London ‘Stirhat’ Driving Cap

SHOP: Driving Caps

Bailey ‘Briar’ Wool Fedora

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Stetson Water Repellent Safari Hat | Scala ‘Classico’ Crushable Felt Outback Hat | Dorfman Pacific ‘Diamond’ Crushable Felt Fedora

SHOP: Fedoras

Obey ‘Glasgow’ Snapback Cap

Similar Styles

RVCA ‘Hooks’ Snapback Cap | True Religion Brand Jeans Baseball Cap | Vans ‘Splatter’ Snapback Hat

SHOP: Snapback Hats
Photos by Brooklyn Benjestorf

Plaid: it’s as old as the hills. But today’s best applications of ages-old tartan patterns take that traditional country club madras and your grandfather’s Sansabelts and throw a handful of future at them. Urban bravehearts hoping to steer clear of geezerville should aim for flat fronts and slim, even slightly cropped legs. And it goes without saying (but we will just in case): pair solid tops with checks, please.

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Paul Smith London ‘Kensington’BOSS HUGO BOSS ‘Sharp’ | Junya Watanabe ‘Patchwork’

SHOP: More Fall/Winter Trends | All Designer Pants

November 13, 2014

Considering: Smart Slippers

Look, on days like these, even a total genius just wants to hang around the house in a pair of slippers and eat Nutella out of the jar.

Just maybe—hopefully—not those slippers.

We took the liberty of picking out a more gentlemanly pair for old EinsteinThe L.B. Evans Duke Opera. As for his choice of spreadable Italian snack food? Oh, right. That’s our choice. And we’re fine with it, thanks.

SHOP: Slippers

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Our guest editor Thig Nat (right)—a polished professional by day, hip-hop musician and talented photographer by night—possesses an innate sense of style that shines through on the microphone as much as it does in his personal appearance.

Keep reading for a look inside Thig’s creative process as his band, The Physics, heads back into the studio—and to see his favorite fall items that work as hard as they play.

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The thing about the monk strap is that it’s a very statement-y classic. On the continuum of classics from subtle to strong, it hits the right end of the spectrum, and rings a couple of bells and whistles while it’s there. Smart, sophisticated bells and whistles, though. Think, free jazz bells and whistles. Think, well, Thelonious Monk.

We typically stay away from blanket statements, but in today’s jogger pants-with-a-sport-coat economy, you really can’t go wrong with this style: put it with a sharp, slightly short trouser or throw it under some cuffed premium denim. For your consideration: three of our favorite specimens.

To Boot New York ‘Burns’ | Prada ‘Spazzolato’ | Northern Cobbler Double

SHOP: Monk-Strap and Double Monk-Strap Loafers
SHOP: Our Favorite Fall Shoes

Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring menswear brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Aape by A BATHING APE to the U.S. for the first time.

With looks ranging from best-in-class bomber jackets to preppy cable-knit sweaters to all-camo-everything from a streetwear legend, our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop has something—nay, many things—for menswear fans of every stripe.

To help cut through the euphoria-inducing sartorial overload, we asked stylist Ashley Helvey (a talented artist, tea connoisseur and Giants fan with a deadpan sense of humor) to tell us her favorites. Keep reading for tips from the pro who assembled every I.T outfit in our shop.

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Are you acquainted with our Complete Looks page? It’s where we post head-to-toe kits assembled by the pro stylists at our photo studio, and give you links to easily shop each item shown.

As you can see above, there’s a lot to choose from. To help you narrow the field, we asked Chad Christensen—lead men’s stylist at our Seattle photo studio and the man who builds said looks—to answer a perennial office conundrum: how to look better than the guy in the next cube.

Keep reading to see Chad’s three key items for fall—which will serve you well from work to weekend.

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October 21, 2014

Fall Accessory: The Umbrella

Five guys who look great with an umbrella: George Clooney (as in The Good German above), Gene Kelly, David Beckham, Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake.

For some of us the umbrella is a necessary evil—one left all too often, unfortunately, in cabs, restaurants and cocktail bars. But in the right hands, an umbrella is also a thing of refinement.

Keep reading for our guide to pairing the foul-weather essential with jackets and accessories that’ll help you dial in a smart, practical look that’s right for you.

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October 16, 2014

9 Not-So-Serious Sweaters

The forecast is getting ominous, but our favorite fall sweaters are quite the opposite.

Our snapshot of witty sweaters is all about not taking yourself too seriously. The weather might have its teeth bared, but you can still have a good time out there.

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Natty Animalia: French Connection ‘Landscape’ Crewneck | Maison Kitsuné Intarsia Fox Head Crewneck | Michael Bastian ‘Monster’ Crewneck


Good Natured: Comme des Garçons ‘Play’ Wool V-Neck | The Kooples Skull Crewneck | Ted Baker London ‘Kenn’ Leopard Spot Sweater

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Arty Abstraction: PS Paul Smith Camo Crewneck | Burberry Brit ‘Orbain’ Crewneck | KENZO Zigzag Crewneck

SHOP ALL: Sweaters