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When I asked Kent Worthington to let me take a look inside his NYFW gear bag and tell me how he gets kitted out to support our Women’s team with their exclusive backstage reports, I wasn’t expecting him to say this: “I like to build a little shrine in my hotel room using some spiritual earth elements to ground, support and bring me energy during the week.”

Naturally, I needed to know more.

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January 26, 2015

Follow Up: @SolesBySir

The series in which we hook you up with the feeds you need.

The outcome of Super Bowl XLIX between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots will certainly be measured in points–though in the larger game of life, you could argue that the true winner will be the team with the fewest concussions. But there is another competition afoot: Which player will have the illest shoes?

We spoke about what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday with Marcus Rivero, aka Soles by Sir, the custom-footwear king of the NFL. The Miami-based painter and designer says his shoes will be worn by players on both teams on February 1. Sales have been good since his status spiked this month after Instagramming a pair of gold-flake cleats commissioned by the Seahawks’ Marshawn Lynch, which were instantly banned by the NFL. 

Apparently there’s some league rule we don’t understand about shoes needing to match the color of uniforms. But we do understand banning a shoe is a sure-fire way to make it legendary and Rivero says business is better than ever.

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(Images and captions via Jorge Valls; L: Marni finale. Beautiful new takes on traditional menswear ideas. R: Morning walk in Florence. Gorgeous!)

Here’s your chance to visit Florence and Milan for Men’s Fashion Week. (We’re gonna take you via IG, holmes!) Images with commentary are courtesy of Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Office Director Jorge Valls. Florence is above; everything else is Milan.

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January 16, 2015

Listen Up! DJ Diamond Kuts

‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.

Don’t take our word for it, go ahead and ask Nicki Minaj or President Barack Obama–they’ll tell you DJ Diamond Kuts rules. Philly native Tina Dunham has rocked huge crowds on the Obama campaign trail and helped break Minaj in her early mixtape days, eventually producing original music for the superstar rapper.

More impressive to us, though, are Diamond’s regular radio mixes on hip-hop and R&B station Power 99 FM, each one a furious dispatch with flawless between-song cutting (hence the name). While her mixes come in many modes–hip-hop, reggae, R&B–her dance mixes are arguably her most exciting work and perfect workout soundtracks.

We caught up with Ms. Kuts on the phone and talked about exercise, the art of deejaying and things to eat in Philly which are not cheesesteaks (no disrespect to cheesesteaks).

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L-R: “Lance’s mom” (Gretchen Corbett), “Lance’s mom’s boyfriend” (Justin Long), “Lance” (Carrie Brownstein) and “Nina” (Fred Armisen); image courtesy Portlandia from “The Fiancée” episode 

As a business which started in the #upperleft corner of these United States, we at Nordstrom have a special appreciation for IFC’s Portlandia. That would be the sketch comedy TV show where stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein basically teach a master class in how to mock life in Portland, OR. It’s all there: the passive-aggressiveness, the self-righteous savior complex, the questionable style choices. And yet the show, currently in its fifth season, is a love letter.

“The Fiancée” episode aired Thursday, Jan. 15, and was partially filmed at the Lloyd Center Nordstrom. (That location is now closed, with every employee who wished to be relocated given a new home at a nearby Nordstrom.) Key scenes in the episode occur at Nordstrom and feature Armisen’s character Nina, with makeup done by Jessica Needham and overall style created by her sister, two-time Emmy winner Amanda Needham.

We spoke with the sisters while the two native Portlanders sat in their car in deadlocked traffic. Topics discussed: Nina, Portlandia and good versus bad style.

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Men's Crewneck Sweater Striped

As winter turns to spring we find our preppy seafaring heroes blasting “Billie Jean” in striped crewneck sweaters, polos fully popped, no socks, no problems. Who wouldn’t take such an opportunity to hit ‘em with that Blue Steel?

Shop: Striped sweaters | All sweaters | Polo shirts

Circle up the feel-good focused bookworms; this month’s trio of tomes is right in line with January’s Wellness Realness focus.

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The Nordstrom blogs team has been poking around the vaults for a while now; hopefully you’ve been digging the Throwback Thursday series, and hopefully you won’t mind this special—and early—holiday edition.

The thing is: while thumbing through our 1975 ‘Gift Selector,’ it really hit us. There are things in there that we’d still actually dig unwrapping ourselves and giving to others for the holidays. In fact, it was a pretty hard list to narrow down, but here are the top 15 gifts we’re vibing on for friends and family, guys and gals; ironic, iconic and otherwise.

1. These oversized sunglasses and some versatile silk scarvesso many ways to wear them.

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December 1, 2014

New! Poler X Nike SB

Personal style, in the world of Portland, OR—which, if you’ve been there, you know is almost exactly the same as it’s portrayed in the TV show Portlandia—means apparel that’s all at once tech-y and earth-y, at times willfully weird, and suitable for work, play, and frequent daytrips into the great outdoors. Get on their level with the Poler X Nike SB collection. That’s Poler, the adventure/style company from Portland, blended with Nike’s skateboarding/skate-culture SB division, which is headquartered in nearby Beaverton.

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Poler X Nike SB Pom Beanie

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We agree with Herschel Supply Company that there is a virtue in being truly #wellpacked, and documenting it. Because at some point while adventuring you might need to play some cuts (shout out to Bluetooth deejays). Because you never know when you’re gonna need to Gift & Go. And because cold days are way better with a flask.

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Left: Herschel Supply Co. Pop Quick Buffalo Check Backpack | Best Made Co. Waxed Canvas Travel Zip Case 

Middle: Shwood Canby 54mm Wood Sunglasses | LSTN The Bowerys Cherry Earbuds | Graphic Image ‘Bottoms Up’ Flask | Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve | Woolrich Rugby Strip Merino Wool Blend Socks | Dean & Deluca Roasted Salted Cashews | Areaware ‘Eye Hide’ Small Wooden Container | Alexander Olch Pocket Round | Pokket Mixer Mini DJ Mixer | Jack Black Mr. Fix-It Antimicrobial Wound Rescue 

Right: Faribault Woolen Mill Royal Carefree Stewart Plaid Wool Throw | Herschel Supply Co. Network Large Canvas Pouch | Best Made Co. Cap of Courage Knit Wool Beanie 

Image by Brooklyn Benjestorf