Gear & Accessories

Ilaria Urbinati fitting and Eddie Bauer jacket on a model
With the winter freeze approaching, conditions are just right for the new Eddie Bauer by Ilaria Urbinati collection. A leading celebrity stylist (she’s dressed Bradley Cooper and Ben Affleck, so yeah), Urbinati created looks for the urban adventurer by updating classic Eddie Bauer pieces. These cool, heritage-rich styles will prepare you for the season in just a few lean layers (no marshmallow puffers here).

Eddie Bauer and Ilaria Urbinati collection Huntridge jacketWe spoke with Urbinati about working with the American outfitter and what essentials a man needs.

How did this collaboration come about?

I’d done suiting before, and this time I wanted to do a men’s collection with an all-American active brand. I loved the idea of creating sportswear that fits like a tailored suit—with slimmer cuts, higher armholes, etc. I wanted to work with a brand that has history and heritage that I could help modernize and introduce to a new audience. I made a wish list and Eddie Bauer was at the top. Somehow I talked them into it, and a few weeks later I was in Seattle working on the collection.



Your All-Time Top 10 Accessories

Well-chosen accessories should complement the rest of what you’re wearing. That’s complement, not compliment, which is basically to comply. The root of complement is complete.

Finishing touches can seem minor but bring everything together and leave lasting impressions. Don’t muck about. Finish strong.

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dogbuddyTrystan Rowlan with Buddy; images by Studio N

Are you ready to take a lucky dog to a whole new #flex level? Consider gifting pet accessories by legendary outdoor brands Filson and Barbour.

The receiving dog will end up looking ready to open a coffee shop/work as a park ranger–or at least stunt on the other dogs at the park while wearing waxed cotton, quilted felt and durable leather.

Fun story about the dog models in this blog post: When we learned we would be carrying all this excellent dog gear, we called Seattle Humane and asked if they had any camera hams to help show it off. They brought five “highly adoptable” dogs to our Studio N for a photo shoot. Three were adopted on the spot by Nordstrom employees. This blogger rescued Luna, below.

The remaining two dogs found new, loving homes by the end of the week. Highly adoptable, indeed.

–Andrew Matson

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Click here to let the dogs out


How to Wear a Tie

You know the four-in-hand, the half-Windsor and even how to tie a bow tie. But you ever put on your tie and it looks…not quite right? Watch this video.

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Fall Bags | Throwback Thursday

1970sbagsThese guys from our 1978 fall catalog just completed a major business deal, landing their private jet in a secluded wooded area where they know they will not be detected.

Tomorrow they will go to several banks and make several deposits.

Tonight, they will sleep in a rustic cabin surrounded by 25 million dollars in unmarked bills. There will be a flash of sadness that the adventure is over. And then with a toast of Blanton’s single barrel, a resolving contentment to let it be what it was: one last job.

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What’s in a name? Sometimes, a lot—at least as far as we can tell when it comes to Arc’teryx-sponsored athlete Roger Strong. We caught up with the professional outdoorsman as he drove down to this year’s Pacific Crest Trail Days hoopla (before jetting off to France for a global Arc’teryx meeting—ah, the good life) to chat about his go-to pistes, favorite Arc’teryx gear and, yes, getting caught in an avalanche.


Image courtesy of Roger

Strong and Joe Stock

In honor of the exclusive his-and-hers Beta LT Jackets that we’re carrying at Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics, our buds over at Arc’teryx put us in touch with Strong, an avid climber (and skier and fisherman and kiteboarder…) who’s been a sponsored athlete for 15 years and living the vertical life since his childhood in the wilderness goldmine of Denver.

Click this link to fly off a mountain with Roger


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.

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Hit this link for the full Q&A and field report


roblowesignatureConsider yourself alerted to Rob Lowe’s cover story in the new GQ. It’s about reinvention, that most American quality which Lowe has uniquely embodied, and contains such jewels as:

“If you are in a transitional period, a rebuilding period, a fallow period, go to the opposite end of your range. For me, that was comedy.”

This fall, let’s all heed Lowe’s words. Diversify our bonds and remember all that other stuff we’re good at.

Need more Lowe? Check our own interview with the man himself about, among other things, Parks & Recreation, The Grinder and his Nordstrsom-exclusive skincare line PROFILE.

And if you’ll be in/around L.A. October 2, don’t miss the chance to physically, actually, literally meet Rob Lowe at Nordstrom at The Grove, where he’ll be chilling in men’s fragrance on floor one from noon-1 p.m.



seattleseahawksBecause you want to rep your squad before the game but unlike at your bro’s tech job–where everyone wears t-shirts and sits on yoga balls all day–your office dress code is business casual.

That’s why Vineyard Vines’ NFL ties are on point.

But you know what? It’s not just about the external pressure to look good. Contrary to popular belief not all football fans are schlubby.

Some of us, as much as we love the no-cares-given fashion sense of Bill Belichik–and sincerely, we do–like to look crispy and clean while supporting our team.

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Backpack Round-Up

fryebackpackWhether you’re carrying a computer, packing your it’s-starting-to-get-chilly jacket for the evening, or keeping a beach blanket wrapped around a bottle of champagne: a backpack is your friend.

And we must not overlook this accessory’s great style potential. Think about it. Your outfit is slamming and then you drape some raggedy bag over your back? Nullifies everything. Don’t be that guy.

Be the guy who gets compliments on his backpack.

In this category, the leather Frye backpack above is our current object of desire. See six more lustworthy backpacks below:

Shop: Frye backpack | Marc Jacobs backpackELEVENPARIS backpack | Herschel backpack | Arc’teryx backpack | STATE backpack | Poler backpack

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