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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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Way back in 1875, Arthur Liberty, the original founder of the eponymous U.K. department store (the flagship is still there on London’s Regent Street, in the West End) pioneered a collection of iconic prints influenced by his dealings with Oriental imports. By the 1920s, the miniature floral and abstract prints produced by the Liberty brand took on an Art Deco feel well-suited for the era, and later, 1960s bohemians paired the prints with corduroy and velvet for that opulent rock star vibe. Think: Jimi Hendrix in paisley and flares.

Fast-forward to now. Liberty Art Fabrics take center stage in Topman’s latest accessories collaboration, which is rolling out in stores and online as we speak. Hand-picked from Liberty’s extensive archives, these mostly abstract prints allow you to tie on or tuck in just the right spot of color and wit.

SHOP: Topman x Liberty Ties and Pocket Squares
SHOP ALL: Topman | Ties & Pocket Squares

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This is the last weekend to shop eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods that do good at our latest Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR.

Keep reading to see some of our favorite items—plus several certified #menswear moments that have occurred recently on our sister blog, The Thread, amidst their TMRW TGTHR coverage. (Eco-friendly camo, South African desert boots and USA-made ingenuity await.)

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With fall officially here, you might hear sentimentalists bemoaning summer’s end. The barbecues, the concerts, the bikinis—all on hold ’til next year. For our part, we welcome this brisk and soggy new situation. Attacking your closet with wit and creativity each morning is so much easier when you don’t have to worry about sweating through your shirt.

With that spirit of sartorial enthusiasm in mind, we invite you to peruse the hardy fabrics, heritage patterns and rich details that compose our 10 Fall Essentials guide.

Keep reading for tips and picks regarding the first five items you should ensure are in your arsenal for the season ahead—from tweed coats to textured ties.

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September 19, 2014

Occasion Guide: Get Outta Town

Summer is nearly done for (a fact that GQ, Starbucks and our own Fall Essentials guide make it hard to remain in denial about)—which is all the more reason to soak up the last few days of sun. Or better yet, make a plan to visit tropical climes once winter really hits.

Keep reading to get a head start on packing for two potential trips: a Mexican getaway and a Mediterranean cruise.

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Spend ten minutes chatting with Giles & Brother founder Philip Crangi, and you’ll come away with a whole new perspective on the concept of jewelry as it pertains to men. We did. Even going in as fans of Crangi’s work, our minds were nonetheless blown by the masterful silversmith’s thoughts on metalworking as an ancient technology and the role of personal adornment throughout human history.

Keep reading to see photos from our visit to Crangi’s New York studio (which he runs alongside his business partner and sister, Courtney)—and to listen in on our conversation, which also covered style tips ranging from vintage jean jackets to the bonsai-like method by which Crangi maintains his enviable beard.

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The latest creation from our in-house design team—a collection of minimalist-aesthetic, technically advanced activewear called BPM—is like a Transformer: more than meets the eye.

To better understand how BPM can improve your workout, we asked our colleagues to break down the hard-to-spot but high-impact details (based on anatomical concepts like biomimicry and muscle mapping) that put BPM’s affordable gear—starting at just $35—a step ahead.

Keep reading to see behind-the-scenes sketches of four key items and hear insights from Paul Glynn, a Senior Director of Design for Nordstrom Product Group.

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Dogs: They save lives, detect bombs, lead the blind, offer companionship through thick and thin—and look damn adorable on Instagram. (Yes, certain circumstances permit grown men to say “adorable”—pontificating on Canis familiaris is one of them.)

To celebrate National Dog Day, we fetched pup pics from some of our favorite friends’ and colleagues’ Insta feeds. Keep reading to see our favorite photo ops of man’s, woman’s and child’s best bud.

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Like tipping back a pint of your favorite microbrew or buying a hammer at your neighborhood hardware store, choosing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exercise not only in seeking out supreme quality—but also supporting the underdog.

Our third and final installment on up-and-coming, innovative, artisanal sunglass brands features RAEN (pictured top and bottom, above), a California design collective that saturates each pair of handmade shades with equal parts crashing surf, advanced optics and 1950s Americana. Keep reading for a closer look, including a Q&A with their creative director.

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Like tipping back a pint of your favorite microbrew or buying a hammer at your neighborhood hardware store, choosing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exercise not only in seeking out supreme quality—but also supporting the underdog.

In our second of three investigations into up-and-coming, innovative, artisanal sunglass brands, we turn a spotlight on the time-tested Italian craftsmanship of Dom Vetro (whose supreme-quality clear acetate is pictured above left). Keep reading for a closer look at a brand that’s invigorating a nearly lost art, including a Q&A with their founder.

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