Time flies when you’re having fun-ukkah—and with the final night of Hanukkah sneaking up fast, even heroic dads might find themselves short a present or two. We have just the intergalactic ticket: a galaxy of Star Wars-themed gifts, from Darth Vader Pez dispensers to a Lightsaber night-light to a C-3PO phone case ideal for Dark-Side selfies.
Keep reading for our Star Wars gift picks—for kids large or small.
If you’re out and about pre-dawn on this fine, post-Thanksgiving morning, we salute you. However, the best, surefire way to avoid epic confrontations over the last leather jacket (or dastardly cloak?) in your size at the store is to simply stay home—pie in-hand, football on-screen, enjoying our Online Black-Friday Deals from the comfort of your couch.
To celebrate Black Friday, we picked a few of our favorite sale items—in timeless, stylish, black. Keep reading to see our sale-priced Editor’s Picks.
With the inaugural night of Hanukkah in the bag, it’s likely your sharp-witted whippersnapper has already ferreted out the box that contained the new Xbox One or PS4. (Or, if you’re a savvy dad who enjoys instilling a sense of delayed gratification—you’ve wisely hidden it in the dark recesses of your home’s most unsuspecting closet until the eighth crazy night.)
Either way, you’ll need some smaller surprises to offset the gaming console (or other mother-lode, holy-grail gift they’ve been asking for since summer). Look no further than our Brite Lites_Gift City Pop-In Shop, online and in selected stores. It’s stacked to the rafters with awesomely odd items that your oddly awesome offspring will love. Read on for eight of our favorites—most under $30. (After all, Hanukkah is the Festival of ‘Lites.’)
With temperatures plummeting and our Snow Shop open for business, we can think of no better way to set the stage for ski season than to gaze upon the stunning, strange, retro-futuristic glory of perhaps our favorite piece of Nordstrom memorabilia of all time. Behold, WinterSki ’77-’78: Saga of Light.
Continue reading for more skis in space, naked people modeling eyewear, and cryptic quotations. (Sample: “We drifted, transported through the essence, nearly weightless.” Huh? Long live the late ’70s.)
Having reached the mid-point of Movember—the month during which men all over the world grow moustaches to raise awareness and funds for important men’s health issues—we thought we’d offer some ‘stache-strengthening inspiration from a pro-grower, comedian Nick Offerman, above. So hang in there, gentlemen—and keep on cultivating, even in the face of humble stubble patterns.
Read on to see how some of our colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ are doing their part this Movember.
What happens when our Men’s Shop video team goes to Las Vegas during Market Week? They run into Pharrell. They get down to brass tacks with up-and-coming design heroes. And they make some movie magic—amidst three furious days of menswear trade shows.
Watch the exclusive Q&A clips above to hear what inspires and influences some of our favorite brands—from motorcycles to surfboards and punk rock to poetry—then shop our Editor’s Picks after the jump.
Christopher Bailey is a man of many talents. As Chief Creative Officer of 150-year-old British brand Burberry, he’s at the helm of decisions large and small—from intricate details on Burberry’s impeccable clothes, to imagery for global ad campaigns, to the architecture of a new flagship store.
Accordingly, it’s noteworthy that Burberry’s latest men’s fragrance, Brit Rhythm, is the first that’s been concepted and created entirely in-house, by Bailey and team. It stands to reason that this is the purest olfactory translation of the Burberry male attitude yet.
In the words of Bailey himself, Brit Rhythm is “Sexy and provocative…Inspired by the exhilaration and adrenaline of live music and the electric energy of the crowd.” If your normal perception of Burberry involves pristine English countrysides, classic trench coats and charming accents, it’s with good reason—see their Burberry Acoustic video series for all of the above.
But don’t forget, Britain is also one of the birthplaces of punk rock. Based on the hot-pink slickers, head-to-toe tiger print, and seriously rugged outerwear he’s sent down runways in recent years, we’ve always known that Bailey has a taste for rock and roll. The Brit Rhythm campaign images—and raucous Kaiser Chiefs performance at Burberry’s Regent Street store/venue, above—are further proof.
So, what does Brit Rhythm actually smell like? Read about its distinctive ingredients below—and to experience it in-person, visit a Nordstrom store near you.
Electric Top Notes: Fresh Basil Verveina • Spicy Cardamom • A Shot of Juniper Berries
You can talk Star Wars and Scarface for days—but are you fluent in French New Wave? For a primer on the genre that will score you more conversation points with girls (or guys) who wear glasses, check out our previous post on the topic—and to rep your favorite Jean-Luc Godard film wherever you go, pick up the Vivre Sa Viesnapback seen above.
It’s one of three custom New Era hats brought in exclusively for our French Fling Pop-In Shop. The title of the 1962 film translates directly as To Live Her Life, but it was released to American audiences as My Life to Live—an aptly self-assured headwear sentiment whether you’re lightening the vibe at a cheese tasting or out-classing your friends in a game of pick-up basketball.
We’ll gloss over the seedy details of the film’s plot line (no spoilers!), but do check out the classic jukebox scene in the clip above—and keep watching until the end, for a pick-up line that would never work in a million years. Unless, maybe, you’re French. Or wearing a great hat. But still, we don’t recommend it.
To purchase a top-of-the-line edition of Vivre Sa Vie on DVD or Blu-Ray—and for more in-depth film reviews, essays, and photo galleries than you can shake a baguette at—visit The Criterion Collection.
Dressing for the Season, 101: Cold mornings call for warm clothes—and that goes for everything from your socks to your tie.
On a pristinely fogged-in dawn here at our Seattle HQ, these Yves Saint Laurent ties caught our eye immediately, for several reasons: 1. They’re sturdy. Cut from substantial wool blends, they’ll balance your boots and offset your scarf. 2. They’re sophisticated. Crafted in France and displaying classic patterns like houndstooth and herringbone, you’ll never feel like you’re wearing a bulky flannel shirt around your neck. 3. They’re timeless. Ranging from 2.5 to 3 inches across, they’re the ideal width—not too skinny, not too wide, perfect with anything from a three-piece suit to a slim shirt and dark jeans.
Pro Tip: As always, we recommend tying these on with a basic four-in-hand knot. The fabric is thick enough on its own; keep the slim lines of the rest of your kit consistent with an understated knot.