Depending on where you hang your (rain)hat, winters have a well-earned reputation for grey, wet weather. While there are crisp, clear blue days on occasion—we promise—our style usually has to fight the rain while our moods battle the gloom. But you get used to it and you make it work.
Coffee, sunboxes, alcohol, vitamin D and raincoats help.
A good water-resistant jacket seems to protect your clothes and your soul when the climate is particularly dreary. New, design-minded companies like Stockholm-based Stutterheim are creating contemporary coats that not only stop the wind and rain from dampening clothes, but, with handmade craftsmanship and clean silhouettes, also look good even when the weather is rearing its ugly head. And that, in turn, makes us kind of happy.
Here’s what you need to know about the company that has as its motto “Swedish Melancholy at Its Driest.”
The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.
But imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.
So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?
Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.
And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.
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).
We 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.
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.
These 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.
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.