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The brand Pintrill, out of Brooklyn, NY, answers the question: What if you took the collectible world of pin culture, and speared it through your phone and into your text messages?

Jordan Roschwalb started Pintrill in April 2014 with his girlfriend Doni Gitlin and homie Andrew Yung. He talked to us on the phone about the communal power of pins and future possibilities for the Oxford English Dictionary.

After speaking with him, we’re even more certain that these pins will get you noticed at a music festival or on the street. And maybe bartered with.

Shop: Pintrill | Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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If you’re at all susceptible to the spastic charms of festival-grade EDM, you probably already know and love Major Lazer, the electronic band with a superhero aesthetic–and which has its own cartoon premiering April 16 featuring John C. Reilly. If not, come check out the global dancehall party via this custom Nordstrom mix and get your learn on. These sounds are crazy, son!

Several Nordstrom-exclusive previews and remixes in there, too, of music by Diplo, DJ Mustard, Machel Montano, Sean Paul, Stromae, Nyla and Ariana Grande (*airhorn*).

It’s the perfect soundtrack to Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom, our collection of apparel and accessories that puts a non-#basic spin on festival gear and updates classic rave aesthetics from the 199os. Pop-In, of course, is the rotating themed shop within selected physical Nordstrom locations and online, curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim.

Much props to mixmaster and Major Lazer producer Walshy Fire, coming out of Miami. We’re looking forward to his new music label, Planet Raux, and fully expecting the upcoming Major Lazer album “Peace Is the Mission”–which he’s all over, including the sleek single “Lean On“–to dominate dance parties this spring and all through festival season.

Shop: Major LazerMagic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

 

Back in the early-/mid-’90s, rappers had a serious taste for Polo gear in bold primary and secondary colors. I mean, witness Raekwon and Ghostface Killah in the video for the Wu-Tang Clan’s “Can It Be All So Simple.”

‘Lo-ed out!

With that history in mind, we look at this shot from the 1992 Nordstrom holiday catalog and think back fondly on classic street-yacht menswear.

Shop: Polo Ralph Lauren

The Sneaker Project is a curated selection of sneakers handpicked by our buyers, and forgive our immodesty here, but it rules. Twice a year we give it an extra dimension with atmospheric videos shot in various cities. We pick a sneaker enthusiast and make them our tour guide. So far we’ve profiled Seattle, New York and now Los Angeles.

Our L.A. video was made by and stars Dan Regan and his actor friend Spencer Lofranco. Regan is a downtown L.A. dweller and Venice neighborhood local, an artist/photographer/director we admire–someone whose professional title could probably be something nebulous like “creative strategist and digital fathomer,” but that’s obnoxious and he’s not.

In fact, he’s pretty much the man for steering us away from #basicstuff in Venice and recommending a few crucial spots to chill and eat. Check out our Q&A and some behind-the-scenes snapshots below.

Shop: The Sneaker Project

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Photos by Regina Garcia

You’ve probably heard the modern, headphone-y pop music of Toronto duo Majid Jordan without knowing it through Drake: they wrote and were featured on Drake’s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and on “Legend,” he shouts them out, saying their album will drop this year on his label OVO.

While you’re waiting for that, peep their earlier work Afterhours and A Place Like This

Jamie Webster handles the entire visual presence of the group (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) as creative director, in between his creative director and partner roles at the Common Good production company and design studio and co-owning the bar Dog & Bear. He took us site by site through the insiders’ tour of Toronto that is the music video for “Forever,” which he directed.

“The idea was to provide their audience with a glimpse of Toronto through Majid Jordan’s eyes. Not the CN Tower or cheesy buskers at Yonge-Dundas Square. It’s not a Toronto tourist video. It’s spaces that are cool or have a significance to us. We see the way the city is depicted and it’s often way off the mark.”

Get to know Majid Jordan’s Toronto below.

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Here we have a little behind-the-scenes action from the photo shoot for Magic Hour, our new Pop-In@Nordstrom. For the uninitiated, Pop-Ins are recurring boutiques curated by our director of creative projects Olivia Kim, which exist in selected physical Nordstrom locations and of course online.

Magic Hour refers to the time at a music festival when the sun sets and tame gives way to turnt. Snapshots and a detailed statement from Olivia are below.

Shop: Magic Hour Pop-In@Nordstrom

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Street League–our current streetwear collection–is built on a few key silhouettes and a rebellious shift in men’s fashion. What are those silhouettes and how did we get here? We sat with two of our in-house experts and had us a good long think.

Edited convo below with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls and Lead Men’s Stylist Danny Mankin.  

jogger pants streetwear

Joggers

Nordstrom blogs: The jogger pant came to the streets from runways, right? Or did we get here through athletics?

Jorge Valls: From a designer level, Dries Van Noten was one of the first brands that I saw taking a pant silhouette and trying to make it new. I saw them put a cuff on a cotton pant or a wool pant. And drawstrings, too.

Danny Mankin: But there’s definitely an athletic influence.

Jorge: It’s very athletics-inspired, but it’s not what you wear to the gym. It’s athletic that you wear outdoors, on the street. But it’s elevated, an organic evolution. The current generation wears comfortable clothes all the time, so this is their version of dressing up. And the sneaker excitement right now? These are all fashion sneakers. You can work out in these, but they’re fashion.

Danny: I think the evolution of the jogger pant was influenced by the rise of the sneaker. The sneaker was rising so fast, it became a fashion statement. That influenced the gathering of the pant at the ankle.

Jorge: And some goth culture. That comes from Rick Owens, that goth-athletics aspect. He’s a body builder, and a lot of his clothes are built for movement. I would say any body type could wear this, though. It’s very forgiving.

Nordstrom blogs: What about the colors?

Jorge: Right, well, another big part of this look is the graphic element. High contrast. Black and white is perfect to create that. You’ll notice that the clothes tend to be black-and-white or tonal. But the sneaker is where most guys are unafraid to do crazy color and have it be a pop, a statement.

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hanni el khatib

Images by Elizabeth Rudge

Bay Area native Hanni El Khatib is an all-around aesthetician, full-time rock bandleader, rap fan, record label owner (Innovative Leisure), streetwear design legend for the brand HUF–speaking of which, have you seen Nordstrom’s new streetwear collection?–and a real pleasure to speak with over a glass of ice water and a Murder magazine.

Right now it’s rock time for El Khatib. He’s playing shows almost every night.

He talked to us about touring, being back in the saddle as a skate/street designer and why most rap-rock songs are atrocious.

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throwback thursday

Thumpers L-R: Marcus Pepperell, John Hamson, Jr.; image courtesy Sub Pop

We’ve had “Galore” by London-based duo Thumpers on repeat during this seasonal shift from frost to flowers, an album so energetic and full of life it can make spring cleaning fly by. Peep a snippet of the track “Roller” in our garden-kaleidoscope Spring Field Guide video, and listen to the full song below.

John Hamson, Jr. (drummer, multi-instrumentalist) talked to us from a coffee shop in the English countryside about growing up on Missy Elliott and feeling like most indie rock music is hecka boring.

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theesatisfaction

L-R: DJ Mursi Layne, Catherine Harris-White, Stasia Irons

Image by Elizabeth Rudge

The ever-stylish neo-soul/hip-hop group THEESastisfaction is back and baring it all on second album EarthEE (Sub Pop), a great spring record that principal members Stas and Cat (Stasia Irons and Catherine Harris-White, based in Brooklyn and Seattle) are calling their breakup album. It’s not a depressing listen, though. Instead it carries hopeful messages of renewal and lyrics about finding new ways to continue on.

Stas and Cat may have broken up as real-life romantic partners, but they are recommitted to their THEESatisfaction project together–now including the smooth DJ Mursi Layne and a community-building series of Black Weirdo dance parties–and the overarching goals of honoring blackness and a queer-positive viewpoint through free-form art. 

We think THEESat is rad, and luminaries agree: Grammy winners/nominees Ishmael Butler and Meshell Ndegeocello guest on EarthEE; feminist indie rock icons Sleater-Kinney are taking THEESatisfaction on their spring reunion tour; and Martin Scorsese said Cat was dope as hell. Basically. 

Here are Stas and Cat on music, Macklemore, Black History Month and working with Scorsese.

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