Street Style

reigningchampmixedmediahoodieGood hoodie or best hoodie? That’s where our heads are at right now with this sleek, technologically enhanced number by Reigning Champ. We’re loving the soft terry body and wind-resistant stretch nylon arms. Functional and fashion forward. Perfect marriage.

The onset of cooler temperatures has us contemplating fall fleeces. We’re especially feeling Canadian designs, probably because we’re amped up about our new flagship store in Vancouver, B.C.

Reigning Champ is based in Vancouver and shares a factory with wings + horns, the Vancouver designer brand which is a worldwide leader in borderline dressed-up fleece.

Check two complete wings + horns looks below.

And hit these links to get your fleece on, Canadian or not. Our whole selection is fresh for fall.

Shop: Reigning Champ | wings + horns | all hoodies | all fleece | all sweaters + sweatshirts

Related: the history of the hoodie

Peep two head-to-toe wings + horns fits


twinshadowIt’s not a Public School runway show without a soundtrack by Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr. He’s done them all going back to 2012, becoming an essential piece of the New York City brand along the way.

For the show that just occurred at New York Fashion Week—and which our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy attended and covered excellently—that music takes the form of an original 9-minute dance mix.

Most Twin Shadow music is pop rock. This is a bunch of drums and squeezes of chipmunk soul. It’s a change of pace and it’s great. ’Nuff said.

Shop: Public School

–Andrew Matson



How to find your ideal fall jean jacket? The estimable Jake Woolf at GQ has styling tips for you which we 100% endorse. Such as buy a slightly smaller size than might be your first instinct. And consider jean jackets needn’t exist in a denim-only universe.

See that slappin’ Burberry jacket with the leather collar, above?


Anyway, whether this classic garment is part of your repertoire or something you’re thinking about for the first time, read Woolf’s piece here–he’s one of the menswear writers you should be reading now.

Shop: denim jackets


asaprocky2  Images courtesy Shomi Patwary

Music video director and friend of the Nordstrom blogs Shomi Patwary previously brought us behind the scenes with Ty Dolla $ign and Mark Ronson. Now he’s giving us rare glimpses at the creative process of the fashion killa himself, A$AP Rocky.

Patwary directed the video for Rocky’s song “Jukebox Joints” with Joe Fox and Kanye West, a highlight off Rocky’s album At.Long.Last.ASAP. West produced the track, which floats on a sample from an old Smokey Robinson jukebox joint.

Patwary’s video is purplish, smoky and the video and language in the song are perhaps NSFW. Know that and consider turning young kids away from the screen as you watch it.

See exclusive photos from the shoot below, and learn which Spike Lee movie inspired the video’s vertically stretched-out look.



Ready for a shot of ’90s hip-hop culture–aka one of the key retro influences in today’s menswear? Check the early rap journalism of Dao-Yi Chow, now half of the design team with Maxwell Osborne of the CFDA award-winning brand Public School.



We warned you and now it’s here: Street Report, our collection of slammin’ fall styles in the category of streetwear—or athleisure, if you will.

You know, the clothes we wear now: the jogger pants, the bomber jackets, the sneakers, the Timbs. Styling concepts that revolve around layering. Silhouettes that look not like a V (for you sharp suiters out there), but more like you.

Check out our Street Report video lookbook, shot at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, below.

Shop: Street Report




It’s time for another scan from the vaults.



daoyichowwhitebackground1Did you know Dao-Yi Chow, who co-runs the CFDA-winning brand Public School with Maxwell Osborne, is a writer and onetime rap journalist? It’s true. He confirmed it when we asked him recently at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Chow used to contribute to The Flavor back in the day, a “real hip-hop magazine” based in Seattle in the mid-1990s. Chow went by Durwin Chow GNS, “graffiti non-stop,” and lived in New York. Most Flavor writers back then contributed their stories by fax machine.

Here’s Chow’s July 1994 cover story, an interview with the brain-twisting duo Organized Konfusion.

Fun fact: Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch would one day ghostwrite for Diddy, who would eventually employ Chow and Osborne as designers at his clothing brand Sean John–before Public School became one of the hottest brands in menswear.

–Andrew Matson

Shop: Public School | men’s designer collections



New! Expanded Y-3 Selection

yohjiyamamoto5The hits keep coming from Y-3 at Nordstrom–Y-3 being one of streetwear fashion’s most elegant pacesetters, the team-up of legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto with adidas.

We’re now selling the Retro Boost, above, and Desert Boost, below. They join our offerings of the game-changingly awesome Qasa high sneaker and Y-3’s AW 15 apparel line.

We’re happy to show you these sneakers. But we wish we could hand them to you through your computer or phone screen.

They’re eerily lightweight. The midsole feels like tapioca, strangely. As with all Y-3 stuff, they look hard but feel soft–and are full of details you need to be physically near to get.

Shop: Retro Boost | Desert Boost | all y-3



How to Dress Like N.W.A

With Straight Outta Compton currently in theaters, we thought you might want to know how to dress like N.W.A—the legendary Los Angeles rap group at the center of this Hollywood blockbuster.howtodresslikenwaStyle notes: black and white everything. T-shirt slightly longer than the bomber jacket. Any Los Angeles sports gear is a bonus.

And if you’re trying to rep N.W.A around the office, we humbly suggest Raiders cufflinks.

Shop: Leather Dodgers snapbackTopman bomberRaiders cufflinks | Zanerobe long tee | Converse Chuck II sneakers | Levi’s Jeans