Hey, player: Are you ready for a super-emotional listening experience?
Hopefully your answer is YES, in which case please allow us to present the soundtrack for our new Pop-In Shop: Heartbreakers II, a showcase of evolving menswear curated by our VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. It’s the monthlong sequel to our first menswear Pop-In from 2014.
We asked designers and creative directors from Heartbreakers II brands to provide songs for a broken heart and songs for a heartbreaker. Every designer came correct.
The fashion-oriented Veilance line balances body movement with a minimalist aesthetic, comprising anatomically tailored pieces which are perfect for, say, riding your bike to work. And then wearing while at work.
There’s a considered subtlety to the design of the Veilance line which reveals itself in real life. The hidden buttons on the blazers. The geometry of the sweater yoke. The soft proprietary weaves of wool, nylon, cotton and elastane.
Get a feel for Veilance in these images from the Arc’teryx publication Tomorrow, which uses as a model the famous photographer JIMA.
Looking ahead from winter to spring sneakers, know this: we are still in the era of the re-appreciation of the adidas Stan Smith tennis shoe. Aka the whitest sneaker that ever white-ed in the history of whiteness.
But do not fail to consider the all-black Stan Smith, which is crucial in its own way. Or black-on-black sneakers in general. Once the provenance of video store guys, black sneakers are having their own fashion moment. Choose a pair with clean lines and achieve the same monochromatic outfit-grounding power of white sneakers–without showing dirt.
Twelve styles are pictured above and linked below.
Lo and behold nestled in GQ‘s list we found two of our own all-weather favorites by Thom Browne and Nike–both perfect for pretty much all levels of social interaction, from casual lounging to looking completely presentable and styled out.
Bulky sweats are what we’re wearing right now, in heavy cottons and wools. But that soon shall change.
With spring upcoming, we’re not just looking for cool designs but also sorting by material when we shop, thinking about how to keep rocking that carrot-ish silhouette and perhaps switch up the fabric to be a little lighter in the near future.
As you may know, Pop-In@Nordstrom x Opening Ceremony is the next evolution of our constantly changing store within a store, an experiment curated by VP of creative projects Olivia Kim. The shop is live now and includes menswear, womenswear and gifts.
For more on that story we direct you to this article in WWD. The venerable outlet comes correct with history and context.
Writer Sharon Edelson says this particular joining seemed inevitable, since Olivia was the first employee at Opening Ceremony back in 2002. She helped bring the now-iconic New York City store and brand to its current prominence, before joining Nordstrom in 2012.
Says OC co-founder Carol Lim about Olivia:
“When she moved to Nordstrom, the scope of [her job] seemed like a natural fit for Opening Ceremony. Nordstrom has been a longtime partner with the Opening Ceremony brand. It felt like a nice merging of the two companies and our relationships.”
Also in the article: Olivia mentions upcoming partnerships with Danish home brand Hay, the Italian Trade Commission and the return of the men’s streetwear/lifestyle Pop-In, Heartbreakers Part 2.
Surf-inspired brand Saturdays NYC started in 2009 with a staunch imperative to chill, selling espresso shots and hosting hang-outs in the storefront backyard. Years later the brand has become a serious fashion player, but the chill has not waned.
When we met with co-founder Morgan Collett at Saturdays’ showroom in New York, a zen glow hovered over him from the previous day, when he watched the sun rise and surfed in Japan with one of his idols, Kohei Chiba.
A hardcore fan of Swedish design who cut his teeth working for Acne and J. Lindeberg, Collett is also still that kid from Newport Beach, California, who got a varsity letter on his high school surf team.
Read on for our interview with Collett to learn how his brand truly represents a culture, how surfing is different in New York versus Cali–and to see images of prototype shoes in Saturdays’ SoHo showroom.
Darkness will fall on you this fall and winter, but Thundercat’s bass guitar-led music can help you fight through to the other side. Start with “Them Changes,” a song of pain from this year’s album The Beyond / Where Giants Roam–with an excellent music video dramatizing the struggle.
Our own Mona Lee caught up with Thundercat outside the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle for some good old fashioned street modeling. We appreciate his way of dressing something like a couch potato samurai. Have you ever considereda wintersandalwith abomber jacket? We are, now.
Mona’s a writer at Nordstrom but we think you will agree, extremely nice with a camera.
Welcome to Dressed & Questioned, where we create models out of non-models and then make queries about their interesting lives.
Such as: Why would you quit your job playing keyboards for the successful band Portugal. The Man, to begin a passion project which had no guarantee of working out?
We got the answer when we dressed and questioned Ryan Neighbors from Hustle and Drone, the electronic band from Portland, Oregon. Watch the video to hear some Hustle and Drone music and see outfits created by our senior stylist Jodi Taylor.
Notice the layers. Layers of synthesizers. Layers of sweaters.
Keep reading to learn exactly what Neighbors is wearing, which song changed his life, how he records his music–and whether or not Portland is still cheap enough to accommodate fledgling musicians.