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Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats, so to speak. From zeitgeist-dominating Daft Punk cameos last summer to that controversial Robin Thicke vid to his day-long buzz clip for globally chart-topping single ‘Happy’, you’ve no doubt heard a lot about him lately. Far from an overnight success, Pharrell’s illustrious (verging on insane) résumé as a producer bears repeating; he’s had a hand in hundreds of hits, ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes to your favorite under-the-radar Watch the Throne track.

Also deserving an honorable mention is his environmental work with Bionic Yarn, an innovative company devoted to upcycling ocean plastic. To kick off a new collaboration with G-Star Raw—a collection of eco-friendly streetwear called RAW for the Oceans—we caught up with Shubhankar Ray of G-Star and Tim Coombs of Bionic.

Keep reading to hear about the intersection of art and science, the importance of the ocean, and what it’s like to collab with Pharrell.

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These visually striking and subliminally comedic portraits (seriously, when’s the last time you saw Jerry Seinfeld mug this meanly?), commissioned by New York brand rag & bone, came across our desk a few weeks ago. But today—with the launch of our latest limited-time, Olivia Kim-curated shop, Pop-In@Nordstrom x rag & bone—seemed like an ideal time to call them to your attention.

Keep reading to see more of this series by talented English photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath (a former avid skateboarder and punk band bass player who has since shot for high-profile publications like Vogue, Wired and Rolling Stone). The impressive body of work includes GQ’s deftly sardonic “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, NBA badass Carmelo Anthony, and many more men and women of all ages—a testament to the universal appeal of rag & bone’s modern-meets-heritage menswear.

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In order to illustrate just how essential our 10 Spring Essentials are, we decided to pick our brains and peruse the internet for examples of great men in history who have, at some point, worn these items with poise and panache.

The first item we’ll take a closer look at is the all-American everyman of protective eyewear: the Aviator. Like most utterly classic menswear items, these military-inspired sunglasses can skew respectable or rebellious, depending on how you wear them—as the individuals herein go to show. Keep reading for our gallery of sunglass-clad style icons.

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February 28, 2014

Schott NYC: Legends in Leather

Many specimens in the menswear pantheon are born of utilitarian necessity. Few become electrically charged with symbolic meaning through their decades of use and abuse.

The leather motorcycle jacket falls into both categories: assembled from logic and imbued with snarling attitude, thanks to being embraced by countless iconic antiheroes from Marlon Brando to The Ramones. No one knows this better than legendary leather-jacket manufacturer Schott NYC, whose founder, Irving Schott, invented the motorcycle jacket nearly 100 years ago.

Keep reading for our Q&A with Jason Schott (great-grandson of Irving and current Chief Operating Officer of the family business)—and to see the historical figures who have built Schott’s legacy by donning their incredible leather jackets over the years.

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“Hey hey, my my. CAMOUFLAGE will never die.” If designer Mark McNairy’s Twitter declaration didn’t make his opinion clear enough, the T-shirt he shut down his show with last year (on the chest of rapper Pusha T of Clipse and Kanye West’s GOOD Music fame, no less) could not have provided much louder an encore.

Curious why his position on the pattern is so resolute, we asked McNairy, “Why will camo never die?” He replied simply (and in all caps): “BECAUSE, UNFORTUNATELY, WAR WILL NEVER DIE.” Keep reading to see McNairy’s top-five camo icons of all time, culled from decades of menswear’s form-meets-function lineage.

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The men at this year’s Golden Globe Awards Sunday night were full of surprises. Jared Leto, once dubbed the worst-dressed man in the world by GQ (and with good reason), turned up in the event’s most stylish tux. SNL alum Andy Samberg took home a statue (no one was more shocked than him). And serious-seeming Bono even played along winningly with co-host Amy Poehler’s fake-makeout schtick.

The ladies, on the other hand, were utterly predictable: hilarious, intelligent and talented, in addition to easy on the eyes—as per usual. Nothing wrong with consistency. Keep reading to see a few of our favorite photos from the night, via Instagram.

[Above: Emma Roberts, niece of screen legend Julia,
shows fans how to pre-func, Animal Style.]

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We already knew that menswear designer John Varvatos is way into Led Zeppelin. (Really, who isn’t?)

He also resurrected legendary NYC punk-rock club CBGB, casts grizzled rock gods in his ad campaigns, and designs sneaker collabs with Converse (arguably the most rock-and-roll shoe to ever walk the earth). The Detroit-born designer’s latest homage to loud sounds is a volume of iconic photos, entitled John Varvatos: Rock in Fashion. The book explores the reciprocal relationship between audio and visual, underscoring how acts ranging from Pink Floyd to The Clash and Axl Rose to Alice Cooper have influenced the world with their style and mannerisms as much as with their music.

Keep reading for a glimpse at some of our favorite photos from the book—plus a Q&A with John Varvatos himself.

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Last night, artistic visionaries, musical geniuses, and our favorite concert photographer descended upon New York City’s Highline Ballroom—all for a good cause.

The Other Ball (presented by Topman/Topshop and benefiting Arms Around the Child) honored “quiet revolutionaries changing the world,” like photographer Mark Seliger, and featured performances by a brilliantly eclectic musical lineup—including Swedish songstress Lykke Li, Rihanna collaborator Mikky Ekko, Ohio blues masters The Black Keys, and Harlem’s most fashion-wise rapper A$AP Rocky (pictured above, wearing Topman of course).

With a knack for being in the right place at the right time, photographer Faith Silva was there snapping portraits of performers and guests. Continue reading to see a few more of our favorite photos, and listen to songs by the artists who chose to support a noble charity last night.

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While cultivating mustaches for a good cause during the recently concluded month of Movember, our brave colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ may not have achieved a full Dali, Selleck or Hogan—but we’d say they put in a solid Kirk Hammett or two, and a definitive Young Colonel Sanders.

Keep reading to see final, pre-shave shots of a few of our participating Mo Bros—and read their tips for growing a mustache of your own next Movember (if not sooner; these things tend to grow on you, so to speak).

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It’s become de rigueur these past several years for major fashion houses and acclaimed directors to collaborate on short films that blur the lines between advertisement and art. Prime example: Prada. Last year, we saw Ben Kingsley and Helena Bonham Carter team up for a therapy session. And now, we have Wes Anderson transforming wunderkind Jason Schwartzman into a mustachioed, introspective race-car driver. (Continue reading to watch the video.)

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