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If you follow professional basketball on any level, you have witnessed the boldness of Russell Westbrook, he of the nasty crossover and risk-taking personal style. Like Dwyane Wade (whose Stance socks we love), Westbrook has two lives: athlete and fashion conversation starter.

He just stepped out as a serious collaborator with True Religion, designing a strong collection of tapered jeans and long, eminently layerable shirts. They look good on the Internet but there’s a solidness and soft feel to the pieces that comes through in person.

We caught up with Westbrook on the phone to talk about all that–as well as his fashion industry goals and why he’s not interested in designing a basketball uniform.

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Related: The History of True Religion and Hip-Hop

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Created by the Belgian fashion legend Raf Simons–described in this recent T Magazine profile as “the most important menswear designer in the world”–we offer these sneakers for your consideration. Both began as adidas sneakers and then Simons had his way with them.

Are you drawn to the monochrome austerity of the R-branded Stan Smith? Do you feel emotions when faced with the beautiful colors and calculated gaudiness of the Ozweego 2?

If you answered yes to either, you may have found your new spring sneaker.

Shop: Raf Simons ‘adidas Stan Smith’ | Raf Simons ‘adidas Ozweego 2’ 

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You know him from throwing the pigskin on TV, where he is simply one of the most electrifying quarterbacks to ever play the game. You know him also, perhaps, from his red carpet outings with the pop music star Ciara.

But did you know Russell Wilson is into fashion? Not only because he’s well-dressed but also because he has cofounded Good Man Brand, a collection of modern essentials made in Italy for guys who need to level up their style game.

During a public appearance at our Seattle flagship store, Wilson spoke with our own Pete Nordstrom about the philanthropic angle of his business, his perception of himself as a man dating up and the origin of Good Man Brand.

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SHOP: Good Man Brand

READ WHAT RUSSELL HAD TO SAY

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Either you know about Daniel and his white Vans–he’s back at it again, folks–or you really need to hit play on the video embedded below. Meme of the year? We’ve only just begun 2016, but it’s a contender.

The flick is doing more for Vans than Lil B and the Pack did back in 2009. Which is to say, the most. To learn what the hell is going on here we recommend Skylar Bergl’s piece on Complex dot com.

Shop: Daniel’s white VansVans

Let’s have ourselves a laff, shall we?

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In case you missed it, W Magazine caught up with Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky and got the goods on his favorite spots in his hometown of Atlanta.

If you’re ever in that neck of the U.S., our recommendation is to follow his recommendations. Jeffrey’s expertise extends far beyond the garment.

Read: Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Atlanta

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix provided gentlemanly style advice on the pages of GQ and in his best-selling books. Style, in his view, is as simple as “enlisting clothes to make the most of what nature has passed your way.” Because they’re timeless, we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of Hix’s greatest styling and grooming hits.

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Every guy wants to be his own man–but style-wise, it’s intimidating to strike out on your own. Never fear. Seriously, never. For a guy who wrote the rule books on style, Hix seems to revel in the manly pursuit of throwing them away.

Shop: patterned shirts | jackets | ties

Brilliant Hix-isms this way…

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In the 1970s & ’80s, Charles Hix was the style go-to for a growing audience of aspiring American gentlemen. His gentlemanly wisdom was on the pages of GQ Magazine and in his best-selling books. Hix’s advice has aged exceptionally well–so we’re peppering Throwback Thursday posts with some of his greatest styling and grooming hits.

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When fall turns to a deep freeze, it’s time for city folk to take a few wardrobe cues from our mountain-man brethren. Don’t worry if you don’t know one end of an axe from the other–Hix has you covered.

Shop: men’s flannel

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How to Dress Like Marty McFly

Without unraveling the space-time continuum or tricking out a DeLorean, we’ve made it to 2015. To celebrate Back to the Future Day, the day that Marty travels to in time to save his future family, introducing us to the hoverboard and the decades of disappointment that followed when it didn’t materialize, today we’re showing you how to get the Marty McFly look. Because as Doc said, if you’re going to do it, why not do it with some style?

How to Dress Like Marty McFlyStyle notes: Somehow Marty predicted the perfect fall transitional look. You’ve got layers of outerwear, a comfortable sneaker and casual denim. Throw on some shades and you’re ready for awkward encounters, meathead bullies and flirty moms.

Whether you put it on for Back to the Future Day or as a Halloween costume, we think this outfit is pretty timeless.

Shop: Randolph Engineering Sportsman sunglasses | The North Face Aconcagua down vest  Levi’s 501 CT custom tapered fit jeans | Topman washed denim jacket | Nike Tennis Classic Ultra sneaker

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You think you can mess with Karl on any level?

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Man, myth and fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of an article by Andrew O’Hagan which you must read.

Through the piece, we gain a greater appreciation for Lagerfeld’s intellect and specific flavor of inscrutability–a kind of sparkling aloofness which might be annoying if he didn’t hit nothing but homeruns as the designer of Chanel, Fendi and his own line, to name a few projects.

But homeruns he hits. And so he is legend. Have you ever worn a Lagerfeld watch or gifted anything Chanel or Fendi for a special occasion? Then you already know.

Read the piece 

Shop: KARL LAGERFELD | Chanel | Fendi

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This past June, Giorgio Armani opened Armani/Silos, his own museum in the center of Milan, to showcase his life and work. It’s been a big year for the house of Armani—but not as big as 1975 was.

armani1Forty years ago the legendary brand began, and today it is one of the most successful fashion companies in the world. But this is an industry that tends to favor the future. There were celebrations around the anniversary and the Armani/Silos opening, and then it was time to get back to work.

Recently in Milan, the house presented their spring ’16 collection, and we were lucky enough to get some time with the iconic designer himself.

Here’s what Giorgio Armani had to say to our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy about consistency, passion, dedication and desire.

Click here for our Milan Fashion Week coverage

Shop: Armani Collezioni

Through this link: Armani Q&A and images from the past 40 years

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