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.
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.
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.
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.
‘Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ‘tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or at least stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.
For one moment, try not to focus on the ’80s arrogance, the crotch-shot pose and the pants tucked into socks. Amazing as all those are, direct your eyes instead to homeboy’s footwear. Fresh, right?
Classic, actually. Those same New Balance sneakers are in stock today so don’t say we never told you how to walk and/or hike in style–or showed you how to post up properly in a photo.
’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but henceforth ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least, to stop eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.
’Twas the season to indulge, friends, but now ’tis the season to atone. Throughout the month of January, we’ll be bringing you all sorts of Wellness Realness—information and inspiration you can use to get out of lax mode and into good-for-you mode. Or, at least stop, eating cookies for lunch and skipping your morning run.
Just coming clean here: We’re not exactly ready to start working out yet, but we would like to think about working out while laying on the couch for just a little while longer. And ideally, the thinking we’d like to do on the topic of working out would really be creative thinking. Like, what can we do that counts as working out but isn’t exactly working out? Call it six degrees of separation from actual exercise, but right now, rollerskating sounds a lot better than running laps. Here are ten movies that might just put these sweats we’ve been wearing to actual use … someday.
The year was 1978, and in the Nordstrom catalog you could find photos of adidas athletic shoes to wear while serving straight aces and Nikes for getting your Prefontaine on. We still offer shoes that look pretty much the same–and in some cases literally the same–because some designs are classic.
Personal style, in the world of Portland, OR—which, if you’ve been there, you know is almost exactly the same as it’s portrayed in the TV show Portlandia—means apparel that’s all at once tech-y and earth-y, at times willfully weird, and suitable for work, play, and frequent daytrips into the great outdoors. Get on their level with the Poler x Nike SB collection. That’s Poler, the adventure/style company from Portland, blended with Nike’s skateboarding/skate-culture SB division, which is headquartered in nearby Beaverton.
From centuries-old origins in Hawaii and Polynesia to a proliferation of 1980s surf slang by way of Jeff Spicoli to a new crop of future-legendary athletes like John John Florence (whom we interviewed here), the sport and culture of surfing has a storied history—and shows no signs of slowing down.
We’re paying tribute to all things oceanic in our current Surf City Pop-In Shop—and part of our homage includes a collection of historical T-shirts from Hobie. The brand’s namesake, the late, great Hobie Alter (1933-2014), started out shaping surfboards in his dad’s garage in 1950, and ended up shaping surf culture for decades to come.
Get to know the legend known simply as Hobie in the video above, and keep reading for a closer look at the Hobie T-shirts we’re carrying, featuring vintage photos from the Hobie family archive.
If you’re landlocked, of course—or just foster a healthy phobia of oceanlife (as documented at our Downtown Seattle store)—the next-best thing is to crack a cold one and soak up the frothy photography of Brooklyn photographer and frequent Salt Surf collaborator Will Warasila.