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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.

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What better way to celebrate our new Surf City Pop-In Shop than to grab a board and get wet?

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.

See more photos and read a Q&A with Warasila on our sister blog, The Thread, and if you haven’t yet tested the waters in Surf City—do so by clicking below:

About Craig Stecyk III: “Artist, photographer, writer, filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Dogtown visionary and architect of surf and skate culture as we know it.”

About John John Florence: “Photographer, filmmaker and currently the world’s most dynamic surfer. Born and raised on the North Shore of Oahu. His supernatural skills in the water will inform the future of the sport for generations to come.”

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…That’s some high praise—but when it’s quoted from a surf brand as legendary as Hurley, you know it’s well-deserved.

Hurley’s roots are deeply embedded in the beach culture of 1970s Costa Mesa, where Bob Hurley got his start shaping surfboards for some of the best surfers in the world. Today, Hurley (a key player in our new Pop-In Shop—Surf City) has grown to a global force that pushes the technological envelope—as well as the visual aesthetic—of what beach gear can be.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Hurley ambassadors Stecyk and Florence—and to see three Stecyk-designed surfboards on display at selected Pop-In @ Nordstrom locations.

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We’re proud to say that one of our favorite surf brands, M.Nii, has been selected as one of GQ magazine’s Best New Menswear Designers in America, 2014.

Being dubbed “The Great Surf Revivalist” in the male fashion tome’s annual Style Bible issue is a lofty title to live up to. But given that the current M.Nii is a resurrection of an Oahu shop that designed custom trunks for JFK back in the day, designer John Moore (left, above) must be used to measuring his work against high standards by now.

Keep reading to see our editor’s picks from the M.Nii collection.

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We’re big fans of Herschel Supply Co. backpacks here at Men’s Shop Daily. (Some of us even carry our laptops to work in one every day.) So when we heard about the brand’s new beach-ready collaboration with artist Kevin Butler—especially as we sat in our rainy Seattle office—we were all ears.

The creator of a well-loved series of illustrations matter-of-factly titled Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards on Them, Butler teamed up with the good people at Herschel Supply to produce a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the rad Californian lifestyle. Keep reading for quite a rad (if we do say so ourselves) Q&A with Butler, in which he offers rare insights on cars, surfing, art, burritos, and of course, his new collab with Herschel Supply Co.

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Reflecting on the rough weather thus far in 2014, and our New Year’s resolution to get some fresh air in spite of it, we decided to take a closer look at one of our favorite outdoor brands: The North Face.

You probably know that The North Face protects you from frigid conditions so that you can enjoy all manner of al fresco pursuits—from extreme sports to a corner-store beer run—in comfort and style. You might also guess that the brand has outfitted explorers, researchers, and daredevils on journeys to the furthest (and highest) reaches of the planet, from the Arctic Circle to Mount Everest. But did you know The North Face’s roots reach back to 1960s San Francisco, and that The Grateful Dead helped launch the brand’s first store?

Keep reading to learn more about The North Face’s nearly five-decade history of counterculture, innovation and environmentalism.

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If you find yourself moved by shapely posteriors, platefuls of hummus and selfies of guys (and girls) who could crush a normal human with a flick of their triceps, check out the #fitspo hashtag on Instagram. (That’s short for “fitness inspo,” or inspiration.) If, however, you’d rather be motivated by the more esoteric advantages of exercise—quiet sunrises, crashing surf, picturesque wilderness—look no further than the Insta feeds of some of our favorite Active & Outdoor brands.

Keep reading to fuel your New Year’s resolutions with photos from Nike, The North Face and more. (But first, check out the Nike clip above. Our takeaway: Humans possess an infinite capacity for greatness. But sometimes, you should just get out of LeBron’s way.)

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With temperatures plummeting and our Snow Shop open for business, we can think of no better way to set the stage for ski season than to gaze upon the stunning, strange, retro-futuristic glory of perhaps our favorite piece of Nordstrom memorabilia of all time. Behold, WinterSki ’77-’78: Saga of Light.

Continue reading for more skis in space, naked people modeling eyewear, and cryptic quotations. (Sample: “We drifted, transported through the essence, nearly weightless.” Huh? Long live the late ’70s.)

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What happens when our Men’s Shop video team goes to Las Vegas during Market Week? They run into Pharrell. They get down to brass tacks with up-and-coming design heroes. And they make some movie magic—amidst three furious days of menswear trade shows.

Watch the exclusive Q&A clips above to hear what inspires and influences some of our favorite brands—from motorcycles to surfboards and punk rock to poetry—then shop our Editor’s Picks after the jump.

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The above images from our recent catalogs (yes, by the way, we put out the occasional swimsuit issue… and lingerie catalog, if you’re into that kind of thing)—coupled with the fact that it’s 72 degrees but steadily drizzling here at our Seattle headquarters—have made it quite apparent that, in order to squeeze the most out of the last weeks of summer, an epic vacation may be in order.

As indicated above, your fastidious better half is likely to have her vacation game all buttoned up. Make sure you’re worthy, starting with the nucleus of every man’s tropical travel bag: an up-to-date, well-fitting swimsuit (or three). Also: sunscreen. And: a few travel tricks up your sleeve (what sleeve?).

Tip: Take her somewhere she hasn’t been. Read on for three lesser-traveled destinations, courtesy of Nordstrom PR pro and resident paradise-seeker Brie Cross. (If you missed it, read part 1 of this post for Brie’s favorite spots in Cali, Panama and Mexico). Then, keep scrolling to check out our favorite swimwear.

1. Cartagena, Colombia. “Colombia’s hottest party city on the coast. Stroll the colonial town, stay out late and soak up the vibrant Colombian culture. Panama hats required. Stay at Hotel Casa Pestagua or Alfiz Hotel. For longer stays, try to sneak in a couple days at Tayrona National Park and stay in the Ecohabs—or do a day trip to Islas del Rosario.”

[Photos by Instagram users: @anajumelo | @rafaelgsterling | @gabrielagabrielaa
@xiomilozanog | @lizzienichuipeir | @luivybaldom]

2. Andalusian Coast, Spain. “A couple hours south of Seville (arguably one of Spain’s prettiest cities), you’ll find the Andalusian Coast—packed with tiny towns, each more charming than the next. Go inland to the white-washed Vejer de la Frontera for a day trip, but be sure to soak up Spanish holiday life in the many beach towns. The rustic El Palmar is a favorite surf spot amongst locals.”

[Photos by Instagram users: @thalia_marin | @silmarse | @rusian_roulete
@davidbujalance | @churumbele | @lidatrujillo93]

3. Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. “Visit this quiet (-ish) surfer town on the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica for ultimate, laid-back pura vida. Jump off waterfalls in the next town over, or hit the waves morning and sundown at one of the world’s smoothest surfing spots.”

[Photos by Instagram users: @byemilyb | @lauraquirosortiz | @kimberlynsb
@jonburke | @brookieobx | @courtneyallison]

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Now that you know where you’re going, let’s talk about what to wear. Check our previous post for the pros and cons of swim trunks vs. board shorts, and shop our Editor’s Picks below—ranging from understated solids to prints that’ll ensure your travel partner is not distracted by the “scenery” (by which we mean the European guy in a thong on the next beach blanket over).

Tommy Bahama | Ted Baker | Zanerobe [floral] | Hobie
Zanerobe [spots] | 55DSL | Lightning Bolt | RVCA

Digging prints? Try these trunks by Topman—they fit great, and the price is nice ($22 to $52 each).
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