Trends / The Rail Dept

We warned you and now it’s here: Street Report, our collection of slammin’ fall styles in the category of streetwear—or athleisure, if you will.

You know, the clothes we wear now: the jogger pants, the bomber jackets, the sneakers, the Timbs. Styling concepts that revolve around layering. Silhouettes that look not like a V (for you sharp suiters out there), but more like you.

Check out our Street Report video lookbook, shot at the Brooklyn Museum in New York City, below.

Shop: Street Report



Fall Denim: Five Washes to Know

falldenimblack1There are a billion and one things to know about denim, but at this exact moment you only need to know two:

1) Slim fit is the new normal.

Don’t worry, wearing slim-fit jeans does not mean having an awful time trying to get your keys into/out of your pocket. It means you’re living in modern times.

2) Owning jeans in various washes is the move.

If you care about coordinating with your shoes and the rest of what you’re wearing, you’ll need a few pairs of jeans in different colors. Five washes for you to consider: black, distressed, grey, vintage inspired and dark wash.

Check out the murdered-out fit above and, below, four more ensembles to inspire you to master each category.

Shop: cold weather Chuck Taylors | DIESEL hoodie | BLK DNM t-shirt | J Brand jeans

Shop: all jeans



conversechuckIIRedesigning the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a risky proposition. We’re talking about the most classic American sneaker, whose design has gone relatively untouched since 1917. A true shoe of the people.

Think about it. Which other garment is worn by young and old folks alike so prevalently? And in various stages of pristine or tattered? Chucks are like Levi’s 501s for your feet.

And yet: Converse designer Damion Silver was faced with a problem. Foot fatigue was an issue. Especially if you’re trying to wear them every day, All Stars have always been a little hard on your dogs.

Enter Lunarlon, Nike cushioning technology.

That’s just one way Silver–a visual artist who shows his own paintings at galleries all over the world–created the Chuck II, a stellar and more comfortable sequel to Chuck Taylor All Star.

We spoke with Silver on the phone at Converse headquarters in Boston proper about shoveling snow, his unrealistic fantasy of one day skateboarding on a frozen golf course–and the pressures of redesigning the brand’s #1 seller worldwide.

converselunarlonShop: Chuck II high | Chuck II low



We asked Jorge Valls, our Men’s Fashion Director, to hand-select his favorite pieces from the upcoming Anniversary Sale.


rag & bone Maddox shirt jacket

“This military overshirt is tough, masculine and stylish.”


Wallin & Bros. Jackson french terry striped crew neck

“I love stripes and this sweatshirt hints at its nautical origins, but the dark background keeps it modern.”


Nike Free Trainer 5.0 V6 Trainer

“It’s all about white sneakers! This pair is incredibly versatile and you can wear them with just about anything.”


The 2015 Anniversary Sale doesn’t start until July 17, but Nordstrom Rewards members get early access starting today (July 9). Get all the details here.


CMRTYZ | Behind the Brand


A new brand for us, Seattle’s CMRTYZ (say each letter) operates in a downtown loft right around the corner from where Nirvana used to play. That would be about one mile south of Nordstrom headquarters. Because we’re 100% in love with CMRTYZ’s punk concert-poster aesthetic, which gets a streetwear twist in our exclusive mini collection of hockey jerseys and T-shirts, we dropped by the studio to learn more about designers CMR (Carlos Michael Ruiz) and TYZ (Ty Ziskis).

Inside, we found artwork and silkscreens on the floor and local punk band So Pitted carefully “hole-ing,” ripping holes in T-shirts for decoration. It made us laugh, looked cool and the band getting paid (“We’re huge fans,” said Ziskis) was a clear example of CMRTYZ’s ethos: support the scene that inspires you.

Nordstrom isn’t carrying CMRTYZ’s hole-y stuff. But there is a rough/degraded quality to our jerseys and tees due to Ruiz’s hand-drawn comics-style illustrations, quick cutouts and images processed via photocopier.

Check our interview below to learn about life-changing album art, how to make a bad impression during a business deal and what happens when the punks take marketing jobs–all filtered through Ruiz’s unique hand-style.


Shop: CMRTYZ | The Rail



Black Tevas | GIF Shop



The Teva renaissance is upon us and the good news is you don’t have to be all River Wild about it. Not that there’s anything wrong with a more granola look.

But consider Tevas as streetwear and options open up.



How to Wear Print


Maybe you’re nervous about wearing a printed thing. Maybe your thoughts are along the lines of:

It’s too loud. It’s too much.

We hear you. But if you allow yourself to get into print gradually, by wearing a printed backpack or holding a bag with some attention-grabbing graphics, you’ll quickly realize everybody makes some favorable comment about your printed thing. And why? Because most men dress incredibly boringly.

And here you are saying something. The fact that you are saying anything at all makes you front page news.

As for what to say–which printed pattern and where you’ll sport it on your person–that will come to you once you’ve got your mind right.

We’re here to help. Get into the wild world of print with our Men’s Shop video, below.

Shop: printed everything

Related: men’s style videos




Nordstrom Fashion Office Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls gives his picks for the best and brightest from the red carpet at last night’s Tony Awards. 



haspelImages by Matthew Sumi

Perhaps it’s been a second, or even a hot minute, since you looked into our offerings at the corner of athletics + leisure.

You know: athleisure.

Please allow us to guide you to The Rail, where the category is well-represented. We suggest paying special attention to the Nike SB Stefan Janoski Maxes, seen above, as well as everything camo and floral. Trust us: this is the summer of camo and floral.

Links to a few choice picks are below. Below that, the rest of our photo session with our guy Ben Randolph, seen here flexing in his SBs.

Not that you need to be able to skate to wear skate shoes–s/o this classic Onion article.



Shop: The Rail | Nike SB Stefan Janoski Air MaxNike SB camo tank Athletic Recon camo short adidas Originals cloud camo tank | adidas Originals floral tank, tee and track jacket




Especially when it’s hot out, we’re wearing white/bleached/blown-out colors. And as always, comfort is a must. To those ends, this sunny season, catch us in a crisp Zanerobe shirt and/or a pair of the Australian brand’s jeans, jogger pants or shorts.

That’ll be us at BBQs and on OPBs (other people’s boats), Zan-ed up, Zan-ed out, bumping Soulja Boy’s “Zan With That Lean.”

We’re loving the whole slouchy-yet-clean aesthetic.

One more note about Zanerobe shorts: we’ll have the “Sureshot” chino in heavy rotation for a few months, here. But we keep eyeing those perforated leather joints, as well–seen above and linked below–thinking maybe this is the year we lace ourselves with luxury shorts.

Shop: Zanerobe printed long-sleeve | Zanerobe long tee | Zanerobe jeans | Zanerobe leather shorts | all Zanerobe | The Rail