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As part of our fall 2014 Men’s Shop Catalog, we profiled 4 real men of style and substance. Here, AG Jeans creative director Sam Ku.

In taking the reins at AG as the denim brand’s creative director, Sam Ku not only followed in the footsteps of his dad, who helped build the business from the ground up—he also took on the legacy of famed designer Adriano Goldschmied, AG’s original namesake.

In the years since, Sam has met and exceeded those high expectations, establishing AG as a leader in the technology that drives some of the most comfortable, stylish jeans on the market. Keep reading for his insights on USA manufacturing, keeping it simple, and the step-by-step craftsmanship that occurs at AG’s L.A. factory.

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Whereas our first installment of “Sneakers in Your City” followed two hip-hop artists to their favorite spots in Seattle, episode 2 takes us to New York, where Ryan Plett—the photographer, consultant, and self-described “generalist” behind popular mood board blog You Have Broken the Internet—showed us the Big Apple through his own unique lens.

He also shot some damn fine looking photographs for us. Keep reading to watch a behind-the-scenes video, hear about five places to seek out in NYC, and get a closer look at fall footwear from The Sneaker Project, a curated selection handpicked by our buyers.

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The latest creation from our in-house design team—a collection of minimalist-aesthetic, technically advanced activewear called BPM—is like a Transformer: more than meets the eye.

To better understand how BPM can improve your workout, we asked our colleagues to break down the hard-to-spot but high-impact details (based on anatomical concepts like biomimicry and muscle mapping) that put BPM’s affordable gear—starting at just $35—a step ahead.

Keep reading to see behind-the-scenes sketches of four key items and hear insights from Paul Glynn, a Senior Director of Design for Nordstrom Product Group.

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Pharrell Williams wears a lot of hats, so to speak. From zeitgeist-dominating Daft Punk cameos to that polarizing Robin Thicke vid to his 24-hour performance art, you’ve heard a lot from him lately—and have been for years, whether you realized it or not. The man’s illustrious résumé as a producer includes hundreds of hits, ranging from Britney Spears to Busta Rhymes to your favorite underrated Watch the Throne track.

Not one to take a day off, Pharrell has turned his abundant creative energy toward a cause even worthier than a new N*E*R*D record: saving the planet by cleaning up its oceans.

In collaboration with Bionic Yarn and G-Star Raw, Pharrell presents RAW for the Oceans—a collection of eco-friendly streetwear made from upcycled ocean plastic. Keep reading to hear thoughts from members of G-Star and Bionic on the intersection of art and science, the importance of the oceans, and what it’s like to collab with Pharrell.

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Like tipping back a pint of your favorite microbrew or buying a hammer at your neighborhood hardware store, choosing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exercise not only in seeking out supreme quality—but also supporting the underdog.

Our third and final installment on up-and-coming, innovative, artisanal sunglass brands features RAEN (pictured top and bottom, above), a California design collective that saturates each pair of handmade shades with equal parts crashing surf, advanced optics and 1950s Americana. Keep reading for a closer look, including a Q&A with their creative director.

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Like tipping back a pint of your favorite microbrew or buying a hammer at your neighborhood hardware store, choosing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exercise not only in seeking out supreme quality—but also supporting the underdog.

In our second of three investigations into up-and-coming, innovative, artisanal sunglass brands, we turn a spotlight on the time-tested Italian craftsmanship of Dom Vetro (whose supreme-quality clear acetate is pictured above left). Keep reading for a closer look at a brand that’s invigorating a nearly lost art, including a Q&A with their founder.

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Like tipping back a pint of your favorite microbrew or buying a hammer at your neighborhood hardware store, choosing a new pair of sunglasses can be an exercise not only in seeking out supreme quality—but also supporting the underdog.

Over the next several days, we’ll be investigating three up-and-coming, innovative, handcrafted sunglass brands. First up is the Pacific Northwest’s own Shwood (pictured above, on the right). Keep reading for a closer look at Shwood’s natural approach to eyewear, including a Q&A with their founder—and check back soon to learn about Raen (above left) and Dom Vetro (center).

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Once best known for bedazzling men’s back sides with eye-catching orange stitching and crystal studs, True Religion has since embraced the continuing move toward thoughtful minimalism in menswear.

The brand’s newest launch, a step-ahead take on jogger pants that they’ve dubbed the ‘Runner,’ eschews overt branding and focuses instead on methodical design: A relaxed fit up top eliminates any fear of “tight pants,” a sturdy button fly reminds you you’re not lounging in PJs, and TR’s signature twisted leg seams help fabric sit favorably above the elastic ankle cuffs.

Tech specs aside, the fact is that they look great on, as our in-house photo crew proved when they styled these suckers out. Keep reading to see three ways to wear ‘Runners’—and to catch a Q&A with Zihaad Wells, True Religion’s men’s senior design director.

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Plain-white T-shirts hold a special place in our heart, and there’s nothing like a graphic tee for evoking a mood—but when it comes to a summer staple that’s at once subtle yet expressive, a pocket T-shirt really is the best of both worlds.

As always, L.A. brand Band of Outsiders finds ways to take a time-tested artifact of the menswear milieu and make it memorable. Keep reading to see why their colorblock pocket tee caught our eye.

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After salivating over the sun, fun and fried dough infiltrating our Instagram feed during a colleague’s recent trip to Los Angeles, we had to ask him for some insights on traveling to Southern Cali in style. “I hadn’t been to L.A. before as an adult,” says Donovan Nguyen, a web designer at Nordstrom HQ. “There’s a huge difference between seeing a city with your parents at age 8 and seeing it now as a grown-up. It’s so much better.”

Keep reading for highlights from Donovan’s visually arresting L.A. photo journal, complete with tips on where to go and what to pack.

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