In which FKA Twigs–experimental musician and master mixer of choreography with freestyle dance–takes her pants off, performing with the very smoooooth contortionist Kaner Flex. Can we get a bravo for this current Calvin Klein campaign? Advertising as art. We love it.
Skateboarding, Japan and Blended Vintage with Foothills CA | Pop-In@Nordstrom Presents Heartbreakers IIon February 25, 2016
Usually when you shop, you choose whatever quantity you want of a particular item. Not so with Foothills CA–the new Californian brand where there is only one of each thing.
That’s because Foothills, run by former skater Jonnie Henderson with J.P. Plunier, specializes in vintage. Particularly Native American, military and Western jewelry and gear–stuff which looks best mixed into modern outfits.
We spoke with Henderson and Plunier about their twisting paths in the vintage game, the unique cultural feedback loops connecting North American folk art with streetwear/style in Japan and Great Britain, and rejecting notions of vintage as old-timey dress-up.
Image via A$AP Nast’s Instagram
These days we’re catching on to new ideas about how to wear track pants, styling them with the same versatility we afford denim. The new logic: track pants go with everything.
Our main man Skylar Bergl breaks it down over at Complex with a little help from A$AP Nast.
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.
Shucking oysters is one of those culinary tasks which seems intimidatingly hard, but it’s actually easy after you do it correctly once–and after that just let muscle memory do what it does. Follow the guidelines in our video below from Tom Stocks, oyster boss at Taylor Shellfish in Seattle, and you’ll be good.
And when you shuck, might we suggest using a stainless steel Opinel knife? The tool is small, foldable, sturdy and attractive. We’re carrying it as part of our current Pop-In Shop curated by Olivia Kim, Heartbreakers II.
We’re billing Heartbreakers II as a showcase of evolving menswear. But it’s more than just apparel. There’s also a whole category for home & camp.
Sustainability and Slovenia: Kelly Slater and John Moore on Outerknown’s Complete Circle | Heartbreakers II Pop-In@Nordstromon February 15, 2016
Images + captions by John Moore
Competitive surfing legend Kelly Slater is now riding the menswear wave as an entrepreneur with Outerknown, the new casual-luxe brand he founded with designer and surfer John Moore which is part of our Heartbreakers II Pop-In Shop.
And he’s considering the health of our planet every step of the way.
The unofficial Outerknown motto is “we don’t expect what we don’t inspect”, which is how Slater and Moore ended up in a chemical plant last year in Ljubljana, Slovenia, analyzing reclaimed fishing nets being processed into ECONYL® nylon yarn–the basis of Outerknown’s swim trunks.
Outerknown is part of the Kering conglomerate which includes Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, and can be seen as a blend of that luxury world with a brand like Patagonia, built on values of sustainability and transparency about its supply chain.
Moore says on the factory floor in Slovenia is when the “first day” of the company truly occurred, surrounded by weird smells and industrial waste. There, he and Slater faced production costs in a very real way and decided they were all in.
Here’s that story in a Q&A with Moore and Slater.
Polar Fleece, Public Art and Landscape Architecture: In the Studio with Maiden Noir | Heartbreakers II by Pop-In@Nordstromon February 10, 2016
Images by Canh Nguyen
We love Maiden Noir‘s streetwear-meets-menswear style, which can be borderline dressed-up and also extremely cozy, with a deft use of polar fleece. We’re psyched to carry the Seattle brand as part of Heartbreakers II, our Pop-In Shop this month focused on evolving menswear, curated by VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim.
So psyched, in fact, that we commissioned an exclusive reversible fleece jacket and fleece hat for the occasion.
Because Maiden Noir is based in Seattle’s International District, just a mile south of Nordstrom HQ, we thought we’d pop in for a visit. After all, how busy could designer Nin Truong and his partner Christa Thomas be? They only run Maiden Noir simultaneously with a coffee shop, a line of bags and Truong’s other job as design director of Stüssy.
They’re a power couple, for real.
Shop: Études Studio
As part of our deep dive into the world of Heartbreakers II—our Pop-In Shop focused on evolving menswear curated by Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects—we got to know the brands with a quick interview.
For the format we chose a handwritten questionnaire, which should delight fashion graphologists worldwide (we see you).
Check our Q&As below with designers and creative directors from an international selection of the Heartbreakers II roster: Études Studio, BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS, Maiden Noir, LONGJOURNEY, Kinfolk, Needles, NIKBEN, Stutterheim, XLARGE, Xander Zhou, Tim Coppens and COTTWEILER.
We think you will find they are rich texts.
And you’ll notice one question is about music. Songs mentioned are compiled here.
Shop: Heartbreakers II
Hey, player: Are you ready for a super-emotional listening experience?
Hopefully your answer is YES, in which case please allow us to present the soundtrack for our new Pop-In Shop: Heartbreakers II, a showcase of evolving menswear curated by our VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. It’s the monthlong sequel to our first menswear Pop-In from 2014.
We asked designers and creative directors from Heartbreakers II brands to provide songs for a broken heart and songs for a heartbreaker. Every designer came correct.
The result is an extremely fresh mix of hollowed-out hip-hop, American easy listening, French rock, Afropop via the UK and Japanese versions of Western folk classics–chosen by brands including Études, Bedwin & the Heartbreakers, Maiden Noir, LONGJOURNEY, Kinfolk, Needles, Nikben, Stutterheim, XLARGE, Xander Zhou, Tim Coppens and COTTWEILER.
Get into the official Heartbreakers II soundtrack below.
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Images by Shawn Brackbill
The most anticipated show at New York Fashion Week: Men’s was by Public School, the subtly avant garde brand designed by New York City natives Dao-Yi Chow (L) and Maxwell Osborne (R).
Their Autumn/Winter 2016 collection was fascinating and seemingly inspired (to us, anyway) by Cowboy Bebop and Kung Lao from Mortal Kombat. Our ace photographer friend Shawn Brackbill was on the scene and summed it up thusly:
“Public School’s show was off-site, unlike the rest of the shows, and it was almost off-putting until I realized what was going on. They were bringing the public into it. It was an inside/outside thing. They had these big windows so people outside on the sidewalk could see the styling, see all the models getting ready. Then the models would come out and actually walk in the street, walk around the block, and then go back inside where they did a more formal runway show. That’s where all the heavy-hitter people were, everyone on the official guestlist. Then each model came back outside for a finale lineup, on the street.”
See images from the show below (and see Brackbill’s full clip of #NYFWM photos here) along with a streamable soundtrack by Twin Shadow, who always scores Public School’s live events with experimental grooves.
Shop: Public School