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how to mix street and sport Whether fresh from kickboxing class, chilling on the weekend or stalking the streets in full-on health goth mode, athletic gear works out in a variety of life situations.

To illustrate the point, Nordstrom stylist Brenna Carlson created three looks with our in-house team at Studio N:

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OK, this is not strictly (or very much at all) menswear related. But if you have even one iota of interest in New York Fashion Week, we recommend keeping up with these fun, edifying, vibe-heavy, media-rich journal posts by Nordstrom blogs editor Laura Cassidy and copilot Jessica Carter.

Here’s one of their “Blank Book” images featuring photographer Nabile Quenum, along with an animated GIF from backstage at the Jason Wu show and a video interview with the designer himself:

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February 16, 2015

Happy Presidents’ Day!

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GIF image by Andrew McLeod for Nordstrom | Styled by Alexandra Hartle | Hair & Makeup by Tyler Colton | Art Direction by Rosemary Cassidy | Model: Amanda Mondale

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Britpop lives forever! Or at least it lives again, as the inspiration for our current Pop-In@Nordstrom, the recurring shop curated by Nordstrom Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Topshop and Topman are the focus. Britpop is the official soundtrack.

While there’s a fine line between classic and played-out, some Britpop gems from the ’90s hold up exceptionally well, and even massively overplayed hits can be made new again if you switch up your context. To that end, we spoke with Topman Design Director Gordon Richardson while simultaneously watching the two most crucial music videos of Britpop: Pulp’s “Common People” and Blur’s “Parklife.”

This is the “Common People” blog post.

Click play on the video and then follow along below. It’s like directors’ commentary.

Sort of. 

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Hands down, the colors appearing most frequently in the Nordstrom catalog from winter 1987: light blue and peach. Huge colors that year. And lo, here chill two supremely outfitted dudes, owning both. Tough to pick a winner, but we’d have to go with Goldilocks on the left. That all-denim fit is slamming!

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Andy Warhol
Converse Extra Special Value
c. 1985-86
Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
116 x 180 inches

Check out Converse Extra Special Value, above. That’s artwork featuring classic Converse All Stars by the late pop master Andy Warhol, mimicking his own early work in advertising. As an illustrator and graphic designer, Warhol sometimes drew shoes for ads. As an artist, he brought elements of ads into his pieces shown in galleries and museums, challenging people to see them in a different light.

If that were the only link, Converse’s new Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol Collection sneakers would make sense by themselves. But it gets deeper. Adorned with Warhol’s beloved Campbell’s Soup cans, the Converse x Warhol sneakers are a swirl of classic American products-for-the-people.

In conversation with Carrie Dedon, assistant curator at  Seattle Art Museum, we go even further. Among other things, we learn from Dedon that Warhol definitely saw himself as a product, and we find out what his exaltation of logo design had to do with his concept of democracy.

Images courtesy of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Converse

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February 10, 2015

How To: Shuck an Oyster

Valentine’s Day is around the corner and oysters are in season. Since we’ve already got you covered with ideas aplenty about what to get your special friend for Valentine’s Day, now here’s Tom Stocks of Taylor Shellfish to teach you how to shuck an oyster.

Stocks–bivalve boss, shucker supreme–was filmed in Seattle about a mile from the beautiful headquarters of legendary outdoor brand Filson (check out the Filson x Taylor collab here). He took us step by step through shucking the safest and smartest way possible.

Then he blew our minds by blindfolding himself and shucking five different oysters in one minute, correctly identifying them all by feel.

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Not that you would, but here’s a friendly reminder: don’t blow it. A good Valentine’s Day gift sets a tone. But don’t overthink it, either. Proceed with love and you’ll hit that bullseye.

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If you haven’t swooned today but are open to the possibility, try listening to “Windows” by Shortcircles X Parks Burton. These West Coast knob-twisters are kicked back, laid back and strummin’ on heartstrings. File next to How to Dress Well and the “Portlandia” theme.

Producer and multi-instrumentalist Shortcircles–also a professional video game scorer and recording engineer–spoke to us about how he teamed up with singer Parks Burton by accident in Los Angeles and where to chill on a Sunday in Oakland.

Images are courtesy of Shortcircles and Kristina Kassem.

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What’s the best thing about this image from the 1986 Nordstrom catalog? Well, all that denim is certainly not to be undervalued.

But check out what homegirl all the way on the left is doing with her shirt tails through her belt loops. Tying a knot in the front is an established style move. But going through the loops and knotting to create a smallish exposed triangle–that’s next-level.

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—Andrew Matson