seattleseahawksBecause you want to rep your squad before the game but unlike at your bro’s tech job–where everyone wears t-shirts and sits on yoga balls all day–your office dress code is business casual.

That’s why Vineyard Vines’ NFL ties are on point.

But you know what? It’s not just about the external pressure to look good. Contrary to popular belief not all football fans are schlubby.

Some of us, as much as we love the no-cares-given fashion sense of Bill Belichik–and sincerely, we do–like to look crispy and clean while supporting our team.

Shop: Vineyard Vines ties | all Vineyard Vines

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New! Expanded Y-3 Selection

yohjiyamamoto5The hits keep coming from Y-3 at Nordstrom–Y-3 being one of streetwear fashion’s most elegant pacesetters, the team-up of legendary Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto with adidas.

We’re now selling the Retro Boost, above, and Desert Boost, below. They join our offerings of the game-changingly awesome Qasa high sneaker and Y-3’s AW 15 apparel line.

We’re happy to show you these sneakers. But we wish we could hand them to you through your computer or phone screen.

They’re eerily lightweight. The midsole feels like tapioca, strangely. As with all Y-3 stuff, they look hard but feel soft–and are full of details you need to be physically near to get.

Shop: Retro Boost | Desert Boost | all y-3

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How to Dress Like N.W.A.

With Straight Outta Compton currently in theaters, we thought you might want to know how to dress like N.W.A.–the legendary Los Angeles rap group at the center of this Hollywood blockbuster.howtodresslikenwaStyle notes: black and white everything. T-shirt slightly longer than the bomber jacket. Any Los Angeles sports gear is a bonus.

And if you’re trying to rep N.W.A. around the office, we humbly suggest Raiders cufflinks.

Shop: Leather Dodgers snapbackTopman bomberRaiders cufflinks | Zanerobe long tee | Converse Chuck II sneakers | Levi’s Jeans

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friendlychemistFriendly Chemist Touch of Jupiter album artwork by Sharona Franklin

We’re locked into a Vancouver, B.C., groove right now, anticipating our new store in that beautiful Canadian harbor city on September 18.

One of our favorite things to do while in Vancouver is jog around Stanley Park. Smack dab in the city, it’s also a place to see orcas in the water. As we struggle to stay on our fitness regimen this summer/fall, we’re bumping Vancouver music in our headphones and visualizing Stanley Park, aiming to move as swiftly as an orca or perhaps soar like one of the local bald eagles.

Our running soundtrack comes courtesy of Vancouver resident Richard MacFarlane, who operates one of our favorite independent music labels, 1080p. Read our Q&A with MacFarlane here. For jogging he recommends the steady beat of Friendly Chemist, aka Van-city’s Jean Brazeau.

Read his comments and listen below to the sounds of the True North, strong and free.

–Andrew Matson

“If you’re running in Vancouver, or anywhere, you should be listening to Friendly Chemist–he’s from here. His music is this kind of spacey techno. Not super high-energy, but enough to keep you coasting for sure.”

–Richard MacFarlane

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oliviakimnytimes1We’re in the NYTimes today with an article about SPACE, our new boutique-like store-within-a-store focused on emerging and advanced designers. SPACE launches August 20 and is the newest project from our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

SPACE is women’s-only, but we’re still jazzed about it because, you know, gifting.

A key section of the piece:

“Olivia Kim isn’t business as usual for Nordstrom, the century-old Seattle-based department store with more than 100 locations across the country. This month, she will unveil her largest project yet: SPACE, a permanent shop-in-shop of her own creation dedicated to emerging or
otherwise unrepresented designers in a handful of Nordstrom stores.

‘I didn’t want designers to feel that we were this really big company. I wanted them to understand that we could do really small things.’”

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Read more at nytimes.com and preview SPACE at nordstrom.com/SPACE.

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throwbacksweatersIt might not be fall yet but trust us, the season is coming fast and you’re going to need a sweater. You’re probably already packing additional layers in this transitional phase, as football begins and night swimming becomes less of an option.

These dudes from our 1976 holiday catalog know the deal. Thin sweaters are the move. Warmth without bulk.

Shop: sweaters

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J.W. Anderson | Brands to Know

jwandersontshirt1British designer Jonathan Anderson is a restless and vital spirit in the fashion world, always at work on several projects at once and bringing a slightly “off” sensibility which intrigues rather than alienates. You can sense him working to expand what’s acceptable and normal, while appealing to traditional aesthetics everyone understands.

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Backpack Round-Up

fryebackpackWhether you’re carrying a computer, packing your it’s-starting-to-get-chilly jacket for the evening, or keeping a beach blanket wrapped around a bottle of champagne: a backpack is your friend.

And we must not overlook this accessory’s great style potential. Think about it. Your outfit is slamming and then you drape some raggedy bag over your back? Nullifies everything. Don’t be that guy.

Be the guy who gets compliments on his backpack.

In this category, the leather Frye backpack above is our current object of desire. See six more lustworthy backpacks below:

Shop: Frye backpack | Marc Jacobs backpackELEVENPARIS backpack | Herschel backpack | Arc’teryx backpack | STATE backpack | Poler backpack

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New! Balenciaga Sneakers

balenciaga_arena_blackDid you know we carry the Balenciaga Arena? True story. We offer this extremely flossy yet approachable designer sneaker several ways: low, high, black, red, white or navy.

Like with Common Projects shoes, we aren’t offering the Arena online. Check our full collection of men’s Balenciaga sneakers in these select Nordstrom stores:

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richardmacfarlaneipadImages by Andrew Volk

Since we’re opening our third Canadian store on September 18th in Vancouver, B.C., we’ve been renewing our love affair with the city, draping ourselves in wings + horns gear (it’s designed there) and cruising around with 1080p Collection music bumping in our headphones.

That would be the internationally respected dance music label run out of Vancouver by Richard MacFarlane, who releases cassette tapes and floods the Internet with chill vibes. (Sorry we just said “chill vibes” but it had to be done.)

We spoke to MacFarlane about the natural beauty and the music scene in his adopted hometown–he left New Zealand because he felt the country wasn’t cool enough, musically–and which 1080p releases convey the most Vancouverishness.

Check the interview and see images from 1080p headquarters below.

–Andrew Matson

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