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The talent pool is deep over at Studio N, a warehouse space close to our Seattle headquarters where Nordstrom employees–stylists, art directors, photographers, tailors and hair & makeup artists–create imagery for our catalog and website. They do this amongst racks of choice product and models posing like perfect 10s. An inspiring environment.

Frequently they complete their day’s work and then create some more.

Photographer Matthew Sumi explains the impromptu photo shoot which yielded these shots:

“We shot a full day of men’s Anniversary looks on Tarik, then we decided to shoot more editorial images outside with this suit. I test often with all the models that come through the studio, to keep fresh and push myself artistically to always create new imagery. On this shoot I was playing with movement and black & white, specifically blur and focus. I’ve always loved trying different techniques. I think movement creates a strong visual element of mood. “

Shop: Calibrate suit | BOSS tie | Vince Camuto shirt | Magnanni monk strap loafer | all suits

Model: Tarik Lakehal

Photographer: Matthew Sumi

Stylist: Grace Erdman

Hair & makup: Pierra Lortie

Art Director: Brett Wiseman

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Our favorite aspects of this photo from the 1989 Nordstrom Anniversary catalog, from left to right:

  1. Batman hat
  2. Halo hat
  3. Double jacket
  4. Mr. Plaid
  5. Wide-leg corduroys
  6. King of Pleats

…and the fact that 83% of the young, fashionable men in the image are rolling up their pants, just like in 2015.

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

Shop: Cole Haan wingtip oxford | all men’s shoes

Wingtip oxfords are typically perfect for the workplace–and this pair of shoes is, too. But with the canvas construction, things are already a little less dressy. Recognizing that, you can follow suit and combine a blazer and trousers with a polo instead of a button-down. Or go for a weekend casual look with the vintage-wash jeans and the t-shirt.”

Outfit 1: Wallin Brothers polo | Theory blazer | Theory pants | 1901 pocket square

Outfit 2: Wallin Brothers cardigan | James Perse tee | AG jeans

–Danny Mankin

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Moms know best, so we asked some of the best ones we know—like designer Rebecca Minkoff (pictured here)—to give us the skinny on personal style, what motherhood means to them and, of course, what’s on their wish list as May 10 approaches. The insightful series is over on The Thread.

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See: The Thread’s Mother’s Day Gift Series

Shop: Mother’s Day Gifts

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We think you will find this relevant to your interests. Food news with a fashion connection. The Chicago Tribune has the story and Nordstrom has the video.

The story being: Chicago food & drink boss, perpetual suit-wearer and Men’s Shop Daily hero Donnie Madia has been honored by the James Beard Foundation as the year’s outstanding restaurateur. It is a major and well-earned earned accolade.

Not that you need to take our word for it, but we recommend his Chi-city establishments: Blackbird, avec, The Violet Hour, The Publican, Big Star, Publican Quality Meats, Nico Osteria and Dove’s Luncheonette.

And the video being: that one time we strolled with Madia while he meditated on style and the power of presentation, qualities which overlap in his professional and personal lives.

The Tribune referred to Madia as “resplendently dressed.”

Not an accident.

Shop: suits & sport coats

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What to wear for spring? How to rock spring shoes? In this series we’ll look at five spring shoes and show you two ways to wear each, with guidance from our Men’s Styling Manager Danny Mankin. Because life is better with options.

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Image by Brad Strain

Shop: 1901 sneaker | clean sneakers | all men’s shoes

“With a clean white sneaker like this, you can verge into formal territory by dressing down a navy suit with a t-shirt. In this situation the t-shirt and the shoes are coordinating with each other, giving a casual balance to the dressy suit. White sneakers are also like a blank canvas you can go wild with, so busy patterns and high-contrast work perfectly; you don’t have to worry about being ‘too cray.’”

Outfit 1: Topman blazer | Topman trouser | rag & bone tee

Outfit 2: Barney Cools short sleeve woven | Zanerobe jogger

–Danny Mankin

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Swimwear comes with 101 questions: trunks, board shorts or briefs? Bright or subdued? Geometric, colorblocking, solids, animal or tropical print?

But decisions must be made.

While you might consider this a utility garment, the choice is an opportunity for expression–a chance to wear your heart on your shorts, if you will.

We’re digging these tropical styles for summer. But really it comes down to what you’re feeling.

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Original Penguin jungle print trunks | Vineyard Vines Chappy – Hummingbird Floral trunks | DIESEL BMBX-Kroobeach board shorts | Tommy Bahama Acapulco Dei Marmi board shorts

Shop: All Men’s Swimwear

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One particular vision of spring style we endorse: dressing like a Starburst Easter egg in adidas x Pharrell Williams gear. Just because the holiday’s over doesn’t make it wrong. There is something sublime and optimistic about this much color in one place.

It makes us want to turn up the volume on one of our favorite sublime and optimistic Pharrell songs.

No, not this one.

This one.

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Shop: adidas x Pharrell Williams teeadidas x Pharrell Supercolor track jacket | all adidas Originals

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Ty Dolla $ign with 1970 Buick Gran Sport

Images courtesy Shomi Patwary and Atlantic Records

Music video director Shomi Patwary has been on our radar since his video for A$AP Rocky’s “Multiply,” with its awesome dance cameo from Yung Gleesh. Now Patwary’s caught our attention again with Ty Dolla $ign’s “Drop That Kitty,” a crossover hip-hop/pop jam with rising stars Tinashe and Charli XCX.

We caught up with Patwary on the phone while he was in New York filming another A$AP video and planning a project with Diddy’s son Christian Combs. He told us about rolling with the punches on “Drop That Kitty” and casting a surprise guest star who reminded him of his dad.

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Check out this jewel from the 1989 Nordstrom Brass Rail catalog: two wild & crazy guys having a good vibe in a dubstyle, skating, hand-standing.

What does that face say? This is a semi-precarious situation. But don’t worry. We’re party professionals.

Get the 2015 version of this look by hitting the links below.

Shop: Stussy sunglasses | men’s swimwearConverse Jack Purcells

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