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Hip-hop maestro, talented photographer, and Men’s Shop Daily guest editor Thig Nat (short for “Natural”) recently offered us a glimpse into a music/art/charity event that he helped organize and host. Being an after-hours event and taking place at a museum, this was one of those frequent yet potentially perplexing occasions when a tuxedo is too much and a T-shirt won’t cut it.

Keep reading for stellar photos from the night’s proceedings (which included a performance by Thig’s longtime friend and colleague Macklemore) and to see how Mr. Nat struck an ideal balance between decked-out and laid-back.

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Wives, kids, domestic partners: Curious what gifts and activities your Man of the Moment might enjoy this Father’s Day? (It’s June 15, by the way.) In order to discern the complex goings-on that occur behind a dad’s stoic visage, we went straight to the source, asking several real-life family men here at Nordstrom HQ to offer notes on their personal style and parenting style.

Keep reading for our second installment in this series, in which Yaro Levkiv—a brand-new dad who’s still adjusting to #burblife, as he sometimes refers to it—shares his thoughts on “dad jeans,” Russian cartoons, and the ideal Father’s Day breakfast.

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You might have noticed our previous Pop-In @ Nordstrom curated shops, featuring French curios, obscure Xmas gifts, and unexpected ways to jump-start your New Year. But if there’s ever been a Pop-In deserving of your full and unadulterated attention, it’s the one launching this Friday: Entitled Heartbreakers Club, it’s stocked to the rafters with all menswear, all the time.

Compiled by our director of creative projects, Olivia Kim, the shop will showcase streetwear designed by artists and DJs, exclusive collaborations with emerging designers, and the leather jacket that Marlon Brando made famous in 1953 (or was it the other way around?).

Featuring (to name a few):
A.P.C. • Ebbets Field • Hood By Air • Krink • Levi’s Vintage Clothing
Mark McNairy • October’s Very Own • Patrik Ervell
Porter, Yoshida & Co. • Schott NYC • VFiles • & many more.

See more info, a full list of brands and participating stores here:
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…And check back Friday, February 14 to shop
Heartbreakers Club at Nordstrom.com.

French singer, songwriter, poet, composer, artist, actor and director Serge Gainsbourg was kind of like the Kanye West of his time—you know, a creative genius. A jack of many trades. A genre-hopping musician, both in the spotlight and behind the scenes. His lyrics utilized styles of wordplay that would make most rappers (and even self-described word-nerd copy editors—we checked) scratch their heads. (Mondegreen? Spoonerism? Check Gainsbourg’s Wikipedia page for definitions.)

Gainsbourg also managed to sweep some of the best-known bombshells of the 1960s and ’70s off their feet. Check out his 1968 ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ duet with then-ladyfriend Brigitte Bardot above, for example. The song is based on a poem entitled The Trail’s End, written by Bonnie Parker herself just weeks before her Depression-era crime spree with Clyde Barrow came to a grisly end. Gainsbourg’s apparent fascination with American culture is interesting—especially as we find ourselves paying homage to all things French, with our limited-time French Fling Pop-In Shop. (And, as Monsieur West is zealously requesting croissants and collab’ing with minimalist French label A.P.C.)

Below, find some favorite photos of Gainsbourg and guests—all via the essential repository for all things vintage and jaw-dropping: The Impossible Cool.


Perhaps he was not classically handsome. And legend has it that he passed out drunk after taking Jane Birkin to some questionable venues on their first date. But what Gainsbourg lacked in other areas, he made up for in his keen ability to wear a suit like he was born in it. Check out those fitted shoulders, wide lapels, and devil-may-care shirt collar.


Brigitte Bardot, Gainsbourg’s partner in crime in the song above, cleaned up pretty nice, too.


…But who wore it best? Invented in England, perfected by the French—Gainsbourg makes a trench coat look almost as good as Bardot. Note his expert use of accessories: gloves, smoke, icy stare.


Not a bad run: After breaking up with Bardot, Gainsbourg rebounded with English singer/actress Jane Birkin—but’s that’s a whole other story. Here, he rocks the “jacket-as-cape” look about 40 years before the current crop of street-style stars attempted it.

 

SHOP: FRENCH FLING POP-IN SHOP
READ MORE: FRENCH-THEMED ARTICLES

Yesterday marked the grand opening of our French Fling Pop-In Shop—a curated selection of eclectic and often exclusive French-themed goods from Rodarte, Kitsuné, A.P.C. and many more. We celebrated here in Seattle by throwing a packed soirée with free PBR, a crêpe truck, and vintage-surf-tinged tunes by amazing pop-punk band La Sera.

At both the in-store shop and the after-party, our friends documented the stylish debauchery via le Instagram. The photos below are our favorites collected from hashtag #NordstromPOP.

[Above: exclusive Saint James Breton-stripe T-shirt.
Photo by @brillapalooza.]


[Photos by @donovanonavan and @nordstromsea.]


[Photos by @artofwore and @espionsecret.]


[Photos by @nordstromchi and @saob79.
Shop: Proenza Schouler backpack.]


[Photos by @stylematrix and @donovanonavan
Shop: Surrealism in Paris book.]


[Photos by @brennaericson and @galendriver.]


[Photos by @carlystarr and @nordstromchi.
Shop: Kenzo sweatshirt.]


[Photos by @brianpaquette and @nordstrom.]


[L: Nordstrom party-people. It was hard to find a shot without lewd gestures.
R: The aftermath—VIP wristband and forgotten free-crêpe token.
Photos by @donovanonavan and @dandrewes.]

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A few more Editor’s Picks from the French Fling Pop-In Shop. (See our previous picks here.)


L-R: A.P.C. hoodie | Cuisse de Grenouille belt | Kitsuné T-shirt | Cuisse de Grenouille knit tie
Cuisse de Grenouille polka-dot flannel shirt

SHOP ALL: FRENCH FLING POP-IN SHOP

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Finally, to end your workweek on the right note, a few favorite songs
from our after-party house band La Sera:


Fries. Toast. Kissing. Brigitte Bardot. Champagne. Tiny bulldogs. Plastic Bertrand. Even though the latter (above) rose to international stardom for lip-syncing another guy’s work (the original Milli Vanilli?), the song he made famous is still damn catchy—and one more excuse to raise a glass to all things French.

The above influences and countless more are the raison d’être behind French Fling, our first in a series of Pop-In Shops. Curated by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects (and former Creative Director at Opening Ceremony), each Pop-In will feature a collection of goods, including limited-edition and exclusive items, that rally around a specific theme.

This month, said theme is the home of Kenzo sweatshirts, A.P.C. candles—and even a snapback that can parlez-vous français. Next month—who knows? Shop a few of our favorites below, and look for more from our Pop-In Shops coming soon.


Kenzo Paris sweatshirt | A.P.C. candle | New Era cap | Saint James T-shirt | Hedi Slimane book
 

SHOP ALL: FRENCH FLING POP-IN SHOP

Yin and yang. Light and shade. Concrete and jungle. Life is a study in contrasts—and your Fall wardrobe should be, too.

To fully meditate on Fall’s dense tweeds, intricate knits, revved-up leather, and sturdy workwear, we took our favorite Designer Collections to Seattle’s historical, 20-acre wooded oasis, Kubota Garden—as well as the surrounding urban sprawl. The conclusion is clear: Fall’s best clothes feel calm, cool and collected, whether you’re in nature’s domain or the wilds of the city.



Missoni: green chest-stripe sweater | grey zigzag sweater (b&w photo)
A.P.C. jeans | Denim jackets (shop similar)



Band of Outsiders: wool cardigan | embroidered-fly shirt | tartan-plaid shirt

  

Gant by Michael Bastian wool cardigan


Rag & Bone field jacket | Band of Outsiders chinos



John Varvatos Collection double-breasted topcoat
PS Paul Smith wool sweater | Band of Outsiders oxford shirt



Pierre Balmain: leather moto jacket | destroyed jeans
Duvetica down jacket 




Band of Outsiders: wool-blend blazer | twill jacket

 
 

[Photography: Kyle Johnson. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Joel Carlson.]

In a previous post, we discussed how A.P.C. founder Jean Touitou likened his wares to the best steak you ever ate.

So what makes the French clothing brand a cut above? Supple, high-quality fabrics, usually exclusive to A.P.C., for one. The unreal balance between modern lines and timeless taste helps. And perhaps most importantly, the fit. Like a song you swear you’ve heard before, A.P.C.’s sweaters, jackets—even their famously stiff, perfectly cut raw-denim jeans—feel like they were made for you. (Trust us, we nabbed an A.P.C. original of our own over the weekend, and were eyeing several others…all on sale to boot.)

Enjoy these shots of our latest A.P.C. delivery, captured right here in our hometown of Seattle. However, as great as the clothes look, you might have to try them on for yourself to fully understand. Staring at a photo of a perfectly charred filet only takes you so far.




A.P.C. – Denim ShirtStripe T-Shirt | Jeans





A.P.C. – Field Jacket | ‘New Chino’ Pants | Shoes by Eastland (shop similar)


A.P.C. – ‘Knot’ Graphic T-shirt



A.P.C. – Linen ShirtJeans


A.P.C. – Mac Trench Coat




A.P.C. – Sweatshirt | Denim Shirt | Jeans


 
A.P.C. - Zebra Stripe T-shirt | Checked Flannel Shirt
Cotton-Leather Bomber Jacket | ‘Petit New Standard’ Jeans


A.P.C. - Donegal Wool Sweater | Chevron-Stripe Pants

 

[Photography: Robin Stein. Styling: Ashley Helvey. Model: Gus Drake.]

Inventory is running low, but there’s still time to grab some of our GQ Selects from the December issue—or something similar—as seen in action below on rising R&B star Frank Ocean, photographed by Peggy Sirota for GQ. Read the full interview with Ocean here.


Nothing Odd About It. Breaking news: Sportcoats aren’t for fogeys. Whether you go with a banging plaid or charcoal grey, it’ll make you stand out among your doughnut-hoodied friends.” —GQ

Shop: Gant Rugger Tartan Plaid Sportcoat | More Gant Rugger | More Sportcoats

The Band of Outsiders chinos have sold out—
but you can shop more from Band of Outsiders and browse more chinos.

 


A Brief Lesson in Fearlessness. True style is bringing worlds together—like a techy jacket, an old-school herringbone blazer, and some next-level sneakers. Your taste should never be one-note.” —GQ

Shop: The North Face 3-in-1 Jacket | A.P.C. ‘New Cure’ Jeans
More from The North Face | More Dark Denim

 

One of our resident music gurus, Sonya, suggested a few favorite tracks off Ocean’s recent album, Channel Orange. (His performance on the season opener of Saturday Night Live was amazing, but we dig the album version of this first song even more):



Click over to The Seattle Times to read critic Andrew Matson’s track-by-track take
on Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange.
 
 

[Photos by Peggy Sirota, courtesy of GQ. Songs © Frank Ocean and The Island Def Jam Music Group.]

Thanksgiving is next week, and there’s pretty much no better time to wear a sweater: The weather’s finally nice and crisp, the vibe is quasi-dressy but comfortable—and a soft, forgiving knit lets you load up on yams without popping a shirt button.

The festive occasion (coupled with the fact that you’ll be surrounded by friends and family, rather than the judging eyes of strangers) means the time is also ripe to break out something more…obscure. And when it comes to sweater inspiration, Bill Cosby is king. For proof positive, visit The Cosby Sweater Project, an ingenious mix of TV nostalgia and original artwork by Chicago illustrator Kelly Tucker. Here are a few of our favorite recent entries:






To find sweaters with Heathcliff Huxtable levels of swagger, you might need to hop a time machine to 1985 (or at least locate your nearest thrift store). But we have hundreds of modern interpretations, from eye-catching to classic. Here are some ideas to get you prepped for the big day next Thursday:


Fair Isle. This pattern has been quote-unquote “on trend” for a few seasons now—but given that it’s derived from a Scottish island that’s been occupied since the Bronze Age, you can bet it will stick around for centuries to come.
Shown: Topman | Jack Spade | Grayers


Cable Knit. The safest sweater choice for the pattern-phobic among us. Safe need not be boring though, with options of the crewneck, turtleneck, and shawl-collar variety.
Shown: A.P.C. | Michael Kors | Rag & Bone


Subtle Pattern. A middle ground between solid and full-on Fair Isle. (Woodland creatures are cool and all…but this miniature Moby-Dick reference has its tongue planted even more firmly in-cheek.)
Shown: Z Zegna | Jil Sander | Gant by Michael Bastian


Chunky Cardigan. Less dressy than the others, but a clear winner in supreme coziness. The shawl-style collar acts as a built-in scarf, when you need to run out for more firewood (or an extra pie).
Shown: Dale of Norway | Pringle of Scotland | Pendleton Portland Collection
 

Ready to get your Cosby on?
SHOP ALL SWEATERS

…And if you’re up for a second helping of Thanksgiving spirit,
check out these appetizing pants by Bonobos:

 
 

[Artwork by Kelly Tucker, via The Cosby Sweater Project. View more of Tucker's work at i draw pictures. Cosby Show stills courtesy of Carsey-Werner, Viacom and Paramount. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]