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Planning ahead is no small feat. Paying bills, showing up to your dentist appointment, having a dinner reservation locked and loaded when your wedding anniversary rolls around—we find these side effects of modern life counterintuitive to man’s most basic instinct, i.e., to kick back with a cold one and live in the now.

Luckily, our annual Anniversary Sale makes getting ahead of the game second nature. Fact: Besides being our best sale event of the year, Anniversary is also a fall preview. We give you a chance to score leather jackets, work boots, dark denim, and everything else you’ll need for cool weather at reduced prices NOW, in the middle of summer, before they ever hit the floor at full price.

You can thank us later. For now, keep reading to see the Anniversary items that caught our eye while roaming our flagship store on opening day.

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ATTENTION MEN (and women, too, if you’re reading this. Hi.)—you’ve got TWO DAYS LEFT to shop ANNIVERSARY SALE. To recap: This is a sale unlike any other, in which you can pick up killer Fall items, ahead of schedule, at limited-time discounts BEFORE they hit the floor at full price. Prices go up Monday, 8/5, so make the most of this weekend.

To help you navigate the sea of fantastic Anniversary items we brought in this year, we asked five men at Nordstrom HQ to curate a series of Expert Picks. And here on the blog, we’ve been shedding some light on the inspirations that make the men—and, presumably, inform their Picks. Read previous posts here and here.

Today’s entry is yours truly, Justin Abbott, senior editor of Men’s Shop Daily. Shop all my picks here, and read my rants, raves, and random thoughts below. [Note, there is, in fact, a second human on the other side of that interview: our talented men's e-commerce writer, Laura. Not that I'm above talking to myself at times.]


[A page from Take Ivy, the definitive volume on mid-century collegiate
style in America, shot by four dudes from Japan in 1965.]


[L: Steve McQueen, tux elegantly askew. | R: McQueen, not afraid to get his
hands dirty (nor his Barbour jacket).]


[L: Off-duty Gosling. T-shirt + peacoat = 'hey girl.' | R: Ryan Gosling shows how to keep a low
profile at the airport. Note the lack of sweatpants.]


[One of the best of the best street-style photos from our Street Etiquette x Nordstrom New York Fashion Week coverage.]


["If it bleeds, we can kill it." Predator uno, 1987.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Your number-one style icon?
SENIOR BLOG EDITOR JUSTIN ABBOTT:
“Trick question! I think it’s not possible (or not advisable) to have just one. Ideally, a person has a wide mix of influences and experiences that forms you into a unique individual, style-wise and otherwise. That said, my favorites are mid-century Ivy League students, for the way they wore classic staples (blazers, chinos, button-downs, repp ties) in nonchalant and individualized ways; Steve McQueen because he looked tough and confident whether in a tux or covered in mud after a motorcycle race; and (though kind of expected) Ryan Gosling—but less DB-velvet-tux-on-the-red-carpet Gosling, more off-duty-in-a-rumpled-leather-jacket, T-shirt, messy-hair, on-a-date-with-Eva-Mendes Gosling. Extra points for his bleached-hair and face-tats period, even if it was just for a part.”

MSD: Where do you get inspiration for your posts on the Men’s Shop Daily?
JUSTIN ABBOTT:
“I just try to touch on everything men need to live life with style—from the awesome products our men’s buyers bring in, to classic rock, motorcycles, and how to open champagne with a sword.”

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[A couple wardrobe essentials, via Abbott's instagram feed.]

MSD: Which bloggers would you say are really killing it right now?
JUSTIN ABBOTT:
 “Another trick question. I think we’re in a phase where the Internet is simply a medium that allows interesting people to quickly and easily share what they’re up to. Meaning: These days, a “blogger” might be a journalist, a photographer, a stylist, an artist—or any mix thereof. That said, Joshua and Travis of Street Etiquette have topped my list for years now. My favorite curators of menswear-related information are How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Nickel Cobalt, and Eye Five Style. My favorite photographers with a large web presence are Liam Goslett, Evan Tetreault, Noah Emrich, and Tommy Ton. My favorite collectors of random inspiration online are JJJJound, Haw-Lin, Wit & Delight, Push The Movement.”

MSD: Your top picks for fall trends?
JUSTIN ABBOTT: “Tweedleather jacketsarmy green.”

MSD: All-time favorite movie. Only one. Your pick, and why?
JUSTIN ABBOTT: “I should probably say something smart like Kubrick or Kurosawa, but…Predator. You get buzz-cut Arnold in his ’80s prime, a treasure trove of classic/corny action movie one-liners, a slasher flick where all the characters are somehow likable—even the earliest ones to get offed, Carl Weathers’ severed arm still firing off machine-gun rounds as it hits the jungle floor, that mystical pessimistic guy Billy, an actually pretty cool menacing soundtrack, and one of the extremely few sci-fi monsters whose eventual appearance lives up to the foreshadowing.”


SALE PICKS from Justin’s category. From left:
Patagonia vest | Billy Reid henley | G-Star Raw sneaker | Billy Reid leather jacket | Obey cap


Vince pea coat sweater | Jack Spade leather briefcase | Diesel jeans | Nordstrom trim-fit dress shirt | John Varvatos sportcoat
 

FOR MORE, SHOP:
ALL JUSTIN ABBOTT’S PICKS
ALL EXPERT PICKS
ALL MEN’S ANNIVERSARY SALE

 
 

[Interview by Laura Oxford. Steve McQueen photos via Life Magazine and TWW. Ryan Gosling photos via Socialite Life, here and here. Tweed jacket detail shot by Joshua Woods. Predator © 20th Century Fox, Gordon Company, Silver Pictures, Davis Entertainment. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

For the final weekend of Anniversary Sale, we’re partnering with on-call car service Uber to give Nordstrom customers a sweet deal on rides to or from your local store.

- New Uber users, use promo code NORDSTROM to save up to $20 -
- Existing Uber users, use promo code NSALE to save 10% -

Don’t know what Uber is? It’s basically a luxury chauffeur available in cities across the US, from Seattle to Atlanta, San Fran to Boston, and tons in between. Oh—and there’s an app for that.

We’re seeing this as your dapper designated driver for a weekend of style (and savings)—whether you’re pre-func’ing at your pad before an afternoon at the sale, or celebrating your successful haul of killer Fall finds with drinks at a Nordstrom Grill. But hey, to each his own. See details here.

 

3 DAYS LEFT! SHOP: MEN’S ANNIVERSARY SALE

ANNIVERSARY SALE CONTINUES. Don’t wait too long, though—prices go up August 5. Previously, we showed what inspired the Expert Picks of creative director Andy Comer. Today, get to know tailored clothing buy planner Ryan Sharp, a man who’s as into Gucci loafers as he is video games. Shop Ryan’s picks here, and read more about him below.


[L: David Beckham—a baller in more ways than one.
R: The view from Bandits Bar, a Seattle spot famous for tamales.]

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[L: Ryan's loafer game is strong. | R: John Slattery, aka Roger Sterling of Mad Men.
Not wearing his signature three-piece suit...but still.]


[How Ryan kicks up his Guccis and blows off some steam.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Who’s your top style icon?
RYAN SHARP:
“I’d say David Beckham. From being casual courtside to formal on the red carpet, he’s always looking sharp. I’m not sure how much Posh has to do with it, but the looks he puts together are generally on point.”

MSD: Like many guys, you occasionally unwind at the end of the day with the Xbox. What are your current favorite games?
RYAN SHARP:
“Right now, I’m pretty into Borderlands 2. I rotate in Skyrim, Call of Duty, Dishonored and am always down for a round of FIFA. I’m looking forward to attending PAX Prime this summer, and I’ll hopefully get a chance to try out the Xbox One, PS4 and some upcoming games.”

MSD: What trends are you most excited about for fall?
RYAN SHARP: “I really like all the different patterns and textures for fall, the tweeds, corduroys, Fair Isle sweaters, etc. All the vested looks are really nice, too. Three-piece suits are very Roger Sterling—they’re definitely dressier and make a statement.”

MSD: How do you refuel in your time off?
RYAN SHARP: “When the weather is nice, I enjoy exploring the city, trying out new restaurants and bars. It does have a tendency to rain up here, so I also enjoy reading or playing Xbox at home (when can I get my Xbox One?).”

MSD: What brought you to the Seattle area?
RYAN SHARP: “I grew up in Orange County, California. My girlfriend moved up here for work; after I visited once, it was an easy decision to move up here, too.”

MSD: How would you describe your personal style?
RYAN SHARP: “Smart casual? I’ll wear a suit or a sportcoat with jeans to the office. Lately on the weekends, it’s normally my A.P.C.s and maybe a Todd Snyder shirt.”


A few of our favorites from Ryan’s Anniversary Sale picks (from left):
Joseph Abboud sportcoat | Santoni double-monk | Dockers slim chinos | Hugo Boss dress shirt

 

FOR MORE, SHOP:
ALL OF RYAN SHARP’S PICKS
ALL EXPERT PICKS
ALL MEN’S ANNIVERSARY SALE

 
 

[Interview by Laura Oxford. Instagram photos by Ryan Sharp. David Beckham photo via Esquire UK; John Slattery photo via GQ. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

It’s that special time of year: Anniversary Sale. A time not only to revel in scoring new Fall items, at sale prices, ahead of schedule—but also a time to look back on our 100+ years of history.

Did you know that the first Nordstrom was a shoe store? John W. Nordstrom himself set up shop in Downtown Seattle in the year 1901. A century later, we’re still here in Seattle—and still family-operated.


[Our founder standing proudly in front of his first store, circa 1901. His partner's name now graces our in-house, heritage-inspired brand, Wallin & Bros.
For more vintage photos, read our post on Nordstrom's Illustrated History.]

Alright alright, enough reminiscing. Here are a few of our favorite fall steals on indispensable footwear—for the office, the gym, the bar, and everywhere in between. Find more Anniversary-Sale shoes here. Happy hunting.


Dressy Boots (L-R): To Boot New York (sale $259.90) | Bruno Magli (sale $319.90)
Allen Edmonds (sale $259.90)


Rugged Boots (L-R): Red Wing (sale $174.90) | Timberland Boot Company (sale $189.90)
Wolverine x Filson (sale $294.90)


Sneakers (L-R): Nike (sale $69.90) | Ald0 (sale $39.90) | Diesel (sale $89.90)


Monk-Straps & Loafers (L-R): To Boot New York (sale $277.90) | Allen Edmonds (sale $249.90)
Cole Haan (sale $149.90)


Wingtips: Cole Haan (sale $129.90) | Bruno Magli (sale $389.90) | 1901 (sale $64.90)

 

SHOP ALL: ANNIVERSARY SALE FOR MEN

ANNIVERSARY SALE HAS BEGUN. Which means now’s your chance to score brand-new Fall essentials at great savings. Given the massive amount of stuff on sale, we decided to ask a few experts here at Nordstrom HQ for their insight on what ‘s new for Fall. First up, our Men’s Shop creative strategy director Andy Comer. Shop Andy’s picks here, and read about some of his inspirations below.

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[L: Andy proudly displaying his Danzig find. | R: A turtlenecked Phil Ochs.]


[L: Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. | R: Andy in Thom Browne vs. Andre the Giant in a unitard. Who wins?]


[A classic shot from photographer Bruce Davidson's 1959 Brooklyn Gang series.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: Your number one style icon—who is he (or she)?
ANDY COMER:
“If pressed, I’d say Marcello Mastroianni. But my reference points are always shifting. Right now, I’m really into Phil Ochs. Lots of knit ties, rumpled oxford cloth shirts, and turtlenecks worn under tweed sports jackets. And terrific records. Check out Tape from California.”

MSD: You recently released your solo debut album, Bloody Amateur. How would you describe it?
ANDY COMER:
“Candid. No over-arranging or unnecessary ‘parts.’ The sound is my own, inspired by the artists I like: PJ Harvey, Michael Rother, Brian Eno and Lou Reed, to name only a few.”

MSD: You clearly have a lot of love for the music scene in Louisville (your hometown). How are you liking the Seattle scene?
ANDY COMER: “You can really feel the richness of the scene’s history here; it reminds me of Cleveland (another of my favorite music towns) in that regard. I hit a great record fair called the Big Dig a couple weeks back and scored a Danzig bootleg 45 and a near-complete collection of The Lost Lennon Tapes. A good sign.”

MSD: Any fall trends you’re excited for?
ANDY COMER: “I’m excited about the new spin on classic English and university themes: tartan peacoats, slim tweed sportcoats, quilted vests and jackets in bold colors and patterns, all cut a little shorter than usual. Also the cool Bruce Davidson moto vibe that’s trickling into the mainstream: tough belts, knit hats, and leather jackets in styles that work for a wide range of men.”


A few of our favorites from Andy’s Anniversary-Sale picks (from left):
Hugo Boss cotton sportcoat | Frye wingtip boot | AG Jeans | Nordstrom Smartcare dress shirt

 

FOR MORE, SHOP:
ALL OF ANDY COMER’S PICKS
ALL EXPERT PICKS
ALL MEN’S ANNIVERSARY SALE

 
 

[Interview by Laura Oxford. Photos of Andy by Strath Shepard. Phil Ochs photo via; Marcello Mastroianni photo by Steve Schapiro, via; photo © Bruce Davidson via. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Starting immediately, Nordstrom Fashion Rewards members can shop Anniversary Sale before the masses. Sign into your account, or sign up for a card, here.

Fashion Rewards, by the way, is the awesome points/perks system for Nordstrom credit and debit cardholders. It’s like getting paid to shop. Plus, you get VIP access to killer events such as our best sale of the year: Anniversary Sale.

Anniversary Sale, by the way, is a sale like no other. It’s NOT a clearance of unwanted leftovers—it’s a sneak preview of our Fall delivery, on sale before it hits the floor at full price. No one else does this. If you haven’t experienced Anniversary Sale before, definitely check it out—it’s your chance to get a head start on Fall, and save some cash in the process.

One more thing, and then we’ll leave you to it: Check out the Nordstrom company retrospective we posted during last year’s Anniversary Sale—and see how our heritage reaches back to 1901, when John W. Nordstrom opened his first shoe store in downtown Seattle.

Mark your calendars for our biggest sale event of the year: Anniversary Sale, your rare chance to save on Fall goods before they ever hit regular price, starts July 19.

Sound like a ways off? Trust us, it’s coming up quick—our team was already pulling together Anniversary-Sale outfits to photograph for the website last week. Here’s an exclusive glimpse at some of the rich fall textures and patterns you have to look forward to.

 


Chalk stripes x longwings? Check. Patent x camo? Why not.
Yes, our Men’s Team looks good even while locked in a conference room all day.
(That’s one of our female stylists on the right—don’t worry,
we’re not hopping on the meggings trend quite yet.)

 

Stay tuned for more Anniversary Sale updates as they become available.

It’s the last weekend of our biggest event of the year. Prices go up on Monday, August 6, so the time to pull the trigger on the jeans, jacket or shoes you’ve been eyeing is now.

Here’s the second installment of our favorites from Fall’s Most Wanted. In case you missed it, check out Part 1.


6. Dress Shoes [L-R]
John Varvatos Star USA: Sale $189.90, After Sale $275
Allen EdmondsSale $169.90, After Sale $250
Cole Haan: Sale $129.90, After Sale $198
 


7. Great-Fitting Dress Shirts [L-R]
CalibrateSale $38.90, After Sale $59.50
Hugo BossSale $62.90, After Sale $95
Nordstrom Smartcare™: Sale $42.90, After Sale $65
 


8. Dark Denim [L-R]
PRPSSale $129.90, After Sale $200
Levi’s®: Sale $79.90, After Sale $148
NudieSale $129.90, After Sale $199
 


9. Plaid Short-Sleeve Shirts [L-R]
Ben ShermanSale $56.90, After Sale $85
Hugo BossSale $76.90, After Sale $115
7 DiamondsSale $58.90, After Sale $89
 


10. Leather Jackets [L-R]
Hugo BossSale $397.90, After Sale $595
Andrew MarcSale $397.90, After Sale $595
7 DiamondsSale $317.90, After Sale $475

Just a few days left! Prices go up on Monday, August 6—which means you still have the weekend to stock up on next season’s essentials, on sale now.

In case you missed it, we put together a handy top-ten list of Fall’s Most-Wanted items. Here are some editor’s picks from the first five categories—check back tomorrow for the rest.


1. Versatile Sportcoats [L-R]
John Varvatos Star USA (navy): Sale $249.90, After Sale $395
John Varvatos Star USA (taupe)Sale $299.90, After Sale $545
Hugo Boss: Sale $226.90, After Sale $345
 


2. Modern Workbags [L-R]
TumiSale $179.90, After Sale $395
Hugo BossSale $263.90, After Sale $395
Jack SpadeSale $279.90, After Sale $425
 


3. Colorful Pants [L-R]
Paige (green or ‘cayenne’)Sale $109.90, After Sale $169
J Brand (teal)Sale $109.90, After Sale $176
 


4. Dark-Dial Watches [L-R]
Michael KorsSale $183.90, After Sale $275
Diesel (gunmetal dial)Sale $119.90, After Sale $180
Diesel (black dial)Sale $149.90, After Sale $225
 


5. Rugged Boots [L-R]
DieselSale $89.90, After Sale $140
Ugg AustraliaSale $109.90, After Sale $159.95
To Boot New YorkSale $259.90, After Sale $398