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Whoever coined the phrase “Never look back” clearly hadn’t heard of Grayers, a brand firmly rooted in the fact that inspiration is everywhere—especially in the past.

Keep reading to see the the vintage gems (from a 40-foot boat to a Japanese blanket) that sparked four key items for spring 2014—as selected, shot, and discussed by Grayers creative director Kenny Thomas.

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For Episode One of THE SNEAKER PROJECT: SNEAKERS IN YOUR CITY, we asked Seattle hip-hop legends Thig Nat and Prometheus Brown (aka Geo Quibuyen) to show us the best that their hometown (which happens to be Nordstrom’s hometown, too) has to offer.

Get a ground-level glimpse of the Emerald City in the short video above, and keep reading for a Q&A with Thig and Geo, behind-the-scenes photos, and a closer look at their favorite spots around town (as well as those sneakers they’re sporting).

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“March 26, 1987 marked the release of the Air Max 1 and with it, a revolution began. In the form of a literal window to the sole, the invisible became visible, and Nike Air cushioning forever changed how Nike designed running sneakers.” —Nike Inc.

It’s not every day an aerospace engineer walks into your office with a history-making idea—even when you’re the CEO of Nike. Sparked from an Air-Sole prototype created by engineer Frank Rudy and brought to life through countless trials and errors by shoe designers Mark Parker and Tinker Hatfield, Nike’s iconic Air Max sneaker—the first to ever feature air cushioning you can see—turns 27 today.

Keep reading to see a timeline of vintage Nike ads (with a commemorative ‘Air Max Day’ twist), shop a selection of Air Max Editor’s Picks—and learn how to score a pair of extremely limited-edition sneakers from one of Nike’s elusive ‘Quickstrike’ releases.

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You know Converse sneakers are classic—but do you know exactly how classic they are?

The company was founded in Massachusetts over 100 years ago in 1908. With the help of an Indiana-born baller complaining of sore feet—Charles H. “Chuck” Taylor himself—they revolutionized the sport of basketball in the 1920s. And decades later, Converse became a counterculture talisman on the feet of rock icons from The Ramones to Kurt Cobain to Wayne and Garth.

In homage to this rich history and continued innovation, this month’s Pop-In @ Nordstrom is devoted to all things Converse. In addition to stocking the best selection around of the All Star Chuck ’70 (a sturdy version of the classic, inspired by 1970s Chuck Taylors and pictured in the video above), we’ve commissioned local illustrators from all over the USA to hand-paint wearable works of art using pristine white Chucks as their blank canvas. Check out a few of our favorites [click images to enlarge]:


L: Illustrated by Jesse LeDoux & Frances Nelson • Available at Nordstrom Downtown Seattle (Seattle, WA)
R: Illustrated by Eddie Kihm • Available at Nordstrom The Plaza at King of Prussia (King of Prussia, PA)


L: Illustrated by Landis Blair • Available at Nordstrom Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, IL)
R: Illustrated by Favio Moreno • Available at Nordstrom NorthPark Center (Dallas, TX)

Each design is a limited edition of 30 pairs, goes for $74.95, and is only available at the store listed (not available online).

To see the full range of limited-edition designs, visit our sister blog, The Thread.
And for tons more Chucks, visit our online shop—
POP-IN @ NORDSTROM: CONVERSE

On the final day of our history-making, all-menswear Pop-In @ Nordstrom: Heartbreakers Club, let’s take a moment to reflect on a glorious past few weeks, packed with legendary thugs, digital graffiti, and motorcycles in space. Also: interpretive dance. In case you haven’t seen it, check out our campaign video above (starring Seattle movement artist Matt Drews)—and keep reading for an expansive gallery of visually poetic photos from behind the scenes (and featuring rare wares from Mark McNairy, Hood By Air, LPD New York and more).

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You might be Trill now…but how long have you Been that way? Our second installment of Been Trill digital wheat-paste posters (created by Nordstrom associates using the Been Trill App) goes to show that whether you’re a kid with a candy cigarette, a 100-year-old store or a terrier in a football jersey, there’s a way to embrace the #BeenTrill# aesthetic.

Check out our previous post to learn more about what that means—and be sure to shop our selection of Been Trill T-shirts while they’re still in stock. (Our Heartbreakers Club Pop-In Shop, of which Been Trill is a part, shuts down this Sunday.) Keep reading for 20 new images from our compatriots here at Nordstrom HQ.

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With this month’s all-menswear pop-in shop—Heartbreakers Clubabout to shut its doors this Sunday, we wanted to alert you to one of the shop’s more unique offerings while it’s still in stock: LPD New York.

A digital-age sensation that rose to recognition via the internet, LPD is highly divisive: Supporters consider the T-shirts and mesh jerseys (backs emblazoned with monikers and birth years of legendary fashion designers) to be a brilliant mash-up of the dualistically competitive and clique-y worlds of style and sport, while detractors (“haters,” if you will) cry glorified bootleg.

As equal-opportunity fans of both sports and fashion, we root for the former of those two teams—and see no reason why a Margiela jersey shouldn’t hang next to Larry Bird in our locker room, er, closet. Keep reading for a Q&A with LPD founder Benjamin Fainlight and creative director M O S E S™.

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New York-based designer Patrik Ervell melds Japanese-inspired prints, granola-fed outdoor gear, laser-sharp tailoring and obscure textiles like no one else can. A California-raised economics and art-history major, Ervell is also a friend of the Nordstrom family–he and our Director of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim (the mastermind behind each Pop-In @ Nordstrom) go way back. In fact, his current studio happens to be Olivia’s old apartment.

Keep reading for an exclusive glimpse at this innovative designer’s inner sanctum—and to sit in on a candid chat between longtime compadres Olivia Kim and Patrik Ervell.

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We’re big fans of Herschel Supply Co. backpacks here at Men’s Shop Daily. (Some of us even carry our laptops to work in one every day.) So when we heard about the brand’s new beach-ready collaboration with artist Kevin Butler—especially as we sat in our rainy Seattle office—we were all ears.

The creator of a well-loved series of illustrations matter-of-factly titled Rad Cars with Rad Surfboards on Them, Butler teamed up with the good people at Herschel Supply to produce a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by the rad Californian lifestyle. Keep reading for quite a rad (if we do say so ourselves) Q&A with Butler, in which he offers rare insights on cars, surfing, art, burritos, and of course, his new collab with Herschel Supply Co.

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February 28, 2014

Schott NYC: Legends in Leather

Many specimens in the menswear pantheon are born of utilitarian necessity. Few become electrically charged with symbolic meaning through their decades of use and abuse.

The leather motorcycle jacket falls into both categories: assembled from logic and imbued with snarling attitude, thanks to being embraced by countless iconic antiheroes from Marlon Brando to The Ramones. No one knows this better than legendary leather-jacket manufacturer Schott NYC, whose founder, Irving Schott, invented the motorcycle jacket nearly 100 years ago.

Keep reading for our Q&A with Jason Schott (great-grandson of Irving and current Chief Operating Officer of the family business)—and to see the historical figures who have built Schott’s legacy by donning their incredible leather jackets over the years.

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