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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 some wise words from our Associate Digital Creative Director Jeremy Prasatik—a man who appreciates barbecue, basketball, and sleeping in (just a little).

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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 to catch up with Bob Bailey—an experienced dad with a refined taste for dub monks, IPA and analog tunes.

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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 to learn about Justin Marx—a user-experience designer, talented chef and dedicated dad—from his favorite kids’ show to the whiskey he’d like to unwrap this Father’s Day.

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New York Fashion Week: It’s that time once again. Watch for much more coming soon, but for now, here’s a look at the Spring/Summer 2014 presentation by Ernest Alexander, named one of the Best New Menswear Designers in America by GQ, and a specialist in masculine carry-alls.

Seen here, courtesy of Ernest’s official Instagram feed, is a glimpse of the preparation process—from a mood board including Jude Law, to casting, to heavy drinking, to pre-show grooming by a guy with perhaps the most epic beard ever grown, to shoes provided by Florsheim (who else?).

Further down are a few keen details during the final showing, shot by Justin Bridges for GQ; see the rest here. (And though this brand is known for bags, note the emphasis on floral shirts.)







SHOP THE CURRENT COLLECTION OF BAGS:
ERNEST ALEXANDER

It was just last week that we mentioned the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) and its uncanny knack for a) honoring our favorite menswear designers in the biz, most recently Thom Browne, and b) throwing parties that draw highly photogenic crowds.

The CFDA’s noteworthy deeds continue this week with a collection of one-of-a-kind weekend bags that the non-profit organization, along with Details magazine, commissioned from top menswear designers including Michael Bastian, Rag & Bone, Todd Snyder and Billy Reid.


[The plain, military-surplus duffel each designer started with.]

The bags are being auctioned on eBay through this weekend only. As of this posting, Todd Snyder’s is the most hotly sought after with 23 bids. But you know how these things work: The auction ends June 17; now’s your chance to stake out your favorite bag, then swoop in at the last minute to drop the winning bid.

Check out our favorite bags below, and pop over to eBay to see about scoring a one-of-a-kind work of art (slash piece of luggage). All proceeds go to the CFDA to benefit new and emerging designers.

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Michael Bastian. The 2011 CFDA Award winner patched up his bag like an Eagle Scout sash full of merit badges; but in a Jack Kerouac-like twist, the obscure mementos look like they’ve been collected throughout a road scholar’s lifetime of strange trips.
Shop Michael Bastian | Bid on This Bag


Rag & Bone. Sleek black leather contrasting the faded olive give this duffel—by the English-bred, New York-based duo behind Rag & Bone—the look of a refined  doctor’s bag. Perfect for carting a change of clothes uptown to hit the gym before or after the office.
Shop Rag & Bone | Bid on This Bag


Marc Jacobs. Win this auction, and you get not only a cool bag—but also dozens of what appear to be hand-doodled buttons to pluck off and pin to your jean- and leather-jacket lapels.
Shop Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bid on This Bag


Tommy Hilfiger. It’s amazing how some blue dye and leather accents can make an Army/Navy bag look incredibly luxe—as with Hilfiger’s unmistakable play on one of our favorite trends for summer: unapologetic Americana.
Shop Tommy Hilfiger Watches | Bid on This Bag


Billy Reid. Alabama-based Reid devised one of the most functional duffels of the bunch—complete with longer handles to toss it over your shoulder during endless airport treks, and a strap on the end to easily nab it from the overhead compartment (or the flatbed of a truck).
Shop Billy Reid | Bid on This Bag


Ovadia & Sons. Twin brothers Shimon and Ariel Ovadia offer a wry twist on their signature mix of preppy and military influences, with aeronautical patches affixed in a jaunty, haphazard manner.
Shop J. Press York Street by Ovadia & Sons | Bid on This Bag


Duckie Brown. Where other redesigns sought to urbanize the source material, this one embraces olive green’s earthy side, with a wooly blanket pattern that recalls visions of summer camp.
Shop Florsheim by Duckie Brown Shoes | Bid on This Bag


Todd Snyder. This Iowa-born designer chose to pursue the ‘Navy’ side of Army/Navy, with a sailor-inspired creation that turns the conventional duffel on its ear. Rugged natural leather and sturdy rope make it ready for a long boat ride—preferably to the Bahamas.
Shop Todd Snyder | Bid on This Bag



And two more auctions we’re eyeing: Richard Chai (top) and Public School—we don’t carry these guys, but they made some of our favorite bags of the bunch. The former utilizes a rare color scheme we suddenly hope to see more of: olive green x neon blue.

The latter, in always-appropriate black on black, looks like a cross between Michael Jackson’s jacket from Thriller and some space-age survival gear from our recent favorite sci-fi film-festival throwback.

 
 

[Intro photo by Donnell Culver for We Are The Market. Duffel photos via Details.com.]

Inter-brand collaborations in the menswear universe may have reached a near-comedic level years ago—but when a partnership starring labels as universally loved as New Balance and Herschel Supply Co. comes along, how can we do anything besides pause for a collective moment of admiration…Before starting in on the tough math of whether you can splurge for both the sneaker and the boot.

Scroll down for details; as you can see, the special-edition 420 sneaker and 710 boot both come with custom paisley lining (a Herschel signature), and brown leather accents reminiscent of your favorite backpack. (Herschel ‘Heritage Plus’ backpacks, with internal laptop sleeves, and ‘Novel’ duffel bags in corresponding colors are available as well.)


These guys are selling fast, but there are a few sizes left in the following colors:


New Balance x Herschel Supply Co. 710 Boots


New Balance x Herschel Supply Co. 420 Sneakers
 

SHOP ALL: NEW BALANCE | HERSCHEL SUPPLY CO.

 
 

[Detail photos courtesy of Herschel Supply Co.]

Tune in next week for a care package of killer Pitti Uomo photos from our foreign correspondent Mr. Karl-Edwin Guerre. In the meantime, here’s a glimpse of the trends Tina Aniversario, our National Merchandise Manager for Men’s Designer Sportswear, has spotted while in Florence for this most illustrious of menswear tradeshows:


Man bags on man bags.


Military meets prep in this gentleman’s field jacket x cardigan combo.


How novel (sorry). A chandelier made of books.


Drop-crotch pants: Equally at home with leather or tweed.
(Shop similar from Zanerobe, Topman and T by Alexander Wang.)


The presentaion by fashion brand-slash-record label Maison Kitsuné starred musical acts Citizens!, Saint Lou Lou (Swedish/Australian twin sisters?) and Yelle.

The gifts men appreciate most are the ones we can get maximum mileage out of, day in and day out. Case in point: Polo Ralph Lauren’s refined and highly functional finishing touches. Inspired by vintage men’s sporting holdalls, the handcrafted bags seen here are made from burnished saddle leather and durable twill, trimmed with leather and antique brass hardware. For the rugged yet refined dad, husband, boyfriend, brother or son who’s gone above and beyond in the niceness department this year, there’s really no other choice.

[Above: Polo Ralph Lauren Canvas Messenger Bag. Shop Now.]


[Leather Briefcase. Shop Now.]


[Canvas Tote. Shop Now.]


[Leather Commuter Bag. Shop Now.]


[Canvas Commuter Bag. Shop Now.]

While you’re at it, go ahead and pre-pack his bag with some of our favorite Polo Ralph Lauren cold-weather staples. From football stands to frosty commutes, these will serve him well at work and on the weekend—just like the bags above.

[Clockwise from top left: Wool Convertible Gloves, 'Big Pony' Scarf,
Quilted Leather Gloves with Wool Lining, Reversible Scarf. All by Polo Ralph Lauren.]

November 1, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #5

The final look from our November-issue edition of GQ Selects proves, once again, the power of accessories. In this case, a dapper tie and tie bar, at a combined cost of only $30, give you the power to invest in a truly killer suit—as well as a high-quality laptop case that lends a subtly rugged touch to your most polished office attire.

 


The Tie Bar Woven Tie. “For the man who has a closet overstuffed with striped ties, this wool-and-silk rendition from The Tie Bar offers a heftier helping of stripes that amps up any basic shirt-and-suit combination.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

Editor’s Note: The exact tie featured in GQ has sold out.
Luckily, we have plenty more ties by The Tie Bar—and all at a mere $15.
Shop color variations of the bold stripe above here, or shop all ties by The Tie Bar.

 


Jack Spade ‘Tech Oxford’ Slim Laptop Briefcase. Everything is slimmed-down these days, from our cell phones to our laptops, but so many guys are still lugging around bulky, oversized briefcases. Jack Spade thankfully catches men up to the times with this scaled-down brief. It’s slim without skimping on utility, thanks to the exterior zip pouch, interior pockets, and a durable nylon shell.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 


The Tie Bar Woven Tie. “I’m a believer that just as you shouldn’t leave the house without a pocket square, you shouldn’t without a tie bar if you’re wearing a tie. You can never go wrong with a tie bar. It’s that extra detail that’s going to set you apart from the person next to you, whether it’s with a sharp suit or a shirt and tie with a hoodie thrown on top. Aside from looking smart, it’s a functional piece that will keep your neckwear in place throughout the day. This one-inch-long accessory is going to you give you miles’ worth of style.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Canali Chalk-Stripe Suit | Ted Baker Trim-Fit Shirt | Salvatore Ferragamo Oxford

 
 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.

October 1, 2012

GQ Selects: October Look #5

Classic kicks in custom colors are popping up all over menswear blogs and street-style slideshows lately. Wear a look like this on the walk from the gym to work in the morning—or all day long, if your gig is a creative one. Either way, opt for the quintessential old-school sneaker, New Balance, and keep everything else sharply tailored, from your tie to your bag.


New Balance ’574 Backpack’ Sneaker. “We advocate wearing these with a suit in our October issue. The retro running style works so well with one, thanks to its profile—the sneaker retains the sportiness of the original, but without any of the bulk. The bold color creates a cool contrast against something as traditional as a suit, but wouldn’t be out of place under cuffed khakis or slim sweatpants on the weekend.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)


[Editor's Note: We blew through the green New Balances,
as featured in GQ, in a flash. Get the same look
with the red or black version instead.]

 


Bally Leather Portfolio. “Guys tired of lugging around a bulky briefcase should try a portfolio for a change, especially one with a profile as slim as this Bally number. Not only will it easily hold your daily haul, but the portfolio does it with infinitely more style than that beat-up brief. The folio isn’t too precious, though: The soft pebble-grain leather gives it a rugged edge.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Sovereign Code Polka-Dot Tie | Dolce&Gabbana Grey Suit
Nordstrom Smartcare™ Trim-Fit Dress Shirt

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the fourth edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 fall essentials from the October issue. Check back each month for more.