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Our study in Fall contrast continues with clean-cut prep, worn-in leather, streamlined stripes, and woodsy plaid from some of our favorite Designer Collections. Photographed at Kubota Garden, a 20-acre sanctum of lush pines nestled amongst the stark pavement of south Seattle. [See part 1 of this series.]



Shipley & Halmos: varsity jacket | long-sleeve t-shirt



Jack Spade: crewneck sweater | flannel shirt





Band of Outsiders: wool-blend blazer | twill jacket



Band of Outsiders: polo shirt | oxford shirt | chinos


Pierre Balmain: leather moto jacket | destroyed jeans


Rag & Bone: canvas/leather jacket | PS Paul Smith: stripe t-shirt



John Varvatos Collection: textured cardigan | Paul Smith Jeans: utility vest

 

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

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.]

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.

Here at Nordstrom, we may prefer to celebrate one holiday at a time—but when it is time to celebrate, we go all out. So, with Thanksgiving officially behind us, we popped over to our flagship store in Downtown Seattle to see how they decked the halls (or aisles, as it were). A couple indications that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas:


Walls full of festive sketches by our perennial favorite illustrator, Ruben Toledo.


Trees all aglow.


Ornaments the size of a small child (or large elf).


Mannequins prepping for a black-tie holiday soirée.


An interactive snowflake-catching experience.


Santa posted up in the corner window display, awaiting your kid’s wish list. (Or yours.)

 

Despite the festive decorations, we couldn’t help getting distracted by all the sumptuous winter wares festooning the mannequins in the Men’s Shop. Here’s the best of what we saw at the store—and links to help you get these looks online.


Jack Spade Cardigan | Jack Spade Shirt | Solid Ties


Penfield Vest | Ben Sherman Sweater


Moncler Parka | Turtlenecks | Plaid Shirts


Jack Spade: Sweatshirt | Shirt | Pants



Diesel Vest | Life/After/Denim Sweater | Beanies | Cords | Danner Boots


Nudie Belt | Cardigans | Crewnecks | Chinos


Marc New York Leather Jacket | Fiesole Sweater


Billy Reid Coat | Billy Reid Thermal Henleys | Jeans | Wingtips
 

More gift ideas for dads, brothers,
sons, husbands—or yourself.
SHOP: SWEATERS | COATS & VESTS
BOOTS | CASUAL SHIRTS

OR, SHOP ALL GIFTS

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.]

Is it Fall yet? After some unusual late-summer heat, crisp, foggy mornings are rolling into our hometown of Seattle this week, signaling the start of our favorite season. Right on cue, one of our Sportswear Buyers, John Stephen, offered some tips for upping your layer game with 3 key sweaters for Fall:

1. Cardigan. “A lightweight cardigan adds an element of prep to any look.”
Shop: Nordstrom (L) | Brooks Brothers (R) | All Cardigans

 

2. Half-Zip. “Layer under sportcoats, outerwear, or on its own over a casual button-up shirt.”
Shop: Boss Black (L) | Tommy Bahama (R) | All Half-Zip & Pullover Sweaters

 

3. Shawl-Collar. “Add sophistication with a blazer, or create a ‘town and country’ look with vest.”
Shop: Façonnable (L) | Ted Baker London (R) | All Shawl-Collar Sweaters

 

Bruce Pask: Men’s Fashion Director of T: The New York Times Style Magazine, certifiably sharp dresser (as evidenced here, here and here), and mastermind behind the styling of our Fall 2012 Men’s Shop Catalog.

Visiting our Seattle headquarters for just a few days this past summer, Pask offered a moment (a rare commodity, between rapid-fire styling sessions, non-stop meetings, and trying to nab a table at the Walrus and the Carpenter for that evening) to chat with us about his favorite pieces from our Fall Catalog.


1. Burberry Peacoat. “You can’t go wrong with that, I think it’s an amazing piece. It’s really trim, the arms are slender, it’s really well-cut.” (shop this item | shop all peacoats)

 


2. Wolverine 1000 Mile Boots. “I own them and love them. They just go with everything, they’re such a neutral. They looks great with jeans, with khakis—and then you can also use them to ground a dressier look, and it shows a bit more character than just a dress shoe. They’re also really well-made.” (shop this item | shop all boots)

 


3. Jack Spade Cardigan. “Some guys are afraid of cardigans, because they think of Fred Rogers, or they think it’s too groovy, but this piece has such versatility. It looks great under a sport jacket, it looks great on its own, you can wear it with a T-shirt or with a woven. It’s a uniform piece that you can go back to again and again.” (shop this item | shop all cardigans)

 


4. Billy Reid Overcoat. “That Billy Reid coat is beautiful—double-breasted, wool melton, great shape. It’s a great length because it’ll go over a sport jacket. I like pieces where you can get a lot of use out of them—it’s a really dressy coat, but you can also do it more casually, like we did here.” (shop this item | shop all overcoats)

 


5. Gitman Ties. “We’re just using them for styling, but we used them a lot—all those Gitman neckties, those skinny wool tartans and foulards, I think are great.” (shop Gitman ties | shop all ties)

Bonus Tip: A New Perspective on Pocket Squares. “The thing I love about these [above] is that they’re not just this white sliver coming out of a pocket. There was a point when that meant something and kind of evoked something, but I think it’s time we reinvestigate what a pocket square’s supposed to do. A darker, tonal, wool pocket square—and kind of casually, but artfully placing it in—I just think it gives such a boost to a tailored look.” (shop pocket squares)

 
 

[Quotes by Bruce Pask. iPhone photos shot this past summer during style-out sessions for the Fall Catalog.]

September 24, 2012

GQ Selects: October Look #3

Turn an octogenarian-inspired sweater into a prep-meets-greaser look that’s polished enough for most offices—with tips from Jim Moore of GQ:

 


1. Original Penguin Cardigan. “If you saw our September issue, you know we are loving the ‘geezer style’ look that takes icons of old-man fashion and makes them young again. This cardigan is a perfect example. The two-tone trim and knit check pattern is a throwback to vintage style, while the fit has been updated and slimmed, making it a truly modern piece of knitwear with character.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
 


2. David Hart Harris-Tweed Herringbone Tie. “Tweed is, without question, the fabric of Fall 2012. We love it for suits, sportcoats, pants, driving caps, and even accessories like David Hart’s herringbone tie; of course, we wouldn’t advise wearing them all together. Harris tweed is a hearty fabric with some heft to it, so Hart has smartly cut his tie on the slim side, avoiding the added bulk wider ones create. The great thing about this tie is that in addition to being so spot-on for the season, the neutral gray color will pair well with just about any shirt already hanging in your closet.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director 
(shop this item)
 


3. A.P.C. ‘New Standard’ Selvedge Slim-Straight Leg Jeans. “All the A.P.C. fits are the benchmark when it comes to selvedge denim. The brand’s ‘New Standard’ is A.P.C.’s original model, cut with a straight leg, and crafted in their signature rigid denim that breaks in amazingly over time. These look best with flipped-up cuffs that showcase the selvedge stripe, adding an air of ’50s rebel cool to any outfit.
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

(shop this item)
 


4. Converse ‘Jack Purcell’ Sneaker. “The Jack Purcell sneaker has been a go-to style for over 75 years, and just proves that great design never goes out of fashion. The sneaker’s silhouette is simple in the best way possible, meaning these look as good with beat-up jeans as they do with gray flannel pants. The contrast between the black canvas and white rubber gives the whole shoe a graphic, visual punch, accented by the signature ‘smile’ toe front—and, like any canvas-bodied sneaker, these will only get better with more wear and tear.
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

(shop this item)
 
 

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.

September 10, 2012

Topman Has Landed

The wait is over—Britain’s finest eccentric streetwear and affordable tailoring is now online.

Check out some favorite pieces from our NYC photo shoot below, or shop all Topman:
Complete Looks | Clothing | Accessories


Topman: Fair Isle cardigan ($88), oxford shirt ($52),
skinny jeans ($60), tie ($20). Shop This Look


Topman: sunglass and camera print T-shirt ($36), mustard slim-fit chinos ($60)


Topman: stripe knit polo ($55), acid-wash skinny jeans ($80),
socks ($24 for 5-pack). Shop This Look


Topman: ‘Aztec’ print sweatshirt ($55), black acid-wash skinny jeans ($80),
corduroy snap-back cap ($32). Shop This Look


Topman: navy shawl-collar cardigan ($80), ‘Tiki Man’ printed shirt ($60),
stone skinny chinos ($60)


Topman: burgundy T-shirt ($36), grey skinny chinos ($60)


Topman: navy herringbone blazer ($180), stripe knit polo ($55), indigo skinny jeans ($60), patterned socks ($24 for 5-pack)

 

[Instagram photos by Strath Shepard, Men's Online Creative Director.]





One of the UK’s finest exports, Topman, will land in selected Nordstrom stores and on Nordstrom.com in less than one week.

Look for offbeat streetwear, sharp suiting at great prices, and (seen here behind-the-scenes at our NYC photo shoot) essential dress shirts and fall sweaters in rugged knits and eclectic patterns.

Click here to see if and when Topman will hit shelves at a store near you, and check back on Monday, September 10 to shop Topman online, right here at Nordstrom.com.

 


Hurry up and wait. Topman model Joseph Ferns caffeinates
while waiting to get started on-set. Is that an Obey T-shirt?

 

[Photos by Strath Shepard, Men's Online Creative Director.]