Speaking on the phone with new-to-Nordstrom designer Patrik Ervell about his personal history and design inspirations, we guessed he might talk about coming of age in the 1990s. His take on Seinfeld-esque jeans sort of gives him away as a child of that era.
We didn’t expect the native Northern Californian to go on about Britpop, British underground culture (“they invented all the forms”) and Brutalist architecture. Nor to reveal that he once worked at Nordstrom. But that’s an actual fact.
The clothes you should be wearing this fall from Ervell display a blend of austerity and flyness, with careful attention paid to sensory details. There is a distant Joy Division thing happening, the printed logo on a few shirts looks just like Jodeci’s, and everything is made to feel a certain way on your skin that’s hard to convey through the Internet.
Peep this fire ensemble from Umit Benan, one of the newer designer brands acquired by our expert buying team. We’re feeling everything about Umit Benan’s Fall/Winter 15 Fisherman Collection–and this outfit specifically, from the cut of the pants and shape of the jacket, to that attention-grabbing banded collar shirt. Flawless victory, Mr. Benan.
Here’s Benan in an article our friends at Four Pins hipped us to, talking about the inspiration for the Fisherman Collection, influenced by growing up in Turkey and absorbing life in Bosporus Strait port cities:
“When you go down to the Bosporus, you see men, 50-60 years old, with big bellies and facial hair, wearing extremely colorful clothes. Yes, most of them are technical garments from brands like Nike or adidas, but I like this contrast between these masculine Turkish men and all these bright colors. […] It was just a childhood memory I wanted to share.”
Hit the link below to see our full Umit Benan offerings.
Did you know Dao-Yi Chow, who co-runs the CFDA-winning brand Public School with Maxwell Osborne, is a writer and onetime rap journalist? It’s true. He confirmed it when we asked him recently at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.
Chow used to contribute to The Flavor back in the day, a “real hip-hop magazine” based in Seattle in the mid-1990s. Chow went by Durwin Chow GNS, “graffiti non-stop,” and lived in New York. Most Flavor writers back then contributed their stories by fax machine.
Here’s Chow’s July 1994 cover story, an interview with the brain-twisting duo Organized Konfusion.
Fun fact: Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch would one day ghostwrite for Diddy, who would eventually employ Chow and Osborne as designers at his clothing brand Sean John–before Public School became one of the hottest brands in menswear.
New York Fashion Week: Men’s began with a set of presentations by brands at Industria Superstudios in the Meatpacking District, one of which sounded like it was happening underwater.
Chapter, the Los Angeles-based label with an otherworldly and somewhat grim aesthetic, brought free-form industrial bass to the building courtesy The Floor, a duo consisting of Minimal Wave Records boss Veronica Vasicka and a man known only as Regis.
It was a good soundtrack for designer Devin Carlson’s spring/summer 2016 collection, which channeled dark vibes through conceptual clothing you could actually see yourself wearing.
We caught up with Carlson in the hallway during the presentation and talked about his inspiration for “Displacement” (the name of the collection), his impressions of #NYFWM and his early fashion experiments at Alta Loma High School.
Swedish-born designer Johan Lindeberg took a bonafide life crisis that would send lesser men into a rock-bottom bender, absorbed its impact, and redirected its power into something positive: He founded BLK DNM, a clothing brand with New York City in its veins and dirt under its nails that, being the culmination of Lindeberg’s years of industry experience, feels like a time-tested authority for best-in-class leather jackets, despite its mere four years on Earth.
Keep reading to hear how he did it, how he bled in a castle, how he’s anti-punk, how jeans are like wine, and why he’s a fan of Hillary Clinton.
(Did we mention he also started taking photos only four years ago, and now spends his spare time photographing women like Gisele Bündchen, Kenza Fourati, Anja Rubik and Arizona Muse? Click through to see our favorites from Lindeberg’s rapidly growing photo oeuvre, too.)
Our guest editor Thig Nat (right)—a polished professional by day, hip-hop musician and talented photographer by night—possesses an innate sense of style that shines through on the microphone as much as it does in his personal appearance.
Keep reading for a look inside Thig’s creative process as his band, The Physics, heads back into the studio—and to see his favorite fall items that work as hard as they play.
Frank Lloyd Wright’sFallingwater achieves an unrivaled harmony between the man-made and the natural. Scholars believe Leonardo spent up to 14 years perfecting the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa. The seven-layer steel blades of Japanese swordsmith Masamune were rumored to slice, then heal, leaves floating past in a stream.
Incomparable materials and avant-garde details make our favorite designer sneakers works of art in their own right. Keep reading for a closer look at creations by Lanvin, Givenchy, Valentino, Balenciaga, Common Projects and Maison Martin Margiela.
As part of our fall 2014 Men’s Shop Catalog, we profiled 4 real men of style and substance. Here, award-winning menswear designer Billy Reid.
The best clothing designers approach their craft like a mix of art and science: part aesthetic sensibility, part structural engineering. Louisiana-born Billy Reid excels on both counts, offering meticulously crafted, tangibly soulful classics for men of all ages.
Beyond informing our aspirations of what to wear, Reid also serves as a solid role model for how to live. Keep reading for wise words from a man who finds time to coach baseball, sip bourbon and dig Bob Dylan, all while doing the best and most rewarding work of his career.
During his time in Seattle, Nathan Quiroga has made some noise, left some marks, hung a gold record on his wall, and changed his life top to bottom in order to hit the ambitious goals he set for himself.
As he prepares to make another drastic change, uprooting his life (and his current band, a melodic, meditative, ’60s psychedelia-tinged power duo called Iska Dhaaf) in order to take a leap of faith in New York City, we caught up with the songwriter / stage-climber / rapper / author / multi-instrumentalist for a Q&A in his Seattle apartment—which had already begun to fill up with moving boxes.
Keep reading for some wise words about hard work, being yourself, and the dedication it takes to follow your instincts (whether it makes practical sense to do so or not).
These visually striking and subliminally comedic portraits (seriously, when’s the last time you saw Jerry Seinfeld mug this meanly?), commissioned by New York brand rag & bone, came across our desk a few weeks ago. But today—with the launch of our latest limited-time, Olivia Kim-curated shop, Pop-In@Nordstrom x rag & bone—seemed like an ideal time to call them to your attention.
Keep reading to see more of this series by talented English photographer Andreas Laszlo Konrath (a former avid skateboarder and punk band bass player who has since shot for high-profile publications like Vogue, Wired and Rolling Stone). The impressive body of work includes GQ’s deftly sardonic “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, NBA badass Carmelo Anthony, and many more men and women of all ages—a testament to the universal appeal of rag & bone’s modern-meets-heritage menswear.