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The Nordstrom Men’s Shop is extremely proud to be a sponsor of Sub Pop’s Silver Jubilee. Dubbed, fittingly, by Sub Pop as “A 25th Anniversary Public Display of Affection,” the proceedings set to occur this Saturday, July 13, in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood, promise not only to be a super fun (and loud, and FREE) party—but also a culmination and public observance of what continues to make music in our Northwest neck of the woods so great: the bands, the fans, and in large part, a small but massively influential record label called Sub Pop.

Founded in Seattle in 1987 by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman, Sub Pop was the original home to Nirvana, Soundgarden and Mudhoney—bands that defined the musical and cultural landscape of the 1990s, and continue to be relevant today. Twenty-five years later, proud of but never pigeonholed by quote-unquote “grunge,” Sub Pop continues to release visionary, genre-bending, top-selling music: from Shabazz Palaces’ abstract hip-hop to Father John Misty’s deviant folk to METZ’s kinetic noise rock.

Here, some of Sub Pop’s “elder statesmen”—Jack Endino, Mark Arm, Kim Thayil, and Tad Doyle—offer a heartfelt, vaguely accurate account of this Saturday’s upcoming events and performance lineup [click the image to watch the video]:

The full lineup (as of now) is below. Note the “more to be announced” part at the end. Any lip-readers in the house? Any guesses what Mr. Tad Doyle emphatically mouthed during the inaudible portion of the video above?

Built to Spill
Mudhoney
J Mascis
Greg Dulli
Shabazz Palaces
Shearwater
Father John Misty
Pissed Jeans
The Baptist Generals
King Tuff
Chad VanGaalen
METZ
clipping.
Brothers of the Sonic Cloth (feat. Tad Doyle)
Endino’s Earthworm (feat. Jack Endino)
And, of course, more TBA…

[UPDATE: Sub Pop has released a
complete schedule with specific set times.]
 

Men’s Shop Daily will be there in person, sipping local beer, sampling food carts, digging in crates, and of course catching all the shows. Watch for exclusive interviews and photo portfolios of the bands and key Sub Pop personnel in the weeks to come—by Robin Stein, one of our favorite photographers, and Andrew Matson, a music and culture writer for publications including NPR, The Seattle Times, and The Stranger.

In the meantime, to learn more about Sub Pop and this Saturday’s
FREE Silver Jubilee event, visit Sub Pop’s official website.

If you think it’s tough facing the decision of loafers vs. monk-straps in the morning—try facing a day with no shoes at all.

On Tuesday, April 16, join Nordstrom and TOMS (the ground-breaking company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need—One for One®) by going barefoot to raise awareness for the millions of children around the world who don’t have shoes—a difficult reality that not only prevents many kids from meeting their local school’s dress code and receiving an education, but also exposes them to serious health concerns.

Watch the video below to learn more…find additional info on The TOMS Movement here…and give your kicks the day off tomorrow for a good cause.

Local band Campfire OK walked into our Flagship Store in Downtown Seattle this past August, pulled up a chair at our beloved in-store piano, and belted out a radio-ready impromptu performance. Curious shoppers gathered ’round with camera phones and craned necks, but it was the pro filmmaker they brought along who captured the video above.

Fast-forward to late September. We loved the band’s guerilla minstrel maneuver so much, we asked them to come back—this time, plugged in and performing inside our corner window display for hundreds of sidewalk passersby to see and hear. This marked the kick-off to our month-long photography exhibit, the Seattle Music Project, which celebrated Northwest bands from the Sonics in the ’60s to Soundgarden and Pearl Jam in the ’90s to new-school balladeers like Campfire OK and Shabazz Palaces. Here’s a photo of COK’s window performance:

In the spirit of the holidays (and rock & roll), we asked Campfire OK frontman Mychal Cohen to choose some items from our site that he’d love to find under the tree. Consider these gift ideas for the rockstar brother, nephew or husband in your life—whether he’s actually on-stage or just always finds his way to the front of the crowd:


Mychal’s picks, from left:
1. Shipley & Halmos Shirt. “Having a nice-looking button-up is key—and short sleeves are priceless for stage attire.” (shop now)
2. Levi’s 511 Slim-Straight Jeans. “These things last for so long, and in my opinion are the best cut they have.” (shop now)
3. A.P.C. Henley. “A comfortable henley is important on- and 0ff-stage. It’s like a T-shirt, but a little more handsome.” (shop now)


Mychal’s picks, from left:
4. Nixon Nylon-Strap Watch. “The only thing I have to say about this watch is, YES.” (shop now)
5. Rag & Bone Cardigan. “Cardigans are the definition of classic, and you can wear them with any kind of shirt underneath.” (shop now)
6. Ben Sherman Chukka Boot. “Finding a nice-looking, flat-soled shoe that’s not a sneaker is a necessity for performing.” (shop now)

 
 


Resident rocker, piano crasher, and gift picker, Mychal Cohen.

Campfire OK performs TONIGHT (Thursday, 12/13/12) at Neumos in Seattle.
Find details here, and a cool Q&A with Mychal at the Neumos site here.

If you can’t catch the show, get up to speed at Campfire OK’s official website, where the band will be releasing a new video single off their forthcoming second album each month.

 
 

[Video by Christian Sorensen Hansen, performance photo by Jesse Codling, portrait photo by Brandon Milner.]

You might remember Gabe Johnson—and his oddball Seattle event space, Horses Cut Shop—from our gift-guide collaboration with The Selby a few weeks ago. We heard a rumor that Johnson was taking his show on the road, and it turns out the Cut Shop landed at none other than our philanthropic retail boutique in NYC, Treasure & Bond. They’re having an open-house tonight, if you’re in the NYC area:

You can meet Mr. Johnson, sip a beer, and listen to live music. Find more details on the event here, and check out pictures of the havoc Horses Cut Shop has wreaked on the T&B ground floor here.

Perhaps even more admirable than Johnson’s knack for bringing people together for good, clean (-ish) fun, is his latest project: an homage to the dive bars, holes in the wall and small-town secrets that make America great. He’s done it all in the form of T-shirts emblazoned with the logos of legendary small businesses from across our great nation. Here’s a sampling of the shirt designs (see if you recognize a favorite haunt from your own hometown):


Pick one up tonight at Treasure & Bond. If you’re outside NYC, visit HorsesCutShop.com or call Treasure & Bond at (646) 669-9049 and they’ll get you taken care of.

One more thing: Check out this hilarious and highly descriptive Q&A with Gabe Johnson himself that we just noticed on the T&B website.

The Ivy Style exhibit at The Museum at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) is ongoing through January 5, 2013, giving you plenty of time to make your way to New York City to observe this immaculate collection of menswear, old and new, firsthand.

If you’re lucky enough to find yourself in the NYC area on November 8-9, in particular, we recommend reserving a seat at Ivy Style: A Fashion Symposium. The Museum at FIT has recruited a dream-team lineup of speakers for this two-day talk on all things prep: Michael Bastian, the CFDA’s 2011 Menswear Designer of the Year; family descendants of Ivy meccas J. Press and Chipp Clothiers; experts on British Ivy, Japanese Ivy and Black Ivy [see one of our favorite blogs, Street Etiquette, put their spin on the latter topic here]; and even authors of renowned menswear blogs The Daily Prep, Maxminimus, and The Trad.



The Ivy aficionado we’d be most excited to hear speak, though, is Mr. G. Bruce Boyer, a preeminent voice in menswear for more than 35 years, as well as a special consultant and co-curator of the Ivy Style exhibit. A prolific author (and a style icon in his own right), you can learn more about Boyer and get a glimpse of his work on The Sartorialist, A Continuous Lean (via the Ivy Style blog), and in the video below, courtesy of Put This On.

 

[Top image is the cover of the book that accompanies the exhibit, courtesy of Yale University Press; purchase it here. Clothing images courtesy of The Museum at FIT. G. Bruce Boyer video courtesy of Put This On.]

The Seattle Music Project, a photography exhibit in the Men’s Shop at our flagship Downtown Seattle store, is still open through this weekend.

[UPDATE: The exhibit has been extended through October.]

Although it encompasses Northwest musicians (and photographers) from the 1960s through today, the exhibit—featuring hundreds of photos, songs, posters, flyers, backstage passes and more—was curated by local photographer Lance Mercer, whose career came into focus during the early-’90s (don’t call it grunge) Seattle music scene.

We talked with Mercer about the exhibit, his inspirations, and why perfection—and politeness—are overrated.


[This photo, and photo of Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder above, © Lance Mercer.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: What was your role in the Seattle Music Project exhibit, and how did it all come about?

LANCE MERCER: “Pete Nordstrom and I had coffee last winter…He wanted to have a photo exhibit in the store [incorporating] Seattle music. It was more of a grunge, ’90s vibe at first, but I was really inspired by this photo by Jini Dellaccio, who’s a big hero of mine. She shot all the early garage stuff. I started looking at her photo of the Sonics, the very iconic shot of them on the beach, and the clothes they’re wearing are very pertinent to today: the Beatle boots, the Mod [look], the peacoats and parkas.

“So the idea became: Let’s cover the last five decades of Northwest music, as it relates to fashion. I mean, Nordstrom is a Seattle landmark. I used to hang out at the [Nordstrom] coffee shop in the ’80s, with guys from Pearl Jam, Mother Love Bone…Bands have shopped at Nordstrom forever. Even Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart—they bought a lot of those clothes, like the whole gypsy look from their Little Queen era, at Nordstrom.

“Thanks to the Nordstrom creative team, we brainstormed and kept building on this idea—with ephemera, and music, and photography, and flyers—all this stuff. The process incorporated the things that I love: Music, photography, the people in Seattle, the connections I’ve made over the last 25-30 years—I was able to really put all those things to use. And man, I love going through people’s archives…That was kind of my job over the last six or seven months, just gathering and acquiring all this amazing content—and I love it.”


[Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, photo © Lance Mercer.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: How did you get started in photography?

LANCE MERCER: “I started going to shows when I was about 13. I was mainly going to punk shows, and the punk scene in Seattle at the time, around 1980 or ’81, was really small.

“The energy I was getting from those shows was something that I really latched onto, and one thing that really changed the course of my whole career path was the discovery of the Ramones, the Clash—and the photography that went along with it: Abrasive, not technically proficient, but very fitting [to that style of music]. I realized I didn’t have to be Ansel Adams to capture photography the way that I wanted to.

“The cover of London Calling by the Clash [photographed by Pennie Smith] had a huge impact on me—it was out of focus, it was just weird, but it captured the essence of that band. It’s very rare when that happens, when somebody can look at a photo and get that same feeling, like they were there.

“And when I was going to all these shows, that’s what I was trying to capture by taking photos: the feeling of being there. Still to this day, throughout my career, I’m still trying to capture that. I don’t think I’ve ever perfected it, and that’s one thing that keeps me going.”


[Photo © Lance Mercer.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: When did you realize that doing what you loved—shooting shows, hanging out with bands—could become a career?

LANCE MERCER: “Just continuing what I was already doing, I became friends with some of the guys in Green RiverMalfunkshun…and as they pursued their careers, I kind of just tagged along. As they gained notoriety and went on to Mother Love Bone, and eventually Pearl JamSoundgarden and all these things, I was kind of along for the ride.

“I would say it was definitely right place, right time, but also being pretty driven. I wanted to be Annie Leibovitz shooting the Stones, I wanted to be Robert Frank documenting people and events. It all kind of accumulated to being able to go on tour with Pearl Jam—just as a friend, and eventually becoming, for lack of a better term, their official photographer. That was ’91 or ’92, and I’ve been self-employed as a photographer ever since.”


[Photo © Charles Peterson.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: What makes Seattle a special place for music?

LANCE MERCER: “Since we were up here in the corner, and [touring bands] never came up here, we kind of created our own scene. There was some stuff here that was not happening anywhere else, and you could just kind of feel it. It’s been said, it’s cliche, but the weather definitely had a big influence on it—dark days, long winters, people locking themselves in the basement—and the music had that same vibe.

“Even the Sonics and the Wailers, and the old photos I’ve been looking at, are very representational of Seattle. It can be dark and gloomy here. Having traveled a lot, I know every scene has had their own experience based on where they’re from, and their own uniqueness—Athens, Minneapolis, there are very distinct sounds that come from there. And I think a lot of this kind of slowed-down, heavier music was a result of the vibe here in Seattle.”


[Photo © Charles Peterson.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: What’s been your most memorable music experience, as a fan?

LANCE MERCER: “Just being the impressionable teenager that I was, the Ramones at Eagles Auditorium, in like ’84. The DamnedTom Waits at the 5th Avenue Theater. Those are pretty unforgettable experiences.

“And Iggy Pop at the Showbox, way back in the day. Everything right now is really safe—thank you, and we’re glad to be here, and want to thank the promoter and all these people—but at that show, Iggy Pop came out and scared the crap out of me, to the point where I was frozen and couldn’t move, and had to stay and watch the rest to see what the hell was going to happen. Throwing the mic stand out, antagonizing the crowd. That danger level, I haven’t seen since—and I want that. It’s a feeling. It doesn’t have to make you feel good. So that really changed some perspective for me.”


[Photo © Charles Peterson.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: You’ve branched out over the years to many kinds of photography—but would you say shooting live shows is still your favorite?

LANCE MERCER: “Absolutely. I’m a little older, so I don’t have the physical capacity I used to. I mean you have to remember that shooting live back in the ’90s was like being a war photographer. I had the experience of being in punk clubs, being right up front, getting slammed around—but shooting festivals like Lollapalooza, or the Endfest, I mean—yeah, it was insane.

“But once that kind of synergy between the audience and the band ‘clicks’—people who play in bands know that feeling, and people who are at shows—it’s kind of unexplainable, and trying to capture it with photography is not easy. There’s nothing like it.”

 

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The Seattle Music Project
is an exhibit of photos and ephemera commemorating five decades of Northwest music. Curated by renowned local photographer Lance Mercer, the exhibit resides in the Men’s Shop of our Downtown Seattle store, now through the end of October.

[Additional photos above by Charles Peterson. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

In honor of the Seattle Music Project, a photo exhibit on display in our flagship Seattle store, we’ll be highlighting iconic Northwest musicians from the past five decades. Today: amped-up garage rock and melodic pop from the ’60s.

Text below by Charles R. Cross, excerpted from the exhibit.

THE SONICS
photo by Jini Dellaccio

“Jini Dellaccio was a commercial photographer who photographed many of the classic bands from the ‘Louie Louie’ era. Her most memorable portraits were of the proto-punk band The Sonics, whose songs ‘The Witch’ and ‘Psycho’ would influence bands from the Sex Pistols to Nirvana. Dellaccio often shot her subjects in their street clothes in natural settings. This iconic photograph of the Sonics on a Gig Harbor beach, just below Dellaccio’s home, also captured a foggy winter day. Their clothes—peacoats, sweaters, and Beatle boots—were their own, a significant shift from earlier pop bands, who wore uniforms or matching stage outfits.”

 
 
 

MERRILEE RUSH AND THE TURNABOUTS
photo by Jini Dellaccio

“Merrilee Rush and the Turnabouts scored one of the first top-ten hits by a Northwest act with the 1968 million-seller ‘Angel of the Morning.’ Jini Dellaccio photographed them in her yard, as she did many bands, by a reflective pool. The distinctive stage outfits worn by the Turnabouts were common for pop groups at the time, and taken out of the music context, they could just as easily have been the outfits of circus performers.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cbUNVm1k3nU

 
 
 

THE WAILERS
photo by Jini Dellaccio

“Jini Dellaccio sought to capture bands in their element—backstage, onstage, or in rehearsal. This photograph of the Tacoma band The Wailers was taken from behind a tiny stage inside the Hudson’s Bay department store in Victoria, British Columbia. The two women were ‘fans,’ as the band recalls, though they may have been store employees on duty during the group’s appearance.”

 
 
 

The Seattle Music Project is an exhibit of photos and ephemera commemorating five decades of Northwest music. Curated by renowned local photographer Lance Mercer, the exhibit resides in the Men’s Shop of our Downtown Seattle store, now through the end of October.

All three photos above © Jini Dellaccio. View more of her work here: Jini Dellaccio Collection.

[Songs courtesy of Etiquette Records and Bell Records. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

 

New Yorkers: There’s still time to shop our expertly curated GQ x Nordstrom pop-up shop in NYC, featuring Other Music, Dashwood Books, Warby Parker glasses, and tons of incredible menswear, of course.

Did we mention the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop is located at our Treasure & Bond concept store in Soho? That means anything you buy there, in-person, benefits a rotating lineup of children’s charities in NYC. Currently, it’s the National Dance Institute and Girls Write Now. Do it for the kids!

We’re getting tons of great coverage from our friends at Treasure & Bond. Above is a time-lapse video that shows the mad race to prep the shop (over a span of barely more than 24 hours) last week, as well as some high-speed mingling at the opening-night event. Below are pics from the events that have been occurring at the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop all week long—head over to Treasure & Bond’s official website to see tons more.

 

Bally ‘Gentleman’s Upgrade’ Event:





 

Chrysler + John Varvatos event featuring ZZ Top:






 

[Photos by Sunny Chang of Treasure & Bond. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

The GQ & Nordstom Men’s Shop, our one-of-a-kind pop-up store in New York City, will still be open through this weekend only—so if you’re in the area, stop by to try on some Warby Parkers, hear some tunes from Other Music, and try on the impeccable wares.

For those of us living vicariously through our computers, though, there’s still plenty of time to check out the Online GQ Pop-Up Shop—featuring four distinct areas to get you prepped for Fall:
Haberdashery, Heritage, Ski Shop, and the Barbershop.

We’ll highlight those in more detail soon. For now, we’re still basking in the glow of the opening-night bash (more pics from that below)—plus the insane events that have been occurring every night this week. (Anyone catch ZZ Top?)


 

[Photos by Mary O'Regan.]

Our once-in-a-lifetime pop-up shop collaboration with GQ opens its doors TONIGHT, for Fashion’s Night Out and the kick-off to New York Fashion Week.

Here are some photos our men’s team took during day-of preparations, counting down to tonight’s VIP opening-night event. Non-VIPs: Don’t worry, the NYC shop is open to the public starting at 9:30pm tonight, and remains open for the next 10 days. Non-New Yorkers, you’re in luck, too: Check back tomorrow to shop the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop online.

Click here to read previous posts about the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop, and stay tuned for more.


Waiting for Tommy and GQ’s Jim Moore to give
them a final look.


Sweaters, plaids, wool trousers…Warby Parker.


The custom Ping-Pong table goes in. Who’s got next?


Rugged fall neckwear (including camo, to match
the couch).

 

The GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop will be located at our Treasure & Bond concept store, 350 West Broadway, between Grand and Broome Streets in NYC, September 6–16. The online version will go live here at Nordstrom.com on Friday, September 7.

[Instagram pics by Tommy Fazio, Men's Fashion Director, and Melia McGee, Men's Online Merchandiser.]