Reflecting on the rough weather thus far in 2014, and our New Year’s resolution to get some fresh air in spite of it, we decided to take a closer look at one of our favorite outdoor brands: The North Face.
You probably know that The North Face protects you from frigid conditions so that you can enjoy all manner of al fresco pursuits—from extreme sports to a corner-store beer run—in comfort and style. You might also guess that the brand has outfitted explorers, researchers, and daredevils on journeys to the furthest (and highest) reaches of the planet, from the Arctic Circle to Mount Everest. But did you know The North Face’s roots reach back to 1960s San Francisco, and that The Grateful Dead helped launch the brand’s first store?
Keep reading to learn more about The North Face’s nearly five-decade history of counterculture, innovation and environmentalism.
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With temperatures plummeting and our Snow Shop open for business, we can think of no better way to set the stage for ski season than to gaze upon the stunning, strange, retro-futuristic glory of perhaps our favorite piece of Nordstrom memorabilia of all time. Behold, WinterSki ’77-’78: Saga of Light.
Continue reading for more skis in space, naked people modeling eyewear, and cryptic quotations. (Sample: “We drifted, transported through the essence, nearly weightless.” Huh? Long live the late ’70s.)
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When our new Ultimate Coat Guide launched recently, the parka by Canada Goose above immediately caught our eye—as much for its weather-vanquishing protective qualities as for its time-tested mix of utility and aesthetics.
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In the spirit of our long-running ‘One Holiday at a Time’ policy—in which our stores wait patiently until the day after Thanksgiving to unveil each year’s Christmas decorations—we decided to dig up some vintage Nordstrom gift catalogs to marvel at over your morning-after breakfast of leftover ham and a double-wide slice of pumpkin pie.
The illustration above opened the 1961 gift catalog from Best’s Apparel, the company Nordstrom merged with in its first foray into above-ankle fashion. (Remember, we started out as a shoe store.) Here’s a men’s spread from the same 1961 mailer—”…definitive pages that thunder with masculinity…”:
Add to your wish list: Men’s Stocking Stuffers | Sweaters | Grooming
We couldn’t find a date on the catalog these next couple
pages came from, but we’re guessing…1970s?
Add to your wish list: Coats | Cardigans | Casual Shirts
Add to your wish list: Wallets | Winter Accessories | Cashmere
Next stop, 1975. Dig those groovy interiors:
Add to your wish list: Ties | Belts | Blazers
Add to your wish list: Pajamas & Robes | Men’s Jewelry | Dopp Kits
Back to ’61. Don’t forget something for the Betty Draper on your list.
(Or Megan, depending which season you’re on.)
Find the Perfect Gift for Her
SHOP: MEN’S GIFTS | ALL GIFTS
GIFTS WITH PERSONALITY (Shot by The Selby)