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One of our favorite menswear designers, Michael Bastian, will be sending photo dispatches from his trip to Italy throughout the day today. Follow @NordstromMen on Instagram to tag along as Michael sees the sights, tours factories and enjoys the local flavor.

For more, read our exclusive Michael Bastian Q&A.

Things you should know:

1. We launched a new online destination this week for The Rail—which is a men’s department in our stores, yes, but also an amalgamation of the clothes, ideas and events we find interesting at any given moment. CHECK OUT THE RAIL—bookmark it, live it, love it, etc.

2. For said Rail launch, we shot a ton of images in the nooks and crannies of Brooklyn a few weeks ago, with modern-day Renaissance men like model/artist/on-screen personality Ivan Olita (above, in sunglasses). Take in large amounts of inspiration at Ivan’s webstite. And play with his face here—if you’re into that kind of thing.

3. It turns out that Fashion Week, despite all its stony-faced models and austere stage designs, gets kind of wild after dark. Check out the hijinks that Ivan, a native Italian, partook of at Milan Fashion Week in the video below—all at the wise request of V Magazine. (And, if you missed it, catch up on our own Fashion Week coverage: for men and women.)

4. On the subject of V Magazine: Seen this video teaser of their Kate Moss x Rihanna article yet? Now you have. Happy Friday.

For the final installment in our three-part series with renowned street-style artiste Karl-Edwin Guerre (pronounced ‘Gear’) of Guerreisms.com, his travels lead us to Milan, Italy, where—betwixt runway shows and hearty plates of pasta—he captured stunning imagery of the Men’s Fashion Week set, as well as the city itself. One conclusion that’s impossible not to draw: The world’s best ‘menswear’ isn’t just for men.

Having covered Guerre’s photographic process last time, today we delve into the personal tastes of a man who, one might deduce from his photos alone, appreciates life’s most subtle pleasures. Read on for the conclusion of our Q&A, and catch up on past posts with Guerre here: Packing Tips | Pitti Uomo Street Style


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.
Top image: Esther Quek of The Rake, via Guerreisms.com.]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: When did you first become interested in personal style? Did you care about clothing as a kid?
GUERRE: “I lived in Haiti from age 10 to 15, and there was a period that I went to a private school where you had to wear a uniform. This was my first experience with a tailor, and while it didn’t mean much at 12, it certainly stayed with me as I approached adulthood. While I was in the states, it was about looking like your peers, and little by little, brands were important. After a brief moment of following the crowd, I realized I wanted to express myself in other ways—and personal style became one of those ways.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

You’ve said in the past that you don’t follow runway trends too closely—but what emerging themes are you noticing out in the wild?
Knits are strong. I’m seeing blazers over bubble vests (not for everyone), and big scarfs are also a big trend (blanket-large as opposed to knit long).”


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

Do you have a favorite photograph of all time? What about it inspires you?
“I try not to have a singular favorite of anything. I may have a favorite at the moment. Great photography evokes emotion, so my favorite (at the time) would be one that evokes an emotion that I’d like to evoke at that moment.”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

Your current favorite film?
In the Mood for Love by Wong Kar Wai.”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

Favorite music?
“Depends on my mood. Sometimes it’s jazz, sometimes classical, sometimes Afro Beat, sometimes ’80s.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Favorite food?
“Spicy.”


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

Favorite era in history?
“The ’70s.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Favorite city?
“Culturally: Paris, France…


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

“…For peace of mind: Port-au-Prince…


[Stylist Tina Leung, via Guerreisms.com.]

“…For coziness: Milan, Italy…


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

“…And for go-getter attitude: New York, USA.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

An essential part of your morning routine?
“A good tea from Mariage Frères.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Your preferred way to unwind?
“A night at home.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

What are some of your favorite places in Florence and Milan?
“In Florence, I make it a point to try new places each time. So in all honesty, I don’t try to remember places knowing I’ll be trying something new the next time. As cliché as it may seem, one of the things I enjoy is Ponte Vecchio and shopping at the little artisan market.


[Shot by Guerre, exclusive to Men's Shop Daily.]

“…As for Milan, I enjoy Grom for gelato, and I found a great restaurant by way of an Italian friend called Ristorante Da Oscar.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

What is the general feeling you get from each city—Florence and Milan?
“There’s a certain coziness about both these cities that I like, because of their size and also because Italians have this unique sense of hospitality that would tend to make you feel at home.”


[Sarah Ann Murray of The Rake, via Guerreisms.com.]

Best advice you’ve received, or a quotation that hits home?
“Dreams are for people who sleep, vision for those who strive.”

 


Adept on either side of the lens.
Karl-Edwin Guerre, photographed by Jason Jean of Citizen Couture.

 

[All photos, except the last, are by Karl-Edwin Guerre of Guerreisms.com. Photos taken for Esquire.com except where noted otherwise. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Following his recent tour de force in Italy, it’s time to check in once again with Karl-Edwin Guerre of Guerreisms.com. Earlier in the month, we brought you his pre-trip packing tips (and offered a sneak peek of his immaculate photography). Today, we’re honored to present the fruits of the first leg of his travels: The best-dressed men of Pitti Uomo in Florence, Italy. Guerre (pronounced ‘Gear’) was kind enough to answer a few questions as well; read on to hear the thought process behind his world-class street-style photography.


[Members of 'The Coal Project' by Art Comes First, shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.
Top image: via Guerreisms.com]

MEN’S SHOP DAILY: When is the first time you remember picking up a camera?
GUERRE: “The first time I picked up a camera with the intention of doing something serious was when I wanted to write a book. I remember looking for a photographer to capture scenes for me, but I soon learned that no one shares your passion when it’s your project. So I was forced to try to do it myself.”


[Nick Wooster. Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

How did your interest in photography progress from there?
“After realizing I could capture a photo (not very well), I simply put the camera away. It wasn’t my passion, so I moved on to other things. A few years later I saw images of street style on a web publication and felt that I could contribute and bring something fresh to that scene. At the time there were only a small handful of sites geared toward street style.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Was there a turning point when you realized you might do this as a career?
“I started street style when it wasn’t about money. Maybe one or two people were making money from it, but it certainly wasn’t what led me to photography. At some point, a publication in Toronto gave me a chance to showcase my work, and little by little other publications became receptive. Is it my career? I’ll simply say I have been fortunate to make some money from street style. I’m an artist, do artists have careers?”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

How has your photographic career evolved since then?
“My photography has evolved as I have as a person. Once I found what I liked to shoot, I focused on it, and decided to stay true to it even if that wasn’t the norm. I started to focus on details when 95% were shooting full-body shots.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Could you briefly explain the meaning and concept of ‘Guerreisms’ for readers?
“Consider Guerreisms as the theory/study of a constructive antagonism as pertaining to style. Guerreisms is about the details, the little things—especially those that tend to be contradictory—that, combined well, make the big things. It’s about knowing when to use imperfections and turning that into the perfect painting.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

What, to you, are elements of a truly great photograph?
“Any element that evokes emotion is great—be it in photography, theatre, life.”


[The inimitable Bruce Pask—Men's Fashion Director at T Magazine and frequent contributor to our Men's Shop catalogs. Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Who are your favorite photographers (from any era), and why?
“I really enjoy Jamel Shabazz. He captured hip-hop at the beginning, when no one else did. To me, his street style is timeless. You won’t find shots like his anywhere; now that’s an icon.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

Your own personal style (though far from boring) has a timeless feel to it. What ‘style icons’ inspire you, from any era—and why?
“I’d like to believe that I’m not inspired by the way a person dresses. Dressing is a personal thing (at least it should be), so inspiration should come from within. In terms of liking someone’s style, I really like Miles Davis – he had style behind the trumpet and in his dress. Frank Sinatra exemplified cool. And I liked the progression of Andre ’3000′ Benjamin. These three men have styles that seem to mirror their personas—or at least the little I know of their personas.”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

You must have to react very quickly to photograph someone on the street. How do you make that determination—to shoot or not to shoot?
“If I look twice, it’s a go. If I look just once, I let it go by. While you have to be quick, I’ve trained my eye to see the details. I see the details, actually, before I see the whole outfit.”


[Shot by Guerre for Esquire.com.]

How do your interests in photography and style relate? Is one primary, or fuels the other, or are they inextricable?
“Style is not one-dimensional. It encompasses everything one does—how you walk, speak, dress, work. I had elements of style long before photography was a thought, but since it’s something I do, it’s natural that my style is reflected in it.”


[Via Guerreisms.com.]

What’s a specific item or general idea you’d like to see more men incorporate into their appearance?
“This is hard to answer. I don’t think there’s one thing all men should do or follow. We are all different in terms of personality, and it’s important that that’s reflected in style. If everyone wore a suit, I’d long to see many in jeans. At the end of the day, all I know is that I always enjoy seeing the chap who exudes his true personality.”

 


The man, the myth, the street-style visionary.
Karl-Edwin Guerre, photographed by Jason Jean of Citizen Couture.

 

[All photos, except the last, are by Karl-Edwin Guerre of Guerreisms.com. Photos taken for Esquire.com except where noted otherwise. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

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.

With the elite menswear trade show Pitti Uomo commencing today in Florence, Italy, there’s little doubt the internet will soon be rife with sprezz-laden street-style shots of the world’s best-dressed gents.

Luckily, one needn’t look further than this very site to spot the cream of the crop. We’re honored and privileged to have one of the best international correspondents we could ask for, Karl-Edwin Guerre of Guerreisms.com, on deck to send back snapshots of everything that catches his refined eye in Florence this week—as well as at Milan Fashion Week later this month.

Known simply as Guerre (pronounced ‘Gear’) to those who know him, this world traveler and pro photographer is a man of timeless taste. Intentionally impervious to fluctuating trends du jour, he prefers to shop for fabric and have custom clothing made to spec. His worst vice? A sip of port and top-shelf chocolate after each major accomplishment (which we’ll point out, if he won’t, are numerous). His best advice for fellow gentlemen? The simple things: Master the omelet, buy an antique, vacation solo.

In other words, Guerre’s personal mantra, ‘The art of details,’ applies to all aspects of life—from what he wears, to how he shoots, to how he prepares for a stylish business trip to Italy. Below, Guerre shares his thoughts on packing well while traveling abroad:

“Packing is one of those things that can be tedious when getting ready to travel. It’s about getting everything needed while still minimizing the load. There remain a few constants on every trip regardless of the city: For starters, I take two bags—my carry-on and a bag that gets checked in.

“Among my favorite items and must-haves that reside in my carry-on: A fountain pen, a Moleskine or other journal, a good book (I refuse to do e-books), quality sunglasses, my watch case from Quood, and a sentimental watch. The computer and camera accessories are always near, as are a bag of (plantain) chips and—being an East Flatbush, Brooklyn boy—a few photos that remind me that there’s nothing better than what awaits me at home (when not traveling with me).”

“The suitcase carries the expected: The clothing, cologne, and The Art of Shaving items. An evening suit is a must, and this trip, I’m packing some colorful laces for my favorite boots and wingtips.

“How do I pack? Efficiently. It’s all about the right pieces, blazers folded well, and camera always handy.”

Regards,
Guerre

 

As much as we’ve said about Mr. Guerre, his work really speaks for itself. Here’s a taste of what you can expect from Pitti and Milan in the weeks to come, courtesy of Guerre’s past work at Guerreisms.com. (Click each image to enlarge):




 
 

[Portrait of Guerre by Elisabetta Marzetti of The Chic Beat. Read her Q&A with Guerre here. Quotes and all other photos by Karl-Edwin Guerre of Guerreisms.com. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]

Last week, we told you a bit about our in-house designers (aka Nordstrom Product Group, or NPG) and the impeccable sportcoats they’ve crafted using authentic Harris Tweed.

This week, we have exclusive photos our NPG friends shot while attending Milano Unica—an international textile fair in Italy where Europe’s most venerated mills convene to show their wares—and Ideabiella, an invite-only show-within-the-show, reserved for the cream of the fine-fabric crop.

Check out the pics below (courtesy of Erica in NPG)—and shop some Nordstrom-exclusive favorites, featuring fine European fabrics, at the bottom of this post.


Visiting Loro Piana—renowned for fine cashmere for six generations.


Reviewing our JWN tech packs, with lining colors and construction notes.


Ryan, NPG Men’s Clothing Design Director, hard at work.


(L): Visiting Lanificio Fratelli Ormezzano, supplier for our JWN linen
and cotton-cashmere corduroy sportcoats.
(R): Vitale Barberis Canonico—one of the best. They’ve been around since the 1600s.


Erica and Ryan of NPG, reviewing fabrics and trims on-order
(and getting a much-needed break).


Big camo trend in suits and sportcoats at the show.


Team photo at the Milan horse track
(with NPG Clothing and Furnishings Brand Manager, Tom).
 


Shop John W. Nordstrom ‘Signature’ series, with fabric made in Italy. From left:
Cashmere Top Coat (fabric from Mill Colombo),
Cashmere Blazer in Navy and Black (fabric from Mill Loro Piana).
 
 

[Photos and captions courtesy of Erica Wallis, NPG Men's Clothing Product Merchandiser.]

The women’s shows in Milan last week looked really great and all, but we’re just as interested in exploring the rest of Italy—which is exactly what one of our lead web developers, Sonya, did over the summer. Check out her pics and travel tips below.


Rome: “Sunset stroll down the streets of Rome.”


Barga: “Having an Aperol Spritz at the Pizza Lab in Barga, moments before the music festival starts.”


Giotto’s Campanile in Florence: “We braved many, many stone steps for a breathtaking view of the city of Florence.”


Alimentari in Lucca: “One-stop shop for fresh cheeses and meats from nearby farms, as well as local wine.”


Pistoia: “The two-colored marble exterior of the Baptistery in Pistoia.”


Sommocolonia: “Tuscan sunset, overlooking Barga.”


Piazza Navona: “Only hours after stepping foot in Rome, we immediately sought out the Fountain of the Four Rivers in the heart of Piazza Navona.”


Rome: “Moments inside the Vatican.”


Rome: “The beautifully preserved Arch of Septimius Severus.”


Open Baladin: “Impressive beer selection, including more than a dozen microbrews, near the Campo de’ Fiori.”


Rome: “Up the Spanish Steps and around the corner, we lucked upon this building with intense, ornate doorways and windows.”


Sommocolonia: “Home sweet home in the lovely Tuscan town of Sommocolonia.”
 


(Your travel guide, Sonya, signing off.)

 

Check out more travel tips here: Los Angeles | New York
 

Each season, Field Scout names its new collection of urbanized outdoor gear after a specific latitude and longitude—a remote spot chosen to inspire and inform the design process of the brand’s aesthetically advanced, always utilitarian garments.

The Google-Map’d images above (click to enlarge) depict an isolated road, rife with switchbacks, nestled in the peaks and valleys of Stelvio National Park in northeast Italy.

While recent Field Scout collections have drawn inspiration from hidden corners of Bhutan and Peru, this season’s wares—crafted in sturdy wools and flannels, with built-in hand-warmers and plenty of pockets for storage—seem well-adapted for exploring the terrain and soaking up the scenery, whether you’re downtown or way, way out of town. (As always, Field Scout’s clothing is made in the USA.)

Hear more about designer Ryan Hartman’s vision in the video below, then shop some of our favorite Field Scout pieces.


 


Shop Field Scout

 
 

[Images and video courtesy of Google Maps and Field Scout.]

“Not only are you buying into Persol’s amazing heritage with these sunglasses, but you’re getting this incredible craftsmanship and quality. They’re made in Italy, and if you’re investing in sunglasses, it should be ones, like these, that aren’t flash-in-the-pan trendy.

The keyhole detail is key here because there’s not one person who doesn’t look good in these sunglasses—the cutout flatters the bridge of every nose. Tortoiseshell can look spotty or cheap sometimes but because of Persol’s commitment to quality, this pair strikes the right balance between light and dark and looks good on every kind of skin tone.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

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

For our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.