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December 9, 2014

Gifted Giver: Jorge Valls

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

It’s one of our favorite Nordstrom success stories: Men’s Shop Fashion Director Jorge Valls started in the mail room and worked his way into the high-style world of buying and presenting the best looks for our stores and website. Should you assume, however, that his brain is dedicated solely to suits and boots, we’d have to point out that he’s also an expert on French and English lit. For a worldly, classics-influenced take on the art of style and gifting, read on…

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November 11, 2014

Follow Up: @IronandAir

New series! In which we hook you up with the feeds you need.

 

Ah, the open road. There’s almost nothing as attractive—especially when you’re scrolling through a smart phone app while waiting for your dental hygienist. Or your project manager. Or a stop light. Not that we condone app-surfing while engaged in the driving task but let’s just say we know from experience that it happens from time to time.

Whenever it is that you find yourself in need of a transportive fix, Iron & Air Magazine’s Instagram feed will hook it up. Gregory George Moore, Brett Houle and Adam Fitzgerald smartly repurpose and repackage great-looking original content from their Manchester, New Hampshire-based bi-monthly print and digital motorcycle lifestyle journal and serve it up in a swiftly moving stream of “bikes, autos, outdoor adventure, art, design, music and craft.” 

Should you find yourself actually transported to Iron & Air’s historical mill town home base near Boston, Moore and Fitzgerald recommend the vintage oddities at Modern Gypsy. They tell us there’s also a great speakeasy, but you’ll have to call them directly when you’re there if you want the details on that. For now, make your own martini and enjoy this brief conversation.

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To say that we like it when girls play in bands might be the understatement of the century—but let’s go ahead and banish the phrase “girl band” from the collective lexicon. When female rockers are putting out some of the best (and loudest) music around, there’s really no point in drawing distinctions.

Case in point: Sleigh Bells (top left) and Haim (bottom right), who co-headlined an epic concert in Brooklyn Bridge Park the other night on behalf of Levi’s. Keep reading to hear handpicked tracks from two of our current favorite bands (female-fronted or otherwise).

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You’re probably aware that Levi’s makes a great pair of jeans. But did you know Levi Strauss also invented today’s most prolific pant over 100 years ago, in order to outfit hard-working prospectors of the California gold rush?

A century later—after countless iterations of the classic 501 to best suit each generation of working men and women—a special branch of the Levi’s family, dubbed Levi’s Vintage Clothing, faithfully recreates the fabrics, packaging and fit of specific, bygone decades of denim. Because we firmly believe you should know your history to appreciate the present, we mined the LVC archive for incredible, period-specific memorabilia. Keep reading to see our favorites.

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Last week, along with our friends at GQ, we brought you loafers that are classy enough for the office, comfy enough for the weekend.

Today, the second in our series of GQ Spring Trend Reports showcases that all-American casual classic, the Jean Jacket—which, as the tie-clad lad above proves, can also be dressed up as a substitute sportcoat. Below, GQ Creative Director Jim Moore (left) and Deputy Editor Michael Hainey offer some key insights on jean-jacket fits and colorations:

Check out own favorite jean jackets below, from raw denim to washed-out. Click the images to shop each one, and browse additional options here: MORE JEAN JACKETS
[Note: The jacket up top is by Rag & Bone.]


Levi’s


BLK DNM


Diesel | Howe | Topman


Brixton | Nudie | Levi’s

 

Look for new GQ Spring Trend Report videos in the weeks to come—
and shop all eight of our GQ-approved trends, from cotton suits to camo, here:
GQ SPRING TREND REPORT

December 7, 2012

Levi’s for Every Occasion

If the Wieden+Kennedy-produced spot above doesn’t have you convinced that Levi’s® are the ideal pants for acing a presentation, riding your bike, teaching a class, falling in love, nailing a cello audition, and sprinting down an alleyway to the sounds of dramatic spoken-word poetry, then consider this: The San Francisco-founded brand’s heritage, dating back to 1873, makes these jeans and chinos a time-tested gift for yourself—or any guy on your list who appreciates pants.

We currently have more Levi’s in stock than ever before. Check out some favorites below, or shop our full selection of Levi’s.


Made & Crafted. Levi’s are incredible because you can get into a solidly constructed, great-fitting pair of pants starting around $58 bucks. For true denim-heads and fans of supreme American craftsmanship, though, there’s the next-level Levi’s known as Levi’s Made & Crafted™. Visit the Library at the brand’s official site to learn about the impressive degree of meticulous, turn-of-the-century-inspired handiwork these garments undergo.

Above, L-R (all by Levi’s Made & Crafted): ‘Cutter’ Relaxed Straight-Leg Jeans
‘Ruler’ Straight-Leg Jeans in ‘Indigo Rigid’ and ‘Sparkling’

 


Non-Blues. One of our Rail Dept. buyers, Daniel, called our attention to a shade he fondly refers to as ‘workwear khaki’—a dark, rich beige that borders olive or brown. His favorite pair is the 511™ skinny twill pants above and to the left. Noting their slightly dressier slant pockets, he said: “It’s a cool, versatile style that bridges the gap between chinos and a normal 5-pocket design.”

Above, L-R: Levi’s 511 Skinny-Leg Pants | Levi’s 511 Jeans in ‘Heavy Dobby Caraway’
Levi’s Made & Crafted ‘Drill’ Cotton & Linen Chinos

 


Fits for a King. From the old-school original 501™ to the trim-fitting 511, Levi’s literally makes a fit for every guy. Here’s a range of fits, in dark neutrals ideal for the office.

Above, L-R (all by Levi’s): 511 Coated Slim Straight-Leg Jeans | 501 Straight-Leg Jeans in ‘Rigid Grey’
514™ Slim Straight-Leg Jeans

 


A print ad from the video campaign above, by ad agency Wieden+Kennedy—the same people responsible for bizarre catch phrases like “I’m on a horse” and implausible mash-ups like Kobe Bryant x Robert Rodriguez.
 

SHOP: LEVI’S | ALL JEANS | ALL CHINOS

 
 

[Video and print ad courtesy of Levi's®.]

November 19, 2012

GQ Selects: December Look #3

A wise man once said you shouldn’t wear your gym shorts outside of the gym. Referencing the kind of style icons who first turned athletic gear into sharp-looking streetwear in the 1970s, here’s a look that’s equally at home heading to and from your workout, stopping by the store, or meeting up for a drink. (With a little finesse, you can keep your bag and beats on the stylish side, too.)

 


Fred Perry Track Jacket.“We love the spirit of the retro running gear that has inspired designers like Prada and Bottega Veneta for spring 2013, and for guys like Steve Prefontaine, a track jacket was elementary to that look. We shot this classic one from Fred Perry on Adam Driver for our December issue. The fit and the sporty red color make it a standout, even if the only running you do is errands.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)
(shop the trends: red | retro athletic)

 


Levi’s 511 Skinny Jeans. “We’ve been advocating white jeans in winter for some time now, and one of our favorites are these from Levi’s®. Cut in their slim 511™ silhouette, the crisp, colorless denim adds some lift to darker winter standbys like a navy peacoat or tweed sport jacket, and looks great when stacked over a pair of broken-in desert boots.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Puma ‘Bayndyt’ Sneaker. “This sneaker takes its design cues from a ’70s running shoe, but is thoroughly modern, thanks to the tonal fabrication combining matte nylon and suede. We suggest going sockless when wearing these runners, allowing the contours of the slick silhouette to stand out.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 


Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Jack Spade Knapsack | Alternative Henley | Beats by Dr. Dre Headphones

 

Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with the Nordstrom Men’s Shop, select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 favorites from the December issue.

October 22, 2012

GQ Selects: November Look #3

Today’s look centers around a fall/winter prerequisite: a warm and exceedingly dapper top coat. But we’re equally enthused by the finishing touches we picked to accentuate the official GQ selections—like Hav-A-Hank’s paisley pocket square (available in 8 eye-catching colors) and budget-wise gloves by Topman.

 

Michael Bastian Double-Breasted Houndstooth Top Coat. Every guy needs a great top coat this season. When done right, like this Michael Bastian number, it works for any occasion, from a black-tie ball to the office to weekend errands. Bastian’s is modernized by its slimmer peak lapels. The trim double-breasted silhouette ensures this coat will look good over any and all of your fall outfits.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Allen Edmonds ‘MacNeil’ Oxford. When we talk about wingtips at GQ we talk about them with a lot of passion and gravitas. A black wingtip is one of the most worthwhile and elegant shoes a man can have in his wardrobe. It stands up to dressier fall flannels but looks just as appropriate with a pair of khakis or corduroy jeans. This pair walks the line perfectly between being too chunky and too refined—the proportions are just right. They’re made in America, and with a little care, these will last 20 years. Guys can rest assured they will never go out of style.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Hav-A-Hank Pocket Square | Brixton Driver’s Cap | Jack Spade Henley
Topman Burgundy Stripe Gloves | Obey Fingerless Gloves | Topman Navy Stripe Gloves

 

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 latest edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 15 favorites from the November issue—from immaculate outerwear to unexpected accessories. Check back each month for more.

September 26, 2012

GQ Selects: October Look #4

Levi’s® Made & Crafted™ and the guys at Rag & Bone are masters when it comes to modernizing heritage-steeped garments. Here, a sweater inspired by centuries-old Irish fishing tradition and a coat modeled after the 6th Earl of Chesterfield (1805–1866) have never looked better.

 

Rag & Bone ‘Coldhayes’ Long Coat. Every guy needs a topcoat this season, and luckily there are tons of options out there from which to choose. We love this updated Chesterfield from rag & bone that maintains the hallmarks of the classic style, velvet collar included, while getting that cool edge the duo does so well thanks to a superb fit. A coat like this should always be cut on the trim side, so whether you put it over a three-piece suit or a T-shirt, you’ll always cut a sharp line.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
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Levi’s Made & Crafted Cable-Knit, Shawl-Collar Sweater. A cable-knit sweater is really an essential piece of knitwear every guy needs this season but, rather than reaching for an all-over weave, we really like the look of these chunkier, fisherman-style sweaters. They have a handsome heft to them but aren’t as weighty as true wool ones. The great thing about this one by Levi’s Made & Crafted is the added, abbreviated shawl collar that nicely frames any shirt you put underneath.”
—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director
(shop this item)

 

Nordstrom’s picks to complete the look:
Brixton Driver’s CapNaked & Famous Selvedge Jeans (Black) | Prada Double-Monk
 
 

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.

Visiting NYC a couple weeks ago for a top-secret project (more on that later), we stopped by Nordstrom sister store Treasure & Bond to check out the wares. T&B is a store like no other—for one thing, it stocks ridiculously cool stuff, from the under-the-radar menswear below, to bizarrely beautiful jewelry for your significant other, to a charcoal sketching utensil shaped like a squid. But even more importantly, all profits (that’s right, ALL) go to a rotating roster of worthy causes benefiting kids right there in NYC.

So if you live in New York, by all means, pay them a visit at 350 West Broadway. And if you live elsewhere, fear not: If something here speaks to you, give Treasure & Bond a call at 646-669-9049 and they’ll hook you up.

 


Jacket and sweatshirt by Edun. Dot-print shirt by D.S. Dundee.


Jacket and jeans by Wrangler Blue Bell. Hoodie and belt by Levi’s Made & Crafted.


Jacket, shirt and shorts by 8.15 August Fifteenth.


Sunglasses by Contego Eyewear and more.


Eco-friendly high-tops, made of durable, water-resistant Tyvek. By Civic Duty.


The ultimate Levi’s.


The only weekend bag you’ll ever need.




Treasure & Bond’s coveted shirting selection. Plaid, batik, and horizontal stripe by Creep. Dotted denim and pale-blue rounded collar by Levi’s Made & Crafted. Western denim by Wrangler Blue Bell.

 

[Disclaimer: These shots are a couple weeks old, so we can't guarantee every item is still in stock. But the T&B staff is kind, knowledgeable, and extremely passionate about the causes they support—so they'll probably help you find something even better.]