New York

Whereas our first installment of “Sneakers in Your City” followed two hip-hop artists to their favorite spots in Seattle, episode 2 takes us to New York, where Ryan Plett—the photographer, consultant, and self-described “generalist” behind popular mood board blog You Have Broken the Internet—showed us the Big Apple through his own unique lens.

He also shot some damn fine looking photographs for us. Keep reading to watch a behind-the-scenes video, hear about five places to seek out in NYC, and get a closer look at fall footwear from The Sneaker Project, a curated selection handpicked by our buyers.

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Leave it to the cultivated yet comedic design duo behind Shipley & Halmos to combine their menswear expertise, aptitude for product design, and irrepressible sense of humor all under one roof.

We stopped by their limited-run, Canal Street-themed pop-up shop while visiting New York last week. Canal, if you’re unfamiliar, is a mecca of cheap tchotchkes and tacky NYC souvenirs—and while Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos found inspiration in the low-brow thoroughfare around the corner from SH’s posh design studio, their own iterations of typical Canal trinkets are undeniably sophisticated (and often hilarious).

Keep reading for a look inside the Shipley & Halmos pop-up shop—which you can still visit* through this weekend—and get a healthy dose of the dry wit and attention to detail that informs the brand’s impeccable clothing. We even asked Sam and Jeff a few awkward questions…

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It’s a busy week for the Seattle-based Nordstrom Men’s Shop team, as we find ourselves out in NYC amidst oppressive humidity and curious aromas to which we’re not accustomed. Of course, we’re having a blast nonetheless.

Follow us on Instagram—user name @NordstromMen—to catch daily updates as we spend the next several days crisscrossing New York City and catching up with some of our favorite menswear designers. First up was a visit to the rad Tribeca loft/office/showroom that serves as a second home to Sam Shipley and Jeff Halmos of Shipley & Halmos.

Sam sketched his power animal for us (to anatomically correct precision—check the dorsal), while we did our best to ignore onlookers in their dapperly wallpapered water closet. And these are just the outtakes. For additional photos from our Shipley & Halmos visit—plus more to come as we continue to drop in on our favorite designers this week—follow @NordstromMen on Instagram.



One of our Creative Directors, Strath, flew to rainy/sunny/steamy New York City a couple weeks ago to shoot our second edition of GQ Selects. A denizen of the Big Apple himself for many years, Strath knows all best spots—as you can see from this excerpted Instagram journal of his travels.


“Billboard in Chelsea, advertising the excellent Richard Avedon show at Gagosian Gallery through July 27.”

“Celebrity sighting no. 1: graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister at Pastis.”

“Celebrity sighting no. 2: David Byrne riding his bike through Soho.”

“The classic: Eero Saarinen‘s TWA terminal.”

“My favorite hidden Soho coffee shop, Rabbits.”

“Hotel room at The Standard. That’s Diane von Furstenberg’s apartment in the background.”

“View of the High Line from my hotel room. Back in Seattle, we’re excited that the same designer who did the High Line will be designing the new Seattle Waterfront.”

Alright, enough sightseeing. On-set with the GQ team.

Racks on racks.

The GQ styling team knows their watches.

Fall textures.

Good old-fashioned New York hospitality.

Quotes and photos by Strath Shepard.

Until next time: Go behind the scenes at last month’s GQ shoot, and shop the 16 Fall essentials we selected from the August issue.


We’re genuinely excited to collaborate with the fine people at GQ, and for good reason: Simply put, they’re the best in the business.

That was never more apparent than at the NYC photo shoot for the first edition of GQ Selects a few weeks ago, during which the crew nailed the lion’s share of the day’s shots within the span of a single rainy morning—all while smiling, joking, debating the best regional surf spots, and generally acting like it was an average day at the office (which for them, of course, it was).

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes pics below, and SHOP GQ SELECTS NOW for 12 handpicked favorites from GQ’s July issue.


First up on the shot list: a henley by Todd Snyder (named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America, 2012) with Diesel jeans.


Veteran GQ stylist Brian Coats puts the finishing touches on a look featuring a Thom Browne shirtJack Spade bag and Prada sneakers.


GQ’s library of styling items is nothing to sneeze at—especially the lovingly obliterated Chuck Taylors they keep handy. (GQ receives a steady influx of “new” old pairs from staff and contributors. This particular pair came from the hair stylist on-set that day, Jordan.)


Lensman Eric Ray Davidson is a longtime GQ contributor. He’s shot some iconic pieces over the years, like this classic guide to buying a leather jacket.*


Getting the nonchalant pant cuff right: shouldn’t take more than five seconds. Brian had it in three.


Brian—who has styled some killer stories recently, like this guide to parkas and Portland—had a simple but precise signature look. V-neck tee, slim jeans, classic sneakers. (The tie is part of the job, not part of his look.) He arrived with a perfectly tailored black blazer, but quickly ditched it to get to work.


Instant gratification: The crew composited the final image as the day progressed.


Jordan’s gear was deceptively simple, too. All-white everything—tee, jeans, Chucks (a fresh pair after he thrashed the ones shown above). Accessories help rough up the squeaky-clean palette.


Someone spelled our name wrong (no ‘s’ at the end of Nordstrom, thanks)…that’s OK, though.


Long-time colleagues Tommy Fazio (left, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director) and Jim Moore (GQ Creative Director) discuss the finer points of a shot.


The view outside the studio was not too shabby.


…The view from our hotel room that night was not bad, either. We’re already looking forward to our next trip out to New York for the July/August edition of GQ Selects.


[Individuals pictured do not directly endorse Nordstrom or products mentioned/featured. *Eric shot the on-figure leather jackets in said story. Kudos to Mr. Tom Schierlitz for the still lifes.]


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.]