As the mastermind behind every Pop-In @ Nordstrom—technically speaking, Olivia Kim hand-selected every item in our new, limited-time menswear shop: Heartbreakers Club. But because some might be daunted by the sheer volume of rare streetwear and historic menswear gems therein, we asked her to condense things down to a handful of cream-of-the-crop favorites.
Keep reading for a starter-set of exclusive and limited-edition menswear, from Heartbreakers Club curator Olivia Kim.
In the words of VFILES retail director Zachary Ching, “VFILES is a global fashion community—a destination where users can shop, explore and curate without inhibition.”
As open-ended and aspirational as that sounds, he’s still under-selling this New York-based brand’s multi-pronged web presence. (A) It’s a killer online shop, which Ching is in charge of—and which we’re excited to highlight at our new Pop-In @ Nordstrom. (B) It’s an online TV channel with a tongue-in-cheek take on fashion. (C) It’s a foundation for the arts, supporting under-the-radar designers. And (D) it’s a Tumblr-esque image-sharing platform frequented by a crème de la crème of creative-industry tastemakers.
Regarding that last item: We asked Ching to share with us a few favorite hashtag’d categories from his own prolific VFILES.com postings. Keep reading for a look at modern masks, Ching’s favorite photographer, and a new twist on the classics.
From Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to rapper Kendrick Lamar to our friends at Street Etiquette, we’ve been seeing men everywhere sporting one of our favorite new evolutions in male leg coverings (otherwise known as pants): Jogger Pants. And it’s easy to understand why: Besides being abnormally comfortable (many have elastic at the waist as well as the cuffs), they cut a lean, tapered silhouette that shows off your favorite shoes, without pesky concerns about rolling or hemming your pant leg.
Keep reading to see three ways to wear them: on the weekend, at the office, and for a night out.
If you find yourself moved by shapely posteriors, platefuls of hummus and selfies of guys (and girls) who could crush a normal human with a flick of their triceps, check out the #fitspo hashtag on Instagram. (That’s short for “fitness inspo,” or inspiration.) If, however, you’d rather be motivated by the more esoteric advantages of exercise—quiet sunrises, crashing surf, picturesque wilderness—look no further than the Insta feeds of some of our favorite Active & Outdoor brands.
Keep reading to fuel your New Year’s resolutions with photos from Nike, The North Face and more. (But first, check out the Nike clip above. Our takeaway: Humans possess an infinite capacity for greatness. But sometimes, you should just get out of LeBron’s way.)
By now, you know that our in-store Personal Stylists are always available to assist you in selecting perfect gifts or constructing killer looks for work and weekend. Today, we’ll show how a Personal Stylist can help maximize your workout routine, too—with style points to spare. Without further ado, we’ll hand it over to Marc Slenske, a Nordstrom Stylist in Arizona:
“With the New Year comes new energy—and nothing energizes me more than getting in a great workout. For starters, I have to feel my best in order to do my best. Here are my 6 essentials whether at the gym or out on the trail.”
2. Adrenaline-Pumping Tunes. “Being a drummer, nothing pumps me up more than some awesome beats. These headphones hug the ear better than any other sports headphones, and deliver crystal-clear sound.” [Shop: Beats by Dre]
3. All-Terrain Trainers. “The most important part of feeling good during a workout is to have the right shoe. This running shoe is my all-time favorite shoe to workout in. It’s flexible with a glove-like fit; not to mention lightweight. Whether it be CrossFit, a road run, or power lifting, this is the best shoe.” [Shop: Nike 'Free Run+ 3']
4. Short Report. “Living in Arizona, I’m still able to pull out my favorite shorts even in January!
These are comfy and easy shorts to throw on during any season of the year.”
[Shop Under Armour: HeatGear Shorts | Knit Shorts—shown above]
6. The Aftermath. “It’s important to prioritize the recovery period after a workout. I try to keep hydrated [Ed. note: Check out Klean Kanteen], and I always shower with this eucalyptus shower scrub; it rejuvenates your muscles and keeps them on par for your next workout.” [Shop: Jack Black Body Rehab Scrub & Muscle Soak]
Get in touch with Marc. If you find yourself in Arizona and could use a hand, drop Marc a line: Marc.A.Slenske@nordstrom.com
Boots are one of those items in a man’s wardrobe with serious staying power—over the course of a season (we introduced our Boot Guide in September, and have been updating it continuously ever since), as well as year after frigid year…especially when you invest in a solid pair like the waterproof, 5-star-customer-rated UGG® Australia ‘Butte’ above.
Today, we’re focused on the near-indestructible genre of footwear that will carry your feet unfazed through the toe-chilling rain, sleet, snow and slush that January and February are bound to usher in. Any of the specimens below will match up impeccably with your toughest puffers and flannels (see above)—but if you need a dapper way to stay dry en route to work, consider the clean lines and graphic punch of pairs like the Sorel ‘Sentry’ and UGG ‘Hannen’ below, neither of which will look out of place grounding a suit or sportcoat (pull your wingtips out of your briefcase once you’re warm and dry at your desk).
Start with our Editor’s Picks below, then shop our full selection of Weather-Ready Boots. And remember: The best gifts for guys are as practical as they are stylish. A great pair of boots more than fits the bill.
Our corporate headquarters in Seattle is a stone’s throw from the University of Washington, and our office is packed with UW alums—however, this being a style blog, we have to touch on the University of Oregon’s reputation as steeziest team in the league.
Thanks to Oregon-based Nike, the Jedi masters of sports design, the Oregon Ducks have a rotating, interchangeable lineup of helmets, jerseys and pants, which the team combines in different ways each week. Ducks fans love it; others might view it as unnecessary fashion theatrics. To each their own.
What’s hard to dispute, though, is that the team backs up sartorial tricks with serious game. With standouts like a lightning-fast running back who played peewee football under coach Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg—yes, really) and a freshman quarterback from Hawaii who’s ice-cold under pressure, the Ducks are fun to watch on multiple levels.
Here’s a few of their bolder color combos so far this season, plus a video that summarizes Nike’s technical innovations—while previewing the all-white everything Oregon will wear tomorrow against USC.
Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes, 70-14
Ducks vs. Arizona State Sun Devils, 43-21
Ducks vs. Fresno State Bulldogs, 42-25
Ducks vs. Arkansas State Red Wolves, 57-34
Watch the Oregon Ducks vs. USC Trojans,
TOMORROW (Saturday) at 4pm PST on Fox.
Here’s a great example of going high/low by mixing activewear into your around-town wardrobe. Thanks to a trim fit and clean design, this Nike track jacket blends seamlessly with a high-end shirt, loafers, and cords in the season’s coolest color.
Nike ‘HBR’ Track Jacket. “This is a great example of a throwback piece that doesn’t feel overly retro. Nike’s classic ‘HBR’ track jacket conjures up images of ’70s track stars like Steve Prefontaine and Bruce Jenner, but it has a sleekness to it that’s quite current. It’s a versatile piece, wearable either alone or layered under a topcoat or a suit jacket, as we showed on Jeremy Lin in the November issue.” —Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director (shop this item)
Shipley & Halmos Washed Cotton Woven Shirt. “The exploded, repeating windowpane plaid on this shirt is a bold pattern, but one that would look great peeking out of a classic navy suit or cardigan. It’s designed with a semi-spread collar, too, so it can easily transition from dressed-up with a tie to casually unbuttoned at a bar.” —Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director (shop this item)
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 (shop this item)
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)
In the weeks leading up to yesterday’s Summer Olympics finale, Nike issued a call to arms for all of us, Olympians and otherwise: Find Your Greatness.
The world took note—278,908 jumps, 811,758 miles and nearly 600 million NikeFuel points (if you know what those are) later, everyday athletes in 86 countries had teamed up to make 8-12-12 the most active day ever.
The evidence is above:Instagram pics submitted by diehard ballers (including murderballers), runners, walkers, golfers, surfers and yes, even unicyclists—all with the hashtag #FindGreatness. Visit gameonworld.nike.com to see tons more.
New York-based producer/designer/Nike collaborator/street artist Eiknarf chose a less conventional but equally impressive path to greatness. Watch it take shape in the video above, and see what random, interesting stuff he’s up to here (including a trip to London with close access to Kobe).
Inspired to get active (or artistic) yet? Shop our full selection of Nike shoes here, or by clicking the images above.