Leave it to the cultivated yet comedic design duo behind Shipley & Halmosto 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…
Here’s a recap of the latest from our NYC correspondents Street Etiquette, via their Fashion-Week Instagram journal exclusively for @NordstromMen. Stay tuned for more visuals from their recent New York Fashion Week endeavors in the days to come.
Ever wonder how your favorite menswear designers deal with oppressive summer heat? The New York Times has answers from Michael Bastian, Billy Reid, Todd Snyder and more with a new article this week.
We should have asked the same thing—when we were literally in these guys’ offices earlier this summer, traversing a humid, 100-degree NYC (plus a brief stop in LA) to get inside the minds of the men who create the ahead-of-the-curve, superb-quality, totally timeless men’s clothing you know and love (and if you don’t know—you should).
We touched on the glory of air-conditioning, and the merits of cold ginger ale—but from there the discussion turned from Summer to Fall. Stay tuned to Men’s Shop Daily in the coming weeks for an insider’s look at our favorite Fall collections—plus, find out who owns a machete, who used to work construction, whose power animal is a pug…and much, much more.
The Nordstrom Men’s Shop is thrilled to have the opportunity to assist Gorgui Dieng—star center of NCAA national basketball champs the Louisville Cardinals—as he preps for the biggest night of his life: The NBA Draft.
With pro basketball players stepping up their style game across the league, this is no time to go half-hearted in the sartorial department. That’s why we teamed up with famed American suit-makers Joseph Abboud to create two impeccable, made-to-measure suits for Gorgui (who happens to be 6-foot-11)—in a span of only 48 hours.
Our Men’s Shop team met with Gorgui Tuesday morning at the Joseph Abboud showroom in New York, to select fabric swatches, see him through the fitting process, and ensure he has all the tools he needs to pull it together—from ties (he prefers slim) to custom shirts to size 16 shoes.
We’ll also be there for him this afternoon, when the finished suits (one for Draft Night, one for the whirlwind press tour the following day) arrive at Gorgui’s hotel room, to help him suit up for his big night with the utmost confidence that he’s never looked better.
CHECK BACK TOMORROW for an in-depth Q&A with Gorgui,
to see his custom suits in all their splendor, and to find out which NBA team
will be lucky enough to have him on the roster next season.
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.
From ZZ Top gigs to rubbing elbows with menswear elite, there’s always something interesting happening at our philanthropic concept store in New York City, Treasure & Bond. If you’re in the NYC area between now and the end of March, pay them a visit at 350 West Broadway, and check out new spring plaids, sweaters, jackets and more by Vince. It’s for a good cause, after all.
After a busy couple weeks partnering with our friends at Street Etiquette, we’re finally catching up on care packages from our own street-style sharpshooter, Ms. Crystal Nicodemus.
The arctic forecast at New York Fashion Week earlier this month didn’t stop Crystal from snagging her usual assortment of menswear inspiration, from natty tailoring to avant-garde goth. If anything, the rough weather was an excuse for New York’s finest to break out their best outerwear and creative layering techniques. Click the smaller images to enlarge—and watch for more street style from Crystal coming soon.
As Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette (along with ace photographer Joshua Woods) wrap up their visually stunning New York Fashion Week photo journal for the Nordstrom Men’s Shop, the guys were kind enough to send over the video retrospective above. You might recognize some of the week’s more memorable imagery—the symphony of lights at Moncler, Josh’s vintage military coat, the girl in the lion skirt—but seeing it all in motion, with a buzzing NYC as the backdrop, feels even more like you’re right there living it.
Once you’re done vicariously visiting NYFW above, keep your earphones in for the added bonus below: an excerpt from Joshua Kissi’s iPod during the hectic week of hitting shows, shooting photos, and living to tell the tale.
From Joshua: “Music plays a grand part in my life. Depending on my mood, it may be something upbeat or slow, lyrics or instrumental. Either way, music starts and ends my days, and was an integral part of keeping up with the fashion week madness.”
Presenting our next installment of New York Fashion Week dress code, favorite shows and street-style spottings—by Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette, exclusively for Nordstrom and Men’s Shop Daily.
From Joshua: “It was great to see a day full of menswear, reinterpreted from two different perspectives. On one hand, we had Mark McNairy, which is more of a streetwear, menswear-esque brand—then Michael Bastian, who sticks more to the ‘fashion’ side of things. A great balance, if you ask me.”
Stay tuned to Men’s Shop Daily as we continue to recap the goings-on of New York Fashion Week through the eyes of our friends Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs of Street Etiquette.
From Joshua: “Even with rain throughout the day, we were excited to be out and about during NYFW. The highlight of the day goes to our good friends William Okpo, produced by Lizzy and Darlene Okpo, two amazing friends of ours with an amazing womenswear clothing line.”