Pop-In@Nordstrom Heartbreakers II

As cuffing season comes to a finale, check out five flawless fits on this moody dude, who may or may not have just broken up with his boo. He will inspire you to level-up your menswear game for the spring season.

Everything he’s wearing is from Heartbreakers II, the special menswear-only edition of Pop-In@Nordstrom–the themed shop curated by Olivia Kim. Heartbreakers II lasts only until March 13, so now is time to shop. These pieces are rare, some are exclusive and most of the brands are emerging as creative forces you’ll be hearing more about in the near future.

In this video we see looks by some but not all Heartbreakers II brands: Cottweiler, Études, Spellbound, Rebuild by Needles, Xander Zhou and Maiden Noir.

The music is “Architect of Heartbreak” by Witch Prophet and Stas THEE Boss, from Toronto and Seattle.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

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Collage by Donovan Nguyen; images by Avi Loud

Usually when you shop, you choose whatever quantity you want of a particular item. Not so with Foothills CA–the new Californian brand where there is only one of each thing.

That’s because Foothills, run by former skater Jonnie Henderson with J.P. Plunier, specializes in vintage. Particularly Native American, military and Western jewelry and gear–stuff which looks best mixed into modern outfits.

We spoke with Henderson and Plunier about their twisting paths in the vintage game, the unique cultural feedback loops connecting North American folk art with streetwear/style in Japan and Great Britain, and rejecting notions of vintage as old-timey dress-up.

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Shop: Foothills CA | Heartbreakers II

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Shucking oysters is one of those culinary tasks which seems intimidatingly hard, but it’s actually easy after you do it correctly once–and after that just let muscle memory do what it does. Follow the guidelines in our video below from Tom Stocks, oyster boss at Taylor Shellfish in Seattle, and you’ll be good.

And when you shuck, might we suggest using a stainless steel Opinel knife? The tool is small, foldable, sturdy and attractive. We’re carrying it as part of our current Pop-In Shop curated by Olivia Kim, Heartbreakers II.

We’re billing Heartbreakers II as a showcase of evolving menswear. But it’s more than just apparel. There’s also a whole category for home & camp.

Shop: Opinel Shellfish Knife | Heartbreakers II by Pop-In@Nordstrom

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Images + captions by John Moore

Competitive surfing legend Kelly Slater is now riding the menswear wave as an entrepreneur with Outerknown, the new casual-luxe brand he founded with designer and surfer John Moore which is part of our Heartbreakers II Pop-In Shop.

And he’s considering the health of our planet every step of the way.

The unofficial Outerknown motto is “we don’t expect what we don’t inspect”, which is how Slater and Moore ended up in a chemical plant last year in Ljubljana, Slovenia, analyzing reclaimed fishing nets being processed into ECONYL® nylon yarn–the basis of Outerknown’s swim trunks.

Outerknown is part of the Kering conglomerate which includes Saint Laurent and Balenciaga, and can be seen as a blend of that luxury world with a brand like Patagonia, built on values of sustainability and transparency about its supply chain.

Moore says on the factory floor in Slovenia is when the “first day” of the company truly occurred, surrounded by weird smells and industrial waste. There, he and Slater faced production costs in a very real way and decided they were all in.

Here’s that story in a Q&A with Moore and Slater.

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Shop: Outerknown | Heartbreakers II Pop-In@Nordstrom

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Images by Canh Nguyen

We love Maiden Noir‘s streetwear-meets-menswear style, which can be borderline dressed-up and also extremely cozy, with a deft use of polar fleece. We’re psyched to carry the Seattle brand as part of Heartbreakers II, our Pop-In Shop this month focused on evolving menswear, curated by VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim.

So psyched, in fact, that we commissioned an exclusive reversible fleece jacket and fleece hat for the occasion.

Because Maiden Noir is based in Seattle’s International District, just a mile south of Nordstrom HQ, we thought we’d pop in for a visit. After all, how busy could designer Nin Truong and his partner Christa Thomas be? They only run Maiden Noir simultaneously with a coffee shop, a line of bags and Truong’s other job as design director of Stüssy.

They’re a power couple, for real.

Shop: Maiden Noir | Heartbreakers II

This way for the Q&A + studio tour

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As part of our deep dive into the world of Heartbreakers II—our Pop-In Shop focused on evolving menswear curated by Olivia Kim, VP of Creative Projects—we got to know the brands with a quick interview.

For the format we chose a handwritten questionnaire, which should delight fashion graphologists worldwide (we see you).

Check our Q&As below with designers and creative directors from an international selection of the Heartbreakers II roster: Études Studio, BEDWIN & THE HEARTBREAKERS, Maiden Noir, LONGJOURNEY, Kinfolk, Needles, NIKBEN, Stutterheim, XLARGE, Xander Zhou, Tim Coppens and COTTWEILER.

We think you will find they are rich texts.

And you’ll notice one question is about music. Songs mentioned are compiled here.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

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Hey, player: Are you ready for a super-emotional listening experience?

Hopefully your answer is YES, in which case please allow us to present the soundtrack for our new Pop-In Shop: Heartbreakers II, a showcase of evolving menswear curated by our VP of Creative Projects, Olivia Kim. It’s the monthlong sequel to our first menswear Pop-In from 2014.

We asked designers and creative directors from Heartbreakers II brands to provide songs for a broken heart and songs for a heartbreaker. Every designer came correct.

The result is an extremely fresh mix of hollowed-out hip-hop, American easy listening, French rock, Afropop via the UK and Japanese versions of Western folk classics–chosen by brands including Études, Bedwin & the Heartbreakers, Maiden Noir, LONGJOURNEY, Kinfolk, Needles, Nikben, Stutterheim, XLARGE, Xander Zhou,  Tim Coppens and COTTWEILER.

Get into the official Heartbreakers II soundtrack below.

Shop: Heartbreakers II

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Images courtesy Cottweiler

Specializing in abstracted tracksuits designed in England by Matthew Dainty and Ben Cottrell, Cottweiler is one of those underground brands you might be unconsciously familiar with, since it’s worn by famous musicians. If you ever thought FKA twigs looked cool on stage–and frankly it’s not even up for argument that she does–or wanted to dress like the grime emcee Skepta, Cottweiler is worth your attention.

We’re proud to announce Cottweiler is part of Heartbreakers II, our upcoming menswear-themed Pop-In Shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Launching in time for Valentine’s Day and running from February 12 through March 13, Heartbreakers II is all about evolving menswear.

Images below are from Cottweiler’s recent autumn/winter 2016 show at London Collections Men. That means the clothes are meant for two seasons from now, so none of them will be available for Heartbreakers II. Still, it’s worth getting into Cottweiler’s world for a second to get a feel for what we’ll be dealing with come February.

Click here to see more of Cottweiler’s wheaty aesthetic and asymmetrical designs.

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The designer himself; images courtesy Xander Zhou

Fresh off the runway in London, consider these images a preview of sorts for Heartbreakers II, our upcoming menswear-themed Pop-In Shop curated by VP of Creative Projects Olivia Kim. Launching in time for Valentine’s Day and running from February 12 through March 13, Heartbreakers II is all about evolving menswear.

One of the featured designers in Heartbreakers II is Beijing-based Xander Zhou–who, fun fact, is also the fashion director at the Chinese version of The New York Times’ T Magazine.

Images below are from Zhou’s recent autumn/winter 2016 show at London Collections Men. That means the clothes are meant for two seasons from now, so none of them will be available for Heartbreakers II. Still, it’s worth getting into Zhou’s world for a second to get a feel for what we’ll be dealing with come February.

Click here to see Xander Zhou’s sartorial visions for modern men/knaves

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