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What happens when our Men’s Shop video team goes to Las Vegas during Market Week? They run into Pharrell. They get down to brass tacks with up-and-coming design heroes. And they make some movie magic.

Above is one of four new videos we shot while traversing the vendor booths in Vegas during three furious days of menswear trade shows. Press play, learn about the elbow grease that goes into some of today’s best gear, and shop our Editor’s Picks from a few of the brands we interviewed. (Notice a theme? Fall is officially here.)


L-R: Wolverine Boot | Ted Baker London Coat | Red Wing Boot
Gant Shirt Jacket | Sperry Top-Sider Belt


L-R: W.R.K. Blazer | New Balance Sneaker | Grayers Cardigan | Sperry Top-Sider Boot
Todd Snyder + Champion T-shirt

 

Watch: More Videos in this Series

Shop All: ‘Functional Craftsmanship’ Featured Brands


Market Week: (noun) A series of concurrent menswear trade shows, during which our buyers spend a busy 72 hours hitting the best booths, meeting with dozens of designers and brand reps, and getting a hands-on look at what next season will have in store (literally).

Our video team tagged along to the trade shows in Las Vegas a couple weeks ago. Check out the trends they spotted below, with commentary by our Men’s Fashion Director Jorge Valls—and watch for video interviews with our favorite booth-keepers coming soon.

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[Photos above via @NordstromMen on Instagram. Clockwise from top left:
Johan Lindeberg of BLK DNM; welcome to Project Las Vegas;
Marcus Troy's 'Blogger Project'; historical plaids with the good people at Grayers;
Todd Snyder showcasing his Champion collab; spotted in the wild at Stance socks.]

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Trend 1: Nautical Influences. “Breton stripes continue to be big. We’re starting to see maritime pops of color, like bold yellows and reds.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above: On-deck at Sperry Top-Sider;
a wavy show-goer with eye-catching accessories.]



Trend 2: Indigo Everything. “We saw every shade and shape of denim imaginable: raw, worn, torn, washed, you name it. Denim shirts and jackets. A chambray shirt is great to have—dress it up or down. Blue, in general, is everywhere. Deep indigos look especially good to me right now.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above: Black (and grey, and blue) denim at BLK DNM;
our denim-clad friend at AG Jeans.]



Trend 3: Tropical Skater. “The combination of floral/Hawaiian prints with skater/surf culture we’re seeing feels fresh, and is incredibly vibrant and colorful. Do one piece of pattern, or mix patterns and stripes together—there’s a version for every guy.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above: '90s-inspired hoodies with modern lines;
this guy mixed patterns like a pro.]



Trend 4: Tried and True. “Traditional men’s cues are still important—think heritage and prep. Keep it up-to-date with a modern fit.” —Jorge Valls, Men’s Fashion Director

[Above, clockwise from top left:
Matteo Gottardi of W.R.K.; inspired hosiery at Stance socks;
cream-color shawl-collars at Gant;
the wall of American-made boots at Red Wing.]

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Watch for Market-Week video interviews in mid-September.
In the meantime, check out our street-style report live from the trade-show tents.

 
 

[Photos by Matthew Sumi. Quotes by Jorge Valls, Nordstrom Men's Fashion Director.]

Did you know Nordstrom began as a shoe store? John W. Nordstrom came to the United States in 1887 and, after cobbling together a modest sum in the Klondike gold rush, opened Wallin & Nordstrom shoes, with friend Carl Wallin, in Seattle in 1901.

Over the years, our founder handed down his avid dedication to the customer (and hands-on knowledge of footwear) to subsequent generations of the Nordstrom family. His great-grandsons still manage the company today—and all started their careers in the shoe stockroom.

Long story short: Shoes are in our DNA. And that’s never more apparent than during our biggest event of the year, Anniversary Sale, when we bring in stellar deals on Fall shoes from wingtips to high-tops. Peruse a few of our favorites below—spotted in the Shoe Shop at our flagship store in Downtown Seattle.


Cole Haan Chukka: Sale $129.90, After Sale $198
Leather | Suede | Shop All Chukkas


Timberland Earthkeepers Boot: Sale $119.90, After Sale $170
Shop: This Boot | All Work Boots


Bruno Magli Suede Chukka: Sale $259.90, After Sale $385
Shop: This Boot | All Chukkas


Red Wing Boot: Sale $159.90, After Sale $240
Shop: This Boot | All Boots


Nike ‘Free Trainer’: Sale $59.90, After Sale $90
Shop: This Sneaker | All Nike


New Balance 990: (Add to shopping bag to see sale price)
Shop: This Sneaker | All Athletic Shoes 


Nike ‘Air Flytop’: Sale $84.90, After Sale $130
Shop: This Sneaker | All High Tops


Lacoste Tassel Loafer (left): Sale $99.90, After Sale $150
Cole Haan Driving Loafer (right): Sale $89.90, After Sale $138
Shop All Loafers & Slip-Ons


Allen Edmonds Wingtip: Sale $196.90, After Sale $295
Shop: This Shoe | All Wingtips


Allen Edmonds Cap-Toe Brogue: Sale $219.90, After Sale $335
Shop: This Shoe | All Cap-Toe Oxfords


1901 Suede Longwing: Sale $64.90, After Sale $99.95
Shop: This Shoe | All 1901 Shoes


To Boot New York Cap-Toe: Sale $269.90, After Sale $398
Shop: This Shoe | All Oxfords

Overwhelmed by page after page of incredible Fall essentials at great prices? If you don’t have time to click to your heart’s content, we’ve eliminated the guess-work with a well-stocked category of Featured Looks—complete, head-to-toe kits ranging from buttoned-up boardroom suiting to rock-and-roll weekend wear. Check out three of our favorites below.

Billy Reid Pullover: Sale $122.90, After Sale $185
Billy Reid Shirt: Sale $116.90, After Sale $175
Nudie Jeans: Sale $119.90, After Sale $179
Red Wing Boots: Sale $159.90, After Sale $240

This is a great opportunity to score supreme-quality basics from Billy Reid, CFDA Men’s Designer of the Year, at reduced prices. Here we complemented this grown-man version of a hoodie with one of our favorite up-and-coming jeans brands—Nudie, made in Italy with organic cotton—and an all-American classic: Red Wing boots. SHOP THIS LOOK

 

John Varvatos Star USA
3-Piece Suit: Sale $449.90,
 After Sale $795
Dress Shirt: Sale $59.50, After Sale $90
Tie: Sale $56.90, After Sale $85

To Boot New York Oxfords: Sale $196.90, After Sale $295

Think of rock-inspired designer John Varvatos as your source for office-ready clothes—with a touch of attitude. This slim-lapeled, shadow-plaid suit falls squarely in that category, and at under $450 for all three pieces, it’s hard to pass up. Finish with sleek, classic Italian-made dress shoes—at nearly $100 off. SHOP THIS LOOK

 

Diesel
Sheepskin Leather Jacket: Sale $399.90,
 After Sale $598
Trim-Fit T-Shirt: Sale $32.90, After Sale $50
Slim-Straight Jeans: Sale $179.90, After Sale $280

This jacket features crinkled leather so it looks perfectly broken-in from day one, plus extra seaming that makes your shoulders look broader. (It even comes in a cool navy-blue, in addition to the black shown here.) Diesel’s jeans are infamous for a killer fit, and the artisanal distressing is unique to each pair—so scoring some for under $200 is a steal. SHOP THIS LOOK

 

Not satisfied? Shop more Featured Looks here, and all Men’s Anniversary Sale here.