Travel


After salivating over the sun, fun and fried dough infiltrating our Instagram feed during a colleague’s recent trip to Los Angeles, we had to ask him for some insights on traveling to Southern Cali in style. “I hadn’t been to L.A. before as an adult,” says Donovan Nguyen, a web designer at Nordstrom HQ. “There’s a huge difference between seeing a city with your parents at age 8 and seeing it now as a grown-up. It’s so much better.”

Keep reading for highlights from Donovan’s visually arresting L.A. photo journal, complete with tips on where to go and what to pack.

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Cool scenery and killer clothes. While approximately one zillion other ingredients (such as blood, sweat, tears, timing, talent) are required to plan and execute a successful photo shoot—those first two certainly make for a solid start.

Keep reading to see what we saw—from sticker-slathered sign posts to your new favorite denim jacket—while running around Manhattan yesterday during a 10-hour shoot.

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One of them is a multilingual Fashion Week veteran who’s lived in Portugal, Belgium and Spain. The other is a first-timer whose hobbies include motorcycles, IPA and minimalist sneakers. They both work here at Nordstrom HQ—and they both had a hell of a time in Europe last month for Fashion Week.

Keep reading to see selected Instagram pics by our colleagues Jorge Valls and Dan Drewes—and read their notes on favorite spring/summer 2015 fashion shows, travel tips and more.

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From slingshots to sporks to a solar-powered phone charger, our latest Pop-In Shop, LET’S GO! (which shuts its doors this Sunday), has everything you need for an epic American road trip—including expertly curated tunes to fuel long hours in your #adventuremobile between points A and B.

Keep reading for classic soundtracks, from Sabbath to the Stones, for a REAL road trip—one that spans 10 full albums, at least—courtesy of Matt Jencik at Reckless Records, a London legend for 30 years that now operates three record shops in Chicago.

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Best Made Co is physically based in the big city of Manhattan—but the five-year-old company’s ethos is keenly focused on wide-open spaces with nary a skyscraper in sight.

Originating with a simple proposition to build a better axe (a lifeline in the wilderness as well as an inspirational symbol for city-dwellers), Best Made quickly expanded its offering to include form-meets-function items from first-aid kits to fireside coffee cups.

They frequently field-test said products in picturesque, enviably uninhabited locales—and collect incredible visual documentation while they’re at it. Keep reading to see excerpts from four of our favorite Best Made photo essays from all corners of the great United States (a perfect way to wrap up our LET’S GO Pop-In Shop, which comes to an end this Sunday).

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From slingshots to sporks to a solar-powered phone charger, our latest Pop-In Shop, LET’S GO!, has everything you need for an epic American road trip—including expertly curated tunes to fuel long hours in your #adventuremobile between points A and B.

Keep reading for 10 songs to camp out and stargaze to, courtesy of Gerald Hammill and Other Music—a New York City-based record shop specializing in underground, rare and experimental music.

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From slingshots to sporks to a solar-powered phone charger, our latest Pop-In Shop, LET’S GO!, has everything you need for an epic American road trip—including expertly curated tunes to fuel long hours in your #adventuremobile between points A and B.

Today’s road trip playlist comes from Sam Davis of Amoeba Music, a West Coast institution with record shops in Berkeley, San Francisco and Hollywood. Keep reading for 10 classic tunes, complete with Sam’s detailed liner notes.

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We based our latest Pop-In Shop—LET’S GO!—on the idea of an epic road trip through the US of A. But that doesn’t mean the gear housed therein isn’t tough enough to go international. Keep reading for a selection of photos from our Creative Director, Strath Shepard, on a recent road trip across British Columbia to the Canadian Rockies.

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The word “heritage” gets thrown around pretty frequently these days; in a digital age where notoriety can come and go overnight, every start-up wants to put a pair of antlers on the wall to impart some sense of history. However, when vintage photos of a long-standing brand’s headquarters include a horse and buggy out front—you can rest assured that it possesses the know-how and work ethic to truly stand the test of time.

Keep reading for a Q&A with Faribault Woolen Mill, the 149-year-old Minnesota manufacturer whose made-in-USA blankets are part of LET’S GO!, our current, road trip-themed Pop-In Shop.

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Fresh air. A campfire. Beers cooled in a creek. We can write these things down all day, but it’s impossible to understand the sheer satisfaction that such simple, outdoor pleasures can engender without experiencing them first-hand—and, preferably, with frequency.

Portland brand Poler operates on a simple mission (which desk jockeys like us can appreciate): to get average people outdoors—and out of their everyday routine—more often. They sum it up with a deceptively simple catch phrase/hashtag: #CampVibes, two syllables that manage to instantly evoke dirt underfoot, cedar in your nostrils and a canopy of stars overhead. And they make it effortless, with innovative gear like a sleeping bag you can walk around in, a camera bag that doubles as a cooler, and a Stumptown coffee kit designed for the campsite.

Keep reading for our exclusive Q&A with Poler Co-Founder and Creative Director Benji Wagner, in which he discusses couscous, favorite road trip spots, and thinking like a kid.

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