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December 9, 2014

Gifted Giver: Jorge Valls

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

It’s one of our favorite Nordstrom success stories: Men’s Shop Fashion Director Jorge Valls started in the mail room and worked his way into the high-style world of buying and presenting the best looks for our stores and website. Should you assume, however, that his brain is dedicated solely to suits and boots, we’d have to point out that he’s also an expert on French and English lit. For a worldly, classics-influenced take on the art of style and gifting, read on…

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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater achieves an unrivaled harmony between the man-made and the natural. Scholars believe Leonardo spent up to 14 years perfecting the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa. The seven-layer steel blades of Japanese swordsmith Masamune were rumored to slice, then heal, leaves floating past in a stream.

Incomparable materials and avant-garde details make our favorite designer sneakers works of art in their own right. Keep reading for a closer look at creations by Lanvin, Givenchy, Valentino, Balenciaga, Common Projects and Maison Martin Margiela.

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Ever felt mildly overwhelmed when stepping up to that fragrance counter? Even the most experienced olfactory aficionado can go cross-eyed after sampling too many scents—the human nose has its limits. That’s why we asked our men’s grooming team to suggest their current three favorite colognes—and had an astute (and opinionated) office-mate, men’s video producer Angela Sumner, sniff-test each one.

Keep reading for three scents to try—and why—next time you’re on the hunt for a new favorite.

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Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, sent us a dispatch from the field after day one at Milan Fashion Week. Here’s what caught his eye at yesterday’s shows.

Shine
[L-R: Burberry, Neil Barrett, Versace]

 

Prints
[L-R: Burberry, Ermenegildo Zegna, Neil Barrett]

 

Jil Sander
A first look at the legendary designer’s return to her namesake label.

 

Modern Military
[L-R: Jil Sander, Valentino]

 
 

[Photos courtesy of GQ.com.]