The cover of the new Popeye Magazine shows a city boy wearing a pair of Clarks Originals Wallabees – the O.G. comfort shoes. He looks pretty dang cool.

If you have not worn a Wallabee, you must. It’s all about the gum soles. They’re squishy and unlike anything else. And the style of Clarks, especially Clarks Originals – the line which includes the Wallabee – is flawless and versatile. Clarks Originals go with shorts and long pants, can be a boot, shoe or sandal, and design-wise are perfectly no-frills.

Consider below a few classics and a range of new-for-spring Clarks Originals: black and sand suede Wallabees, pink Wallabee Derbys, Weaver Derbys, Burcott Field Derbys or Trek Mule. Click the shoe to get a closer look.

SHOP: Clarks Originals


Just in time for your music festival and vacation wardrobe needs, Nordstrom is hosting an exclusive pop-up shop featuring See by Chloé’s spring/summer collection. Unveiling at our Aventura (Florida), Michigan Avenue (Chicago) and Downtown Seattle locations, these boutiques-within-stores showcase the romantic shapes and cascading fabrics of the season, as well as several Nordstrom-exclusive designs (including a floral bell-sleeve dress, a darling denim romper, an embroidered dress and a striped jersey top).

See by Chloé pop-up.

You can shop the collection online, but if you’re in the vicinity of any of these stores, you’ll definitely want to visit, especially if you’re in the Chicago area. This Thursday, March 23, from 5pm to 7pm, the store will be throwing a See by Chloé Pop-Up Launch Party. Stop by to shop amid a scene featuring a DJ, a mixologist station with signature cocktails, passed appetizers and sweets, Minx nail artists, and a See by Chloé pouch with purchase, as well as Always Judging’s blogger Courtney Trop, who will be styling shoppers. Whew!

Courtney Trop

We took this exciting opportunity to connect with Courtney about her style blog, personal aesthetic, where to hang out in L.A. and where she’ll wear the new See by Chloé designs. Read on to learn about the hot spots.



There’s something about a blank piece of paper that begs to be scribbled on. Our instincts can’t help but want to impose our inner impulses on empty space. Even in stick-figure form, art expresses our fundamental humanity.

New York label Eckhaus Latta (new to Nordstrom) understands the enduring links between fashion and art, and play and personhood. Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta studied sculpture and textiles in art school before launching their still-young line, and the duo remain immersed in New York’s art community—pursuing fashion as a truly creative endeavor.

Eckhaus Latta Fall 2017

Photo by Indigital Images

For Eckhaus Latta‘s fall presentation, Guerlain makeup artists kept the models’ skin bare, yet perfected with makeup. Once a flawless surface is achieved, however, it’s near impossible not to want to play with a bit of color. Quite literally, then, makeup artists added paint to the models’ faces with their fingers. This splatter art was a perfect tribute to the colorful, optimistic and innocence-imbued collection.



Have you ever had a bouquet so pretty that you hated to see it go? We all have. One of the seductions of fresh flowers is that their presence is fleeting. Fresh-cut blooms are to be momentarily possessed, experienced and then sadly discarded. It is a kind of luxury.

But what if you didn’t have to part with a particularly sentimental bouquet? Paper florist and artist Quynh Nguyen has a very precise talent for replicating flora with reams of crepe paper. Her work has been displayed in store windows, at weddings and in restaurants. Brides who are keen to keep their bouquets beyond their wedding day would be wise to contact her business, Pink & Posey.

Pink and Posey flowers

We spoke with Quynh about the extreme precision and delicacy of her work, how she got started and how we can too (although our results might more closely mimic those sad tissue flowers of our youth). Turns out she teaches workshops!

Pink and Posey flowers

How did you get your start as a paper florist?

About two and a half years ago, one of my brides that I was working with as an event planner wanted paper flowers. And I had some time and I told her I would help her out with that. We ended up doing paper flowers both for decorations and for her bouquet and boutonnieres. And the photographer took some amazing photos that got around Seattle. Other brides started to ask me to make flowers for them. Luckily I got picked up by the Huxley Wallace group. They asked me to make flowers for their new restaurant, Saint Helens Cafe. Every few months I go out and change out the flowers in the restaurant. It just kind of bloomed from there.



There is no denying that technology has always had an impact on fashion. But these days, that impact is being experienced on a global scale. Because of the connectedness of continents, trends and products are more easily traded than ever before. You can spot an outfit on a Malaysian blogger’s Instagram and shop it immediately, either online from the same stores the blogger did or by finding local retailers near you. All of this happens right from your phone.

The fast part of fashion can feel like a faceless blur. With this increase in globalism, the disconnect between producers and consumers is a growing cause for concern.

Soko Jewelry


Soko means marketplace in Swahili. It is the name that founders Gwendolyn Floyd, Catherine Mahugu and Ella Peinovich chose for their jewelry line. Originated when the three women had a “meeting of the minds” while working in Nairobi, the collection was inspired not as much by jewelry, however, as by the puzzling question, “How can we create a business and supply chain model where everyone wins?”

Soko works with local artisans—primarily women—in Kenya and Ethiopia to construct its contemporary designs from recycled brass. We spoke with Gwendolyn about her business model, how it provides a scalable vision for other manufacturers to follow, and we also talked about the jewelry that is as exceptionally crafted as it looks.


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To celebrate the refreshing new boutique sodas (pops, if you prefer) that we’re carrying at selected Nordstrom stores, we’re experimenting by adding our favorite adult ingredients (clear, brown or bubbly) to these distinct flavors.

Next in our series is a beverage with an Australian twist: the Kanga Mule uses Buderim Ginger Brew plus some fruit accoutrements for a refreshing drink to nurse while you’re sitting Outback.

Kanga Mule cocktail

Photo and recipe by Tom Burritt

Variations of the classic mule aren’t hard to come by, but the Aussie-style ginger brew from Buderim makes this a cocktail with an exotic kick. The typical ginger “beer” has a certain amount of spice that we’ve all come to expect, but Buderim’s has a sweet and tangy balance that makes it one of the smoothest we’ve tasted. Drawing out the sweet with tones of blackcurrant, lemon and berries makes this the one your mates will remember.




Perhaps you noticed: it’s prom season. For guys that means suits and, generally, a fair bit of uncertainty. That’s normal. Many teenagers are unfamiliar with suits. What’s a cool suit? There will definitely be photos taken, so you want to come correct. Should you purchase or rent?

Let us make this simple. You should definitely buy. And you should buy from the British brand Topman – which is distributed in the U.S. exclusively through Topman and Nordstrom. Forget tuxedos. Get a hip, affordable, easy-to-wear Topman suit. Done.

There was no Topman in 1981, which is when Nordstrom Senior Designer Tim Haywood went to prom. Things were more complicated then. Feeling the spirit of the season, he took us on a walk down memory lane.

–Andrew Matson

SHOP: Topman


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Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.

Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.

Stephanie von Watzdorf

Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti

When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.

We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.

You’re an avid traveler. Where have you been recently? 

Recently I was on the coast of Kenya on three different islands: Manda Bay, Kiwayu and Lamu. It was an adventure, and warm and sunny, filled with joyous people and charm. Think Robinson Crusoe—no cars, only donkeys and boats for transportation. Life is beautiful and simply heaven in this part of the world.


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We’ve had the pleasure of standing in a Paris Fashion Week showroom twice now with the lauded and awarded-young SPACE designer Vejas Kruszewski (no really, though; he’s just barely two decades old), and we are here to tell you that he’s one of the most easygoing yet intellectual designers we know.


Vejas; image by Jessa Carter

If you live in Toronto and you like talking fashion, please note this date and time: March 15 from 5 to 7pm.  

Vejas and his right-hand, Saam Emme, will be at Nordstrom Toronto Eaton Centre to chat through inspiration and innovation—and your personal style and the spring ’17 collection. 

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 416.552.2900, ext. 1350. 


EXPLORE: current-season emerging designers

—Laura Cassidy


A lot of Amanda Needham’s job involves running around town. She’ll shop for polar fleeces, cowboy hats and clown props. She schleps armloads of clothes to the dry cleaners. She visits shoot locations. She meets with clients for coffee.

And then she runs home to take care of her baby girl, Nova.

Amanda Needham, Costume Designer

Costume designer Amanda Needham outside the store Frances May on Portland’s SW Washington Street. 

sorel_22_201703The busy two-time Emmy-winning costume designer has to know her city well, and how to dress comfortably to get along in it. She works on IFC’s Portlandia, a sketch comedy show with Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein about Portland and its eccentric citizens. She lives there for most of the year. The other forty percent of the time, Needham is in LA working on Baskets, Zach Galifianakis’s show about a Paris-trained clown trying to make it in Bakersfield, California, where he works as a rodeo clown. It’s a black comedy about dreams half met–or trampled.

We met Amanda in Portland, where she took us around to her favorite spots–to shop, to eat, to get things done–and showed us how she dresses for her hectic days. Needham has an ability to mix fun and function in her outfits–perhaps it’s a result of the intention that must inform her clothing selections for comedy characters. The key to her look is fashionable, durable and element-proof shoes by (Portland’s own) SOREL–just watch how she styles them.

Read on to hear about Portland’s hotspots, the evolving PNW style that Amanda cultivates in life and art, and pursuing your dreams in an ideal outfit.