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Rapper Deem Spencer Makes Music for the Calm Kids

Interviews Men’s Fashion Music

One of the models in our fall men’s fashion campaign, 22-year-old rapper Deem Spencer, has a different angle on hip-hop. In a field known for brash extroverts, his songs are notably chill, with main themes of “fear, insecurity, being naive.” If you’re unfamiliar with Spencer’s music, start with his 2017 album We Think We Alone, violins from which you can hear in our video below. If you like what you hear, stay tuned to his SoundCloud and look out for his sixth project.

He spoke to us about making music for calm kids, his city and his journey to his personal style at length, almost under his breath, during our photo shoot at the Brooklyn Naval Yard.

HEAR HIM OUT

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Meet Mansur Gavriel: Get to Know the Chic Brand Through Their Theme Songs

Interviews Style

You never know what chance encounter may change the course of your life, so it’s best to always be prepared, dress well and be nice.

For Rachel Mansur and Floriana Gavriel, the designers behind New York-based label Mansur Gavriel, that fateful event occurred in 2010 at an xx show. “We began talking to each other as strangers in the lobby of the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles,” says Mansur. “We had a very quick and striking connection.” Mansur had studied textiles at Rhode Island School of Design; Gavriel studied fashion and photography at Germany’s University of the Arts Bremen. The two had been living on different continents: Mansur in L.A. and Gavriel in Berlin. Their meeting resonated with both, even as Gavriel returned to Berlin. “We had a shared aesthetic and were in similar stages in life,” Mansur says. “We both loved the idea of telling a visual story and were ready to start something—and to dream big.”

GET TO KNOW MANSUR GAVRIEL

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Nicole & Brent | Real Wedding

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Nicole and Brent wed in the quaint port of call of Roche Harbor Resort on San Juan Island in Washington State, surrounded by their loved ones and the Salish Sea. 

Why did you chose the venue?

We love the water, the outdoors and the islands around Washington. We fell in love with Roche Harbor, and San Juan Island, the first time we visited. As we explored options, we knew we wanted an outdoor venue and a beautiful place that would showcase the Pacific Northwest not only for our local guests but for those traveling … and Roche Harbor was just perfect for that.

SEE THE SEASHORE WEDDING

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Menswear Icon Nick Wooster on Sneakers, Style and What Every Man Should Have in His Closet

Interviews Men’s Fashion Style

Mr. Nick Wooster has been called an Internet superhero and the “alpha male of American street style.” Some fans even call him Woost God. He’s got upward of half a million followers on Instagram, and photographers hound him at Fashion Week and Pitti Uomo. It’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about style.

Mr. Wooster can also boast (if he were so inclined) 30 years of experience as a fashion director and creative consultant at highbrow retailers around the world. So it’s safe to say he knows a thing or two about luxury.

Which is why his new collaboration with Brooklyn-based sneaker company GREATS is so exciting. From luxurious Italian craftsmanship to Instagram-worthy designs, these bold, playful shoes are made to be enjoyed. We caught up with him between promotional appearances for the Nick Wooster x GREATS collection to ask him a few questions about shoes, style and what every man needs in his closet.

LEARN FROM THE MASTER

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Inside M2Malletier’s Beautiful Brutalist Studio

Interviews Style

That fashion is a trade is often downplayed. Most designers of clothing and accessories choose to emphasize the artistry of their work, the conception, creation and display of their wares. That’s understandable and interesting, but so much of the industry involves measuring and cutting, skilled workers, factory floors, machinery and supply chains—not so sexy but absolutely essential.

Art and trade are on full display at the 1,000-square-foot studio of design darlings Marcela Velez and Melissa Losada of M2Malletier. The duo launched their well-received and coveted collection of clearly sexy handbags in Barcelona, where they made a home for themselves in a pre-World War I cement factory that was renovated by Spanish starchitect Ricardo Bofill. The building, called La Fábrica, resembles a brutalist Gothic castle—in other words, it’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

TAKE A TOUR

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How Influencer Gala Gonzalez Is Spending Her Summer (with Foreign Travel, Fashion, Food and Flats)

Interviews Style

On Spanish style influencer Gala Gonzalez’s summer agenda: travel to 18 destinations, eat authentic Mexican food (in Mexico), lots of skin moisturizer, and French electro-pop. Throughout this, the Amlul blogger will be packing Gala sandals, designed by Pedro García. Her namesake shoes are just the latest in an ongoing collaboration between Gonzalez and fellow Spaniards Mila and Pedro García. “I have a deep personal relationship with them,” Gala says. “Also, I’m truly happy to spread a Spanish brand worldwide!” It’s an obvious fit for the fashionable brunette beauty who favors comfortable flats and fun times. “I feel very identified with their ‘think party, wear daily’ philosophy,” she says.

FIND OUT WHERE SHE’S GOING

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Vicarious Vacation: Our Print Director’s Trip to Iceland

Travel

Try as you might, sometimes you can’t get away. Whether it’s because your PTO bank is low or your bank account is, a holiday isn’t always on the horizon. When beset by a deficit of vacation days, it’s fun to live vicariously through your well-traveled pals.

This week we’ve been poring over the stunning pics of Nordstrom’s print design director, Kim Chin, who just returned from Iceland. We can practically feel the chill coming from her cool shots of this Nordic land famed for its hospitality, its geologic landscape and for giving the world Bjork (takk!). Find out where to dine, stay and swim, plus what to pack.

SEE HER PICS AND TIPS

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Trish McEvoy’s 5 Steps to Total Skin Fitness

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The daily skincare routine. When you’re rushing from here to there, juggling life’s demands and falling into bed exhausted at night, it’s easy to shrug it off as a theoretically smart but non-essential luxury. After all, you did remember to brush your teeth. But we’re here to caution you from cutting too many corners. Someone in the skincare industry once quipped that you might have a handbag for 10 years, but you’ll always have your face. While we love handbags to no end, it’s a wise adage that underscores the worth of any skincare investment you can afford. Minutes a day now can add years to your skin’s health down the road.

So what’s it take? To get a professional opinion on how to really nail your daily skincare routine, we consulted with one of the industry’s top makeup artists and skin gurus, Trish McEvoy. Not only is Trish the founder of her own beauty line, she and her dermatologist husband, Ronald Sherman, opened The Dr. Ronald Sherman/Trish McEvoy Skin Care Center in New York together in 1978—and have pioneered a vast amount of medi-spa cosmeceutical science since then.

Trish talks about skin care in terms of ‘fitness’. Skin fitness, like that workout routine you may or may not have time for, simply translates into an effective daily regimen. But instead of cardio and weights, it’s a synergistic five-step routine anyone at any age can adopt for healthier, more radiant skin. Ahead, Trish talks us through the five essential steps of daily skin care, plus answers a few lingering questions we had on the topic.

LEARN THE 5 DAILY STEPS

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Nordstrom Cheers on the Athletes of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games

Culture

We love fanfare. We excel at cheering. We’re pretty great rooting and hooting and doing the wave. And as Friends of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games in Seattle this week, July 1–6, we’ll be doing all those things from the stands and the field.

Nordstrom is excited to join the 3,000 athletes competing in 14 team and individual events and their 50,000 fans this week at the Seattle Center and University of Washington. We’ll be there with the delegates from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., clapping in the stands, awarding medals, and assisting at the Young Athletes Festival and the bocce event.

JOIN THE FUN AND GAMES

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Milan & David | Real Weddings

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In a springtime ceremony Milan and David tied the knot, Texas style.

Milan, tell us about the location.

I knew I wanted to get married somewhere around my hometown of Dallas and David has always loved Fort Worth, so it was a perfect fit for us. We felt that Fort Worth truly encompassed the spirit of Texas, and we wanted all of our friends and family to be able to experience that.

Our Catholic faith was another thing we really connected on from the beginning. The moment we laid eyes on St. Patrick Cathedral downtown, we decided that this was the spot where we wanted to be married. Our reception was an even easier decision. Right in the heart of downtown Fort Worth is Reata restaurant. They offer delicious Southern cooking and they have this gorgeous two-level roof with a glass, domed dining room that is pure magic at night. We spent the evening dancing under the Texas stars with all of our closest family and friends.

CHEERS TO THEM: READ ON

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