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Pesko (and His Cat) at Home: Talking GREATS and Wearing Nordstrom

Do you know Josh Peskowitz? He predates “influencer” as a term but that’s been his function for at least the last half of his 22 years in fashion magazines and the upper echelons of retail. At 38, he’s a deep industry insider and public fixture in the landscape along with guys like Nick Wooster, one of the most photographed people every fashion week.

It’s no wonder Peskowitz and Wooster are both brand ambassadors for GREATS shoes. The smart new sneaker company out of Brooklyn seems to be doing everything right.

Peskowitz was born in Brooklyn, just like GREATS, but now lives in California. On the occasion of Nordstrom launching GREATS online, we linked up for this story in Los Angeles in which he did some modeling, self-styled in clothes personally selected at Nordstrom The Grove in L.A., with GREATS shoes.

Between photos at his house, we chatted with Peskowitz about his time at FADER, Cargo, Esquire, the old Style.com (his video series “In the Closet” holds up), and generally his life in style going back to the ’90s. We also met his cat, Turkey, who was really sweet.

Check out his outfits and our conversation below.

SHOP: 3.1 Phillip Lim shirt | GREATS shoes

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‘Pitch Night’ at STORY with Olivia Kim, Jaden Smith, and Tory Johnson

We sell a ton of different brands here at Nordstrom—all of which we love and think you will too. To decide which brands to work with, our buyers go to fashion weeks, visit showrooms, analyze the market and meet with creators and their teams. Eventually they place orders.

Usually that’s how it goes. But recently our own Olivia Kim tried something else entirely: she received three-minute product pitches from independent brands, one after another, for three hours. She did this as a special guest for “Pitch Night,” a regular event at STORY in NYC—a retail space with aspects of a gallery and museum.

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Helmut Lang’s Shayne Oliver-Designed Collection at New York Fashion Week

In a one-season-only engagement, Shayne Oliver designed the spring/summer 2018 collection for Helmut Lang, the pioneering designer brand. The collection premiered at New York Fashion Week in a runway show billed as Helmut Lang Seen by Shayne Oliver.

The clothes combined Helmut Lang’s strapped-in aesthetic with Oliver’s downtown NYC style, made famous by his recently defunct brand Hood By Air. The show occurred in an emporium filled with heavy-duty scaffolding, lights, speakers and other purely functional décor—and a who’s who of popular music in attendance.

Read more about the show and see a full slideshow below.

SHOP: Helmut Lang

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Ames Bros x Pearl Jam for Pop-In@Nordstrom x Hanes: A Q&A on Designing Hundreds of Concert Posters and T-Shirts for Seattle’s Longest-Lasting Grunge Band

When it comes to a design aesthetic, it’s hard to imagine what Pearl Jam, Skype and a Seattle-based pizza chain might have in common. But these seemingly disparate entities all share the same potent, just-under-the-radar resource: Ames Bros, a small graphic design firm manned by two pretty unpretentious guys—Coby Schultz and Barry Ament.

The artistic duo has accomplished something a lot of design houses struggle with—a seamless, cohesive style that melds two brains into one. Or at least makes it look that way. Coby and Barry met back in art school at Montana State in the early ’90s, and both moved to Seattle after graduation for career opportunities in illustration. But Ames Bros as it’s known now might never have existed had it not been for Pearl Jam wanting a series of cool screen-printed show posters. Barry’s brother, Jeff Ament (yes, the same one who plays bass in Pearl Jam), hatched the poster project in 1995 and soon Coby joined Barry to kick out a constant stream of one-of-a-kind designs. And voilà, Ames Bros was born.

Nowadays, Coby and Barry cater to a wide range of clientele—from Skype and Pagliacci Pizza to Metallica and the NFL. They even do pro bono work for Food Lifeline and SMooCH (Seattle Musicians for Children’s Hospital). But their 22-year-long relationship with Pearl Jam is still going strong—as an extensive, ever-growing archive of posters and T-shirts can attest. (For a limited time, you can get your hands on four previously out-of-print designs at our Pop-In@Nordstrom x Hanes T-shirt shop.)

We recently caught up with Coby in his Seattle studio to find out more about Ames Bros and their long-haul collaboration with Pearl Jam.

READ OUR Q&A WITH AMES BROS

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Get Creative with SPACE LAB Designer Hyein Seo’s Fall Playlist

There’s no better time to harness your creative energy and focus on your goals than fall. Summer fun should have depleted your physical energies, helping you find your chill. And once the weather also chills out, staying inside becomes increasingly appealing. No more excuses; it’s time to get it done.

If you need more encouragement, tune into designer Hyein Seo’s soundtrack. Listening to this playlist nonstop helped her put together her truly inspired fall collection—available now in our SPACE LAB, Olivia Kim’s incubator for on-the-edge fashion talent.

“There’s a list of tracks I listened to as I put up this collection,” Hyein told us. “All of these used to be our season’s theme song, but I listened to them too much, so not anymore.”

Hyein’s meditative and motivating tracks had us so focused throughout the workday, we barely blinked while writing this post.

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Big Facts with Luka Sabbat

Luka Sabbat has taken the fashion world by storm these past few years as a model, stylist, tastemaker and all-around creative person. So it wasn’t enough for us to simply shoot photos for our men’s trend campaign. We had to sit down with the man and have a proper conversation.

Read our interview to find out his views on the title “influencer” (often used to describe him), what he’s listening to, his emerging brand/not-brand Hot Mess and where he sees himself at 40 years old—which still seems light years away when you’re 19.

SHOP: Men’s Trend

MEET LUKA

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Summer Into Fall: Style Talk with Chyno Miranda

During New York Fashion Week: Men’s, we teamed up with the CFDA for portraits and quick interviews with notable men of style. Here’s Chyno Miranda, the Venezuelan singer riding high on his solo hit “Quédate Conmigo.”

SHOP: men’s designer | men’s trend

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Denee Benton attends the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions) Culture Film & Television Music

On the Red Carpet at the 2017 Tony Awards with Nordstrom

Radio City Music Hall reverberated with the talent, energy and humor of Broadway last night, during the 71st Annual Tony Awards®. Not only did the stars turn up to fete their peers, but they showed up to showcase their love for the stage and dramatic arts as a national treasure.

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on June 11, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend attend the 2017 Tony Awards; photo by Jenny Anderson/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Host Kevin Spacey began the evening with a homage to the show nominees that included cameo appearances by Stephen Colbert and Whoopi Goldberg. The House of Cards star, himself a Tony-award winner (for Best Featured Actor in a Play in 1991’s Lost in Yonkers), assumed several personas throughout the night, including President Bill Clinton and television host Johnny Carson.

If there was one big winner this year, it was the musical Dear Evan Hansen, which claimed six of the evening’s awards, including those for best book, best featured actress, best actor and best musical. Its young star Ben Platt, just 23 years old, gave the night’s most moving speech in which he said, “To all young people watching at home, don’t waste any time trying to be like anybody else because the things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful.” That message of individuality applied equally to the spirited fashion adopted by those in attendance.

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Listening to A$AP Rocky and Frank Ocean While Shopping for Raf Simons, A.P.C. and Gucci

Rappers joining forces with fashion brands: a tale as old as time? Well, it’s definitely a going concern. The fusion between the two is in full effect at the moment.

Perhaps you’ve heard: A$AP Rocky’s new song “RAF” repeatedly references Raf Simons, the legendary Belgian designer. Simons is named in each verse by Rocky and his guest stars Quavo, Lil Uzi Vert and Frank Ocean. You can listen to the song on episode 006 of blonded RADIO, Ocean’s show on Apple Music / beats 1—or enjoy one of the YouTube rips available at the moment. Check out our adidas by Raf Simons collection below.

“Frank“Frank“Frank“Frank“Frank

SHOP: adidas by Raf Simons Bunny Slide | Ozweego Bunny | Stan Smith | Spirit Ankle Strap | Strapped Stan Smith | Spirit High Top

And since we’re on the topic of Frank Ocean …

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And the 2017 Tony Nominees Are …

Once again Nordstrom is a proud sponsor of the year’s celebration of the theatre. And we can’t wait to mingle on the red carpet with the biggest names on Broadway.

Jalene Goodwin and Daveed Diggs at the 2016 Tony Awards

With no Hamilton nods to dominate the nominations (last year the musical had 16!), this year we’re seeing a roster of returning talent and some fresh, new names. From the Divine Miss M in a revival of Hello, Dolly! to David Malloy’s groundbreaking adaptation of Tolstoy, the musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, we’re ready to raise the curtain on this year’s awards season.

To prepare you, here’s who got recognized for another exceptional year of theatre, both on stage and behind the scenes.

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