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Finding Inspiration in Italy with Lewit’s Shoe Designer

We’re (super!) excited to introduce you to Lewit, a beautiful collection of Italian-made shoes exclusive to Nordstrom. Crafted in a storied factory in Italy’s Le Marche region—an area famous for manufacturing the highest-quality luxury shoes in the world—Lewit shoes exhibit a balanced blend of old-world technique and modern design.

Recently we chatted with Kim House, design director for Lewit, about her work, the new collection and her visit to Italy to steward the making of the pretty pairs of shoes. Get her travel tips and peek inside the process of creating exceptional footwear—with the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea.

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Men’s Style Trends with Kelly Oubre, Jr.

If you followed @nordstrommen during New York Fashion Week: Men’s, you know pro basketball player Kelly Oubre, Jr., took over our Insta story for a day. Sitting front row at several shows, he seemed to have the time of his life.

As a company we approach NYFW:M from a business standpoint, looking at future collections and making selections for our stores. But if you’re a fashion enthusiast, Oubre made it clear that it’s also just fun to be there.

Check our brief Q&A below where Oubre basically breaks down how to dress like him. Which you might want to consider at least in part: he’s got great style.

SHOP: men’s designer | men’s trend

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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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There’s Nothing Like Home: Inside Ovadia & Sons’ SS 18 Collection

Ovadia & Sons designer and native New Yorker Ariel Ovadia told us the inspiration for his spring/summer 2018 collection was Polo clothes and hip-hop mixtapes from the mid to late 1990s—which where huge in New York City, and which he and his brother, Shimon, loved as teenagers. As if blessing this choice of references, one of the master rappers of that mixtape era, Fabolous, sat front row at the show.

The clothes were great: Key pieces included track pants and bucket hats, with flames, checkerboard patterns, and deep, vibrant color-blocking. Interior design was humorous and aimed directly at our buyers: shipping boxes, buying checklists and ballpoint pens (message: Place your order).

On the more artistic side of things, though, it was cool to see the clothes while hearing the rapper Prodigy, a legendary artist from that same era who recently passed away, through the speakers. The homage was real and felt.

SHOP: Ovadia & Sons

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Cruising with Willy Chavarria at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

Willy Chavarria went the Raf Simons route at NYFW:M, deciding to show his spring/summer 2018 collection not in the standard exhibition space, but off-site, out in the city. Chavarria is an exciting designer to watch, and placing his collection, titled “Cruising,” in a leather bar was an inspired choice.

He showed wide-leg pants and voluminous shirts that brought a California sensibility (where he’s from) to New York (where he lives). The careful styling of the environment worked with the clothes, from the lowriders parked out front, to the fragrant flower crosses inside, to the relaxing oldies playing on the speakers—music to cruise to, in a place for cruising.

Fashion Week provides an opportuity to get to know different designers and their points of view, and we’re glad we made it out to the Eagle to see what Chavarria had to offer.

SHOP: men’s designer

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How Our Anniversary-Exclusive Dress from Paige Got Made

Paige Adams-Geller, founder of the wildly popular brand that bears her name, sits in a light-flooded conference room that feels like a comfortable living space. Behind her, underneath a vignette of potted succulents and photography books filled with prints of Los Angeles, is a silky sundress the color of dusty figs, with cold-shoulder cutouts and drawstring ties at the waist. Lucky us, Adams-Geller and her design team created the dress exclusively for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

When asked why she wanted to design a one-of-a-kind dress for our one-of-a-kind sale, she smiles. “For me, it’s about giving something back to the Nordstrom customer who has been so loyal and so amazing to our brand. It’s a gift for her.”

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The Art of the Showroom: wings + horns and Reigning Champ SS 18

Many NYFW:M brands use runway shows and presentations for artistic displays, then have business meetings with our buyers in straightforward showrooms. This year the Canadian powerhouse of wings + horns (designer brand) and Reigning Champ (sport brand) put all its eggs in the showroom basket.

That turned out to be a wise move, because they curated an art exhibit that will stick in our buyers’ minds for a long time. With tall white walls, a blackened Hawaiian forest, and a 3-D Reigning Champ logo that morphed as you walked around it, being there felt like being on another planet—a nearly monochromatic, sporty, severe version of Earth.

The occasion? Reigning Champ’s 10-year anniversary. But also, the brands’ designer, Tung Vo, is a detail-obsessed creator of worlds. Given the chance to wild out—the CEO said it was OK—he went all the way in.

Check out the clothes below and get into the artwork. We interviewed artist Andrew Dadson about his piece, “Black Plants.”

SHOP: wings + hornsReigning Champ

ENTER A WORLD

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Todd Snyder On His SS 18 Collection, Dad Style, and Making a Difference Through Design at New York Fashion Week: Men’s

New York–based designer Todd Snyder, the solid anchor of this season’s roster of NYFW:M, did not disappoint with his headlining runway show on opening day.

Known for classic tailoring, military influences and collaborating with heritage brands like Champion, he threw a curveball with his spring/summer 2018 collection. The fashion somewhat recklessly balanced his familiar aesthetic with styles from Snyder’s own world travels and a dusting of American streetwear.

Backstage we talked about the collection, the role of design in society, his dad, and which fashion rules are breakable (all of them).

SHOP: Todd Snyder

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CEO of the CFDA Steven Kolb on New York Fashion Week: Men’s, the Difference Between Fashion and Art, and Getting Used to Athleisure

Fashion week, at the risk of explaining what you already know, is when our buyers fly to Paris, Milan, London and New York for the purpose of previewing collections and placing orders. After careful consideration during runway shows and in private showrooms, they make decisions about what you’ll see eight months later as our designer selection.  

With the European fashion weeks just finished, right now all eyes are on New York Fashion Week: Men’s—the new kid on the block as far as standalone men’s weeks, in its fifth season. We’re hyped to bring you on-the-ground coverage of shows, presentations and events. And to set it off, an interview with Steven Kolb.

Kolb is the CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, which maintains the schedule for NYFW:M. Few people think about fashion at such a high level, and he’s always great to connect with about the big picture.

SHOP: Men’s Designer

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Alexander Wang on His Exclusive Rose-Gold Capsule Collection & Favorite Lunch Spot

Being part of Alexander Wang‘s squad (#wangsquad) has been a longtime fantasy of ours. We imagine it would involve wearing really amazing clothes—in lots of black—to warehouse ragers, followed by drive-thru burgers and late-night routs of mini-marts with Vince Staples and Anna Ewers.

But we’ll settle for our brief chat with the wunderkind designer about his favorite lunch spot (it’s not fast or snack food) and picking up several pieces from his gorgeous Nordstrom-exclusive rose-gold capsule collection, which unveils today. Truth is, we probably don’t have the kind of energy it would take to stay so many steps ahead of the trends after pulling an all-nighter. But we can definitely pull off those studded sandals.

And it turns out Alexander is pretty chill too.

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