Interviews

Interviews

This Girl Can: Model Candice Huffine on Learning to Run and Changing Her Life

Candice Huffine is not only a successful model and self-confessed champion of fashion for all but an advocate for believing you can do anything you put your mind to. For her, that challenge was learning to run. In the last year, Candice has gone from rookie to running marathons in what she calls a “life-changing experience.”

What inspired you to start running?

A dare! At the end of 2015, my husband and I were on vacation setting goals for the upcoming year. I thought of career, as I always do, and laughed hysterically when he suggested I add “run a half marathon” to my list of future plans. Growing up, I was active but avoided purely running as much as possible. In my mind, it was something you did for punishment in gym class, or reserved for a group of people who were born small and fast. I longed to add a sport into my lifestyle, but naturally always kept running at arm’s length. I worried I would do it wrong, be too slow or literally just be physically incapable. I let that doubt take hold for many years before that one fateful day when my husband said, “I dare you.” I like to say that he must’ve gotten me on a good day because that was the day I chose to stop telling myself “I can’t” and changed it to “I will.”

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Interviews Style

Treasure & Bond x Something Navy: Our Chat with Blogger Arielle Noa Charnas

For fall 2017, our in-house label Treasure & Bond joined forces with Something Navy fashion blogger Arielle Noa Charnas for an exclusive new collection. It’s an ideal pairing for many reasons, one of which is that Treasure & Bond donates 2.5% of sales to organizations that empower youth —a cause that appeals to Arielle more than ever since the birth of her daughter, Ruby.

We chatted with Arielle at her sunny new home, close to a park where she likes to take Ruby after trips to Shake Shack. These play dates come at the end of Arielle’s days spent styling outfits, taking photographs and, now, designing clothes.

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Eileen Fisher Designer Carmen Gama Believes Making Clothes Is a Lifelong Commitment

Where others see waste, Eileen Fisher sees possibility. The woman and her label are champions for sustainability, striving for a company that is “circular by design” (everything that is produced by the company is later recycled into new designs) in an effort to reduce the industry’s impact on our environment.

As part of her goal to be 100% sustainable by 2020, Fisher needed a groundbreaking solution for thousands of garments collected as part of the company’s recycling initiative. Designer Carmen Gama joined Fisher as one of three students selected for the CFDA’s Social Innovators Project. Gama and her Parsons classmates spent a yearlong residency with the fashion house, creating a new production concept that honors Eileen Fisher’s pledge to Mother Earth.

The Renew Collection answers the brand’s call for sustainable fashion by repurposing once-loved garments as one-of-a-kind pieces. We caught up with Gama, who is leading the design charge for the collection, to discuss her passion for responsible fashion.

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Behind the Brand: Emily Smith of Lafayette 148 New York on Defining a Signature Style

The Lafayette 148 New York woman is a BOSS. Her unyielding style relies on an expertly crafted and efficient uniform of silk blouses, tailored trousers and A-line dresses that effortlessly transition from the desk to dinner. Confidence is her signature style (so long as it comes in leathers, fine cottons and cashmeres).

Emily Smith, woman-in-charge and creative director of the label, finds her muse in this contemporary working woman. In the video below, Smith reminds us that the secret to being in charge is an unwavering authenticity and integrity.

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Fashion Week Interviews

What Olivia Kim Did at New York Fashion Week, Plus Her Favorite NYC Places

In the frenzy that is Fashion Week, it’s always a sweet relief to bump into a friendly face—if you’re lucky, even a friend. So, when we ran into Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects and curator of our Pop-In shop and SPACE, Olivia Kim, we couldn’t wait to catch up on what she’d been seeing and doing with her time in the Big Apple. She obliged. We chatted about our favorite shows. And, bonus: she gave us some tips on where to eat, hang out and shop around the city.

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Interviews Style

Francesco Russo’s Shoes That Seduce

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Seduction is powerful. It involves knowing what you want, pursuing it unabashedly and practicing arts (flirtation, innuendo, body language, texting?) with the single-minded focus of obtaining that goal. For shoe designer Francesco Russo, designing follows a similar course. He crafts his sultry shoes for “the ones who seduce rather than being seduced.” (Russo references Carine Roitfeld and Lotta Volkova as contemporary muses.)

One look at Russo’s strongly sensual creations makes clear that the man knows how to beguile. We caught up with Russo to chat about his process from sketch to style, the power of heels and women. And if you’re in Chicago on September 23, you can meet the Italian master of customized leather patina pumps, works of art worthy of Venus herself, at Nordstrom Michigan Avenue.

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Karlie Kloss and Christy Turlington Burns Are Extraordinary Women—but We Already Knew That

What good are expensive pumps with a broken heel? We like our style with substance. The same goes for our fashion icons: women who are merely pretty without purpose can’t reach the status of role model, even if they are supermodels. That’s why uber-models Karlie Kloss and Christy Turlington Burns are in a class of their own. Each lady founded an organization dedicated to bettering the lives of women. Christy is the founder of Every Mother Counts, an international nonprofit that helps provide skilled health care for moms-to-be and their infants. As the founder of Kode with Klossy, Karlie offers coding summer camps and scholarships for young women, with the hope of lessening the tech gender gap.

There really couldn’t be two better spokeswomen for Cole Haan’s “Extraordinary Women, Extraordinary Stories” fall campaign, an exploration of the impact of our relationships and actions in the world.

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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.

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Interviews Style

To Get Party Ready Just Add a Cocktail to Your Cinq à Sept Dress

Tucked into the Gramercy Park Hotel lobby, amid Richard Prince, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Damien Hirst artworks, furniture designed by artist Julian Schnabel and luscious silk velvet derived from an oenologist’s palette, is the Rose Bar. On a recent evening this summer, the bar’s sensual atmosphere was further amplified by a fashion show and cocktail hour hosted by the label Cinq à Sept. As models meandered among champagne-sipping partiers, Cinq à Sept founder Jane Siskin spoke about her fall collection and dispensed some truly great style advice.

HER ADVICE AND PARTY PICS

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Interviews Men's Fashion Style Video

Behind the Brand: Nico Peyrache of FRAME on Having One Foot in the ’70s

Nico Peyrache is the creative director of FRAME, a très cool denim brand that has spun out to design some stunningly chic shirts, blouses, dresses and sweaters. Basically, if you need to look put together in a moment’s notice, FRAME’s unfussy pieces will get you there. Which was kind of the point behind the label, Peyrache explains, during this brief video interview with the charming Frenchman.

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