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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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Here’s What Christian Louboutin Does In Mexico

“You only need to visit my house and see the stuff I’ve brought back over the years to know I really love the diversity of Mexican design,” says Christian Louboutin. “I love the embroideries, the colors, the pagan motifs of wild animals …”

Christian Louboutin with Mexicaba artists. All images courtesy of Christian Louboutin.

Isn’t that what we all do when we travel: Go shopping? Something tells us the Paris-based designer is extra good at it, though. “The heritage is so rich—from the indigenous side to the arrival of the Spanish to the mélange when those come together,” he says of the magic he’s found in recent trips.

But while so many of us can relate to browsing and buying our way through vacation, Mr. Louboutin took it to a whole new level when he engaged Fundación Haciendas del Mundo Maya, an organization that helps craftspeople in the Yucatán Peninsula and works to empower Mayan artists. Through them, Mr. Louboutin orchestrated a collaboration with needlework artists and weavers to create a super-exclusive, handmade tote—the Mexicaba—that benefits the artisans as well as the foundation.

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You’ve Got a Friend at Renew + Restore Yoga Retreat in Baja Sur

Tragically, you can’t always take your vacation when you need it most: when your SAD hits its max, when confronted by a cold front, after crushing a stressful work project. Schedules are like shackles.

But there are ways to recharge without taking off time. And sweating and stretching during a soothing yoga routine might be the best way to cheat the effect of a relaxing vacation.

Anna Douglas, Renew + Restore Yoga

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We spoke with Anna Douglas Levin, yoga instructor at Urban Yoga Spa and cofounder of Renew + Restore yoga and surf retreat, about what happens at her eco ashram in Baja Sur, Mexico.

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What to Pack for the Ultimate Golf Trip

Our friend Matt Walters—who happens to be married to Nordstrom Social Media Manager Carina Holtby—is going on the golf trip of a lifetime, headed to the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.

Tickets to the premier American golf tournament are extremely rare. But after years of entering the country club’s lottery, Walters was finally rewarded with tickets and is taking his dad, the man who taught him the game.

What do you pack on a trip like that?

SHOP: Nike jacket | Nike Air Max sneakers | Nike Air Berwuda sneakers | Filson bag | AG pants | Bonobos shorts | Herschel hat | Peter Millar shirt | Peter Millar jacket | Ray-Ban sunglasses

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Meeting Pablo Escobar’s Brother and Sleeping in Hammocks in Colombia | Travel Diary

Our series about wanderlust-worthy vacation hotspots, with local picks (and gorgeous pics) from our intrepid Nordstrom crew.

Travel Diary, Colombia

Who: Lauren Adey

Title: Regional Marketing & PR Specialist, Nordstrom Canada

Where: Colombia

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Figue Sandals: Footwear for the Bohemian Set

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.

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Portlandia’s Costume Designer Takes Us Around Her City

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.

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Scene Snaps: Paris, Part 3

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

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Scene Snaps: Paris Fashion Week, Part 2

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Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

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Fashion Week Street Style Style Travel

Scene Snaps: Paris Fashion Week, Part 1

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Photos by Kristin Yamada

Candid snaps of the street-style scene at Fashion Week fall ’17.

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