To Lee, with Love, Nick: A McQueen Tribute

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Earlier this year the fashion industry lost one of its greats, Alexander McQueen. As a tribute to the life and genius of this award-winning, industry-changing man, Nick Knight has created this stunning film. A respected and well-known photographer, Knight is also the director and founder of SHOWstudio—a fashion & art Internet broadcasting channel.

On his piece, which celebrates and pays homage to McQueen’s creations, Knight writes: “This film is my way of speaking about a very unique and important person who changed my life. My desire was to speak in some way about the dark and the light contained within Lee, and within us all.”

Beautiful. Lee Alexander McQueen, 1969-2010.

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Buy a Hat, Change a Life with Krochet Kids

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The brainchild of three young college men, the nonprofit Krochet Kids International has one mission: to empower people to rise above poverty.

They’re doing just that—empowering—by teaching women in Uganda to crochet hats, the profits of which go directly back to the hat’s maker to help her break the cycle of poverty and dependence on humanitarian aid. We’re happy to announce that these hats are now available both online and in store. It was our pleasure to speak with Stewart Ramsey, co-founder of Krochet Kids, about the program’s goals and how it all came to life.

What gave you the idea to start Krochet Kids?

In our naivety, my friends and I wanted to change the world! But in reality, Krochet Kids started because we listened to the need. In traveling and volunteering in different places around the world, we made friends with people who were often subjected to unjust and difficult circumstances—things like war, disease, famine and living on less than $2 a day. In an effort to help with the little resources we had as a group of young college boys, we turned to crocheting as an opportunity to employ people who wanted to work. With yarn and hook in hand, we traveled to Africa and taught a small group of women how to crochet hats.

What do you want customers to know about you?

First, I’d want customers to know that we are a nonprofit. We are fully transparent about how much of a hat purchase actually changes the life of the person who signed it. Our customers need to understand that by purchasing a hat, a woman is able to provide food, water, clothes and education for up to six dependents. Purchasing a hat literally pulls people out of poverty, those living on less than $2 a day. It also allows for the next generation to be educated, so they can pursue their own hopes and dream. Customers have an opportunity to get to know the person that made their product and interact with them on our website.

Why partner with Nordstrom?

Nordstrom has an amazing role in all of this. Together, the more hats we sell, the more lives we change. For instance, to get ready for our first Nordstrom order, Krochet Kids grew from 10 ladies to 100 in a matter of months. The total impact grew from 60 individuals being directly impacted to 600. That is just the direct impact; there is an indirect impact of another 22 individuals per beneficiary. Villages in Northern Uganda are experiencing the positive effects of global economics in ways they never have before. It’s an opportunity to educate customers about a new product and a new way of doing business that is beneficial to the world.

What’s next for Krochet Kids?

Krochet Kids will continue to grow in sub-Saharan Africa by employing more women and sourcing raw materials. In addition to growth in Africa, we have already taken trips to countries in South America and Asia where women and their families find themselves in destitute situations. Krochet Kids will expand its product offering from around the globe and change lives while we do it.

You can purchase Krochet Kids online or in store at The Rail and BP.

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How We’re Keeping Cozy At Home

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With temperatures dropping and rainy days coming, it’s the perfect time of year to climb into comfort. From movie nights and lazy days to a few stolen moments cuddling up, here’s how we’re keeping cozy at home. And it goes without saying—any of these make a perfect-for-anyone gift.

Loungewear
For her: Make & Model. Mix or match any of their tees ($22) and pants ($28). Both for $38.

For him: Daniel Buchler. Super soft, and each piece is only $39.

Throws
Snuggle up with your favorite hot drink under one of these Nordstrom-exclusive throws. Starting at $38.

Slippers
Keeping your toes toasty.
For her: Slippers, slipper socks and boots. Starting at $10.

For him: Styles to suit any man. From $29.95.

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Jonathan Adler

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“I believe that chic should be accessible, and the key to achieving accessibility is injecting your personality. My antidote to tired tastefulness is to lay the foundation of good decorating and then punctuate with a dash of levity. Just a dash!”

Last Friday, the charming and witty Jonathan Adler—home-décor and interior designer extraordinaire—stopped by our Seattle flagship store to meet his fans and introduce his two new books on achieving home décor with personality, Happy Chic Accessorizing and Happy Chic Colors.

We wanted to know more about his unique take on interior design and how to become a little more “Happy Chic” ourselves. Before meeting his many fans eagerly awaiting his appearance, Adler sat down with us to answer a few questions about his work and aesthetic.

What is “Happy Chic,” and can it transcend décor into a lifestyle, or way of dressing, etc.?
Absolutely. “Happy Chic” is about creating an environment that is unimpeachably chic and luxurious and gorgeous but has an element of levity. Its spirit can be translated in décor and in life. It’s basically just a reminder to be fab and be bold and be memorable in everything that you do.

Your Design Manifesto lists a number of your muses. What do they have in common that inspires you?
When I think about my muses, and I have many, sort of the holy trinity of muses for me is Bonnie Cashin, Alexander Girard and Bjørn Windblad—all of whom were designers who had really idiosyncratic spirits evident in all of their work. And they all made stuff that was of beautiful, impeccable quality and design. The thing they have in common is that their work expresses the joy of design.

And I’ve never said no to Ruben Toledo either. Love him. He’s a friend, and I’m a huge fan. He’s so brilliant.

Color and changing décor can be scary. What are two baby steps someone could take right now to incorporate a little “Happy Chic” into his or her home?

Baby steps for adding color are a throw pillow—because I think pillows are perfect punctuation—and a powder room. I think powder rooms are great, because they should be bold and a little surprising and a little trippy. So whether it be lacquering it red or doing a wild wallpaper, a powder room is a great place to start, and you won’t be able to stop. You’ll find that happy color and pattern has an infectious spirit.

It’s my belief that at the end of the day when you’re about to snuff it, you want to look back and remember the bright-orange breakfast nook rather than a beige-on-beige nothing.

What’s your favorite accessory in your home?
[Gasps.] My husband and my dog.

SHOP JONATHAN ADLER

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