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Pursuing Perfect City Clothes with Arc’teryx Veilance

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Veilance production images courtesy of Arc’teryx

You probably have heard of Arc’teryx, the Canadian outdoor company whose technically advanced gear stands up to extreme conditions. But do you know about Arc’teryx Veilance?

Veilance is the luxury fashion wing of Arc’teryx, which blends outdoor technology and ergonomics into versatile clothes for the city-dwelling person. Everything is tied back to a stark and vaguely mysterious aesthetic. Basically what we have here is apparel equally suited for biking to work, conducting meetings and looking cool on the street.

To learn more about Veilance, we caught up with designer Lars McKinnon and Arc’teryx lifestyle design director Takanori Kasuga. Topics discussed: professional histories, the nature of Gore-Tex and the unrelenting design mission of Veilance.

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SHOP: Mionn IS jacket | Graph cardigan | Seque tote | all Arc’teryx Veilance

CLICK HERE FOR THE Q&A

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Vancouver Party Music, Feeling Sad and Sending Emails with Richard MacFarlane of 1080p Collection | Listen Up!

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Vancouver is still ruling our lives as we anticipate our new store opening September 18 in that gorgeous Canadian city.

To get properly psyched up, we’ve been bumping beats from 1080p Collection nonstop, 1080p being the label run in Vancouver by one of our heroes Richard MacFarlane–who maintains a frequency of albums and quality of music which makes other labels look lazy in comparison.

We asked MacFarlane which 1080p music would be best for three situations: a party, feeling sad and listening while at work.

For partying, MacFarlane suggested Vancouver’s own Project Pablo–whose hazy house music soundtracks some excellent Tech Decking in the video below for “Movin’ Out”:

Read on for MacFarlane’s commentary. Now please excuse us while we turn up the volume and think Vancouver thoughts about skateboarding, wildlife and islands.

–Andrew Matson

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The Sounds of Vancouver, B.C., with Richard MacFarlane of 1080p Collection | Listen Up!

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Since we’re opening our third Canadian store on September 18th in Vancouver, B.C., we’ve been renewing our love affair with the city, cruising around with 1080p Collection music bumping in our headphones.

That would be the internationally respected dance music label run out of Vancouver by Richard MacFarlane, who releases cassette tapes and floods the Internet with chill vibes. (Sorry we just said “chill vibes” but it had to be done.)

We spoke to MacFarlane about the natural beauty and the music scene in his adopted hometown–he left New Zealand because he felt the country wasn’t cool enough, musically–and which 1080p releases convey the most Vancouverishness.

Check the interview and see images from 1080p headquarters below.

–Andrew Matson

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Tevas, Tinnitus and Timing with No Joy | Listen Up!

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L-R: Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz

Images by Kyle Johnson

Listening to Montreal rock band No Joy gives us visions of a professional snowboarder on a sunny day, flying off a jump, doing something complex and elegant midair.

Not something we necessarily understand. But we’re into it.

We do know that No Joy leaders Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz derive their looped and soaring music from guitars and effects pedals. The rest of new album More Faithful is a mystery to us. We’re cool with that–and highly recommend it as a soundtrack to summer road-tripping, camping, head-banging and zoning out.

We spoke to guitarist Laura Lloyd after a recent concert in Seattle about Tevas, tinnitus, complicated time signatures and chia seeds.

Shop: black Tevas | all Teva

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Listen Up! Q&A with Majid Jordan Creative Director Jamie Webster

Photos by Regina Garcia

You’ve probably heard the modern, headphone-y pop music of Toronto duo Majid Jordan without knowing it through Drake: they wrote and were featured on Drake’s hit “Hold On, We’re Going Home,” and on “Legend,” he shouts them out, saying their album will drop this year on his label OVO.

While you’re waiting for that, peep their earlier work Afterhours and A Place Like This

Jamie Webster handles the entire visual presence of the group (Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman) as creative director, in between his creative director and partner roles at the Common Good production company and design studio and co-owning the bar Dog & Bear. He took us site by site through the insiders’ tour of Toronto that is the music video for “Forever,” which he directed.

“The idea was to provide their audience with a glimpse of Toronto through Majid Jordan’s eyes. Not the CN Tower or cheesy buskers at Yonge-Dundas Square. It’s not a Toronto tourist video. It’s spaces that are cool or have a significance to us. We see the way the city is depicted and it’s often way off the mark.”

Get to know Majid Jordan’s Toronto below.

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Tommy Ton Talks Dream Locations and Ottawa Style

We do love a good Tommy Ton collaboration around here. And really, who wouldn’t? The Ottawa native all but invented the genre of street style photography with his original (now defunct) fashion blog, Jak & Jil, so of course he was our first choice to photograph the flavor of our new stylish neighbors. That’s right: the brand new Nordstrom Ottawa is coming soon.

Check out our Ton-lensed style profiles, and get inside this iconic documentarian’s style history here.

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Listen Up! Alvvays

We’ve been on a bit of a Canadian kick recently. Last week, we scored an interview with the talented and supremely interesting Calgarian singer-songwriter Chad VanGaalen. This week, while mining the interwebs for cool new music to share, we stumbled across Alvvays.

The Torontonian (for real!) five-piece has been getting plenty of attention since the video for its single “Adult Diversion” appeared last fall, and things have really been heating up lately thanks to the recent release of the band’s self-titled debut.

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Calgary Stampede Style Roundup

With the opening of our first Canadian Nordstrom store just a couple of months away, we’re gearing up and getting excited about our new northern location by learning about Calgary and the things that makes it so cool—like The Calgary Stampede.

This annual, internationally known event is over 100 years old and features 10 days of happenings: from concerts and parades to chuckwagon racing (!) and one of the biggest rodeos in the world.

It’s also the perfect backdrop for some awesome pics from our seriously stylish Calgarian photographer friends, Ania and Tyler.

We adore Ania’s combo of a sheer blouse with denim cutoffs for a look that’s casual and sexy.

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Street Style: Calgary

Did you know that Nordstrom is heading to Canada? That’s right—our first-ever Canadian store will open its doors this September in the beautiful city of Calgary.

As we prep for the auspicious day, we’ve been spending a lot of time up north, meeting cool Calgarians like ultra-stylish photographers (and real-life couple) Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman.

We tapped the talented duo to share some street style with us and give you an idea of the local sartorial flavor.

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