Justin Abbott

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Stylist Picks Straight Out of Hong Kong

Pop-In@Nordstrom Welcomes I.T: We collaborated with Hong Kong fashion collective I.T to bring women’s brands izzue, :CHOCOOLATE and Mini Cream to the U.S. for the first time.

Our latest Olivia Kim-curated Pop-In Shop is packed to the rafters with borrowed-from-the-boys varsity jackets, black-on-black biker vibes—and animated friends from another galaxy (yes, really!).

To help us weigh our options, we asked stylist Ashley Helvey (a talented artist, tea connoisseur and all-around gem of a human being) to talk us through her favorites, after having surveyed every look up-close and personal on set. Keep reading to see her six favorite ensembles from I.T Hong Kong.

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ECOALF: The Cutting Edge of Upcycling

There’s recycling (turning old paper into new paper, for example), and then there’s upcycling—taking one person’s garbage and transforming it into a new, improved and entirely different product.

Leading the way on the latter is Madrid-based ECOALF—a key part of Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR. Founded by Javier Goyeneche as a way to improve the world for future generations (‘ALF’ is short for ‘Alfredo,’ his son), the brand has developed groundbreaking ways to turn humankind’s garbage into clothing, shoes and accessories that not only look amazing, but feel extremely high-end to the touch.

Keep reading for a closer look at the exclusive prints we developed in collaboration with ECOALF, videos about their innovative upycling methods, and a Q&A with the brand’s founder.

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Public Supply Takes Philanthropy Back to School

The four friends behind Public Supply have a passion for design, an ardent belief in keeping art and music in schools—and a simple method for taking the guesswork out of giving back:

1) Buy one of their USA-made notebooks (25% of profits benefit public schools).
2) Check the batch number on the back.
3) Go to their website and match your number to the specific classroom on the receiving end of your good deed.

Once there, you’ll find a precise breakdown of the supplies you helped fund (ranging from printer ink to sheet music to robotics kits). But the best part has to be the heartfelt words of gratitude typed up by each dedicated teacher, explaining the cognitive value of their new teaching tools and just how ecstatic his or her students will be.

Keep reading to see eight of our favorite thank-you notes—plus a Q&A with Public Supply cofounder Russell Daiber.

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Breaking Bread with Pioneer Square Pantry

On the other side of the globe as well as in your own kitchen, our friends at Pioneer Square Pantry—part of Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—are improving the world through food.

When you invite their quaint and functional coasters, aprons and placemats into your home, you’re not only supporting a small business that builds connections across oceans and industries (the items we’re carrying are an exclusive collaboration with a design studio in Japan)—you’re also creating a reminder for yourself to slow down and savor life’s quiet moments and simple pleasures.

Keep reading for a Q&A with Eva Soroken and Kylen McCarthy, the creative culinary duo behind the brand—plus mouthwatering, edible inspiration from Chef Kylen.

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Out of Africa: Brother Vellies Lookbook + Q&A

The Brother Vellies springbok boots pictured above—part of our TMRW TGTHR Pop-In Shop—represent not one, but multiple acts of good karma. They create solid jobs for the skilled artisans who handcraft them in South Africa. They offer additional income for farmers providing the hides. They put materials to good use that would otherwise go to waste. They provide a consumer like you with high-quality footwear that will last for years. And, perhaps most importantly, they share a cross-continental story about people’s lives and cultures, which might otherwise go untold.

Keep reading to see more photos that Brother Vellies founder Aurora James (along with her stylish friends and their adorable offspring) shot just for us—and to hear Aurora’s thoughts on growing up in Canada, listening to your mother and the evolving definition of what it means to help people in need.

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Conway Electric: Power to the People

With Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR, curator Olivia Kim and team discovered dozens of ways we can all help make the world a better place: Feed the hungry by buying a handbag. Plant flowers with the flick of the wrist. You can even support the fabric of American manufacturing by purchasing a handmade, high-quality power strip.

Regarding that last point, we navigated the boat-lined north edge of Seattle’s Lake Union to visit the modest production facility of Conway Electric—a brand led by a man who quit his day job in order to build a better extension cord. Keep reading for a Q&A with founder Kevin Faul about industrial design, leaps of faith and the power of American ingenuity.

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Exclusive Q&A with Lauren Bush Lauren of FEED

As part of our Olivia Kim-curated collection of goods that do good—Pop-In@Nordstrom: TMRW TGTHR—we’ve brought you stories about the inspiring artists of Creative Growth and the women who are empowered by Krochet Kids. Today, we have an exclusive interview with Lauren Bush Lauren, founder and CEO of socially conscious brand FEED.

A beacon in the fight against global hunger, FEED helps feed the world with every purchase of their colorful bracelets, utilitarian backpacks and new, crafted-in-Kenya leather handbags—to the tune of nearly 84 million meals provided globally so far.

Keep reading for a glimpse into Lauren’s world travels, her insights on how we can all help and information on the exact effect your FEED purchase will have.

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Krochet Kids: Portraits of Empowerment

Krochet Kids is much more than adorable hats (although they certainly do have those). It’s an innovative, socially responsible nonprofit that operates on the simple principle that a handout only goes so far.

It starts by offering impoverished women in Uganda and Peru a steady job; for many, this represents the first time they can confidently feed and care for their families. While earning a fair wage for skillfully crafting Krochet Kids hats and apparel, the women also take classes and meet with mentors, building knowledge that helps them to save wisely, invest and even start their own businesses.

KK sums it up in one powerful word: Empowerment. Keep reading to learn more, including the success stories of five inspiring women and how you can personally thank the exact woman who made your item.

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Pop-In Store Visit: TMRW TGTHR

As much fun as we have building our Pop-In Shops on the Internet each month, you haven’t had the full experience until you’ve “popped in” (see what we did there?) to a real-life Pop-In@Nordstrom—i.e., offline and hands-on, at one of eight Nordstrom stores.

It’s the only way to fully grasp how unique the treasures are that Olivia Kim (our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop curator) searches far and wide for. Keep reading for a look inside our latest shop—TMRW TGTHR, a collection of goods that do good—and to find the participating Nordstrom location nearest you.

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Goods That Do Good: Creative Growth Art Center

“We wanted to recognize all the different ways that being ‘socially responsible’ can be interpreted,” Pop-In@Nordstrom curator Olivia Kim said in reference to our latest limited-time shop: a collection of eco-friendly, upcycled, artisanal and community-focused goods titled TMRW TGTHR.

“If we can provide these organizations with a platform to tell their stories,” Kim continued, “I feel like we’re helping spread their purpose to a larger audience.”

One of the most inspiring stories we came across was that of Creative Growth, an art center in Oakland that serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities. Check out our visit to their campus in the video above, shop at selected stores for one-of-a-kind artworks by Creative Growth artists—and keep reading to learn about the four artists whose work we’re honored to showcase on a series of tote bags (free with any in-store Pop-In purchase).

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