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Allure Mag Talks Korean Fashion with Olivia Kim | Required Reading

Olivia Kim makes Seoul’s pop-culture-obsessed fashion scene sound dangerously exciting. Talking recently about trends and It items with a writer at Allure.com, she puts herself in the platform shoes of the city’s youth culture and imagines them going, “We’re going to embrace it. We’re going to love it. We’re going to kill it. And then we’re going to move on to the next thing.”

(Insert that wide-eyed, surprise-face emoji here.)

The imaginative style vibe of South Korea’s capital is totally trending right now, and in Allure‘s new must-read memo on the ten hottest brands, our New Jersey-raised, Korean-American creative projects VP dishes on the pop stars and designers who drive the obsession, trends and demand through the streets and then out into the world.

Snapshot of Allure.com article on Korean fashion

Allure.com’s Korean fashion news flash


It’s a cool read and a great way to get caught up with what might become the world’s next fashion city—Seoul Fashion Week anyone?—and it’s also the perfect primer for our brand new Pop-In@Nordstrom: KFASHION, which runs March 31 through May 7.

So, who are the designers behind these It items?


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Nordstrom Welcomes Hermès, an Olivia Kim-Curated Shop-in-Shop Only at Our Seattle Flagship

“Surrounded by Hermès silk spaghetti strands and pinching myself [that] this dream project came to life,” wrote Olivia Kim via Instagram early on Tuesday morning. The image she was captioning showed her standing in the newest must-snap selfie spot—smack dab in the middle of one of the brand new, ultra-modern and very cool design elements in Nordstrom Welcomes Hermès, a temporary shop-in-shop experience that she curated only for our Downtown Seattle flagship.


Image via Olivia Kim on Instagram

And really, we do mean “only.” Olivia’s Hermès edit is just in Seattle and not available online, and our collaboration marks the first time the nearly two hundred-year-old brand has co-created a dedicated home for exploring the colorful and expertly crafted extras that make it such a covetable name.

As you might imagine, that one-of-its-kind emphasis on men’s and women’s scarves, ties, and jewelry means there’s a beautiful and immersive selection of it all; there’s also an entire year to take it all in.



Our Girl Olivia Kim Named in AdAge’s 40 Under 40

Sure, age really ain’t nothing but a number—still, when you’ve managed to amass an international friends-and-collaborators list that reads like a who’s who of the fashion industry before you hit the big 4-0, well, that’s something to celebrate.

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our latest Pop-In sho

It’s a view also held by AdAge, the industry eyeballs of all things marketing-, advertising-, digital- and media-related. The folks behind the esteemed magazine and website compile a yearly 40 Under 40 list, and we’re psyched to say that our SPACE curator and Pop-In mastermind is on it for 2016.



Vogue.com on SPACE, Nordstrom and Olivia Kim’s Just-Launched Department

It’s not that we haven’t been waiting with bated breath to tell you about SPACE, Nordstrom’s brand-new, just-launched department for emerging and advanced designers curated by Olivia Kim. Oh, our breath has been all kinds of bated.

But as folks like the New York Times and Vogue.com seem keen to tell the story of The Biggest Thing to Happen at Nordstrom in Quite Some Time themselves, we’re more than happy to let them.

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Simone Rocha, Vetements, Julien David,  And Re Walker and more at SPACE

SPACE, a permanent, evolving, women’s shop-in-shop on the very precipice of forward-thinking fashion minds from Beirut to Japan, London to New York, is live now at Nordstrom.com/SPACE and in Seattle, Chicago and San Francisco. (Vancouver: holla! You’ll have one too, just as soon as the flagship opens!)

SPACE at Nordstrom, a Q and A–style interview with our Pop-In auteur, emerging designer mastermind and all-around style guru is live on Vogue.com right now.

Here are some of our favorite sound bites:

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Our New Emerging/Advanced Designer Space—Called SPACE—Featured in New York Times

oliviakimnytimes1We’re in the NYTimes today with an article about SPACE, our new boutique-like store-within-a-store focused on emerging and advanced designers. SPACE launches August 20 and is the newest project from our Director of Creative Projects Olivia Kim.

A key section of the piece:

“Olivia Kim isn’t business as usual for Nordstrom, the century-old Seattle-based department store with more than 100 locations across the country. This month, she will unveil her largest project yet: SPACE, a permanent shop-in-shop of her own creation dedicated to emerging or
otherwise unrepresented designers in a handful of Nordstrom stores.

‘I didn’t want designers to feel that we were this really big company. I wanted them to understand that we could do really small things.’”

Read more at nytimes.com and preview SPACE at nordstrom.com/SPACE.


Maybe the Cutest Thing You’ll See All Week

    The Thick, the digi-digest spin-off of the super-agency the Wall Group, featured our own Olivia Kim today, with an ultra-adorable analog interview (excerpted below, Sharpie and all)
which you sort of have to go read. Now.

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Blog Watch: Business of Fashion Talks to Olivia Kim



Shoppers and style-watchers of a certain stripe—analytical, business-minded—count The Business of Fashion among their daily go-to’s. The site’s name says it all, and editor/founder Imran Amed delivers on the daily. Yesterday, BoF’s Kate Abnett interviewed our own Olivia Kim for the Careers/Role Call section of the online publication; may we recommend perusing the whole slew of mover-and-shaker Q & A’s?

And, for that matter, Olivia’s blog, and the Pop-In@Nordstrom shop, for which she has become so darn beloved.



Olivia Kim in Topshop ‘Generation Girl’ Zine

Olivia Kim—Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects and curator of our monthly Pop-In Shops—recently joined the likes of Cara Delevingne, Tavi Gevinson, FKA twigs and many other influential women in the pages of Topshop’s seasonal zine, ‘Generation Girl.’

“The more textured you are in terms of your interests,” Olivia says in her Topshop Q&A, alluding to her passions that range from art to interiors to animals, “makes you a more rounded and complex person.” Olivia also notes her own most inspirational female icons: Maria Callas, Ray Eames and Miuccia Prada. Her number-one style tip? “Get [a dress] with beads, sequins, lace or feathers, something gorgeous and sexy, and then just throw on a pair of sneakers and call it a day.”

On the topic of Topshop, Olivia says, “For me, it is London…. It’s so quintessentially British—like the Union Jack, double-decker buses and red phone booths.” Style-wise? “It makes you feel like you can try a million different looks, [from] preppy to bohemian.”

To that end, we asked Olivia to tag a few dozen favorites from our current Topshop and Topman inventory. See a small sample of those below, and read the full interview over at Topshop.com.

Topshop: Parka | Hiker Boot | Polka-Dot Skirt (Petite) | Scrunchie | Sweater

Topman: Skinny-Fit Suit Jacket | Pizza Socks | Zip Hoodie | Suspenders | Bomber Jacket

Shop All: Olivia Kim’s Topshop + Topman Top Picks

—Justin Abbott
Intro pic courtesy of Topshop.


Olivia Kim in Elle Magazine’s September Issue

Vogue, W—and now Elle? We’d like to congratulate our own Olivia Kim, Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects and curator of our rotating, themed Pop-In Shops, with a metaphysical high-five for being featured in this month’s issue of Elle, on newsstands now.

In the two-page profile, Elle calls our colleague “the tattooed poster child for cool” and praises her point of view as “a woman in a position to change the way millions of Americans shop.” For her part, Olivia offers tips on office attire (such as mixing tulle skirts with menswear-inpired button-downs), shows off her shoe collection (which ranges from Prada and Miu Miu to Crocs, Docs and Jordans) and previews our next Pop-In@Nordstrom—a collection of sustainable and socially responsible pieces that launches in mid-September.

Read the full story at Elle.com, and pick up a hard copy for your coffee table (just look for K.Stew on the cover):

For more Olivia Kim, visit our current curated shop—Pop-In@Nordstrom x rag & bone—and get better acquainted here: Meet Olivia Kim.

—Justin Abbott
Photos of Olivia by Kyle Johnson, courtesy of Elle.


Olivia Kim Featured in Footwear News

Olivia Kim—Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects, Pop-In Shop curator and resident Teva enthusiast—was recently featured in Women’s Wear Daily’s source for all things shoes: Footwear News. Keep reading to see the full article, in which Olivia discusses marine biology, art, astronomy books—and the secret to making those Tevas look chic.

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