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Pop-in@Nordstrom x Hanes Chats with Dean the Basset (via Assistant Carly Bright)


It’s a dog’s life. At least on Instagram, where social-media sensation Dean the Basset has racked up 200,000 followers at the tender age of three (hey, that’s 21 in dog years!). With a penchant for pizza and comfy tees, turns out this cool Canadian canine is just like the rest of us.

We interviewed him recently on his new role in fashion, his future ambitions and his close friendship with Olivia Kim, our VP of Creative Projects and curator of the Pop-In shops.

Catch Our Full Q&A with Dean

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ban.do: The Brand That Just Wants to Have Fun (Creative Mastermind Jen Gotch on Optimism, ban.do Tees for Pop-In and Prop Styling at Nordstrom)

Plausible upcoming scenario: You wake up on the wrong side of the bed on a dark, rainy day. You have no idea what to wear, but you know you and your outfit need an instant mood boost. Then you remember your new ban.do T-shirt you scored at Pop-In@Nordstrom x Hanes. It might be the one touting the rosy mantra ‘No Bad Days’, it might be a big, red heart—or it might be the ‘I Did My Best’ tee (because who among us doesn’t need to be reminded of this too-true self-affirmation?). Whatever your choice of ban.do T-shirt, one look in the mirror after you’ve slipped it on should cue spontaneous rays of sunshine accompanied by a heavenly choir. Or at least help put things into perspective.

And that’s the point of ban.do, the L.A. lifestyle brand whose official tagline insists ‘we are serious about fun.’ Founded by self-proclaimed eternal optimist Jen Gotch, ban.do wants to lock down the positive vibes, no matter what kind of day you’re dealing with.

That kind of branding is rooted in personal relevance for Jen, who sold the company a few years back so she could focus solely on its creative vision. As she puts it, “The interesting thing with building a brand when you don’t set out to build a brand is that things just happen because they’re what you gravitate towards.”



Pop-In@Nordstrom x Hanes T-Shirt Lookbook

We took a few of our favorite T-shirts to the laundromat for a spin. Check out some of the highlights from this special collection—including Nicopanda T-dresses, a Juicy Couture 3-pack and other unexpected cotton-blend delights. All sparkling clean and ready to be worn.


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The Weekend Guide: January 8-10

VH1 The BreaksSEE: The Breaks
VH1’s TV movie follows on the heels of Straight Outta Compton with a look at the state of hip-hop in the ’90s, before the genre was enjoying mainstream popularity. Set in New York and its boroughs, The Breaks is both nostalgic and historically salient, and features Mack Wilds, Cliff “Method Man” Smith and David Call, plus a score by DJ Premier.

WATCH: J.W. Anderson’s London Collection: Men show live via Grindr 
Last season Periscope was the go-to streaming app for watching runway shows like Burberry. In 2016 you can expect other inventive intersections between technology and fashion. For instance, 2015’s British-Fashion-Award-winner for men’s and women’s designs J.W. Anderson will be sending invitations to watch his men’s show this Sunday through the dating app Grindr. Hook it up.

READ: The Gun by Fuminori Nakamura
Acclaimed Japanese noir novelist Nakamura’s first book examines the psychological power of firearms and violence. Available in English this week, The Gun subtly depicts the tension between good and evil in the individual and our cultural obsession with the aesthetics of criminality.


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Hip-Hop, Grilled Cheese and Hair Braids at Nordstrom Night Out

We partied last night. So forgive us our photosensitivity.

The Physics perform at Hotel Max for Nordstrom Night Out

To celebrate the launch of our new Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony, records were spun, and mini hot dogs, sliders and ahi tacos were consumed. The third floor of our Seattle store became the happiest place in town, for hours on end, as shoppers explored the treasures contained within the vinyl-curtained Pop-In space created by the industrial designer Max Lamb.

Pop-In@Nordstrom X Opening Ceremony

In addition to kooky-cute clothing from Opening Ceremony’s 2016 resort collection, the new temporary store-within-a-store hosts jewelry by Venessa Arizaga, Master & Dynamic headphones, Alix bodysuits and Nicopanda terry jackets and pants. Your holiday shopping just met its match. Consider this gift-central for the next two months—that is, if you want to be an unparalleled elf.


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Denim on Denim with vale and Cartel | Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics

As you’ve probably heard, we’ve been rounding up our favorite versions of iconic life essentials for Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics, and really, what’s more timeless than denim?

Vale denim skirt and shirt. Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics.

vale denim shirt and skirt

We had the pleasure of trading missives with creative directors (and bonafide jeaniuses) over at vale and Cartel Handbags for more insight on this perennial favorite—and how these bosses are fraying the denim standard.

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Bow & Drape CEO Aubrie Pagano on Start-Up Life, Being a Boss & More | Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics

Got something to say? Bow & Drape’s customizable everything will gladly remove the cat from your tongue. They were such a hit the last time we hosted them, we just had to bring ’em back—and as a result, Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics was bestowed with a line of exclusively designed, city-specific sweaters for your local pride needs (because everyone needs to know that You Sushi Seattle).

Bow and Drape CEO Aubrie Pagano.

Image courtesy of Aubrie Pagano

We chatted up CEO Aubrie Pagano via email to find out how she went from the kid who developed her first clothing line in a sketchbook to the very tippity top of the style game.

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Arc’teryx Athlete Roger Strong on Being Vertical and Getting Caught in an Avalanche | Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics

What’s in a name? Sometimes, a lot—at least as far as we can tell when it comes to Arc’teryx-sponsored athlete Roger Strong. We caught up with the professional outdoorsman as he drove down to this year’s Pacific Crest Trail Days hoopla (before jetting off to France for a global Arc’teryx meeting—ah, the good life) to chat about his go-to pistes, favorite Arc’teryx gear and, yes, getting caught in an avalanche.


Image courtesy of Roger Strong and Joe Stock

In honor of the exclusive his-and-hers Beta LT Jackets that we’re carrying at Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics, our buds over at Arc’teryx put us in touch with Strong, an avid climber (and skier and fisherman and kiteboarder…) who’s been a sponsored athlete for 15 years and living the vertical life since his childhood in the wilderness goldmine of Denver.

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Land of Women Founder Mckenzie Raley on Lingerie with Perspective | Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics

“There’s a certain quietness that comes with fewer options,” Land of Women founder Mckenzie Raley told us. And she’s so very right. Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics is stoked to be carrying these minimalist, second-skin uniforms—easy yet complementary, comfortable yet sexy.

Land of Women founder Mackenzie Raley.

Boss lady Mckenzie Raley

There’s time to slip into something comfortable before checking out our full Q&A with the model-turned-designer after the jump.

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Take a Tour of Filson’s Factories | Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics

To commemorate our Pop-In@Nordstrom New Classics collab and Filson’s imminent new flagship unveiling, we got inside one of the coolest and oldest Northwest brands to tour the production spaces and hang out with their highly specialized Filson Restoration Department, or FRD.

Filson factory tour.

First, A Little History: The original flagship and full-scale production studio (known today as third base at Seattle’s Safeco Field) was once the premier stop for prospectors during the Alaska Gold Rush. And though it’s been a few minutes since 1897, that same indomitable spirit definitely lives on within the company’s factories and sustainable manufacturing practices.

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