In case you missed it, W Magazine caught up with Nordstrom fashion director Jeffrey Kalinsky and got the goods on his favorite spots in his hometown of Atlanta.
If you’re ever in that neck of the U.S., our recommendation is to follow his recommendations. Jeffrey’s expertise extends far beyond the garment.
Read: Jeffrey Kalinsky’s Atlanta
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In a convergence of favorites, one of our favorite style writers, Jian De Leon, wrote about one of our favorite trends, the rise of fashion sneakers, for one of our favorite publications, Business of Fashion. We suggest you read the piece.
In it, De Leon asserts that the Platonic ideal of the fashion sneaker is Common Projects (which we sell in-store only) and goes into detail about Amsterdam-based brand Filling Pieces.
More broadly, De Leon makes the case (correctly and astutely, we think) that fashion sneaker customers are not necessarily status seekers, but intelligent people who care about quality and design.
Read: Jian De Leon on Filling Pieces for Business of Fashion
Shop: Filling Pieces
We’re psyched to announce Acne Studios for men is now available at Nordstrom–Acne being the Swedish designer brand known for modern, conceptual minimalism.
Most items are purchasable now. Others are available for pre-order. A second wave of styles is coming this January.
Take a look at the clothes below and read commentary from our men’s designer buyer Dan Drewes, who explains a little more about the brand and what it was like at the Acne showroom in Paris.
Shop: Acne Studios
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville at the Vancouver Nordstrom
Occupying a supremely trustable space in the designer category, rag & bone makes clothes you don’t have to think hard about. They look and feel great, every time.
Recently, rag & bone honchos Marcus Wainwright and David Neville launched Standard Issue, a line they hope you’ll consider even less carefully.
It’s not that they don’t want to engage intellectually. It’s that they want to provide an automatic option for men who seek an unflashy wardrobe foundation–and who appreciate the kind of perfection that comes from British tailoring, where the label and logo aren’t important, but a certain cleanness radiates when you’re wearing the garments.
In our view: mission accomplished.
Read on for Wainwright and Neville’s explanation of Standard Issue–they’re inspired by Japan and the military–and to see images of their office spaces.
Shop: rag & bone Standard Issue | rag & bone Standard Issue denim | all rag & bone
This way for the Q&A
You think you can mess with Karl on any level?
Think again, cowboy.
Man, myth and fashion maestro Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of an article by Andrew O’Hagan which you must read.
Through the piece, we gain a greater appreciation for Lagerfeld’s intellect and specific flavor of inscrutability–a kind of sparkling aloofness which might be annoying if he didn’t hit nothing but homeruns as the designer of Chanel, Fendi and his own line, to name a few projects.
But homeruns he hits. And so he is legend. Have you ever worn a Lagerfeld watch or gifted anything Chanel or Fendi for a special occasion? Then you already know.
Read the piece
Shop: KARL LAGERFELD | Chanel | Fendi
This past June, Giorgio Armani opened Armani/Silos, his own museum in the center of Milan, to showcase his life and work. It’s been a big year for the house of Armani—but not as big as 1975 was.
Forty years ago the legendary brand began, and today it is one of the most successful fashion companies in the world. But this is an industry that tends to favor the future. There were celebrations around the anniversary and the Armani/Silos opening, and then it was time to get back to work.
Recently in Milan, the house presented their spring ’16 collection, and we were lucky enough to get some time with the iconic designer himself.
Here’s what Giorgio Armani had to say to our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy about consistency, passion, dedication and desire.
Click here for our Milan Fashion Week coverage
Shop: Armani Collezioni
Through this link: Armani Q&A and images from the past 40 years
Studio images courtesy Miansai; antique fair images and captions by Michael Saiger
Look at the flick of that wrist: Is that a Miansai?
Yes, indeed. The eye-catching Miami-based brand creates masculine, nautical-inspired jewelry. Its calling card is the bracelet. Trademark wrap and cuff models sail out of Miansai’s ocean-adjacent headquarters and end up on fashion runways and wrists of regular guys worldwide.
Versatility is the thing with these bracelets. They look good with t-shirts and with suits. Any occasion is fine. And just so you know, from our official scientific testing at parties, a Miansai bracelet will net at least one compliment per 15 minutes.
We spoke with founder and creative director Michael Saiger about the Miansai name–pronounced my-ahn-sigh–and his main source of inspiration: antique fairs.
Shop: Miansai | jewelry and cufflinks | all accessories
Hit this link for the full Q&A and field report
Good hoodie or best hoodie? That’s where our heads are at right now with this sleek, technologically enhanced number by Reigning Champ. We’re loving the soft terry body and wind-resistant stretch nylon arms. Functional and fashion forward. Perfect marriage.
The onset of cooler temperatures has us contemplating fall fleeces. We’re especially feeling Canadian designs, probably because we’re amped up about our new flagship store in Vancouver, B.C.
Reigning Champ is based in Vancouver and shares a factory with wings + horns, the Vancouver designer brand which is a worldwide leader in borderline dressed-up fleece.
Check two complete wings + horns looks below.
And hit these links to get your fleece on, Canadian or not. Our whole selection is fresh for fall.
Shop: Reigning Champ | wings + horns | all hoodies | all fleece | all sweaters + sweatshirts
Related: the history of the hoodie
Peep two head-to-toe wings + horns fits
It’s not a Public School runway show without a soundtrack by Twin Shadow, aka George Lewis Jr. He’s done them all going back to 2012, becoming an essential piece of the New York City brand along the way.
For the show that just occurred at New York Fashion Week—and which our Senior Writer Laura Cassidy attended and covered excellently—that music takes the form of an original 9-minute dance mix.
Most Twin Shadow music is pop rock. This is a bunch of drums and squeezes of chipmunk soul. It’s a change of pace and it’s great. ’Nuff said.
Shop: Public School
Images by David Brandon Geeting
Speaking on the phone with new-to-Nordstrom designer Patrik Ervell about his personal history and design inspirations, we guessed he might talk about coming of age in the 1990s. His take on Seinfeld-esque jeans sort of gives him away as a child of that era.
We didn’t expect the native Northern Californian to go on about Britpop, British underground culture (“they invented all the forms”) and Brutalist architecture. Nor to reveal that he once worked at Nordstrom. But that’s an actual fact.
The clothes you should be wearing this fall from Ervell display a blend of austerity and flyness, with careful attention paid to sensory details. There is a distant Joy Division thing happening, the printed logo on a few shirts looks just like Jodeci’s, and everything is made to feel a certain way on your skin that’s hard to convey through the Internet.
Shop: Patrik Ervell
Read more about Patrik Ervell, including which Brutalist building he admires and visits frequently in New York City’s Chinatown.