Gifted Giver: Brad Ralph

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

We’ve made all kinds of cool Calgarian friends since opening Canada’s first Nordstrom in the summer of 2014. One such citizen is Brad Ralph. He cofounded iStockphoto.com, and continues to help photographers and videographers produce and sell fresh content with that company as well as with Getty Images. In his off time, Ralph rides bicycles, takes photos (check his IG for serious adventuring) and wrangles three Chihuahuas with his significant other, Allison. We’re guessing you can either relate to his aesthetically savvy, business-in-the-front/backroads-in-the-back kinda lifestyle—or that there’s someone in your life who can.

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Ferragamo is really a footwear dynasty and incredibly masterful when it comes to building a shoe. I always tell people to spend a little more than you would normally want to on a pair of shoes, because it will be worth it in the long run. The last is built to last a lifetime on these double monks, as long as you take care of them, and the rubber sole helps to keep them light and comfortable from the get-go.

“Wear these with jeans, or a suit, and unbuckle the top for a little extra savoir faire. This is the quintessential monk strap in a rich brown that goes with everything – especially those heavyweight fabrics you’re going to be wearing for fall.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director


Each month, the editors of GQ, in collaboration with Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio and the Men’s Shop, will select key items from the pages of GQ to feature right here on Nordstrom.com.

For the second edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 16 Fall essentials from the August issue. Check back every month for more.


Live and direct from Milan Fashion Week, our Men’s Fashion Director Tommy Fazio sent home some choice iPhone snaps from Day Two—including picture-perfect runway moments and well-dressed colleagues spotted on the streets.

See Tommy’s photo journal from Day One here, and his favorite highlights from Prada and Moncler Gamme Bleu here.

“Ferragamo does bold summer.” [Salvatore Ferragamo Spring 2013]

“Calvin brings back the denim jacket.” [Calvin Klein Collection Spring 2013]

“Suited at Calvin Klein.”

“Favorite wingtip sneaker by Tod’s.”

“Belstaff does modern military better than anyone.”

The man sandal makes a comeback for Spring 2013. Here at Belstaff it looks great.”

“Trussardi. Super chic.”

“Street style. Printed pants are the must-have item in Milan.”

“Josh [Peskowitz] gives us Gandhi chic.”


Photos and quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.

Check back soon for more from Milan and Spring 2013.
In the meantime, shop: Salvatore Ferragamo | Calvin KleinTod’s