Gifted Giver

Gifted Giver: Lord Quas

We’ve been counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, but in this, the final chapter, we’ve gone a little rogue…

Through a spiritual medium in Los Angeles, we reached out to Quasimoto, a dirtbag, deadbeat, bad-guy rapper from the fictional city of Lost Gates, CA. The city is fictional but trust us, the rapper himself is real enough that there’s an NPR story on him. We wouldn’t normally seek the advice of such a low-down character, except for the fact that there’s some real genius and an utterly unique style to his music—the kind that makes Erykah Badu and Kanye West collaborators and fans.

Turns out Lord Quas was in a gift-giving mood for the holiday season, albeit mostly giving to himself. (And yeah, not quite giving enough that he could follow our customary Gifted Giver format.)

Seen here at his most festive, he cheers the world while drinking from the Das Horn Drinking Horn he gave himself and wearing a couple new Lego Brick Watches. They don’t really come in purple, but he wishes they did. Generously, he bought his homeboys Freddie Gibbs and Madlib each an oversized stuffed zebra from Melissa & Doug to celebrate their album Piñata. Quas also picked out Power Mama Maternity Panties and a Chiffon Short Robe by Naked Princess for his girlfriends. Things got real.

Illustration by Jeff Jank

SHOP: Holiday Gifts for Guys

–Andrew Matson

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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.

Readers of this blog know that name, they know that face. They know that camera. What can we say? We like Thig Nat’s style, and his insight. We thought you might like his stylish shopping list, so we hit him up for that too.

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Gifted Giver: Chef Sean Brock

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.

Sean Brock, badass of traditional low-country cuisine of the American South, is currently enlightening the world that Southern food can be healthy as well as indulgent. You might know him from the TV show Mind of a Chef or as chef/partner at the restaurants McCrady’s, Husk, Husk Nashville and Minero–or from his new cookbook, Heritage. Now you will know him from the Gifted Giver series on the Nordstrom blogs.

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Laura Mercier

Hopefully you’ve found the holiday gift-giving inspiration from your brethren to be of good use. Might you also find complementary holiday insight from some of our favorite women to be of value? We hope so—especially as this set of ladies counts among its ranks (above): street style photographer Crystal Nicodemus, beauty guru Laura Mercier, and photographer Carmen Daneshmandi.

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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.

If there’s one thing that separates the boys from the men, it’s accessories. A classic tie, a just-right scarf. A pocket square round. Enter Alexander Olch, he of the distinctively shapely and perfectly fabricated furnishings. The New York-based designer’s attention to detail makes him just the kind of guy we need when it comes to style advice and gifting acumen.

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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.

Fashion stylist Alvin Stillwell spends his life west-coasting between dual residences in Los Angeles and Seattle, and contributes to every fashion mag under the sun as well as this here Men’s Shop Daily blog–he styled bike-builders and rock singers for a few of our videos.

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Gifted Giver: Jorge Valls

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.

It’s one of our favorite Nordstrom success stories: Men’s Shop Fashion Director Jorge Valls started in the mail room and worked his way into the high-style world of buying and presenting the best looks for our stores and website. Should you assume, however, that his brain is dedicated solely to suits and boots, we’d have to point out that he’s also an expert on French and English lit. For a worldly, classics-influenced take on the art of style and gifting, read on…

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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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