GQ Behind the Scenes

We shot this month’s lineup of GQ Selects in NYC the same week we were prepping the GQ & Nordstrom Men’s Shop for opening night. Busy day, but the shots turned out great. Here are some snaps from on-set.

Killer cardigan—and only $125.

(L) We’d recognize that ‘fro anywhere: Mr. Eric Ray Davidson.
(R) GQ styling team’s impeccable watch selection.

…And their sock game is unmatched (no pun intended).

[Photos by Eric Bay, one of our Art Directors.]


Lights, camera, action. The countdown to our latest edition of GQ Selects is on—in less than 24 hours you can expect a fresh batch of our favorite pieces, pulled straight from the pages of GQ, and available right here at

Tomorrow it’ll be the very best from the new October issue. Until then, CLICK HERE to shop previous rounds of GQ Selects.

[On-set photo by Eric Bay.]


Killer outerwear, cargo pants, and collegiate staples are all part of the August/September installment of our collaboration with GQ magazine. These glimpses on-set are all we can show you for now. Check back on Tuesday, August 14 to see all 20 items handpicked from the September issue of GQ—and in the meantime, shop the current issue of GQ Selects.


[Instagram shots by Strath Shepard, Men’s Online Creative Director, and Tommy Fazio, Men’s Fashion Director.]


One of our Creative Directors, Strath, flew to rainy/sunny/steamy New York City a couple weeks ago to shoot our second edition of GQ Selects. A denizen of the Big Apple himself for many years, Strath knows all best spots—as you can see from this excerpted Instagram journal of his travels.


“Billboard in Chelsea, advertising the excellent Richard Avedon show at Gagosian Gallery through July 27.”

“Celebrity sighting no. 1: graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister at Pastis.”

“Celebrity sighting no. 2: David Byrne riding his bike through Soho.”

“The classic: Eero Saarinen‘s TWA terminal.”

“My favorite hidden Soho coffee shop, Rabbits.”

“Hotel room at The Standard. That’s Diane von Furstenberg’s apartment in the background.”

“View of the High Line from my hotel room. Back in Seattle, we’re excited that the same designer who did the High Line will be designing the new Seattle Waterfront.”

Alright, enough sightseeing. On-set with the GQ team.

Racks on racks.

The GQ styling team knows their watches.

Fall textures.

Good old-fashioned New York hospitality.

Quotes and photos by Strath Shepard.

Until next time: Go behind the scenes at last month’s GQ shoot, and shop the 16 Fall essentials we selected from the August issue.


Our second installment of GQ Selects goes live on Tuesday, with an inspiring preview of Fall essentials from the August issue of GQ.

However, when it comes to bringing you the very best from GQ each and every month, there’s no time to sit back and celebrate—we’re already on to the next month. We were on the road in NYC just yesterday, conferring with our colleagues at GQ to select items from their September issue. (Exclusive pics below by Danny, assistant men’s merchandiser and point-person in our GQ collaboration.)

Mark your calendar for this coming Tuesday, when our August-issue GQ Selects land online—and in the meantime, shop wear-now summer gear from the July issue.

Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director, Tommy Fazio,
outside the Condé Nast Publications building in NYC yesterday.

The hallowed corridors of GQ.


This just in: One of our Creative Directors, Strath, spent today in NYC, helping shoot the next installment of GQ Selects. He sent home some teaser shots, below. We can’t show you the item selections yet, but let’s just say it’s time to get psyched for GQ‘s August issue—and with it, amazing fall textures, patterns and layers.

For now, read about July’s GQ Selects and see our behind-the-scenes pics from the last GQ shoot.

Sunrise on the red eye, en route to NYC.

On-set today at GQ. Merch blurred-out so as not to ruin the surprise.

Check back July 17 for the real deal.


We’re genuinely excited to collaborate with the fine people at GQ, and for good reason: Simply put, they’re the best in the business.

That was never more apparent than at the NYC photo shoot for the first edition of GQ Selects a few weeks ago, during which the crew nailed the lion’s share of the day’s shots within the span of a single rainy morning—all while smiling, joking, debating the best regional surf spots, and generally acting like it was an average day at the office (which for them, of course, it was).

Check out exclusive behind-the-scenes pics below, and SHOP GQ SELECTS NOW for 12 handpicked favorites from GQ’s July issue.


First up on the shot list: a henley by Todd Snyder (named one of GQ’s Best New Menswear Designers in America, 2012) with Diesel jeans.


Veteran GQ stylist Brian Coats puts the finishing touches on a look featuring a Thom Browne shirtJack Spade bag and Prada sneakers.


GQ’s library of styling items is nothing to sneeze at—especially the lovingly obliterated Chuck Taylors they keep handy. (GQ receives a steady influx of “new” old pairs from staff and contributors. This particular pair came from the hair stylist on-set that day, Jordan.)


Lensman Eric Ray Davidson is a longtime GQ contributor. He’s shot some iconic pieces over the years, like this classic guide to buying a leather jacket.*


Getting the nonchalant pant cuff right: shouldn’t take more than five seconds. Brian had it in three.


Brian—who has styled some killer stories recently, like this guide to parkas and Portland—had a simple but precise signature look. V-neck tee, slim jeans, classic sneakers. (The tie is part of the job, not part of his look.) He arrived with a perfectly tailored black blazer, but quickly ditched it to get to work.


Instant gratification: The crew composited the final image as the day progressed.


Jordan’s gear was deceptively simple, too. All-white everything—tee, jeans, Chucks (a fresh pair after he thrashed the ones shown above). Accessories help rough up the squeaky-clean palette.


Someone spelled our name wrong (no ‘s’ at the end of Nordstrom, thanks)…that’s OK, though.


Long-time colleagues Tommy Fazio (left, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director) and Jim Moore (GQ Creative Director) discuss the finer points of a shot.


The view outside the studio was not too shabby.


…The view from our hotel room that night was not bad, either. We’re already looking forward to our next trip out to New York for the July/August edition of GQ Selects.


[Individuals pictured do not directly endorse Nordstrom or products mentioned/featured. *Eric shot the on-figure leather jackets in said story. Kudos to Mr. Tom Schierlitz for the still lifes.]