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Rob Lowe with his therapist on The Grinder, Maya Rudolph

We remain inspired by Rob Lowe, the film and TV icon who has somehow found time to become a serious player in men’s skincare and fragrance while working on four TV shows: Moonbeam City, the Lion Guard, You, Me & the Apocalypse and The Grinder (so apropos).

With Rob’s self-care brand Profile now offering its debut scent, “Amber Wood 18,” exclusively at Nordstrom, we got on the phone and chatted about the details of the fragrance, regrettable colognes from the 1970s and what it means to be truly successful in life.

Because Rob is the man of the people, you can conduct your own Q&A as well: in person March 18 at 5 pm in our Seattle flagship, or pose your question right now on Twitter by tweeting to @Nordstrom with #nordstromxroblowe, where you might get a video response.

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For the second season in a row, 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.

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Meet Grant Crilly: magician in the kitchen, diver, wool sock lover. After collaborating with photographer Ryan Matthew Smith to come up with the gorgeous visual brand that defines the Modernist Cuisine series (the cookbook to end all cookbooks), Grant went on to cofound and become chief creative officer at ChefSteps. Another Seattle-based company, ChefSteps is serious about helping people cook smarter—while having fun doing it (as evidenced by their Instagram).

It’s been a big year for Grant—described by his coworkers as having a “hipster mustache and whistling a lot.” Last spring, his company brought home two James Beard Awards (NBD) and recently launched Joule, a super-sleek sous vide immersion circulator designed and engineered completely in house. We’re Grant Crilly fans—for his high-quality contributions to the culinary space, for inspiring us to try new things in the kitchen (liquid nitrogen, anyone?) and for that hipster mustache—which is why we asked him to be today’s Gifted Giver.

SEE MORE FROM GRANT: MASTER GIFTER AND MACARON MAKER

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Marcus-Wainwright-and-David-Neville1Marcus 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.

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aziz-ansari-master-of-nonePerhaps, like the rest of us, you recently binge-watched Aziz Ansari’s series Master of None on Netflix. If so, maybe you noticed that beyond all its jokes, drama and frank dialogue about dating and race in America, this is also a show about style.

In particular, you can view it as a guide for how to dress unembarrassingly as a city-dwelling person entering one’s 30s. That’s due to the careful work of costume designer Dana Covarrubias.

We spoke with Covarrubias on the phone about the individual styles of the buddy crew at the center of Master of None: Dev (Aziz Ansari), Arnold (Eric Wareheim), Denise (Lena Waithe) and Brian (Kelvin Yu).

Also: how to reconsider your style as you turn the big three-O.

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The predominant male attitude on grooming and skincare is that they are optional. At least that’s what we hear from president of Kiehl’s and noted beard-wearer Chris Salgardo.

chrissalgardoBut imagine if Rob Lowe thought that way. There would be no Rob Lowe.

So in the interest of correcting this gross misunderstanding, Salgardo wrote Manmade, a book with grooming and skincare tips men can and should use right now–and which will keep them looking younger, longer. Perhaps you know a man who could use this in his life?

Salgardo told us all about the book on the phone. The conversation is below.

And if you happen to be in/near Seattle on December 11, meet up with Salgardo in our flagship store to talk about his book and knock back a cold one. The event is called, tantalizingly, Beards and Brew.

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Click here for crucial tips on nighttime skin care, how to shave properly and which common grooming & skincare mistakes men should avoid.

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Toward the end of our interview with Sebastian Dollinger, head of design at the Swedish brand Eton–makers of arguably the finest dress shirts on the market–he shared his love of lying:

“One time I told a reporter the whole collection was inspired by fish. And they printed it!”

So forgive us if we have doubts about the existence of his new EDM band, which he said is called Highly Sedated and appears to be un-Googleable.

Dollinger has a rock star personality regardless, and is a master designer with a deep history at Eton. He was practically born into the company and as an elementary school kid, used to sneak into his dad’s basement to watch him design Eton shirts.

Read on for a candid interview with Dollinger and photos from the Eton showroom in midtown Manhattan.

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Every Documentary Now! episode on IFC begins with Helen Mirren’s dead-serious introduction about the educational film you are about to see–and then embarks on a bait-and-switch journey into mockumentary that is consistently weird and hilarious. This is the funny new show you should watch this fall, the brainchild of SNL alumni Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and producer Seth Meyers.

Attention to detail is crucial in this form of comedy, and a good chunk of the program’s perfect pitch comes from costume designer Marylou Lim.

We talked to Lim about dressing Armisen and Hader as they used their fake-documentary style to rip into Grey Gardens, the Vice media network, soft rock icons the Eagles–and other subjects that wouldn’t have occurred to anyone else, like a fictional parade in Iceland dedicated to an exotic notion of Al Capone.

We’re looking forward to more of this inspired joking and more outfits from Lim. Documentary Now! just got picked up for two more seasons on IFC.

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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.

armani1Forty 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.

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Through this link: Armani Q&A and images from the past 40 years

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kanywestshowConsider carving out some of your existence for this video interview, in which Kanye West–style influencer extraordinaire–speaks candidly with Lou Stoppard from SHOWstudio and British GQ for two hours, mainly about fashion and inspiration.

To pick one of many entry points for future argument, Kanye likens himself in the interview to Michelangelo and says clothes are sculptures:

“Fashion, clothes are sculptures. Wearable art.”

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Nicole Willis hails from New York City, where she grew up singing Burt Bacharach songs and listening to Malcolm X speeches on WWRL AM. Now she pumps throwback soul music out of her longtime home base in Finland with her band The Soul Investigators, peaking in her third decade of recording and performing.

Her new album, Happiness in Every Style, is perfect for fall, something like an audio sweater. The New York Times praises its “even-keeled, simmering grooves.” We concur. The whole album sounds comfortable, perfectly played, completely in the pocket–and enduringly warm from Willis’ alto voice to the analog tape on which it was recorded. For best results, buy the vinyl.

Listen to the uplifting single “One in a Million” below. And below that, check out our interview with Willis about crusty styles, Carole King–and disabusing oneself of the notion of originality.

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