John W. Nordstrom

Fall Accessory: The Umbrella

Five guys who look great with an umbrella: George Clooney (as in The Good German above), Gene Kelly, David Beckham, Barack Obama, Justin Timberlake.

For some of us the umbrella is a necessary evil—one left all too often, unfortunately, in cabs, restaurants and cocktail bars. But in the right hands, an umbrella is also a thing of refinement.

Keep reading for our guide to pairing the foul-weather essential with jackets and accessories that’ll help you dial in a smart, practical look that’s right for you.

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Our new Spring 2013 Men’s Shop Catalog is out this week, and with it, our handy checklist of 10 Spring Essentials that will keep you ahead of the curve in the warm months to come.

Near the top of said list is a Bold Blazer. The only rule: It should be seasonally lightweight, to keep you looking sharp without breaking a sweat. From there, how you define ‘bold’ is up to you. Check out a few favorites below, ranging from a little bold to a lot. [Shown above, L-R: Jil Sander | Hugo Boss]

1. A New Shade of Blue. Navy is classic any time of year—but we’re seeing lots of options for subtly exploring the frosty end of the spectrum: from rich royal blue, to dusty powder blue, to vivid cyan.
Shown, L-R: John W. Nordstrom | Hugo Boss linen/wool | Hugo Boss cotton

2. Notice a Pattern. Loud, madras-plaid jackets of the ‘go-to-hell’ variety (above center) have been a preppy staple for decades. Calm the concept down with a tone-on-tone plaid (left), or take it a step further with unconventional geometry (like the hexagon print at right).
Shown, L-R: Hugo Boss | John W. Nordstrom | Jil Sander

3. Put It in Neutral. Bold doesn’t have to mean bright. Confident touches like (from left) trim peak lapels, brightened-up tints, and subtle texture can make even go-to neutrals feel new for spring.
Shown, L-R: Dolce&Gabbana | Hugo Boss | Armani Collezioni

4. High Voltage. If you’re all-in with this whole ‘spring’ thing, bold blazers are materializing in electrified neons from a variety of brands—including our own John W. Nordstrom label (center).
Shown, L-R: Dsquared2 | John W. Nordstrom | Jil Sander




If the forecast here in Seattle is any indication, it’s high time to pull that parka, trench or topcoat out from the back of your closet. As important as your outer layer is, once you walk into the office, it’s what’s underneath that really counts. Here are a few of our favorite sportcoats this season (also pictured above), in warm, wintery fabrics and patterns:

From Left: John W. Nordstrom® Italian Cotton/Cashmere Corduroy Blazer (available in 5 colors)
John W. Nordstrom Herringbone Sportcoat in Authentic Harris Tweed
Hart Schaffner Marx Cotton Blazer (Made in USA)

From Left: Canali Wool/Cashmere Sportcoat in Grey Plaid
Canali Wool/Silk Sportcoat in Brown Donegal Tweed

Here’s a dapper-looking infographic (found via, ‘A Southern Lifestyle Guide for Men’ that clearly offers plenty for the Northerly among us as well) which should aid you in navigating the remainder of our vast sportcoat selection. For an even more in-depth pattern analysis, check out a ‘Guide to Fall’s Gutsiest Look’ by our friends at GQ.




If you’re like us, you’d prefer to reserve all brain power for after you’ve made it to the office—which means picking out clothes in the clouded stupor of morning, that not only get the job done but also make a confident statement, can be kind of a drag.

That’s precisely why we created a category of ready-made shirt and tie combinations. We’ve thought it all out so you don’t have to: Paisley on stripes? Of course. Dots on checks? Simple. Keep a copy of this photo taped next to your closet, and you can concentrate on more important things each morning: Like breakfast.

Shop Pre-Made Shirt & Tie Combos

Or, Shop: All Shirts | All Ties


Last week, we told you a bit about our in-house designers (aka Nordstrom Product Group, or NPG) and the impeccable sportcoats they’ve crafted using authentic Harris Tweed.

This week, we have exclusive photos our NPG friends shot while attending Milano Unica—an international textile fair in Italy where Europe’s most venerated mills convene to show their wares—and Ideabiella, an invite-only show-within-the-show, reserved for the cream of the fine-fabric crop.

Check out the pics below (courtesy of Erica in NPG)—and shop some Nordstrom-exclusive favorites, featuring fine European fabrics, at the bottom of this post.

Visiting Loro Piana—renowned for fine cashmere for six generations.

Reviewing our JWN tech packs, with lining colors and construction notes.

Ryan, NPG Men’s Clothing Design Director, hard at work.

(L): Visiting Lanificio Fratelli Ormezzano, supplier for our JWN linen
and cotton-cashmere corduroy sportcoats.
(R): Vitale Barberis Canonico—one of the best. They’ve been around since the 1600s.

Erica and Ryan of NPG, reviewing fabrics and trims on-order
(and getting a much-needed break).

Big camo trend in suits and sportcoats at the show.

Team photo at the Milan horse track
(with NPG Clothing and Furnishings Brand Manager, Tom).

Shop John W. Nordstrom ‘Signature’ series, with fabric made in Italy. From left:
Cashmere Top Coat (fabric from Mill Colombo),
Cashmere Blazer in Navy and Black (fabric from Mill Loro Piana).

[Photos and captions courtesy of Erica Wallis, NPG Men’s Clothing Product Merchandiser.]


You already knew we carry some of the best brands known to man. But did you know our own, in-house labels are world-class as well?

Nordstrom Product Group (NPG) is a division of product designers and specialists responsible for researching and developing key items each season for Nordstrom-exclusive brands (like John W. Nordstrom, 1901 and Calibrate, to name a few).

With a focus on high quality and incredible value, the NPG team receives no special treatment from our product buyers, who visit the NPG showroom and buy into each season’s offering—or don’t—just as they would any other outside vendor.

It recently came to our attention that the highly competitive folks at NPG work with some of the most elite mills and firmly established fabric authorities in the world. The latest example? Their John W. Nordstrom sportcoats made with authentic Harris Tweed.

A pretty remarkable value (considering the quality of this time-tested fabric) at just $395, these coats are a wardrobe staple that will serve you well at work as well as on the weekend. The two herringbone variations—black/white and brown multi—can be seen above.

Here, our Men’s Sportswear Design Director, John (left), and Clothing Brand Manager, Tom, demonstrate the coats’ classic fit and impeccable details.


Want to know more about the centuries-old practice of hand-weaving this legendary Scottish fabric? Watch this charmingly narrated (speaking of brogues) video, courtesy of Harris Tweed, and visit the official Harris Tweed Authority.


Shop the John W. Nordstrom Harris Tweed Sportcoat:
Black/White Herringbone | Brown Multi Herringbone



In 1887, a 16-year-old boy left his home country of Sweden for the promise of New York City. He arrived with only five dollars in his pocket, unable to speak a word of English. His name? John W. Nordstrom.

What better time than now—during our biggest event of the year, Anniversary Sale—to take a look back at Nordstrom’s rich, 111-year heritage. The images here depict a portion of Nordstrom history that saw the company grow from humble beginnings to, at one point, America’s largest independent shoe store.

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[Above]: Our founder, John W. Nordstrom himself, in front of the original Wallin & Nordstrom shoe shop in Downtown Seattle, circa 1901.

Dapper staff members, circa 1901.

Well-stocked, circa 1910.

Stylish salespeople, circa 1920s.
Wallin & Nordstrom added their second store in 1923. In 1928, John W. Nordstrom retired, selling his share of the company to his sons, Everett and Elmer. Son Lloyd joined his brothers in 1933.

‘Shoe Dogs’ (as Nordstrom’s hard-working shoe salespeople are reverentially dubbed) on the front line, circa 1940s.

Nordstrom’s in neon—before we dropped the apostrophe-s—circa 1950s.
By 1960, Nordstrom had grown to eight stores in Washington and Oregon, and the Downtown Seattle store became the largest shoe store in the country.

Nordstrom, initially just a shoe store, ventured into the clothing market in 1963—first with women’s apparel, and then adding menswear in 1966.
Shown: a brand-new store in Southcenter, Washington, 1968.

The Men’s Shoes department at Southcenter, 1968.
Also in 1968, the second generation of Nordstroms retired, handing the company on to a third generation of Nordstrom brothers. Today, the company is managed by John W. Nordstrom’s great-grandsons, in addition to the executive management team.