July Issue

J Brand is a denim-based company that’s doing great things in the nondenim world. What I love about them is that Jeff Rudes, who owns the company, is obsessed with fit. He’s not interested in producing hundreds of styles, just a select few that have the most perfect fit. This cargo has a softness to it but still holds its shape. The pant is able to have so many design details, like buttoned pockets and seamed legs, because of the very slim cut that keeps a guy from looking like he has saddlebags. I think these are the best-fitting cargos out there right now.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

Each month for the next six months, 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 our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

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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.]

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“The dress shirt of the season. You’re getting that perfect Thom Browne fit and a shirt from him that, at this point, is a great American classic. I think once a guy takes the leap and puts on a Thom Browne shirt, he is pretty much hooked. Thom changes up his patterns every season, and I love that he went for a big, loud plaid this time around. While the pattern might seem intense, the shirt’s classic silhouette remains restrained so it works whether dressed up with a business suit and tie or untucked with a pair of shorts.”

—Jim Moore, GQ Creative Director

 

Each month for the next six months, 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 our inaugural edition of GQ Selects, we’ve chosen 12 killer items from the July issue. Check back every month for more.

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