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With Christmas right around the corner, we asked three male colleagues here at Nordstrom HQ to share what’s on their gift radar this year. First up is Strath Shepard, our Creative Director for Custom Digital Content—a man who’s equally into outdoor excursions and obscure periodicals. If this sounds like someone on your own holiday shopping list, continue reading to find the perfect gift.

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While we’re still teetering in the fog between fall and winter, a sturdy sportcoat can do double-duty as your 9-to-5 workhorse, as well as your top layer to and from the office—just flip the collar up and throw on a scarf and/or knit cap when you leave the building. Here are a few editor’s picks that will see you through ’til parka season:


1. Thrill of the Hunt. Peak lapels and a coat-like, full-button front set this sportcoat apart from the pack, while a timeless windowpane plaid grounds it firmly in menswear tradition.
Shop: Rag & Bone ‘St. Regis’ Sportcoat

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2. Mid-Century Modern. If you read your GQs, you’re well-acquainted with the rise of “geezer style.” Here’s a nubby plaid your dad’s dad might have worn—in a trim fit that’s ready for 2014.
Shop: Vince Wool-Blend Blazer


3. Mixed Media. A literal remix of tailoring traditions, this patchwork of pinstripes and plaids is more than the sum of its parts. Wearing it is easy—just pair with simple solids.
Shop: Junya Watanabe Patchwork Blazer

 

SHOP ALL: SPORTCOATS & BLAZERS

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Continued highlights and commentary from our Men’s Fashion Director, who’s witnessing every moment of Paris Fashion Week first-hand.


Balmain
“Personal favorite. Continues to evolve and excite. Modern take on military.”
 


Junya Watanabe
“Englishman in Paris. I would wear it all.”

 

Givenchy
“An artful religious experience.”

 

Balenciaga
“I love this new expression in tailoring.”

 

Viktor & Rolf
“Panama style. Chic and elegant”

 

Quotes by Tommy Fazio, Nordstrom Men’s Fashion Director.
Need to catch up? See Tommy’s highlights from Paris Day One and Day Two.

[Photos courtesy of Style.com.]

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