street league

Topman hoodie | Topman bomber

Nordstrom has been pretty heavy into streetwear for a few years now, and we couldn’t be more excited about our head-to-toe Street League collection, just unleashed on the masses. It’s a spring thing, but we shot footage and photos for our website and catalog this past winter in Los Angeles.

Check out these behind-the-scenes snapshots by Dan Monick from that shoot, with individual hyperlinks. We think the images have a certain je ne sais quoi.

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What happens when our Men’s Shop video team goes to Las Vegas during Market Week? They run into Pharrell. They get down to brass tacks with up-and-coming design heroes. And they make some movie magic—amidst three furious days of menswear trade shows.

Watch the exclusive Q&A clips above to hear what inspires and influences some of our favorite brands—from motorcycles to surfboards and punk rock to poetry—then shop our Editor’s Picks after the jump.

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In a song lyric, the exact phrasing of which we can’t repeat here, West once inquired as to whether listeners have had romantic inclinations toward a Pharaoh. Well, we all know what’s under that tough, 24-karat-gold exterior: a well-rested mummy, limping around and moaning “Haaaaaanh?!” between witty verses.

Start with a handy, Halloween-themed Morphsuit (toilet paper will suffice in a pinch, and you can prank your neighbor’s house with the leftovers). Layer on all-black biker gear—it’s safe to say Kanye and co. have transitioned out of the prep phase and into a goth-ninja motif. Finish with a back pain-inducing chain in the likeness of an Egyptian god, and you’re ready to hit tonight’s Halloween parties. Lambo optional—but try not to pull up in a Taurus.

7 For All Mankind Jeans | Replica Horus Chain | Obey Biker Jacket
T by Alexander Wang Muscle T-Shirt | Mummy Morphsuit | Gucci High-Tops


Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer is available on iTunes.

The exhibit Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs
is at Seattle’s Pacific Science Center through January 6, 2013. 

More costume ideas: Dexter x Jell-O Shots | Zombie Ryan Gosling | White-Tie Vampire

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[Video still via rapfix.mtv.com, from the song ‘Mercy,’ by Kanye West feat. Big Sean, Pusha T and 2 Chainz, from the album Kanye West Presents G.O.O.D. Music: Cruel Summer, © 2012 The Island Def Jam Music Group. ‘The Golden Mask of Psusennes I’ by Elaine Thompson/The Associated Press. Horus Chain courtesy of Freshness Mag. Mummy suit courtesy of Party City. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom.]


The captionless photo above appeared on Obey’s official blog last month—announcing, without saying a word, an upcoming collaboration with legendary New York street artist Keith Haring (1958-1990).

Haring’s work is some of the most instantly recognizable of the ’80s, and possibly all time. After moving to NYC in 1978 at age 19, his first public attention came from chalk drawings in subway terminals. With a style that artist and Obey founder Shepard Fairey described as “refined but primitive, deliberate buy lyrical and energetic,” much of Haring’s work sought to raise awareness of important social issues of his time, including drug abuse, AIDS, and apartheid.

Untitled, 1982 (via)

Boy on Dolphin, 1986 (via)

Growing #4, 1988 (via)

Medusa, 1986 (via)

Keith Haring À Paris, 1986 (via)

Untitled, 1984 (via)

BMW Z1, 1990 (via)


The first T-shirt in the series is available now—and pictured below, along with an untitled 1983 piece that gives the shirt design some added context. (via)

Check back for more on Keith Haring x Obey in the coming weeks—we’ll introduce a new item about once a month.

In the meantime, hear Shepard Fairey’s thoughts on Haring’s legacy in the video below, and view dozens more inspired works at the Keith Haring Foundation’s official site.


[Video courtesy of Obey.com. Individuals featured do not endorse Nordstrom.]


Shepard Fairey is a busy guy. You might have heard of him if you caught 2011’s Oscar-nominated street-art film Exit Through the Gift Shop. He designed one of the most iconic presidential posters of all time. Tens of thousands of posters and stickers carrying the obscure Andre the Giant imagery he created in college now adorn streets from Chicago to Stockholm. And his fine-art pieces (examples above) now grace gallery walls in The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, MoMA in NYC, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and more.

But that’s just for starters. Here’s a sample of what else he’s been up to:


Fairey recently designed two billboards in downtown LA, memorializing the late, great Adam ‘MCA’ Yauch of the Beastie Boys.


He collaborated with Neil Young to create 11 original posters—one for each song on Young’s upcoming album of traditional folk songs, Americana.


Fairey contributed artwork to Honor the Treaties, a short documentary about a photographer’s advocacy work for Native American Rights.


He even lent some exclusive artwork—plus the rights to his origin story, including the infamous ‘Mayor Buddy Cianci’ incident—to a 22-year-old film student at his alma mater. (The image directly above is a still from the student’s Social Network-inspired film.)


The man apparently sleeps 12 minutes a night, because after all that, Fairey still finds time to put out some of the best T-shirts, snap-backs, shorts and more, via his clothing label Obey.

Shop Obey—plus Ezekiel, Hurley, Quiksilver and more—in our new Surf & Skate Shop.


[Images courtesy of obeygiant.com, honorthetreaties.org, and ‘Obey The Giant’ Kickstarter page. Individuals pictured do not endorse Nordstrom or products shown.]