Throwback Thursday

daoyichowwhitebackground1Did you know Dao-Yi Chow, who co-runs the CFDA-winning brand Public School with Maxwell Osborne, is a writer and onetime rap journalist? It’s true. He confirmed it when we asked him recently at the inaugural New York Fashion Week: Men’s.

Chow used to contribute to The Flavor back in the day, a “real hip-hop magazine” based in Seattle in the mid-1990s. Chow went by Durwin Chow GNS, “graffiti non-stop,” and lived in New York. Most Flavor writers back then contributed their stories by fax machine.

Here’s Chow’s July 1994 cover story, an interview with the brain-twisting duo Organized Konfusion.

Fun fact: Organized Konfusion’s Pharoahe Monch would one day ghostwrite for Diddy, who would eventually employ Chow and Osborne as designers at his clothing brand Sean John–before Public School became one of the hottest brands in menswear.

–Andrew Matson

Shop: Public School | men’s designer collections

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throwbacksweatersIt might not be fall yet but trust us, the season is coming fast and you’re going to need a sweater. You’re probably already packing additional layers in this transitional phase, as football begins and night swimming becomes less of an option.

These dudes from our 1976 holiday catalog know the deal. Thin sweaters are the move. Warmth without bulk.

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throwbackshades1995“Did you hear? Janie thinks she got a bushel of priceless orchids from that guy on the beach for $5. I didn’t have the heart to tell her–it was obviously forsythia!”

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In which we look at old Nordstrom logo fonts and give them a close look. These are the fonts of our lives.

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If you recognize the typeface above you are either a student of retail or a student of design. Or a Pacific Northwesterner, since this was the Nordstrom logo back in 1930 when we were a Seattle-only shoe store.

Now we’re national and international–with our third Canadian store opening September 18 in Vancouver, B.C. Next year we’ll add Toronto.

Learn about the features and history of this old-school Nordstrom typeface below, with commentary from Strath Shepard, our Creative Director of Designer and Pop-In@Nordstrom–hands-down the biggest font nerd we know.

–Andrew Matson

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Our 1980 spring catalog had so many polo shirts. Look at them! And that’s not even the full assortment. The turn of that particular decade was a great time for polos. We couldn’t get enough.

For a laugh, look closer and notice these guys’ pieces of flair: kite string, apple, buoy, soccer ball, frisbee and…dictaphone? We aren’t sure what the yellow-shirted guy is holding.

Anyway: Polos. Now’s a good time of year to be sporting them. We’ve had our eyes on this banded collar Kooples polo that is currently on sale, but you’ll want to do your own picking and choosing.

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This summer, we will recreate this 1980 Nordstrom spring catalog cover. Or versions of it.

We will enjoy long walks on the beach in a romantic mode. We will take off our shoes and socks as much as possible. And we will dress like cotton candy, wearing pink shirts and white pants.

Because this preppy/pastel aesthetic was one thing the ‘80s got right.

Shop: pink shirts | white pants

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Flashback to our 1975 holiday catalog and we’re looking at the dictionary definition of a leisure suit. You may have heard 1970s style is back in fashion. True story. Leisure suits: not so much.

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Nineteen eighty-one: a good year for pastels and polo shirts. Here we see our spring catalog cover, shot on the beach in Mexico. Looking very 1981. But what’s the deal with that one styling choice…

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Shop: golf apparel | striped polos | chinos | fabric belts

From the 1980 Nordstrom holiday catalog, we present this scene of brotherly togetherness on the golf course. You might not consider golf a team sport, but think about it this way:

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We have a few thoughts about this image from our 1976 Christmas catalog…

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