Vintage Nordstrom

Parka Time | Throwback Thursday

throwbacksnowAnother great photo from our old workwear catalogs–this one’s from 1981 and was entirely shot in Alaska, it looks like. The scene here perfectly illustrates that you need a parka when it’s cold outside. And you’re outside. And you might be there for a while.

Not because you’re lost, though. Never that.

Shop: parkas

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workwear1980Is that Yeezy Season 1? Nah brah, that outfit is functional gear from our 1980 workwear catalog. Before workwear was on runways it was just…workwear. It did look great, though. Expect more images from our old workwear catalogs in this blogspace. They are 100% fire.

Shop: Dickies | Filson | all men’s

–Andrew Matson

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Fall Bags | Throwback Thursday

1970sbagsThese guys from our 1978 fall catalog just completed a major business deal, landing their private jet in a secluded wooded area where they know they will not be detected.

Tomorrow they will go to several banks and make several deposits.

Tonight, they will sleep in a rustic cabin surrounded by 25 million dollars in unmarked bills. There will be a flash of sadness that the adventure is over. And then with a toast of Blanton’s single barrel, a resolving contentment to let it be what it was: one last job.

Shop: bags

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throwbacksweatshirtsshortsWe’re digging into our 1976 activewear catalog for fall outfit inspiration, and what do we see but that rare flower which blooms in fall and spring:

Hoodies and shorts.

Obviously this photo was taken in the gym. (Obviously.) But you don’t have to be working out to finesse this outfit. And you should, because it is great.

The sweatshirt + shorts team-up is for being out and about, a true transition ‘fit, an equal acknowledgement of warmth (the shorts) and cold (the sweatshirt)–and the fact of both temperatures coexisting (the wearing both at the same time).

Perfect for fall. For brunches. For strolls. And for doing pretzel hands with a special friend while leaning back like Fat Joe.

Shop: sweatshirts & sweaters | shorts

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throwback1976“I don’t want to sound immodest but we’re killing it.”

Did this duo from our 1976 activewear catalog stop at matching suits? No, they followed through with turtlenecks and accessories. Even the handlebar tape on homegirl’s bike matches their rainbow arm bands.

Because fall is about enjoying the transitional weather, for outdoor jaunts–and for aggressively coordinating your outfit with your partner.

Shop: activewear

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throwbackthursdaypatternedshirtThe styling of her scarf tucked into her belt is amazing. And yet how can you look at this image from our 1993 fall catalog and see anything other than the guy’s shirt with birds all over it?

Purple birds next to navy pants, the colors related but different, the simplicity of the pants next to the complexity of the shirt pattern. All great.

This fall, may your shirt be loud. May your pants be chill. And may you be lucky enough to be photographed with a beautiful woman who does interesting things with scarves.

Shop: graphic print button-downs

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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!”

Shop: sunglasses

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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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pink-polo

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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leisure_suit

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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