Gifted Giver: Brad Ralph

We’re counting down the crucial pre-Christmas shopping days with a series called Gifted Givers, in which friends old and new share their thoughts on stylishly spirited giving and receiving.

We’ve made all kinds of cool Calgarian friends since opening Canada’s first Nordstrom in the summer of 2014. One such citizen is Brad Ralph. He cofounded, and continues to help photographers and videographers produce and sell fresh content with that company as well as with Getty Images. In his off time, Ralph rides bicycles, takes photos (check his IG for serious adventuring) and wrangles three Chihuahuas with his significant other, Allison. We’re guessing you can either relate to his aesthetically savvy, business-in-the-front/backroads-in-the-back kinda lifestyle—or that there’s someone in your life who can.

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Our latest Suit Fit Guide has everything you need—and then some—to achieve the perfect suit for your taste and physique:

1. Options to shop by three Fit categories—Classic, Trim, and Extra-Trim.
2. A video (above) that breaks down which Fit is right for you.
3. Tips on measuring, to ensure you order the right size.
4. An introduction to owning Made-to-Measure suits (even if you’re a 6′-11″ NBA center).
5. There’s even a comprehensive infographic, defining every detail from construction terminology to common fabrics and patterns. (Know the difference between glen plaid and herringbone? If you didn’t before, you do now.)

Of course, all that minutia adds up to one thing: looking good. Below are some outtakes from our video shoot, featuring our favorite suit of the day—an extra-trim peak-lapel in windowpane-plaid wool, made in Italy by Neil Barrett. (Curious about the backdrop? That’s Seattle’s Melrose Market, where sustainable sandwiches, vintage vinyl, and hard liquor all collide under one roof.)


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Speaking of suits, here’s a man who always knew how to wear them well: Parisian musical genius Serge Gainsbourg, seen here wooing Jane Birkin in the 1969 film Slogan.

For more Gainsbourg, read our recent post—and to shop all things French, visit our limited-time French Fling Pop-In Shop before it’s au revoir.


[Still photos by Robin Stein; see more of his work here.]

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Rare Cuts on Record Store Day

Die-hard audiophiles: Roll out early Saturday, April 20, and skip your leisurely breakfast-burrito routine in favor of black coffee to go—because you have a date with a long line of vinyl loyalists at your local mom ‘n’ pop record shop.

Founded in 2008, Record Store Day has become a national holiday for musicians and fans alike to show up in support of the physical, tangible experience of enjoying music. Check the official website for special appearances, participating stores—and of course, a cavalcade of rare, limited-edition record releases.

This year’s audio anomalies—most available at participating record stores only—include a new compilation from our Seattle neighbors at Sub Pop Records, re-issues by artists ranging from Miles Davis to Glasgow post-punks Orange Juice, a vinyl version of The Flaming Lips’ experimental 4 (simultaneous!)-disc opus Zaireeka, live gems by alt-metal vets Deftones, a cassette (remember those?) by MGMT, and even a Best Coast single sponsored by the makers of everyone’s favorite desert boot, Clarks. Catch a few previews below, and we’ll see you crate-digging mañana.