Nordstrom Men to Shine Light on New Concepts by Sam Lobban

Sam Lobban is making his first major mark on the Nordstrom Men store.
On Friday, the vice president of men’s fashion, who joined the retailer in June, will unveil New Concepts, the first in a series of rotating pop-up shops intended to highlight innovative men’s wear.
The first is being called Concept 001: Out Cold and is centered around what Lobban and the Nordstrom merchandising team believe to be the best products for inclement weather. The shop will have a physical presence on the main floor of the Nordstrom Men store on 57th Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan — replacing the Olivia Kim Merry + Bright holiday shop — as well as in the Seattle flagship.

The Out Cold shop opens Friday. 

Among the 20 brands that will be offered are Kjus, Houdini and Aztech Mountain for ski and outdoor apparel; high-tech brands Arc’teryx Veilance and Mackintosh; technical footwear from Hoka One One and Salomon, and outdoor gear from Leatherman and Snow Peak.
The new concept comes as Nordstrom continues to tweak the New York store, the first men’s-only unit in its fleet. While there has been criticism of the store’s configuration and product selection, Nordstrom executives have said they continue to adapt to what

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Helping People, and the Planet: Nordstrom Partners With Operation Warm

MORE THAN A COAT: This year, Nordstrom employees join a list of other retail partners, such as Abercrombie & Fitch Co., Hollister Co. and TJX Cos. Inc. in volunteering their time in partnership with Operation Warm to provide coats to children in need — and also help the planet.
Marking 20 years in helping the unfortunate, Operation Warm is on track to achieve three million coats distributed with the aid of corporate partnerships and the corporate employee volunteer program, which is in its third year. Other avenues of assistance come directly through community groups, firefighters and schools for where the help is most needed.
Through its inaugural partnership with Nordstrom, “the green guardian” coat gives back. Each coat is designed and manufactured by Operation Warm and made out of 32 recycled plastic bottles.
Mutually excited in their partnership, Nordstrom and Operation Warm believe the mission is in line with company core values as well as demonstrated need.
As the holidays warrant a pleasure in giving, “This holiday season, Nordstrom is excited to be partnering with Operation Warm to outfit 1,500 children in New York City with new winter coats,” said Chris Wanlass, vice president and general manager of Nordstrom Manhattan.
Similarly, Dick Sanford, chief executive

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Christopher Bates to Sell Men’s Collection to Nordstrom in Canada

Canadian men’s designer Christopher Bates will be celebrating his 10th anniversary with a runway show Tuesday night during Toronto Fashion Week at the same time he reveals a deal with Nordstrom as the brand’s exclusive department store partner in Canada.
“Spring/summer 2019 is by far one of my most technically advanced collections and having it launch with such an iconic retailer as Nordstrom is a dream come true,” said Bates.
The spring collection is inspired by vintage tennis and cycling wear and includes a focus on technical fabrics and modern tailoring. Each piece is created with luxury textiles from Italy and include 3-D textured bomber jackets, jersey travel blazers, colorful knitwear and lightweight jackets and coats.
In addition to ready-to-wear, Bates has a bespoke business, working with a master tailor in Toronto to produce suits, tuxedos, jackets and shirts. For five seasons, Bates has partnered with Canadian specialty retailer Harry Rosen on a shoe collection, which will be rolling out from four to 10 stores next year, and he is creating a line of sneakers in collaboration with MTV that will launch next month. He also produces a line of unisex eyewear. He was tapped to create the uniforms for Air Canada that some

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Nordstrom Snags Mr Porter’s Sam Lobban for New Men’s Role

Men’s wear continues to be a key focus for Nordstrom.
Two months after opening its first men’s-only store in New York City, Nordstrom has named Mr Porter executive Sam Lobban vice president of men’s designer and new concepts.
This new position is intended to “evolve the retailer’s men’s business,” the company said, and will support men’s merchandising, marketing, content development, store environment, private label and the shopping experience as it relates to men’s wear.
Lobban’s first day will be Tuesday and he will be based in New York. He will report to Pete Nordstrom, copresident of Nordstrom, with a dotted line to Paige Thomas, executive vice president and general merchandise manager of men’s wear.
Jeffrey Kalinsky, Nordstrom’s vice president and designer fashion director, introduced Pete Nordstrom to Lobban about a year ago, saying: “Here is a talented person you need to meet.”
For three years, Lobban has been buying manager for Mr Porter — the U.K. equivalent of divisional merchandise manager. He has been with the men’s division of Net-a-porter for seven years, starting as a member of the launch team and serving as senior buyer and buyer over the course of his career.
During his tenure, he was responsible for overseeing the Exclusive Capsule Collection

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The Black Tux Play at Nordstrom Sets Up Showroom Concept for Growth

The Black Tux chief executive officer and cofounder Andrew Blackmon is busy to say the least. The men’s brand is set to have 15 showroom concepts open total at Nordstrom by June following March’s raise of a $ 30 million series C.
The growth will bring the business, which began as a digital direct-to-consumer brand aimed at the new generation of grooms and groomsmen, to markets such as Austin, Baltimore and Philadelphia after the business’ most recent additions in Southern California in Nordstrom’s Glendale and Topanga stores.
“It’s going very well,” said Blackmon, who started the business in 2013 with Patrick Coyne, of the Nordstrom partnership. “We have strong conversion rates. Our goals are really to drive awareness. So people who aren’t comfortable renting online, giving them an option to do [purchasing] in-store and then also provide a point of differentiation where customers can have a really good experience.”
The showrooms are often overbooked on appointments, the ceo added.
All of this is being aided with the company’s recently raised capital, which helped to expand The Black Tux’s logistics capacity via the opening of a 100,000-square-foot warehouse and dry-cleaning facility in Pennsylvania. The existing facility in Gardena, Calif., will continue to serve the company’s West

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The new store is not what you’d expect to find at 57th and Broadway. For one thing, you may find some highly coveted sneakers here.
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Stadium Goods to Open Store Inside Nordstrom

Stadium Goods is aligning with another big entity.
LVMH Luxury Ventures recently backed the streetwear and sneaker retailer, which is now partnering with Nordstrom to operate a concept space within its new men’s store, which is slated to open on April 12 at 235 West 57th Street.
“Sneakers are the fastest growing category in men’s footwear and partnering with Stadium Goods punctuates our commitment to showcasing the best and most rare sneakers from the hottest brands that have long sold out elsewhere,” said Kristin Frossmo, executive vice president and general merchandise manager for shoes at Nordstrom. “Sneakers have disrupted fashion and are now being mixed with everyday looks — from desk to dinner. We couldn’t be more excited to be Stadium Goods first retail partner of choice.”
This innovative deal brings after-market sneakers into a retail space that sells brand new shoes. According to John McPheters, who cofounded Stadium Goods with Jed Stiller, this has been in the works for a couple of years, but it wasn’t a difficult sell.
“We’ve spent so much time trying to elevate the after-market experience,” said McPheters. “And we feel like we are getting to a great place to be able to sell our product in Nordstrom. It’s a

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Nordstrom Taps MoMA Design for Pop-in Gift Shop

Nordstrom begins opening its New York flagship complex with a men’s store next year and the main women’s store the year after. But it appears the Seattle-based retailer is eager to identify with the Big Apple and one of its most famous cultural institutions by opening a holiday gift shop in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art’s MoMA Design Store. It’s a pop-up shop for the The Pop-in@Nordstrom program that’s online and in eight key Nordstrom stores.
On Friday, the MoMA shops opened in Nordstrom’s Bellevue Square, Wash. store; CF Pacific Centre, Vancouver; CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Canada; NorthPark Center, Dallas, and South Coast Plaza, Calif. stores. Prices range from $ 10 for coasters disguised as toast to $ 6,000 for a giant clock made up of 24 smaller, round clocks choreographed to form one digital display. There are also other gifts handpicked by Olivia Kim, vice president of creative projects at Nordstrom, and her buying team. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MoMA Design Store and their ability to thoughtfully consider the most interesting, exclusive and enticing products from around the world,” said Kim.

Pop-in@Nordstrom features gifts from the MoMA Design Store. 
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Pedro García Launches Nordstrom Pop-Ins, Turns Focus to U.S.

IF THE SHOE FITS: Third generation shoemaker Pedro García was in Los Angeles this week to celebrate the opening of a temporary Nordstrom shop-in-shop, as the Spain-based company aims to further develop its business locally.
“In recent years this has been one of our main markets,” García said of California, pointing to a coastal climate mirroring where the company is based. “The idea is to keep developing the business, going a little bit more deep even though we know that we don’t want to go crazy with production. We want to keep delivering the quality we deliver.”
García’s grandfather, also named Pedro García, started the business in 1925, building a brand focused on the tradition of craftsmanship that’s been passed down to now the company’s third generation. The quality and style hasn’t gone unnoticed with the label seen on celebrities such as Lana Del Rey, Drew Barrymore, Emily Blunt and Sarah Jessica Parker. The line — ranging from flats to heels — are made in the company’s factory in Elda, Spain, and sold at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Selfridges, Net-a-porter, Neiman Marcus and David Jones among others.
The company this week celebrated the temporary pop-in at Nordstrom’s new store at Westfield Century

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Kids’ Streetwear Line TheMiniClassy Heads to Nordstrom

High-end streetwear line for children TheMiniClassy will expand its distribution to include Nordstrom on Wednesday.
The line is sold on the TheMiniClassy’s e-commerce site and at Barneys New York. Starting at six and 12 months, the sizes run as high as 8 to 12. It is known for its harem pant with dinosaurlike fabric spikes down the sides of both legs, called the Original Dino Harem. Price points range from $ 30 to $ 64.
The kids’ apparel line was founded in 2014 by Michelle Lopez and Andrea Dotzauer, who got the idea as they were looking for on-trend, comfortable and washable items for their children.
 

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Nordstrom Staffers to Join Sunday’s Pride March on Fifth Avenue in New York

Nordstrom employees will be out in force at Sunday’s NYC Pride March in New York.
More than 200 staffers have signed up to march down Fifth Avenue, which is considerably more than last year’s turnout of 80. Supporters will be wearing Nordstrom Pride T-shirts that are also available on the company’s site and at select retail locations. Online shoppers can learn how net sales from the $ 24 T-shirt will be donated to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The short-sleeve black tops are imprinted with emojis that spell out “Love and peace to you.”
Organized by the nonprofit Heritage of Pride, this week’s Pride events are expected to attract more than two million people and will follow the theme “We Are Proud.” The event was started to commemorate the Stonewall riots of 1969, which started the modern LGBT movement. This year’s march will step off at noon with the help of grand marshals New York firefighter Brooke Guinan, Gay Men’s Health Crisis activist Krishna Stone and Chinese LGBT activist Geng Le.
Nordstrom, as well as Gap, are among the bronze sponsors of this year’s walk down Fifth Avenue, and has done so since 2015. Other apparel companies are also supporting Sunday’s event. Macy’s is

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Nordstrom Family Weighs Taking Retailer Private

Nordstrom said members of the Nordstrom family are exploring taking the retailer private. Shares of the retailer, which like others in the industry has been struggling to adapt as more shopping shifts online, jumped.
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Nordstrom Names Paige Thomas to Head Men’s Merchandising

Nordstrom has a new head of men’s wear.
On Monday, the Seattle-based retailer named Paige Thomas executive vice president and general merchandise manager for men’s and kids.
She succeeds David Witman who is retiring on Wednesday after 27 years with the company.
Thomas joined Nordstrom in 2012 as the company’s first general merchandise manager for its Rack off-price division where she led aggressive growth and expansion with 100 new stores, launched the division’s e-commerce site and integrated off-price merchant teams across Seattle, New York and Los Angeles, the company said.
Prior to Nordstrom, she was general merchandise manager for juniors, accessories and beauty at Kohl’s. Her 24-year retail also includes merchandising and planning roles at May Co., Federated Department Stores and Fred Meyer Stores.
“Paige has proven to be a very effective merchant leader. She is decisive and curious. We are thrilled to have her now leading men’s and kids apparel,” said copresident Pete Nordstrom.

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Internal Nordstrom Data Show Sales Decline for Ivanka Trump Brand

Sales of Ivanka Trump’s fashion line tumbled 32% at Nordstrom last fiscal year, with the declines deepening in the run-up to the U.S. presidential election, according to internal Nordstrom data reviewed by the Journal.
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This Stupid Rock Costs $85 At Nordstrom. Seriously.

In the latest sign that the rich should be eaten and the end is nigh, Nordstrom has apparently started selling a totally regular-looking rock for $ 85. 

Yes, in what is apparently not a joke but in fact real life, the department store is selling a rock in a little pouch for an amount that is frankly insulting to humans who spend their money on things like rent or food or, well, anything besides $ 85 rocks. 

Surely by now you must be wondering whether this is the sort of fake news that has infiltrated the internet and clouded our collective judgment. But no, it is not. This is the reality we live in now. And in the blurb attached to what is just, really, a rock, the creator of said rock doesn’t even pretend that there’s some specific purpose for it. Because again, it’s just a rock:

A paperweight? A conversation piece? A work of art? It’s up to you, but this smooth Los Angeles-area stone—wrapped in rich, vegetable-tanned American leather secured by sturdy contrast whipstitching—is sure to draw attention wherever it rests. A traditional hardening process gives the leather a beautiful ombré effect. Like all Made Solid leather pieces, this one is cut, shaped, sewn and finished by hand in artist Peter Maxwell’s Los Angeles studio. Using vintage leatherworking tools and traditional saddle-stitching techniques, Maxwell aims to create beautiful designs that embody both simplicity and functionality, and that develop rich character and patina over time.

Made Solid, the “creator” of this “product,” states that most of the rocks are around 3 inches by 4.5 inches by 2 inches, but makes clear that “Each piece is unique and will vary slightly,” which makes sense. Because they are rocks.

Not able to afford an $ 85 rock? The wallet feeling a little light because of student debt, rent and food? Hey, don’t worry, because there’s another rock you can buy for just sixty five dollars

When historians look back on the year 2016, the year when the first real cracks in democratic capitalism began to show, will they mention the rock? Will they see it as a sign of a people searching for meaning in all the wrong places? Of a society that spread its collective wealth incorrectly? Or will they simply look the other way, face to the wind, as they shout into the ethers, “WHAT HAPPENED? HOW COULD THE GREATEST NATION IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD SO QUICKLY CRUMBLE TO ITS KNEES?”

We don’t know yet. But for now, at least the shipping on this rock is free. And that’s pretty sick. 

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