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topman distressed denim.

Distressed/deconstructed/ripped denim is trending pretty hard right now. And while yes, you can absolutely attempt to rip your own jeans to add that extra level of legitness and authenticity to your look, is sitting in your living room with scissors and sandpaper, and going to to town on some denim really any better than just buying a pair of jeans that someone has already deconstructed for you? I mean unless you're ripping holes in your jeans from natural causes (i.e. street rugby, mountain gymnastics, or urban midget knife fighting), why not just buy a pair that has been deconstructed correctly--to prevent additional fraying and decreasing of fabric integrity?

For around $80, you can pick up a pair from Topman in multiple colors, fits, and fabric compositions.

Stop by the "ripped" section of Topman's website, or check out Nordstrom's selection of Topman denim to try on the different fits before making your selection. 


- James


I got the blues.

As my graduation quickly and finally approaches, I figured it was time to invest in my future and purchase a navy blue interview suit. Seeing as how important first impressions can be in job interviews, I decided to go all out; no bargain suit for me. 


I went to several different places, tried on dozens of different makers, cuts, and fits, until I found the suit that I couldn't pass up. Reminder: do not buy the first suit you see, or even the first suit that fits well when you shop for a suit. Try on as many as you possibly can (within reason of ccourse). The more garments you try on, the better idea you'll have of exactly what it is you're looking for, what fits you best, which cuts you prefer, etc...

After several days of searching, I ended up at Nordstrom in Mission Viejo, California. The suit: 

  • hugo boss
  • pic stitching (hand stitched lapels)
  • peak lapels (the upward pointing lapel corners).
  • ticket pocket (tucked in)
  • flat-front trousers

After the fitting and initial adjustments were marked, I returned two more times for two more alterations to make sure the fit was perfect. When you're dropping this much money, you better make sure you get it right. Buying an interview suit is an investment in your own success. Don't set yourself up for failure with an ugly, poor-fitting suit. Step your game up and do it right.

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On a side note, when you're ready to take the leap into manhood and purchase a quality suit, go see Lawrence at Nordstrom in Mission Viejo, California--he's the man. Lawrence really knows his stuff. He understands current trends and timeless styles, and is both patient and kind. Trust me on this one, you won't regret it.


- james





Nordstrom Half-yearly men's sale.

This is one of those posts where the title kinda says it all. But allow me to continue anyway, just in case you're reading this post thinking "I don't really like going to Nordstrom, it's too crowded." Or maybe "It's too pricey." Or maybe "They don't carry brands that I actually wear." Allow me to offer a solution to these common, and often invalid, complaints.

We live in the year 2013. That's 29 years since the Internet Protocol Suite (TCP/IP) was standardized and subsequently adopted by consumers, and 18 years since it was commercialized and spread across the US. I think it's safe to assume that after 18 years of technological advances in telecommunications and ecommerce, we've figured out a way to avoid crowds. That's right folks, you can shop online without having to interact with a single human being! Huzzah!!

Now, I'm also aware that Nordstrom tends to have higher price points than other stores. Let me remind you that the entire purpose of this post is to alert you of a giant SALE. In other words, prices are lower right now than normal, so your complaint is no longer acceptable.

Lastly, I'll be the first to admit that Nordstrom has not always carried brands that I want to wear. That being said, they've definitely stepped up their game recently-- they've partnered with Topman, Nudie, and Obey just to name a few. That being said, I checked out the half-yearly men's sale online for 10 minutes and came across these gems.

topman Swallow print woven shirt $52.00 $26.00 click here.

topman short sleeve woven shirt $56.00 $27.98 click here.

topman 'bogart' skinny one button blazer $300.00 $149.98 click here.

nudie 'grim tim' skinny straight leg jeans (organic dry navy) $179.00 $119.93 click here.

obey 'cruiser stripe' t-shirt $42.00 $28.14 click here.

levi's 'trucker' denim jacket $84.00 $56.28 click here.

dockers 'alpha khaki' slim straight leg chinos $59.00 $39.53 click here.

If I can find these beauties within the first 10 minutes of browsing, it's safe to say there's plenty more where that came from. So get on the website and see what else they've got on sale, you don't wanna miss out.
- James


topshop/topman at nordstrom.

I know that in writing posts about popular topics and loading them onto the interwebs, the whole world has the opportunity to see and learn form what I write. And based on how successful we've been in the short time we've been around, I understand that there are a lot of people reading what we write. But what I did not expect was for Nordstrom to read our posts and make a decision based on what we've been saying. Topshop is now at Nordstrom! We Called it.

All joking aside (I realize that Nordstrom is fully capable of doing their own research and making their own informed decisions), I'm so pumped to finally be able to find clothes from Topman without having to travel hundreds of miles to one of only three US locations. They aren't carrying ALL Topshop products, but they do have quite a collection available, so not only can you try things on before purchasing them, but you don't have to pay international shipping fees anymore.  

Our prayers have been answered. So let's take advantage of this new addition to Nordstrom's aresenal of hip threads.

- James


colored laces.

Finally someone has come to realize the need for oxford colored laces. I've been trying to find decent colors other than what come with the shoes for ages. It's nice to be able to add some color to your kicks when you want to without being restricted to boring brown and black all the time.

It doesn't have to be a solid color shoe either. Check out these saddle-style oxfords with colored laces.

Don't be a fraid to try something new. Pick out a color that you like that doesn't clash with the shoe itself and go for it. The nice thing is that the laces themselves are super inexpensive so you can try a few different colors. You can buy them individually or in multi-packs.

Here's the multi-pack offered by 1901.

FYI, you don't have to buy the entire multi-pack if you don't want to. You can just walk into Nordstrom and pick and choose whatever you want in the men's footwear section.

If those particular colors aren't to your liking there are tons of other places to find laces; just make sure you get a decent pair that are the right length. A good idea would even be to check the official stores of the shoes you own. That's what I did with my Allen Edmonds:

Here are just a few more examples to get you rolling.

- James


An Ode to Customer Service.

I recently made a stop into Nordstrom to talk to someone in the men's shoes department about a pair of Clark Desert Boots I had puchased from them about a year ago. When I bought them I had trouble deciding between two sizes. The smaller size was a bit snug on the top of the foot and the larger size had a tiny bit of extra room. The salesman advised me to purchase the larger size because, as he informed me, it would be better to have a boot a tiny bit large than a boot too small. He told me I could just wear a thicker sock and the boot would fit like a glove, so I followed his advice and purchased the larger size. Over time the suede boot began to stretch. Normally this can be expected but when I say the boot stretched, I mean it REALLY stretched. After awhile I was wearing two pairs of socks just to prevent my feet from sliding around in them, and even then there was STILL all kinds of room. So rather than suffering in silence, as we often do, I decided to to see what they could do for me. Now you may or may not know anything about Nordstrom other than the fact that it's really classy, and really expensive. So let me drop some retail knowledge on you.

Nordstrom began in 1901, founded by Carl Wallin and John W. Nordstrom as a shoe store. Their business philosophy was based on exceptional service as well as selection and quality, and because of this their reputation grew rapidly. By 1960 Nordstrom had become the largest independant shoe chain in the United States, and in 1963 they decided to expand; venturing into the clothing industry by purchasing several clothing companies. Growth continued nationally, and today they are one of the largest, most successful, and most unique fashion retailers in the U.S. After over 100 years of successful business, the company philosophy remains the same, with customer service being their number one priority.

It is this type of customer service that I experienced first hand. So, after a year of wondering what I could do about my massively stretched boots, I took them back into Nordstrom in Mission Viejo, California to be precise. Now keep in mind these boots were worn in, and rugged. It was very clear I'd had them for awhile. I spoke to Frank, whom I highly recommend, about my stretchy-boot situation and without hesitation; without stopping to ask me how long I'd had them; without asking when or where I purchased them, he sprang into action like the friggin Batman of retail. He offerend to exchange them without costing me a dime, and within a week they were shipped to my front door. And my boots and I lived happily ever after.

Thanks to people like Frank, I will be a Nordstrom customer for life (when I can afford it). Shout out to my main shoe-man Frank, keep up the good work.

- James

PS: If you're interested in picking up some Clark's Desert Boots, be warned: they will stretch.