Stylish Clothes for the “Mature” Man

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First of all, let me say that the “mature” man doesn’t equate to the intellect, character, personality or hygiene of that person. As “mature” women are being called for those NOT petite or skinny, the “mature” man can be considered in the same way. Living in the south, there are more “mature” men here than anywhere else I have been.
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Nordstrom Buys HauteLook for 270M

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Okay, I’m a little late on this news, but still it’s noteworthy nonetheless.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Nordstrom, my beloved Seattle-based retailer, buys an awesome “flash sale” entity in the form of HauteLook for about $270 million in stock.  That’s pretty impressive given the growing flash sales market around nowadays.  Being a member of both Gilt Groupe AND HauteLook, I can definitely see why Nordstrom wants to take a piece of that action and turn it into dollar signs down the road.

What does this mean for the fashion industry?  I’m sure there are lots of analysts that will share their perceived future of fashion and retail industries.  But from my own personal opinion, I think this is a great investment on Nordstrom’s part, and definitely a way to get a foothold on their business by expanding their market and customer reach.

The downside that I see is in imagining what HauteLook would have been if it were to hold off on Nordstrom’s sale and decides to keep operating as an independent?  I’m thinking in the lines of Twitter here…  As you can see, Twitter’s refusal to accept Google and Facebook’s offer changed (if not, modified) the business of the social media industry.  I can imagine that HauteLook, Gilt Groupe and its competitors can change the business infrastructure of the fashion and retail industries if they stayed in business as an independent.

Again, my 2 cents 🙂

X-Men Cuff Links at Nordstrom

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Now, as an avid X-Men (and comic book) fan,  I would love to have worn this in my “younger” days, and maybe see this on a nice button-down shirt and make it all geeky-like, as if I was going to a more “professional” comic book convention.  While I think this is an excellent gift to a fan, fashion-wise and style-wise, I don’t think this will help any professional look like a professional.  Unless you’re in the comic industry.

What do you think?  Thoughts or comments are welcome!

Nordstrom construction at Green Hills

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Nordstrom has started their store construction at popular Green Hills mall in Nashville. I am so thankful of seeing one of my fave stores of all time be transplanted in the south. You have no idea what a relief this is for guys like me.

It’s been a challenge to get great retailers and stores in the south, especially here in Nashville, as the market for high-end stores are JUST slowly booming, unlike bigger and better cities like Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, or Seattle who are already established in their own rights. When I first came to Nashville to visit back in the summer of ’06, Green Hills was only 1/3 of what it is now, and back then it wasn’t much to even notice, IMHO. Now, higher end cats like Coach, Louis Vuitton, and 7 For All Mankind are taking place here – hopefully to end this country boot, western-shirt wearing style of town.

Nevertheless, the excitement is still there and I cannot wait to see the results. Props to the Nordstrom heads to make this happen and keep us Seattlites proud.

Nordstrom Half-Yearly Sale on Now!

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Gotta love Nordstrom for their quality and brand name selection.  You’ll find between 20% to 40% off of sweet products like 7 for All Mankind, True Religion, The North Face, Nordstrom brand, Kenneth Cole, Ed Hardy, and more!

Here are some samples of this half-yearly sale.

AG Jeans Protege Straight Leg

AG Jeans Protege Straight Leg

AG Jeans Protege Straight Leg

Was $168, now $109.90

Joseph Abboud Two-Button Suit

Joseph Abboud Two-Button Suit

Joseph Abboud Two-Button Suit

Was $695, now $414.90

For all you Black Friday Shoppers

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There are tons of sales happening right now, as you may very well know.  Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…  Who is this Encarnacion?

Oops, my bad: good movie (Nacho Libre), wrong timing.

Here are some of my fave sales happening so far:

DSW’s $20 off sale and $29.95 boots

Express.com has a 25% off Everything sale

Kenneth Cole’s 41% off Black Friday Sale

Gap’s 50% off Sweaters sale

Armani Exchange’s $50 off every $150 purchase in-store or online

Nordstrom.com free shipping on orders of $100 or more (use HOLIDAY09 code)

Saks.com free shipping with HOLIDAY9 code AND 60% off Thanksgiving sale

Steve Madden: 30% off entire order plus Free Standard Shipping with code MADDEN30 at checkout! (Expires 12/7).  15% off orders of $50 or more plus Free Shipping! Use code SHOPIT15N at checkout.

I’m sure there are more happening, but you get the drift.  Enjoy the sales!