New Nordstrom Initiative Spotlights Up-and-Coming Designers

8/25/2015
On August 20, Nordstrom launched SPACE, a new shop curated by Olivia Kim, its director of creative projects, featuring emerging and advanced designers.

SPACE lives in its own boutique-like environment inside the Nordstrom Collectors department alongside other designer collections at the retailer's four flagship stores and online. The shop features a cross-category offering of seasonal collections of apparel, shoes, handbags and accessories collections from designers including Simone Rocha, Marques'Almeida, Jacquemus, Isa Arfen, Anthony Vaccarello, Shrimps, Tricot Comme des GarÇons, Noir Kei Ninomiya, Creatures of the Wind, Vetements, Faustine Steinmetz, Mociun, Sophie Bille Brahe, and more.

Following the Nordstrom Creative Project team's first initiative of Pop-In@Nordstrom, which launched in October 2013 under the direction of Kim, SPACE continues the team's goals of creating new, interesting and unique experiences for customers and introducing them to the best up-and-coming brands and new talent.

"Conceptually SPACE is very boutique-like, offering not just clothing or shoes but a full wardrobe in one small environment," said Kim. "I want this to be a place of inspiration and education. A lot of these pieces are new and directional, but I want it to always feel inclusive. SPACE is a part of the Nordstrom ethos of offering the best of what's out there."

The store design was built with artistic elements and pops of color to distinguish the shop from the rest of the retail floor – think pink mannequins, mixed materials and art objects to accent the area. Kim worked with the Nordstrom design team to create a framework that feels open and airy, then decorated each SPACE with work from artists, furniture makers and artisans so each feels uniquely warm and inviting.

The shop features pieces like Ettore Sottsass's Ultrafragola wavy neon mirrors and woven rubber benches and chairs by Max Lamb. SPACE also includes a colorful vintage bench by Verner Panton, petrified stone risers by Matt White, Korean enamel-topped tables from Kwangho Lee, and other one-of-a-kind pieces from Kim's favorite artists sourced from Johnson Trading Gallery in New York City.

Additionally, the SPACE online boutique offers editorialized styling, compelling content and storytelling around its brands in a unique site and mobile experience.

For SPACE's inaugural ad campaign, Kim curated looks from Vetements, Simone Rocha, Undercover, Isa Arfen, Rosetta Getty, Y's by Yohji Yamamoto, Julien David and And Re Walker and tapped notable stylist Mel Ottenberg and photographer Collier Schorr to bring the campaign to life. 

SPACE is found in the following flagship Nordstrom stores and online:

Nordstrom Downtown Seattle
Nordstrom San Francisco Centre
Nordstrom Michigan Avenue in Chicago
Nordstrom Pacific Centre in Vancouver, Canada (opening September 18th, 2015)
Nordstrom.com/SPACE

Designers include:
ACNE
FAUSTINE STEINMETZ
ROSETTA GETTY
ADIEU
ILEANA MAKRI
SARA LASRY
AND RE WALKER
ISA ARFEN
SARAH & SEBASTIAN
ANITA KO
JACQUEMUS
SHRIMPS
ANNA SHEFFIELD
JULIEN DAVID
SIMONE ROCHA
ANTHONEY VACCARELLO
KARA
SOPHIE BILLE BRAHE
ARIES
MARQUES'ALMEIDA
TRICOT COMME DES GARÇONS
ASHLEY WILLIAMS
MIRA MIKATI
UNDERCOVER
BENTONY VERNON
MOCIUN
URIBE
CAITLIN PRICE
NEKTAR DE STAGNI
VETEMENTS
CREATURES OF THE WIND
NOIR KEI NINOMIYA
VIKA GAZINSKAYA
CRISTINA ORTIZ
PASKAL
WWAKE
DANIELA VILLEGAS
ROKSANDA
Y'S BY YOHJI YAMAMOTO



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