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What’s Going On is the eleventh studio album by soul musician Marvin Gaye, released May 21, 1971, on the Motown-subsidiary label Tamla Records. article, wikimedia photo article, wikimedia photo

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One of America’s favorite retailers, from Seattle, is Nordstrom.

We have heard or read about them so often, it’s possible they can sometimes blend into the landscape when in reality they may have new and exciting products and services we need to hear about.


What’s up? What’s happening? What’s new? What’s going on?

Seattle, WA (April 14, 2016) – Today, Nordstrom, Inc. announced the arrival of IVY PARK, a new active wear line for women. Co-founded by Beyoncé and Sir Philip Green, the brand launched at 54 Nordstrom stores and article, photo article, photo

IVY PARK design unifies fashion and performance. The leggings appear in three lengths, the Capri, which falls just under the knee; the crop, which falls on the calf; and the full length, which reaches the ankle. Each pant comes in three shapes: the I, the V and the Y, which corresponds with low rise, midrise and high rise fit, respectively.

The core of the collection is bolstered by ‘second skin’ signature pieces, including fitted tank tops with concealed, built-in sports bras, bonded, v-band structured medium impact sports bras, seamless knits and body suits. The line also features logo sweatshirts, cotton jersey tanks and tees, basketball mesh over-sized T-shirts and tank tops that appear in both black and white.

IVY PARK merchandise sold at Nordstrom ranges in price from $14 for a headband to $265 for a body suit.

Nordstrom has been the retail partner of choice for brands such as Topshop, Topman and Madewell, which have exclusive U.S. distribution through the retailer.

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An unerring eye for what’s next in fashion. A relentless drive to exceed expectations. For more than 100 years, Nordstrom has worked to deliver the best possible shopping experience, helping customers possess style—not just buy fashion. article, photo article, photo

Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer offering compelling clothing, shoes and accessories for men, women and children. Since 1901, we’ve been committed to providing our customers with the best possible service—and to improving it every day.

This commitment has taken us from a small Seattle shoe shop to the leading fashion specialty retailer we are today. We’re proud to serve customers at 326 stores in 39 states and Canada. Customers are served at 121 full-line stores in the U.S. and Canada, 197 Nordstrom Rack locations, five Trunk Club clubhouses—a personalized styling service—two Jeffrey boutiques and one clearance store. We also serve customers online in 96 countries through And our site, which operates in partnership with our private sale site HauteLook, gives customers in the U.S., Canada and Australia access to off-price fashion at considerable savings. article, photo article, photo

We believe fashion is a business of optimism, and in that spirit we continue to grow and evolve. Free shipping and free returns, mobile shopping and exciting new retail partnerships offer us continued opportunities to serve more customers in more ways with a fresh, relevant shopping experience and inspiring style. Fashion changes. Shopping changes. Our commitment to happy customers doesn’t.


As reported in the New York Times on August 13, 2015, there is an innovative woman behind some of the exciting changes that are happening at Nordstrom’s. Let’s listen in. “The woman coaxing the $13 billion fashion retailer to think small has a “Babes in Toyland” squeak, intermittently bleach-blond hair and the letters S-I-C-K tattooed across her knuckles.

Olivia Kim isn’t business as usual for Nordstrom, the century-old Seattle-based department store with more than 100 locations across the country. Which is exactly why it hired her in 2013 to be director of creative projects, a new and intentionally amorphous position.”


SEATTLE, Feb. 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Seattle-based Nordstrom, Inc. (NYSE: JWN) today announced plans to open a Nordstrom Rack at One Bloor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 38,600-square-foot store is scheduled to open in 2018. article, photo article, photo

The store will be located in Yorkville on the southeast corner of Yonge Street and Bloor Street, a well-known shopping district in Toronto. The new Rack will join Bloor Street retailers that include Holt Renfrew, Prada, Gap, Michael Kors, H&M, and Zara. The store will be approximately one mile north of the Nordstrom full-line store scheduled to open September 16, 2016 at CF Eaton Centre.

Nordstrom Rack first started in the basement of the company’s Seattle store over 40 years ago and is the off-price retail division of Nordstrom, Inc. The Rack offers customers a wide selection of on-trend apparel, accessories and shoes at an everyday savings of 30-70 percent off regular prices. Merchandise comes from Nordstrom stores and specially purchased items from many of the top brands sold at Nordstrom. The Rack is designed to provide the ultimate treasure hunt to style-savvy customers.

“We’re excited to announce our first Nordstrom Rack in Canada in such a wonderful location and provide Canadian customers another way to shop their favorite Nordstrom brands at great prices,” said Karen McKibbin, president of Nordstrom Canada. “We want to be a part of compelling locations across the country and this is a great first step. We look forward to getting our doors open to serve customers in Toronto.”

“We are delighted to welcome Nordstrom Rack to One Bloor, the perfect retailer for such a dynamic location. Anchoring the mink mile at the Yonge/Bloor intersection, One Bloor represents one of Toronto’s signature architectural landmarks and is a symbol of excellence in design, technology and experience,” said Christopher Wein, President Great Gulf. “With a culmination of residential, retail and transit at this amazing intersection and the vibrant pedestrian activity, Nordstrom Rack will be well positioned for success and future growth.”

Nordstrom first announced plans to expand to Canada in 2012 and to date has opened three full-line stores in Calgary at CF Chinook Centre on September 19, 2014; CF Rideau Centre in Ottawa on March 6, 2015 and CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver on September 18, 2015. The company will open three additional full-line stores in the Toronto area including CF Eaton Centre on September 16, 2016, Yorkdale Shopping Centre on October 21, 2016 and CF Sherway Gardens, fall 2017.

Thanks Nordstrom.

Our female sports community is vibrant, economically powerful and also hungry for information.

It’s great to see that Nordstrom continues to look forward with an eye to improved customer service and innovation. 

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