Honestly, Nordstrom will always be my favorite department store, no doubt. I have an awful memory and for some reason don’t recall most of my childhood, but one thing I do remember is heading to the Nordies Anniversary Sale right before school started to pick out my new wardrobe. Every. Single. Year. No lie, my mother probably took me there from when I was in kindergarten until, well, now. Kind of embarrassing, but definitely a bonding tradition between us that I will keep milking until she finally realizes I’m not in school anymore.
That being said, as I’m starting to develop my personal style, I no longer am interested in the “regular” selection of brands that Nordstrom has to offer. Free People and Paige Jeans are cool, don’t get me wrong. But I’ve definitely developed a more “extra” taste (i.e. expensive), and find my trips to the store, and even more so online, underwhelming. That is, until I found a hidden online section called SPACE: A Shop For Emerging & Advanced Designers. I found this when I was researching Marine Serre last year, and immediately felt as though my prayers had been answered. While Off-White, J.W. Anderson, and other larger brands are included, I’ve also discovered a few I had never heard of. Here are a few of my favorite brands that SPACE showcases, along with some of their amazing pieces:
Having worked with some major brands himself, Victor Glemaud launched his own namesake line in 2008. He seems to focus mainly on knitwear, often with bright and bold designs. These items are definitely at the top of my never-ending wishlist.
With their headquarters based in LA and NYC, the bi-coastal brand has been breaking barriers since 2011 with their extraordinary pieces. The brand is surprisingly wearable, given the broad spectrum of colors showcased in each collection. It’s hard to choose, but here’s my faves.
While SL has been around for years, the brand rose to major fame this year after Gigi Hadid was spotted wearing the Bean Pullover this past fall. SPACE has a super small selection compared to the Sandy Liang website, but I’m glad that they are showcased in the section as they’ve easily been one of the most frequent brands on my wishlist this year.
Copenhagen-based label Ganni isn’t new to the scene, but I’ve been seeing their sweaters all over the scandi-influencers, all of whom seem to just be super cool. Ganni manages to bring color, great quality, and timelessness to the plate, all while remaining at a doable price point.