It’s safe to say that going to the mall has always been a guilty pleasure of mine. Whether to browse or buy, I always leave feeling inspired and a little jealous I didn’t snag that one shearling jacket. I think it’s important to note that I will buy jackets at any point throughout the year; I don’t believe in seasons. But really, zooming into the expanse of Southern California, this post touches a little closer to home with an anecdote or two about how I recognized firsthand that maturing in age is synchronous with maturing in style.
While Nordstrom has always been a staple for copious amounts of various shoes, clothes, and accessories, that’s all it ever was to me—a staple. Instead, I would head straight for the distinctive stores; stores that had a specific style, customer in mind, and ever-changing storefront display. Think Abercrombie, Urban Outfitters, or Free People. I was very much lured by the visual characteristics of stores rather than the products. Growing up under the prominent department store, being intimidated by the metal jungle of escalators above my head or $2,000 fur stole inches from my fingertips was an understatement. To be honest, I’m still intimidated that Nordstrom’s trusts leaving a $2,000 fur stole inches from my fingertips.
Earlier this month, I attended the grand opening of a new Nordstrom store in my local mall, a construction project that had been hidden behind a mesh green fence for almost a year. Wrapped in brushed aluminum steel, the finished building radiated elegance and poise, something I had never taken into account before, especially when it came to architecture. Each floor sparkled through transparent glass walls, displaying neatly lined shelves of handbags, wallets, and everything in between. The entrance was lined with waiters, each balancing ten flutes of strawberry rosé on a black serving tray. Talk about a top-notch shopping experience. While I was able to meander through sections of shoes too-far out of my price range and ogle at a black Gucci Dionysus shoulder bag, it was the rotation of live models throughout the store presenting combinations of collections that caught my infatuation. A group of 6 models casually placed themselves at the front of the store, acting as if there wasn’t a crowd of 200 awestruck by the concept. Beyond the amazing clothes and charming atmosphere, I discovered a newfound appreciation for Nordstrom. Although it doesn’t have to be the first spot you hit once you park at the mall, Nordstrom holds its ground exceptionally well and portrays the utmost sophistication with products, despite the title of a nationwide department store.