John W. Nordstrom immigrated to the U.S. from Sweden in 1887 and soon went to Alaska to try his hand at gold mining. One of the few miners who made a decent profit, he moved to Seattle with $13,000 to his name. There, he partnered with friend Carl Walin to open Walin and Nordstrom in 1901. Establishing a reputation for excellent customer service and value early on, the store was popular among a devoted customer base. When Nordstrom and Walin both retired in the late 1920s, they both sold their shares of the company to Nordstrom's sons, Everett and Elmer. The two sons renamed the company to Nordstrom and began to expand their venture by opening more stores across Seattle.
Through the decades, Nordstrom continued to expand beyond Washington and into both urban and suburban markets across the country. The retailer also began operating a catalog division in 1993, which later transitioned into an ecommerce presence. The business continued to pass down through the generations of Nordstrom children, and the family still has major representation among the company's executive team. Today, there are more than 100 full-line Nordstrom stores and almost 200 Nordstrom Rack discount stores in the United States and Canada. Nordstrom is the largest luxury department store chain among its direct competitors. In addition to selling major name brands, the company also manufactures and sells its own exclusive apparel under the Nordstrom label.
Baby clothes from the Nordstrom brand include upscale versions of all the basics. You can find bodysuits, rompers, and one-pieces for both genders. Dress and legging combinations are also available for baby girls, while shirt and pant sets can be found for boys. Accessories include baby blankets, hooded towels, socks, booties, beanie hats, and more. Moving into clothing for kids, the boys' collection includes formalwear options like slacks, button-down shirts, neckties, bowties, blazers, belts, and suspenders. Hosiery is the main clothing option for girls, but the brand also makes several shoe styles like fashion boots, Mary Janes, and ballet flats.
The Nordstrom brand of women's clothing features classic styles in several different categories. Tops include tanks, camis, tunics, button-down shirts, henleys, and v-necks. The collection puts an emphasis on layers, so you can also find plenty of sweaters, pullovers, and cardigans. Pants are relatively limited, but they include woven and linen versions of classic styles like ankle pants and Bermuda shorts. Nordstrom has a wide array of bras and underwear in different cuts. Specialty bras include strapless, backless, bandeau, plunge, and more, while panties are available in styles like thong, bikini, brief, and boyshort. The brand also offers plenty of jewelry and accessories.
Major retailers like Nordstrom can afford to be very picky when it comes to the different types of clothes that they manufacture under their own labels. The bulk of the clothes sold via the Nordstrom brand are popular basics that the company can offer without needing to sign distribution deals with other brands. As a result, styles are fairly straightforward without feeling tired, and the bulk of clothes feature very classic designs. Many of the clothes are inexpensive, while others make use of high-end materials and are pricier (these particular options might certainly be more affordable when bought secondhand). In general, quality is very high, so we give Nordstrom 4.5 stars out of 5.
- Established 1901
- Classic styles and basic apparel
- Sold at:
- Nordstrom stores, Nordstrom Rack, online
- Types of items:
- Bodysuits, rompers, one-pieces, dresses, leggings, suits, blazers, slacks, button-down shirts, neckties, bowties, tanks, camis, blouses, tunics, shorts, pants, cardigans, sweaters, pullovers, bras, panties, shoes, boots, accessories, jewelry
- Related brands:
- Nordstrom Signature, Mini Boden, Peek, Painted Threads, Todd Snyder New York, 1901, Nordstrom Baby, Zella, Stem, Hinge, Halogen, Frenchie