by Stephen Garner

Sam Lobban, Nordstrom VP Men’s Fashion, has introduced Concept 003:, a collaboration with esteemed Japanese publishing house, featuring a curated selection of rare and collectible vintage pieces by prolific designers Helmut Lang and Raf Simons.

The exclusive offering includes a Raf Simons David Bowie top from the 90s, a fishtail coat from his fall 2005 collection, a Helmut Lang painted denim jacket from 1996 – and many more special pieces. The limited pop-up shop will be available at the Nordstrom Men’s Store NYC, Nordstrom Downtown Seattle, Nordstrom Pacific Centre in Vancouver, B.C. and at from May 2nd through May 30th.

As part of the pop-up, New Concepts @NordstromMen will exclusively launch’s release of 1986-2005, a new two-volume digest detailing the work of Helmut Lang. The book follows the success of 1996-2001 / 2001-2006 which documented Raf Simons’ collections through his formative years. Both books pay tribute to two visionaries who changed the landscape of menswear forever.

“I’m a longtime fan of both Helmut Lang and Raf Simons, and it was Raf’s fall 2005 collection that first introduced me to the world of designer menswear. It connected with me personally and had an enduring effect on my style,” said Lobban. “I love the idea that through’s books, and now Concept 003, we can make these pieces accessible to everyone where previously they were reserved for just a few.”

Concept 003: is Lobban’s third project for New Concepts @NordstromMen, following Concept 001: Out Cold and Concept 002: Dior. The series will continue to invite customers to discover the newest and most interesting products in menswear in partnership with the world’s most compelling brands.