The Nordy Pod: 10 Things We Learned from Our First 10 Episodes
As you might have heard, we have a podcast! The Nordy Pod is Nordstrom’s way of giving customers a peek behind the curtain to learn more about the people behind our business and the personalities shaping our industry. Hosted by Pete Nordstrom, President and Chief Brand Officer, The Nordy Pod spotlights the fascinating stories of individuals like Jessica Alba, actor and founder of The Honest Company and Mickey Drexler, CEO of Alex Mill, alongside the incredible teams who work behind the scenes to bring the Nordstrom experience to life for our customers.
To celebrate the launch of our tenth episode, we’re highlighting some of our favorite moments from the pod’s first few months. If you haven’t already, you can get caught up here, or wherever you get your podcasts. Thanks for tuning in – we hope you enjoy it!
- “I always admired styled clothes – like Ralph – I felt the world needed good taste, good style at an affordable price. That was my mantra, and it had to be curated.” – Mickey Drexler
- “The complexity of the times we’re in demand that businesses – and everyone – have a position, and be part of the solution.” – Erik Nordstrom
- “There’s something about that savage creative energy and space that’s exciting, and none of us wanted to step away from it, even on a really bad day.” – Megan Jasper
- “I feel like the fashion graveyard is riddled with brands that grew too fast, sold to everybody, built these monolithic empires, and then just crashed and burned. And I really want to be intentional about building a business that means something” – Joe Kudla
- “The standard for leaders is almost like you’re not human anymore. And this is so counter to my belief system. That’s why I like sports – because you have to publicly fail every single day. And find the courage to get back up and keep going.” – Jen Cohen
- “It’s such a scary thing to be a creative and to find the money and to believe in yourself enough to say no, I’ll invest in myself, and I think the more that you do that and it works out, the more empowered you are to do it.” – Sam Jones
- “When I went and lobbied on Capitol Hill, I would sit down with different people in government that sat on both sides – because this isn’t about republican or democrat – this is human health. This is just common sense. We should test chemicals for safety before we bring them into the marketplace.” – Jessica Alba
- “If we're going to make a dent in the big environmental challenge that we're focused on, we have to be big, so I'm not ashamed of the ambition to be a very large company because I think every shoe we sell and every dollar that we make, consumers are making a choice for us versus somebody else, and that's going to make a better impact on the planet.” – Joey Zwillinger
- “Once the final buzzer sounds and you have a champion, we immediately begin producing, and I’m talking hundreds of product choices still, this isn’t just like a championship t-shirt, this is going to be the full range of hoodies, sweatshirts, headwear, fleece, all kinds of things.” – Doug Mack
- “When I talked to people about it, early days of pitching Bonobos as a concept, they would say ‘well you can extend a brand online but you can’t build one online,’ and I remember thinking ‘why? Why would that be true?’ and then the question that was so fascinating was well who’s done it, and I loved that I didn’t have an answer.” – Andy Dunn
You can hear the full interviews here or wherever you get your podcasts. We'd love to hear your feedback, suggestions, stories or experiences. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave us a voicemail at 206.594.0526. If you’re willing to be featured in our podcast, please include your contact info so we can message you, and Pete may just give you a ring!