Here are some samples from his 2008 collaboration with Nordstrom:
Yeeeaaah.... don't you just lose yourself in these images?
The above pictures are probably Toledo's best known work for Nordstrom, but they are celebrating a ten year collaboration this fall! Nordstrom has a wonderful video with insights into their collaboration here. I HIGHLY recommend it.
Notable quotes: I especially love when Ruben Toledo says that one artist influences the other and it's an "endless dialogue". Also, loving the mystery man that says "Fashion really walks a tighrope between commerce and art, and when it's done really well, you can't tell the difference." AND... I love love love that ruffled Valentino coat! I want. (Just watch the video, ok?)
Here is some more eye candy from the Fall 2010 Nordstrom Designer Catalog:
AND... some pics of Ruben Toledo's studio:
Images from The Selby
Last but not least, Ruben is married to fashion designer Isabel Toledo (lead designer at Anne Klein, Michelle Obama's favorite designer, a shoe collection at Payless... this could be a whole other post)! And their house. is. amazing. Check it out at this Harper's Bazaar story. I want to have them over for dinner. There would be "endless dialogue".
Side note: Isabel uses Ruben discarded sketches as her personal stationary! Isn't that sweet?