John Legend rocked the stage at Nordstrom’s ‘legendary’ NYC holiday bash

Nordstrom Celebrates a Legendary Holiday with John Legend and Sperry
Nordstrom Celebrates a Legendary Holiday with John Legend and Sperry.
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John Legend made sure everyone who attended a special Nordstrom event last week had a “Legendary” time.

On Dec. 3, Nordstrom hosted “A Legendary Holiday” at their flagship store location at 225 West 57th Street. The event was held for select Icon customers in Nordstrom’s loyalty program. 

The night kicked off with a performance from Shaina Shepherd, a Seattle-based vocalist with a dynamic range that highlights the raw power of rock, the richness of soul, and the tender introspection of American folk. The highlight of the night was a special performance by John Legend, who took the stage with just a piano and sang out some fan favorite hits and holiday tunes.

Shaina Shepherd at Nordstrom’s Legendary Holiday event.Neil Rasmus & Rupert Ramsay/BFA.COM
John Legend at Nordstrom’s Legendary Holiday event.Neil Rasmus & Rupert Ramsay/BFA.COM
Questlove performs as Nordstrom celebrates a legendary holiday with John Legend and Sperry at the Nordstrom NYC Flagship on Dec. 3, 2021 in New York City.(Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for Nordstrom)

Questlove rounded out the night by spinning beats at the after-party. In attendance at the bash were Justin Theroux, Natasha Lyonne, Nicole Ari Parker, Tituss Burgess, Dominique Jackson, Brooke Shields, Pete Nordstrom, Katherine Cousins, Maria Tash, Eric Rutherford, Ezra J. William, Brendon Babenzien, Abrima Erwiah, Jameel Mohammed and more.

In tandem with the event, Legend and Sperry launched a special collaboration. The collection features three styles of shoe: a boot, a chukka and a boat shoe. Each style has been designed to reflect Legend’s personal style, luxe suedes and leathers, soft lambskin linings, and Vibram soles. The details in the shoes include a keyboard-print on the footbed, quotes by the musician printed on the inside of the tongue and subtle hand-stitched JL branding can be found throughout the collection.

The Sperry x John Legend Collection is now available on Sperry.com, Nordstrom and select retailers, with prices ranging from $120- $250. You can shop the collection on sperry.com/johnlegend.

“It’s been such a pleasure working with Sperry over the past couple years,” Legend said of the collection. “I had been curating my favorite shoe styles from Sperry’s current assortment, and it’s so exciting to embark on this next chapter: designing my first capsule collection with Sperry. The styles are based on some of my favorite classic silhouettes from Sperry’s wonderful heritage, infused with my own personal style and sensibilities. They’re the kinds of shoes that will add a touch of freshness and sophistication to your look. I look forward to wearing these shoes myself, and I am so proud to present them to the world.”

“Working with John Legend and his stylist Dave Thomas has been an incredible experience,” said Sean McDowell, VP Product and Design, Sperry. “We collaborated in the right way, starting with a blank slate and then capturing John’s spirit. We wanted to engineer shoes and boots that feel like a part of his life, taking subtle cues from his wardrobe, his music, the modern architecture of his new house, his new electric Porsche Taycan, his Piguet watch collection and the color palette of his closet. The results have pushed the brand to a sophisticated and premium level.”

Photo: Yu Tsai
Photo: Yu Tsai
Photo: Yu Tsai