Olivia Kim’s Good Taste

Since uprooting from New York last fall for the director of special projects role at Nordstrom in Seattle, Olivia Kim, 36, has wasted no time soaking up her new surroundings. “I love marine biology, the ocean and shorelines — anything that has to do with that.” And she’s not kidding. “I joined the Pacific Northwest Shell Club. We talk about shells, mollusks, ocean life. I’m the youngest person there by at least 25 years.” It makes sense that the plucky retail whiz, who gained industry cred as the VP of creative at Opening Ceremony, is now applying her talents to themed Pop-In@Nordstrom concept shops, which for the Sept. 12 to Oct. 12 iteration will focus on brands that do good. “There are so many cool companies [involved in] the realm of social responsibility, whether they are eco, sustainable, or give back. Even though they have this amazing story to tell, it’s really about incredible product,” she said. Here, Kim, who just returned from outdoorsy trips to British Columbia, Canada, and Montana, shares a few summer essentials and favorite local spots.

Activities off the clock:
“I’m a surfer. I love waterskiing and tubing as well — basically any activity where a boat is pulling me along.”

Shoes in constant rotation:
“My Tevas are perfect for going from the water to hiking around town. I have all black and try my best to make them look chic. A really great pedicure helps.”

I’m a regular at …
“Ada’s Technical Books and Café. It’s dedicated to science, gadgets and books on astronomy, all inside this adorable coffee shop with yummy pastries.”

Local source of inspiration:
“The Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington, Seattle, hosts some wonderful shows and programs. The permanent James Turrell light installation [above] is gorgeous.”

Feel-good favorites:
“Brother Vellies shoes by Aurora James [at left]. And Young Maven from California has an entire collection made out of hemp cotton.”

I’m obsessive about …
“Sunscreen. I reapply every three to four hours. I use La Mer in SPF 50. And whenever I am outside, I’m always in a hat.”

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