DDB Canada Waxes Nostalgic for Nordstrom

By Erik Oster 

DDB Canada has a new campaign for Nordstrom entitled “Shoes That Move You,” that takes a nostalgic look back at customer’s childhoods.

In “Cardboard Box,” for example, a voiceover says, “When you were young, you could see endless possibility inside of a cardboard box…” over whimsically shot scenes of children making imaginative use of cardboard boxes. The spot then cuts to a woman opening up a box of Nordstrom shoes, as the voiceover finishes “…some things never change.” This transition is handled well, suggesting to the viewer that the woman at the spot’s conclusion is the cardboard astronaut from the previous shot. In the similarly-themed “Cake,” meanwhile, Nordstrom shoes are likened to getting the biggest slice of cake at a party. Both spots aim to capitalize on the cute factor, while making customers associate the brand with fond childhood memories.



Advertising Agency: DDB Canada, Vancouver, Canada
Executive Creative Directors: Cosmo Campbell, Dean Lee
Copywriter: Jon Mandell
Art Director: Brandon Thomas
Agency Producer: Karen Brown
VP Business Director: Michelle Kitchen
Account Director: Amanda Waye
Project Manager: Kimberly Billan
Strategy: Rob Newell
Social Media Strategy: Derek Lau
Production Company: Soft Citizen
Director: Yael Staav
Director of Photography: Chris Mably
Line Producer: Merrie Wasson
Post-Production Company: Cycle Media
Editors / Online Editors: Matthew Griffiths, Rob Doucet
Colourist: Claudio Sepulveda
Audio House: Vapor Music
Audio House Creative Director/Engineer: Andrew Harris
Audio House Producer: Natalie Schnurr
Casting Agency: Blair Law Casting