Milan: Salone del Mobile 2015

Milan: Salone del Mobile 2015

For all its reputation and renown, Milan is a pretty sleepy town, it’s most beautiful parts hidden in verdant courtyards and in unassuming warehouses. While it’s always possible to find fantastic food and a nice time there any time of year, its pace is dramatically slower than any other design or fashion capital—even during the […]

Interview: Jimmy Hunt

Interview: Jimmy Hunt

Montréal knows how to keep it’s cool… a little hidden trove of coffee shops, cuisine, and well-dressed dwellers all buzzing about in the brick-lined city. Holding major clout in producing grand talents, perhaps one can attribute the root of the city’s flourishing artistic community to the fact that it is simply too cold to go […]

Mikael Kennedy: New Mexico

Mikael Kennedy: New Mexico

Mikael Kennedy‘s work blends camera, car and the American highway into a singularly stunning body of work. His style is marked by expansive landscapes, dreamy natural light and a particular fondness for Polaroid. Beyond his personal exploration he’s worked for a long list of sterling clients from Vogue to Wythe Hotel, tours with his folk songstress wife and […]

Studio Visit: Building Block

Studio Visit: Building Block

We visited the Building Block‘s Los Angeles studio for the brand new issue of Human Being Journal. These are a few dreamy 35mm outtakes from Nastassia Clucas‘ shoot with the sisters behind the brand, Kim and Nancy Wu. This season, in addition to their minimalist yet superlative handbags and signature tassels, we’re also very happy to […]

Travel: Sakurajima Dinosaur Park

Travel: Sakurajima Dinosaur Park

You have to appreciate the boldness of the good people of Kagoshima, Japan’s southernmost big city. They built a town on a scenic bay that faces a volcano, and a very active one at that. Surely, living with that view every day might help put one’s tiny life in perspective—the perpetual white cloud coming from the top of […]

Introducing: Barena Venezia

Introducing: Barena Venezia

Of all the regions in the world shaped by impossible geography, the fertile lagoon surrounding Venice on Italy’s upper Adriatic coast is probably the most unique. It is the home of Titian and Vivaldi, and from the labyrinthine streets of Venice to its outer banks, it has long been home to a way of life entirely its […]

A.P.C.: A Brief History

A.P.C.: A Brief History

They’ve become three of the most iconic letters in contemporary fashion: A.P.C. Founded by Tunisian-born designer Jean Touitou, the revered fashion house, whose name stands for Atelier de Production et de Création, has spent the last several decades mastering the art of being invisible. While Touitou is known for his hot temper and bombast, the brand’s muted […]

Human Being Journal 6

Human Being Journal 6

Human Being Journal 6, In Plain Sight, is hot off the presses and launches officially on Friday. This issue was a major collaborative effort between our studio and our good friends at Soulland in Copenhagen. Sometimes disruptiveness, innovation and irreverence look ordinary…  Inside Human Being Journal 6, you’ll find: 2 covers 1 handbag hat 2 revolvers 4 servings of […]

Style Icon: Rossana Orlandi

Style Icon: Rossana Orlandi

They call her the Queen of Design, and in Milan she is known as the grand patroness of the craft. During every Salone del Mobile, there is no personal style more influential than hers. Her lush domain, Spazio Orlandi, is an otherworldly, whimsical spot in Milan’s west end overgrown with leafy plants and packed to the […]

Maggie Shannon: Portraiture

Maggie Shannon: Portraiture

Good portraiture is hard. To dig beneath the surface and expose vulnerable, multifaceted individuals whilst also maintaining a personal style is a delicate line to walk. Most famed portraitists—from Liebovitz to Richardson—are singularly about style and recreate subjects in their own images. Every so often, though, a rare eye emerges with real knack for portraiture. Maggie Shannon’s work is human, […]

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

Neighborhood: Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro

It had been a long time since I had seen a city with so much graffiti. Still, in Rio’s Santa Teresa neighborhood it’s not so much the amount but the variety that is striking. Perched on a hill above Rio’s Centro, this old quarter feels worlds away from the modern glitz and gloss you’ll find closer to […]

Introducing: Anne Thomas

Introducing: Anne Thomas

When it comes to women’s fashion, the word “elegance” has become shorthand for lazy writers to describe dainty aesthetics that they’d rather not mull over. But every once in a while, a line comes along that’s truly deserving of the descriptor. When it comes to the work of Lyonnaise accessory designer Anne Thomas, there’s not […]

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

The first meter of silk produced by a silkworm is not really silk at all. Rather, it’s a coarse, uneven fibre called kibiso that resembles something between twine and waxed dental floss. Compared to its more fully-developed self, kibiso is decidedly un-silky and has for most of silk-making history been discarded as useless. Artist Kiyomi Iwata, however, […]

Asheville in 35

Asheville in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris Cafés, London tube stations. On a recent trip to Asheville, NC, we discovered why the bustling mountain town is casually referred to as the Portland of the South. We headed down on a Friday, a six hour drive from Richmond, […]

Spencer Grant: Boston Protests

Spencer Grant: Boston Protests

Protests have long been among the most effective means of showing the power of opinion. Despite the rise of armchair activism, protests, marches and sit-ins on both sides of the liberal/conservative divide remain commonplace to this day. But the golden age of the protest in America was the second-half of the twentieth century—a time of intensely divided public opinion and […]

Interview: Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort

Interview: Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort

Jade Lai founded Creatures of Comfort in L.A. in 2005. In the decade since its opening, the boutique has grown into a label in its own right, spawned a second location in New York and counts a coterie of A-listers among its regulars — Kim Gordon, Rashida Jones and Meryl Streep to name just a few. […]

Pot Shop

Pot Shop

Ah, the humble vessel—that most essential element of human design. When in our primitive history clay and earthen vessels replaced cupped hands, our trajectory was transformed. We transport in them, drink from them, cheers with them, hide cookies in them, display in them, consecrate with them, and make them out of every material imaginable. Pot […]

Strange Plants II

Strange Plants II

Last summer, Zioxla‘s Strange Plants hit bookshelves and became an overnight sensation—two printings have since sold out. Strange Plants II, its highly-anticipated sequel, has hit shelves at Need Supply Co., and we’re very happy to report that it outdoes the first version. SPII is once again a tactile delight, designed by the prolific and talented lads at Folch Studio and this […]

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

There is certainly no shortage of clever, well-designed indie publications today, but it’s fair to say that few transcend their intended audiences and even fewer become emblematic of larger cultural shifts. One young title that has certainly captured the zeitgeist is Hello Mr., founded by Ryan Fitzgibbon, a young designer who has spent time at IDEO and Fabrica, to […]

Cricket Taste Test

Cricket Taste Test

The idea that insects are the protein of the future has gained real traction over the past few years. They’re ubiquitous, cost-effective complete proteins that require few resources and pump out far less methane than any livestock—for a hot, dry future of scarcity, they seem to offer few drawbacks. Except that, to put it politely, they’re not […]

Interview: Jennifer Loeber

Interview: Jennifer Loeber

A universal theme of Jennifer Loeber’s work is acceptance: acceptance amongst one’s peers, acceptance of oneself, acceptance of loss. Much of the Brooklyn-based photographer’s recent work—a return to the summer camp she went to as a teen, following an old friend as she transitions from male to female, creating a visual inventory of her mother’s […]

Introducing: Neighborhood

Introducing: Neighborhood

Every so often we get to welcome a brand we’ve long admired from afar. Neighborhood makes high-end technical apparel and has built a reputation over two decades for equal parts badassery and experimentation. Complex has called it one of the Top 50 Japanese Brands of All Time and Neighborhood regularly collaborates with the best in the business on all manner […]

Artist Interview: Chloe Wise

Artist Interview: Chloe Wise

New York-by-way-of-Montréal artist Chloé Wise is a certifiable web sensation whose art is a distillation of this moment in history—her style defines contemporary at the moment. In her work she riffs girl stuff, nipples, sacred symbols and even herself—see her Literally Me series—but is perhaps most well known for the most carb-loaded it-bag ever, the Chanel Bagel […]

Grand Canyon in 35

Grand Canyon in 35

The Grand Canyon is the original road trip destination. From pioneers striking out west to 1970s families in wood-panelled wagons, the splendor of this scene carved across Arizona’s northern reaches for millennia by the Colorado River is unparalleled. Need Supply Co. jack-of-all-trades Patrick traveled there last month and caught the very tail end of winter in 35mm on […]

Desert Riders: Skate Palm Springs

Desert Riders: Skate Palm Springs

I came to Palm Springs to escape a January of one too many polar vortices over New York. Almost as an afterthought, given the need for sunlight, I decided to make some portraits for a long-term documentary project on which I am working.  Before setting off, I had entertained a vague notion of a Mad […]

Graphics: Jesse Reed

Graphics: Jesse Reed

Last year Jesse Reed and his Pentagram colleague Hamish Smyth launched a straightforward Kickstarter campaign to reprint a rare but pivotal piece of graphic design history, the NYCTA Graphics Standards Manual. The Manual was the result of exhaustive research and design by Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda for the late-great Unimark, and was released in 1970 to de-tangle the then […]

Spring Drinks

Spring Drinks

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”  – Pablo Neruda  Perhaps more than any other, Spring is a season that requires a hard refresh. New clothes, new palettes, new playlists, new hair-dos, new friends, new you. So while you’re at it, it’s more than appropriate to give your liquor […]

Photography: Lena C. Emery

Photography: Lena C. Emery

Self-describing as itinerant, the photographer Lena C. Emery is probably more well-traveled than most. She was born in Germany and raised in Singapore. Emery later found her way to Paris to study Fine Arts at Parsons Paris School of Art & Design. After her schooling, she relocated to Berlin where she worked as an art director. […]

Mood: An Apartment in Milan

Mood: An Apartment in Milan

It took me quite some time to decide in which part of Milan I’d like to rent an apartment. All my preliminary researche made it quite clear that the hypercenter wasn’t the best best and that you had to look at neighborhoods slightly outside of the historic center. I didn’t want to make too extreme […]

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Richard Haines is among the most well-known illustrators working in fashion today. He cut his teeth in fashion design but has come to practically reinvent the art of menswear illustration and has worked prolifically for the likes of The New York Times, Prada, Dries van Noten and GQ. His seminal blog, What I Saw Today, is a feast […]

Boat: Bangkok

Boat: Bangkok

The 9th and largest issue yet of our favorite travel title, Boat Magazine, has arrived at Need Supply Co—this time they take a deep look at one of the world’s most misunderstood hub cities, Bangkok, Thailand. For this special post, we hand the reins to our friend and Human Being Journal alumna Erin Spens, editor of the magazine. […]

Marble Museum, Estremoz, Portugal

Marble Museum, Estremoz, Portugal

Ever heard of Portuguese marble? I hadn’t either before traveling to the rural region of Alentejo last summer. It seems that the Portuguese are good at a lot of things, but not so good at making them known. Wikipedia tells me Portugal is actually the world’s second exporter of marble, behind Italy, with over 370,000 tons a […]

Interview: Base Range

Interview: Base Range

Every Paris Fashion Week, models suddenly appear on the métro and one hears everything but French on the streets of Le Marais and every empty space seems to have turn into a showroom. We took this as a great opportunity to pay a visit to the Base Range showroom and for a glimpse at what they have […]

Introducing: Wal & Pai

Introducing: Wal & Pai

Wal & Pai is a brand new Made in Los Angeles footwear label founded by Harel Waldman and Hsuan Pai that we’re happy to welcome to Need Supply Co. this spring. The two had worked across the spectrum of the shoe industry and, not satisfied with what they saw being made, teamed up to build a […]

BEST Products / SITE Architecture

BEST Products / SITE Architecture

In architecture, the 20th century in America was the era of the suburban tract house, the anonymous office tower, the strip mall and the big box store. Crank ‘em out, rake it in. Though today we’re moving back to city centres in droves, the big-box typology in particular remains as powerful as ever—even in the age […]

The Dog and Pig Show

The Dog and Pig Show

If you’re familiar with Chinese astrology, you’ll know that the Dog and the Pig make a fine match indeed. The complimentary temperaments of those born under the two signs make for harmonious match-ups, not only in matters of love, but business too.  So it’s no surprise that The Dog and Pig Show works so well. […]

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Victoria Sambunaris: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Diversity is an important feature of the United States—not only in its people, but also its landscapes. They vary greatly, from the vast canyons of the Southwest to the towering skyline of New York City. These landscapes aren’t just focused on nature, but also how we who occupy the land and where our culture intersects […]

Adidas: A Brief History

Adidas: A Brief History

The Bavarian town of Herzogenaurach just northeast of Nuremburg is home to one of the bitterest rivalries in all of sports, in all of fashion and in all of shoedom. Brothers Adolph and Rudolf Dassler were born and raised there, and after fighting in WWI the two joined forces to make some rather fine athletic footwear. They […]

Lettering: Andy Luce

Lettering: Andy Luce

This week, Portland-based designer/typographer/letterer Andy Luce was kind enough to shows us the ropes of his craft. Richmonders will know his identity work from the excellent new food experience, the Dog and Pig Show in Church Hill, which we’ll also be visiting soon. Take it away, Andy.  * Calligraphy and lettering have been the refined visual expressions of […]

Interview: Golubka Kitchen

Interview: Golubka Kitchen

Golubka Kitchen is consistently among the most beautiful food blogs on the web. A function of its artistry, though, is the refreshing pragmatism of the woman behind it, Anya Kassoff, whose overarching food philosophy can be summed up in one sentence: “I truly believe that the healthiest meals are the best tasting meals when approached correctly.” […]

Icon: The Navy Chair

Icon: The Navy Chair

In the history of modern design, few American pieces have have attained the same status as the many Danish, Italian and British designs now considered icons. Of the American chairs every design 101 student can identify, most of them were designed by that prolific Pacific power couple, the Eamses. The 1006, also fondly known as the […]

Introducing: ETQ Amsterdam

Introducing: ETQ Amsterdam

We’ve got mucho respect for brands who let their products speak for themselves. The about section on ETQ’s website says, succinctly: We could tell you all kinds of stories But that’s not who we are.  We’re honest. Clean. Timeless. Exceptional.  And so is our product.  We’ll avoid telling too many stories about ETQ ourselves, but we’re […]

Introducing: Neuba

Introducing: Neuba

For designers, there’s just something about India, with its vast richness in craftwork, its epic folklore and multiculturalism and prodigious, adroit use of color. From the yearly festival of Holi to brilliant textiles for saris and tumeric-tinged cuisine, India is a country whose design potential has only begun to be explored. Independent British brand NEUBA has […]

Introducing: Luisa Et La Luna

Introducing: Luisa Et La Luna

We are very happy to welcome the brand new progressive, high-end womenswear label, Luisa Et La Luna to Need Supply Co. for its first season. While the label is unapologetically contemporary—the predominant hue in its seasonal palette is clean white—it’s also whimsical and playful. Paris via NYC, with a fanciful name sounds like the title of a Saint-Exupéry novel—maybe […]

Churches of Palermo

Churches of Palermo

If you need to reconcile yourself with the word baroque, Sicily, and specifically Palermo, is the place to go. Forget all the awful things the adjective has been associated with, and meet the true masters of barocco. They might be heavy on the decor, but they’re also surprisingly harmonious. They somehow manage to make floor-to-ceiling patterned […]

Introducing: Mads Nørgaard

Introducing: Mads Nørgaard

The name Nørgaard has long been synonymous with a sort of proprietary Copenhagen fashion. The concept store Nørgaard paa Strøget was opened in the late 1950s by Jørgen Nørgaard and became known far and wide for its offbeat style and its signature 101 T-shirt, a design that has become as quintessentially Danish as anything by […]

Architecture of Independence

Architecture of Independence

Modernism was supposed to be the world’s great equalizer. A set of no-frills, all rational, all functional principles by which homes, neighborhoods, cities and entire nations would rocket harmoniously into a friction-free future. These principles spread like wildfire after WWII, and while they were in both literal and figurative shambles by the 1970s, there was no nation […]

Winter in Montauk

Winter in Montauk

Winter in Montauk is a rugged beach town diorama, a smattering of boxy dwellings and plywood scraps on a pristine beach. The numerous surf shops are boarded up until summer; locals gather instead at the Shagwong Restaurant, where the beer flows freely and the radiator thaws the cold right out of your flushed cheeks. Often […]

Richmond in 35

Richmond in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris Cafés, London tube stations. In Richmond, Virginia’s case, it’s the mighty James River. Tavish Timothy captures the unseen textures of the River City in stunningly composed film photography. He photographs his city in the time between a full time job downtown […]

Introducing: Proper Gang

Introducing: Proper Gang

We’re happy to welcome Proper Gang to Need Supply Co. for the first time this season. Defined by its box fits and high-crop hemlines, it is fully contemporary street wear grounded in a sense of tradition and longevity. Designed by Max Vanderwoude Gross, the brand’s official line is that “Our work is informed by the hustlers, intellectuals, weirdos, […]