Études Blue

Études Blue

Blue is traditionally all melancholy and subdued. It’s the primary color of rainy days and heartbreak; profound and reflective but generally not much fun to hang out with. And then there’s that (blue) dress nobody agrees on. One hue one the blue spectrum, though, is transcendent and bright. It’s the visceral blue somewhere between lapis lazuli, cerulean […]

Studio Visit: Pau Wau Publications

Studio Visit: Pau Wau Publications

We love print. But there’s print and then there’s innovative, imaginative boundary-pushing print. Among the handful of studios around the world pushing the boundaries of what books mean, how they’re made and what they contain, Pau Wau Publications runs with the best of them. This longtime favorite, run by Andreas Laszlo Konrath and Brian Paul […]

Drink This: Pastis

Drink This: Pastis

For all its idyllic fields of flowers, lavender cookies and Cézanne and Van Gogh scenes come to life, Provence can be an oppressively hot place. Humidity in summertime regularly peaks at just below drowning and the Provençal smartly choose not to hermetically seal themselves inside A/C, but there are nonetheless some excellent ways to beat […]

Overgrowth

Overgrowth

Parker Fitzgerald has helped define some of the most stylish photography of our generation. His serene, emotional scenes of impeccably composed, whimsical beauty shot around the world are synonymous with Kinfolk and are a perfect visual metaphor for the idealistic optimism of Portland. He lives and works in that city, where he runs Ransom, Ltd. alongside his equally […]

Food: Palourdes au beurre

Food: Palourdes au beurre

Last weekend we visited George of I Heart Food to remake one restaurant favorite. “One Of the reasons I started cooking at home is that I wanted to be able to recreate dishes enjoyed while eating out. This clam recipe is my take on a clams dish we had in Phoebus, VA. They use their own bacon that is […]

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Few artists are lucky enough to have time adapt to them. Much more often, as it turns out, when an artist is successful in his or her lifetime, they take the scene by storm in relative youth, settle into a style and then become either old master or old news. Think about it: who looks to Jeff Koons or […]

Studio Visit: Jess Hannah

Studio Visit: Jess Hannah

Never underestimate the power of networks. Jess Hannah, a Cal Poly graduate, got her start on Instagram: she shared what she loved, her life as an aspiring jeweler, and slowly but surely grew her meticulously curated feed to a stratospheric number of followers. This opened the door to her fashion and lifestyle blog, jesshannah.com, and […]

Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Alex Katz at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Alex Katz, now 88, is an artist who has been working from his studio in Manhattan’s Soho district since 1968. His career spans half a century and his work is in the permanent collections of over one hundred museums worldwide including the major majors: MoMA, The Met, Tate Modern, and le Centre Pompidou. ​For 2015, […]

Misleidys Pedroso: Musculatura Viva

Misleidys Pedroso: Musculatura Viva

Cuba is a cultural anomaly: rich with the multicultural mezcla of the Caribbean, yet long isolated from the technology and values of the rest of the Western world. This isolated vibrance has made for decades of remarkable and highly original art whose singular cultural themes belie deeper, more opaque significance. In a new exhibition, Musculatura Viva, at Christian […]

Shirakawa-go, Japan

Shirakawa-go, Japan

Nestled in the picturesque mountains sprawled across the Gifu and Toyama prefectures is a secluded village known as Shirakawa-go. It is known for its gassho-style thatched roof farm houses, a traditional Japanese roofing method that uses no nails — only straw and wooden cross-beams bound by rope. Before it was designated as a UNESCO World […]

Style Icon: Mom

Style Icon: Mom

We asked our beloved mothers their favorite fragrance and beverage and shared our favorite mom dishes and some of their classic gems of wisdom. Eric’s Mom 1. Amarige (by Givenchy) 2. Wine, Water, Herbal Tea, Coffee—In that order. 3. My mom makes full on Thanksgiving-sized meals all the time. Lucky for me, she loves to entertain and feed people. Her […]

The Graphic T: A Brief History

The Graphic T: A Brief History

Fashion without the T-shirt is like coffee without a cup: directionless, too hot. And so it is almost inconceivable to think that through the first half of the 20th century it was considered only an undergarment: a hidden nod to Victorian modesty in a newly mass-produced age. From the 1950s onwards, however, the graphic T rapidly […]

Swimwear Icon: Bond Girls

Swimwear Icon: Bond Girls

It’s never an awful idea to reference vintage movies for style inspiration. When one thinks of iconic swimwear figures, not from a centerfold, it’s the weapon-wielding, notorious women of the James Bond series. The androcentric dream world of James Bond gifts us women who are powerful, otherworldly alluring and stylishly killer. With the heat on the rise and a time where swimwear […]

Galerie de Minéralogie

Galerie de Minéralogie

The Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris has reopened last December with a show called “Trésors de la Terre” (Earth’s Treasures) and chances are this is the kind of exhibition you won’t read about when looking at the arts section. This might sound like an outing for your 8-years-old nephew (and I […]

Sun-Ready Skincare

Sun-Ready Skincare

Style rule #1: protect your assets. Chief among those assets is, of course, your skin, which needs an extra dose of help in the sunny months. Now that summer is upon us, we’ve gathered some of the best, most conscientious products to help prepare and protect you before, during and after a good time in the sunshine. Pre-Sun […]

Style Icon: Chavela Vargas

Style Icon: Chavela Vargas

In a society ruled almost without exception by machismo, Chavela Vargas was throughout her life an extraordinarily empowered woman. She began her career by busking in the streets, but became well-known for subverting the traditional ranchera style, usually sung from a masculine point of view. She took these songs about adventure and love and society and sang them in long, drawn-out phrases […]

(The Best) Simple Salsa

(The Best) Simple Salsa

Salsa has long been part of mainstream American cuisine, but has mostly languished in hyper branded jars of red sludge that might as well be spicy ketchup. The fare at tex-mex restaurants is generally no better. With the rise of American gastronomy and DIY cuisine, though, one million and one variations with all manner of modifications, […]

I Know You Think You Know It All

I Know You Think You Know It All

Future anthropologists will no doubt look back on our age — the age of life coaches and self-branding and “networking” — with bewilderment. Indeed, from designer dressing our dogs to excessive brunches, there is no shortage of douchebaggery in 2015 America. Lucky for us, Chris Black, the self-proclaimed loudmouth behind one of our favorite agency/publishing houses […]

Human Being Journal 6 Launch Party

Human Being Journal 6 Launch Party

Last Friday together with Soulland we launched Human Being Journal 6 at Christian Berst Art Brut on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Almost as soon as we opened the doors, the gallery was packed with our friends, a few celebrities and quite a few fresh faces we’d like to see more of – there was even a […]

Introducing: Georgia Alice

Introducing: Georgia Alice

From seemingly the beginning of time, fashion has coalesced around a few capitals: Paris, New York, Milan, London, Tokyo. But as Internet has opened the world, we’ve seen an outpouring of creativity in apparel showcasing the quirks and traditions of places far beyond those major nodes. India, Scandinavia and Australia are thoroughly on the map, and […]

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 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 also […]

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 […]