Women Fashion Power

Women Fashion Power

Today Design Museum opened WOMEN FASHION POWER, a new multimedia exhibition which “offers an unprecedented look at how princesses, models, CEOs, Dames and designers have used fashion to define and enhance their position in the world.” Curated by Colin McDowelll and Donna Loveday, it is a look at the inextricable link between women and style […]

Detroit: Devil’s Night

Detroit: Devil’s Night

Projectile eggs and streams of toilet paper are as much a part of Halloween tradition as stale candy corn and sexy kitten costumes. And as the holiday continues to shed its religious roots in favour of pure revelry in the bizarre (if only superficially so), Halloween’s temporary ‘opposite world’—where grotesque is gorgeous and candy is […]

Fruity Candies

Fruity Candies

Halloween night in the American suburbs. We paraded about, a cavalcade of tots waddling in endless streams down the sidewalks, dressed as tiny grim reapers, walking baby Jack-O-Lanterns, and mini pop divas. Guises that ranged from the macabre to the innocuously pop-referential. In this autumnal haze, the days already grown shorter, we bounced from house […]

María Moldes: La Costa

María Moldes: La Costa

María Moldes is a Spanish photographer who has become something of an Instagram sensation over the past year. Her grotesque yet strangely beautiful, imagery from around the sun-baked towns of Spain’s occidental coast makes for a compelling look at ageing, isolation and self-awareness. And in the tradition of the best street photography, it holds a rather unflattering […]

Introducing: Andersen-Andersen

Introducing: Andersen-Andersen

The idea that we should try to stick to the old adage, ‘do one thing, do it well,’ seems to be in the ether quite a bit lately. What with nonexistent attention spans and pressure to be jacks-of-all-trades, it has become clear that some decluttering and pairing down might lead to an uptick in happiness. So it was […]

Human Being Journal 5 Launch Party

Human Being Journal 5 Launch Party

Last Wednesday we launched Human Being Journal 5, and on Friday we welcomed it to the world with a launch party at Sediment Arts’ space in downtown Richmond. In honour of its very first Japanese edition, we served up a couple kegs of Kirin Ichiban and Nippon sweets to a soundtrack of J-Pop delight. Also on display were […]

TWA Flight Center

TWA Flight Center

Few paragons of architecture are more exalted and less accessible than Eero Saarinen’s Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Center at John F. Kennedy Airport. Today, passage via the vermilion-carpeted gateways—which now lead from Jet Blue’s Terminal 5—is generally possible only during Open House New York, and this year marked the Flight Center’s last public opening before undergoing major renovations. […]

Photography: Paul Jung

Photography: Paul Jung

Paul Jung is consistency personified. His singular polished style spreads across his fashion photography, music video direction, and even his daily routine. Taking a spin through his work, it’s hard to miss. Sharp lines, minimalist textures, bold colors—Jung applies this kind of practiced and perfected nature to his everyday life. Based in New York, Jung […]

Autumn Cocktails

Autumn Cocktails

Fall is here. If you haven’t already outfitted yourself in your favorite trusty sweater, de-mothballed your wool throw blankets and swapped out your no-show socks for those of the cozy crew variety, chances are you will soon. While you’re at it, it’s probably a good idea to brush up your beverage repertoire. Fall calls for […]

Introducing: Alpha Industries

Introducing: Alpha Industries

Fashion, the familiar adage holds, follows conflict. The functional necessities of wartime have given birth to countless styles: desert boots, khaki trousers, the trench coat, aviator sunglasses, Woolrich blankets, and raglan sleeves. So it follows that as the nature of 21st century military engagement shifts from feet on the ground to an altogether less direct, […]

Asian Street Fashion

Asian Street Fashion

We tend to speak in sweeping statements about globalization. After all, the very concept is all-encompassing: it implies an everything, everywhere mass-homogenization. But despite the Golden Arches’ reach to every cranny of the planet, we’re still a ways off from true mass-homogenization. Nowhere is this more evident than in fashion, where regional and national differences in […]

Studio Visit : Silvia Song

Studio Visit : Silvia Song

The morning I met Silvia Song in her Bay Area garage-turned-woodshop was uncharacteristically sunny, but all the warmth seemed to radiate from Song herself. She acknowledged an outstretched hand with a quick hug and instructed me to duck under the garage door buttressed by a standard 2×4. Her shop is small, high ceilings and clever […]

Interview: Sally England

Interview: Sally England

The history of macramé dates back to the 13th century when Arabian weavers would create intricate hand knotted pieces for everything from protecting their horses from flies to decorating their homes with intricate wall hangings. In short, macramé made its way through Europe, to the hands of sailors using the technique to create hammocks and nets, […]

Staff Picks: Lauren

Staff Picks: Lauren

Need Supply Co. photographer Lauren Lyon is a beast behind the lens. The Roanoke native has a heart of gold, a discerning eye and is a technical dynamo with a camera. Whether she’s documenting Richmond’s vibrant burlesque scene or shooting in the studio with a broken foot, she keeps everything looking fresh. We caught up […]

P.A.M

P.A.M

If you like Metahaven and read Murakami, slick Melbourne label P.A.M (Perks and Mini, or really, whatever you want it to stand for) was made for you. We carried the line back in the day, and are very happy to welcome them back to the store. Their pieces are cerebral, textural and choc-full of unexpected details […]

Photography: Stella Berkofsky

Photography: Stella Berkofsky

Our new lookbooks for October, Foreign Exchange for women’s and North by North for men’s were shot in Richmond by London turned L.A. photographer Stella Berkofsky. We love her earnest, intimate style with its judicious use of light—helped along, no doubt, by her steadfast use of analogue film. After the images came back from the lab, we had a quick chat […]

Eat Here: Portland’s Dove Vivi

Eat Here: Portland’s Dove Vivi

Pizza never disappoints—from the wood fired variety, loaded with burrata or good greens, to plain old cheese and pepperoni. A few weeks ago, we found ourselves at Portland’s Dove Vivi, sizzling cornmeal crust pizza at hand. Naturally, as professional pizza critics, we weren’t prepared to be blown away. But just a few bites in, it was hard […]

Photography: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Photography: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

A well constructed photograph is one that may take you minutes, hours, even days, to figure out and fully decipher. Photographer Emma Tillman (Garr) is a master of these deep reads—her photos are raw, deep and plenty mysterious on their own. They’re also rather unashamed of their genuine intimacy, and include everything from nude self portraits […]

Sounds: Caroline Smith

Sounds: Caroline Smith

Every so often, an artist is able to thoroughly redefine themself in an album. Charming folk-indie singer Caroline Smith did just that in her last album, Half About Being a Woman, cooling her tone and trading soft chords for smooth R&B vibes. The album has been in our regular rotation for a while now, and since she’s back in […]

Introducing: Ahlem

Introducing: Ahlem

It goes without saying that we’re fans of everything in our store. But every so often, we come across a new label with some X factor that makes us weak in the knees. Ahlem’s got it in spades, thanks to stunning product and the moxie of its founder, Ahlem Manai-Platt. Ahlem is a gregarious and lovely française who’s […]

Gratuitous Type

Gratuitous Type

Who could possibly resist “a pamphlet of typographic smut”? Certainly not any of us here in the Need Supply Co. studio, and since 2010 we’ve been following Elena Schenkler’s Gratuitous Type like spawning salmon follow their love-filled pink hearts. But unlike most graphics publications, which venerate the fruits of straight-laced design labor, Gratuitous Type tows up […]

Icon: Alvar Aalto

Icon: Alvar Aalto

Alvar Aalto is unquestionably among the finest modernist architects, but is also a veritable national treasure in his home country of Finland. To this day, Aalto is to Finland what Ive is to Apple, and his influence can still be felt in its carefully designed cities, brick sturdy Nokia phones and sumptuous Marimekko textiles. A new […]

Interview: Drew Tyndell

Interview: Drew Tyndell

Designer Drew Tyndell grew up doodling at the drafting table of his father, the architect. It is in the intersection of playful color and architectural simplicity that Tyndell’s work feels most at home. As an animator, Drew has worked with Cartoon Network and Fuel TV. As an artist, his dimensional wooden collages are shown around […]

Unit Editions: Type Plus

Unit Editions: Type Plus

Print is a tenacious beast, indeed. As the pendulum of popular opinion swings in earnest back toward analogue, last decade’s rallying cry of “print is dead!” is now ultra passé—quelled by a seemingly continuous influx of new and supremely good art and lifestyle publications. But despite this rising new wave of design-conscious lit, the overall market is […]

The Combat Boot

The Combat Boot

Change was a-brewing in 1960s England, as the country lurched out of its postwar industrial roar into an uncertain modernity of information and ideas. Social tensions in cities rose as the country at large grappled with immigration, integration, slow growth and a post-imperial identity crisis in equal measures. It was today’s design and financial powerhouse in […]

Introducing: John Elliott + Co

Introducing: John Elliott + Co

No hyperbole: John Elliott + Co.’s basics are stop-you-in-your-tracks excellent. They evince an off-the-charts level of attention to detail, and it is clear they are the products of a labor of love. Pick up a John Elliott sweatshirt and pore over its seams, its hidden pockets and the plain goodness of its construction. They’re made in […]

NY Art Book Fair 2014

NY Art Book Fair 2014

Last decade’s vision of the future, in which e-ink and bendy displays supplanted CMYK and binding, never quite panned out. Instead, as fast, reactive content has left paper for screen, print has only become better, smaller and more special but by no means less relevant. Nowadays, there’s nothing quite so curmudgeonly as declaring print dead. Should […]

Wood Wood: Heroes

Wood Wood: Heroes

David Niven and Gregory Peck’s 1961 war film, Guns of Navarone, provided the unlikely inspiration for Wood Wood’s A/W 2014 collection. Its archetypal heroes, dressed in functional fabrics and kitted up with utilitarian tools get down to business in Greece, and what transpires is still sometimes called ‘the greatest adventure ever filmed.’ According to Wood Wood, […]

Human: Erin Spens

Human: Erin Spens

Erin Spens is the founder and editor of the nomadic biannual, Boat. Part travel magazine, part sociogeographic study, each issue focuses on a different city around the world. But rather than reporting from afar, Spens and her team move twice a year to immerse themselves in the city of choice—so far they’ve covered Sarajevo, Detroit, […]

Esmé Motorcycles

Esmé Motorcycles

If there’s anything more romantic than riding a motorcycle across the sweeping, epic landscape of America, it’s actually building that bike to ride. Christopher Hench is a SCAD and LCC alumnus who has spent the past several years hopping across the Atlantic to shoot for a very respectable list of indie and blue chip mags. He’s […]

Interview: Ramon Felix

Interview: Ramon Felix

Viewing the work of photographer Ramon Felix is like catching a bit of conversation in passing. You want to know more, but there’s something beautiful in what’s left unknown. Felix is a connoisseur of glimpses, a self described voyeur with good intentions. Our conversation progressed with a friendly gait punctuated by ‘dudes’ and ‘likes’ that […]

20Y HORT

20Y HORT

This year, our friends and Human Being Journal alumni HORT turn twenty. That’s the big two-oh—two decades that the venerable Berlin outfit have been pushing creative buttons, stretching the limits of collaborative process and just creating straight stellar work. HORT is marking the occasion with an exhibition, 20Y HORT, at KK Outlet in east London. Rather than career-spanning retrospective, the show […]

Tartan Truce

Tartan Truce

Few patterns carry as much weight as the illustrious old tartan. Synonymous with the Gaelic culture of Scotland, it has over time come to symbolise many facets of that nation, from its stark, harsh setting, to its regional divisions, its music, and even acts as a sort of shorthand for its national identity. Tartan-wrapped bagpipes […]

Washed Denim

Washed Denim

Denim. The ubiquitous staple, originally a favorite of the working-man, was launched into proliferation by the American post-war baby boom. As models for textile creation shifted, the small-scale (slower) shuttle looms that crafted the beautiful imprecision of classic selvedge denim were pawned off to a recovering Japan. Faster, mass-market projectile looms gained favor amongst American […]

Top Ten Moments With Sunday Moments

Top Ten Moments With Sunday Moments

One-hundred-and-one makes for a lot of Moments with Sunday Moments. To commemorate this major milestone of what has become one of our very favorite Need Supply Co. studio traditions—we share our Sunday with you, you share yours with us over Instagram and Twitter. Someone even said Moments almost feels like the Sunday paper—cozy and reassuring. Thanks […]

Human: David Wilson

Human: David Wilson

Human Being Journal 5 has been proofed, polished and is fresh off to the printer. That means just a few weeks ’til the rest of the world gets to see it. In the meantime, we’ll be giving a few sneak peeks at what’s inside. One new section of note this time out profiles six Humans […]

Topless Blading

Topless Blading

New York is not a town that cares much for social norms. The liberal bastion of the Northeast flaunts it’s acceptance with aplomb – a twelve foot man in a pink wig won’t get a second glance here unless he does something horrendous like boarding the train before allowing the other passengers to exit first. Still, this […]

Staff Picks: Ryan

Staff Picks: Ryan

Need Supply Co. Men’s Buyer, Ryan Towns, helps keep us looking sharp. He spends a good amount of time on trains and planes travelling to shows and fairs in search of new brands, ideas and unexpected trends. He certainly knows his stitches from his knits, but is most importantly a master of the edit, wading […]

Interview: Ganni’s Ditte Refstrup

Interview: Ganni’s Ditte Refstrup

Ganni’s ethos of flattering and stylish fashion “for contemporary women who are comfortable in their own skin” has earned it an enviable following. Over the past few seasons, though, the Danish brand has really hit a stride, easily becoming one of the defining brands of this decade. Just before we welcomed its AW14′ collection to the […]

Style Icon: Josie Packard

Style Icon: Josie Packard

From the pin up sass of Audrey Horne to the nice girl neat of Donna Hayward, the strange and singular world of Twin Peaks is an endless source of steez. But Josie Packard was the spice, adding a dimension of real cultural intrigue and international mystery. No TV character’s styling has ever held up so well—if anything, […]

Studio Visit: Anna Valdez

Studio Visit: Anna Valdez

The studio of Oakland-based artist Anna Valdez feels familiar even on first visit. Light spills through the transom windows of the old warehouse, illuminating stacks of stretched canvas and a shelf full of hot sauce and postcards. A large canvas stretched across the far wall reflects the table near the door, artfully draped in textiles, […]

A Bright Idea: Michelle Steinback

A Bright Idea: Michelle Steinback

We liked Michelle Steinbeck of Cedar & Moss from the moment we met. From her well-curated mid-century dwelling tucked into an enchanted forrest, to the rope swing she let us try out in her backyard, we really just didn’t want to leave. Walking through her basement-turned studio, Michelle holds up an old car part which she fits a cylinder light-bulb […]

Introducing: Piola

Introducing: Piola

These days, the propensity in the fashion world for established brands to tack sustainability and good-will onto their end missions has led to some interesting (and less than genuine) places—“green” Gucci, anyone? But alongside the trendy zeitgeist of eco-centric selling points, several up-and-coming brands are making noise in the style world. And rather than merely […]

Color Story: Autumn’s Big Red

Color Story: Autumn’s Big Red

Red is the thunder in our ears when we meet. Love, like creation, is some other order of things -Linda Hogan Whether scarlet, vermilion, cinnamon or crimson—there’s something in the air this autumn that makes red just right. Shop Autumn’s Big Red. Additional images © Jonathan Schoonover.

Interview: Berta Pfirsich

Interview: Berta Pfirsich

Alfred Eisenstadt said, “The important thing is not the camera but the eye.” Some form of that adage has been dredged up a lot since the advent of mobile phone photography (it is hard to argue against the handiest camera typology ever), but a professional without a bag full of fancy doodads and gizmos still seems like an […]

Wrap Prodigy

Wrap Prodigy

Some people follow the rules, and some people break them. Anton Alvarez creates his own. After studying traditional cabinetry and furniture design at Konstfack in Stockholm, Sweden, Alvarez moved to London to pursue an MA in the Royal College of Art’s Product Design department. It was the cumulation of his work at RCA that resulted […]

Race Day: Drifting

Race Day: Drifting

Patrick and I are idling in the middle of a field as the August sun sets over Culpeper, Virginia. The smell of the soybeans cooking in the radiator wafts up to our noses as we sit in the cab of a beat up Dodge pickup truck. Its license plates read: FARM USE. It’s a wholly […]

Introducing: Eytys

Introducing: Eytys

Nobody makes apparent simplicity look as good as the Swedes. The most basic, elemental and utilitarian forms, from rugged, upright old Volvo wagons to raw denim jeans—forms that in the wrong hands might look skimpy or mundane—can be made special by a dose of Swedish sensibility. Sneaker brand Eytys, which launched last year in Stockholm, […]

Introducing: PB 0110

Introducing: PB 0110

PB 0110 is a relative newcomer to the handbag world, having shipped its first collections just over a year ago. But the eponymous “PB” behind the brand, Phillipp Bree, spent years learning the tricks of the trade at his family’s business, German handbag mainstay, BREE. Compared to its forebear, PB 0110 is altogether finer, quieter and […]

Remembering Deborah Sussman

Remembering Deborah Sussman

It is with sadness that we begin to speak of Deborah Sussman in the past tense. Sussman died in her West Hollywood home on Wednesday, August 20th, after a battle with cancer. She was a recognized pioneer environmental graphics, and helped define the aesthetic language of Los Angeles.   Deborah Sussman’s curriculum vitae reads like a design history textbook. Growing up in […]