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, […]

Introducing: AMI

Introducing: AMI

In fashion, there is only one constant: Paris. Though it cycles in an out of favor from season to season and decade to decade, the original home of haute couture and Truffaut film noir will always have some little something over the cold rigour of Copenhagen, the brashness of New York, London’s cerebral experiments or […]

Introducing: RMS Beauty

Introducing: RMS Beauty

Rose-Marie Swift is beyond celebrity. She’s a venerable fashion mainstay. The foundational voice of cosmetics within the industry, she’s a crusader for all things clean and natural. She’s worked with everyone from Calvin Klein to Victoria’s Secret, Vogue, The Gap, Milla Jovovich and Hedi Slimane. But after so many years in the fashion and make-up […]

Takachiho Gorge, Japan

Takachiho Gorge, Japan

Sei-jyaku is a quintessentially Japanese sentiment connoting poignant silence. Neither positive nor negative, it signifies willful inaction, a deeply restorative and brimming silence that is as life-giving as it is all-consuming and melancholic. It is what one feels when locking eyes with a stranger, when staring up at the surface while drifting underwater. It is […]

Book Review: Menswear Illustration

Book Review: Menswear Illustration

Richard Kilroy’s upcoming Menswear Illustration from Thames & Hudson is a cherrypicked compendium of the very best illustrators making work related to men’s fashion today. It contains a nice spectrum of artistic styles, from the intimidating tough guy bravado of Marco Kleifisch and the choc-a-bloc panels of stylized dandies of Jiiakuann to the painterly, somber John Salt-esque works of Lee Song. There are, […]

Interview: Bijan Berahimi

Interview: Bijan Berahimi

Less than 2 years after earning a BFA from CalArts, Bijan Berahimi has already hit a major professional stride. He’s done solid work for Nike Soccer’s 2014 World Cup effort, has illustrated for publications like GOOD and lectures at the likes of Santa Fe University of Art & Design. The contemporary art and design gallery he co-founded in Portland, […]

Teaser: Human Being Journal 6

Teaser: Human Being Journal 6

We’re interviewing, photographing, writing, reading and collecting around the world. Skypes to Japan, Poland, Denmark, New Mexico, England… And this time out we’re doing it all in close collaboration with one of the coolest menswear brands on the planet. Our cover color’s set, we’re stoked about the world-class creatives who will be taking part and we’re tinkering with type […]

Introducing: Chiyome

Introducing: Chiyome

We like brands that go out of their way to produce in a transparent, equitable way — even more so when they keep production near design. We like brands whose design sensibility is driven by real perspective on art, functionality and culture. And we like brands that somehow manage to truly differentiate themselves in an endless of […]

Save Shockoe Bottom

Save Shockoe Bottom

Historical preservation is rarely without controversy. After all, even if they’re beautiful, old and underperforming buildings, places and spaces can be a drag on a city’s economy. American policy always suggest that new is better than old. And if we must put up with the old, it damn well better earn some money. Politics say historic districts are […]

Interview: Richie Pope

Interview: Richie Pope

Illustration, video games, comics — we’re ever so slightly jealous of how Richie Pope gets to spend his days. This rising young artist with a supremely vivid imagination makes lush, layered, incisive scenes that are equal parts whimsy and reflection, and he has illustrated features for the likes of NPR, Wired and The Atlantic. He is also […]

The Desert Landscapes of Egypt

The Desert Landscapes of Egypt

It is entirely possible to fall in love with sand and rocks—just take a trip to to Western Egypt. Deep inside the country’s heartland, where the sea is but a memory from a distant past, lie landscapes that shift all negative connotations of “arid.” The variety of what’s to be seen between the three deserts—Western, Black, White—is like […]

Hear This: Camino Del Sol

Hear This: Camino Del Sol

It takes a while for spring to finally feel like spring. And while we generally advise a serene, maybe Zen-like live-in-the-now approach to confronting the cold, sometimes it’s good to engage in a little bit of escapism. Camino Del Sol, the 1980 12-inch mini-LP by barely-known French pop trio Antena certainly helps with that. It […]

Chandeliers of Sicily

Chandeliers of Sicily

The creativity and the craftsmanship on display in churches across Sicily was beyond everything I had imagined. They quite often leave literally leave no spot unadorned, which makes it thoroughly rewarding to take time for exploring dark corners and to strain your neck looking above your head. One of the things that particularly caught my eye were the […]

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

The Streets of Paris Fashion Week

Paris runways are always grand, but the streets around the city this time of year are filled with a jaunty, debonair style all their own — usually accented with une clope. Photographer/book publisher-by-day François Guillaume‘s knack for capturing Paris’ denizens in their element, with one eye on the decisive moment and the other on style, makes his […]

French Cheesescapes

French Cheesescapes

I’m not sure about the myth of French children tasting wine at an early age, but I was certainly fed cheese and taught about it as a child. It was a vast subject and proper knowledge was de rigueur in order to inform the personal taste which would ultimately shape your personality: do you like your Camembert coulant? […]

High Point Barbershop

High Point Barbershop

Thomas Pynchon once wrote, “Change your hair, change your life.” It’s an attitude we fully endorse. This week, we talk to the guys at Richmond, VA’s High Point Barbershop and Shave Parlor about the secret to a good haircut, the ins-and-outs of shop banter, what it means to be modern in a practice that’s heavily […]

systems

systems

Today in Paris, Das-Programm opened the third instalment of Systems, an exhibition of contemporary posters that reinterpret Braun’s seminal midcentury design. The works come from a solid group of designers—among them are Spin, Ross Gunter, Playgroup—most of whose stylistically Modernist works were no doubt shaped in some way by the brand. In addition to the posters, a collection of midcentury Braun eye candy […]

At Home: Eddie Chacon & Sissy Sainte Marie

At Home: Eddie Chacon & Sissy Sainte Marie

Life is a wonderful, mercurial adventure. Something inauspicious might lead unexpectedly to transformative connection or opportunity. One very chance encounter between Eddie Chacon and Sissy Sainte-Marie changed led a remarkable creative relationship and a real symbiosis, underpinned by unwavering trust, love and mutual support. Despite their circuitous path to one another, it’s hard to say that […]

Fragrances with Na Nin

Fragrances with Na Nin

Under her studio monicker Na Nin, Virginia native Kate Jennings creates handmade perfumes and candles inspired by nostalgia and the evocative smells of the past. Starting first with a collection of carefully curated vintage goods and clothing, Kate has built Na Nin into a name recognized in Richmond and throughout the country for fragrances and […]

Here

Here

Synechdoche – n. A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. As in “hired hands”, referring to the movers who tidily pack away the the last of your belongings as you move away from your childhood home. As in “wheels”, referring to your first car in […]

Introducing: Vianel

Introducing: Vianel

Traditional luxury brands make really nice stuff. After all, the world’s best leathers, construction by hand and, more often than not, the savoir-faire of traditional European production go a long way towards distinction in an era of disposability. Nevertheless, the over the top bling these brands have become synonymous means that their popularity is increasingly limited to places like Moscow’s lavish/garish […]

The Boot Care Guide

The Boot Care Guide

Boots are made to be worn. To be worked into the ground. To be stepped on. Twisted up. Scuffed. But they’re also meant to be taken care of. Whether you’re looking to prevent future damage, apply regular maintenance, or trying to bring a lived-in pair back up to snuff, our boot guide is here to […]

Kinematics Dress

Kinematics Dress

For all the talk of wearables and their infinite potential to revolutionize your style game, innovation on that front has so far amounted to 1) fitness trackers, 2) watches of dubious utility and 3) gimmicky eyewear that cries out for punches to the face. While the fitness trackers are a welcome addition to the mainstream tech […]

Interview: Song Exploder

Interview: Song Exploder

Hrishikesh Hirway, with his brilliant podcast Song Exploder, interviews music artists from across genres to uncover the significance their iconic tracks hold to the artists themselves. In intimate interviews with big names across genres, the podcast tells fascinating stories of a song’s genesis and formation, from backstories of mended friendships and improbable collaborations, to minutiae from the production process […]

Homes in the Badlands

Homes in the Badlands

Far beyond the desert chic glamor of Palm Springs stretches miles upon miles of “uninhabitable” desert. Summer temperatures reach a blistering 120F while nighttime temperatures dip down to a bone-chilling 40F. The clay-based soil yields little more than arbitrary dust storms and the occasional sagebrush. Here, the roads come to an end and the sun […]

Tokyo in 35

Tokyo in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, London tube stations. Tokyo transplant Alex Thomas is a self-described freeter. She captures her city between photography, design, and DJ gigs, as an “intensive, obsessive hobby”. Her candid images serve as a nuanced and raw portrait of Tokyo, day-to-day […]

Introducing: McKinlays of Dunedin

Introducing: McKinlays of Dunedin

Some people just know what they like. For the McKinlays, it was (and still is) Dunedin, New Zealand, a city nestled in the Otago harbor, known for its awe-inspiring landscapes and rich cultural history. Robert McKinlay first established the shoe company’s operations there way back in 1879 and, well, just never left. Now, still thriving […]

Introducing: MYR Studio

Introducing: MYR Studio

MYR Studio is the brainchild of the multitalented Johanna Landin, a trained architect and designer, who taught herself the art of making bags from scratch to keep from losing touch with her inner maker. The label is made up of radically simple, highly elegant bags in conscientiously tanned Swedish leather and hand-painted by the designer. We’ve got the full line […]

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a jeweled oasis located off Route 66 in the High Desert. It is owned and operated by Elmer Long, a Californian native who decided to expand his father’s bottle collection by quitting his day job and creating a gilded ranch full of meticulously welded metal trees adorned with rows of […]

Good Drip Coffee

Good Drip Coffee

Yes, a carefully brewed pour-over is glorious. And silky, rich espresso from a machine that looks to be distantly related to a Ferrari, nirvana. There’s also the tinny-but-charming old-world moka, cold brew magic and other chemistry set coffee wizardry. But the auto drip filter, still the most ubiquitous method in most countries, has carried a […]

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Brooklyn director and photographer Alan Del Rio Ortiz is quickly becoming indie music’s go-to creative force for clean, expressive visual treatments. One look at his work, and it’s easy to see why. He’s directed videos for Blood Orange, Danny Brown and more, and accompanied St. Vincent on tours around the globe. Much like the music […]

Houseboat

Houseboat

From a distance, houseboat living conjures some pretty romantic notions: a life of freedom afforded by aquatic transience, a rugged lifestyle of necessity, idyllic solitude. While the pragmatic realities of living on a glorified barge may be a bit starker, from time to time we still find ourselves caught up in the escapist whimsy induced […]

You Have Too Much Shit

You Have Too Much Shit

Chris Thomas has a simple message for you: you have too much shit. The UK-based designer’s latest project is a punchy little self-help manual to help you wade through the clutter of your modern life. One part Thoreau’s Walden, one part Adam Mansbach’s Go the F*ck to Sleep, YHTMS makes a pretty convincing case for ditching […]

Winterproof: Atole

Winterproof: Atole

Though it has yet to catch on in much of the non-Spanish speaking world, atole—a hearty, versatile, old-fashioned standard—is a must for your winter food arsenal. It is a cold-weather and breakfast mainstay from southern Colorado to Chile with far-reaching cultural currency: curanderas (and abuelas) swear by it, and it remains a common folk remedio for whatever ails you. It […]

London in 35

London in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, Belfast bombs. Our friend, model and artist Eva Manticova, photographs her current hometown with an eye for imperfection and contradiction, and in the process reveals the rich, nuanced texture of the real London. We interviewed her several months back about […]

Twenty-Fourteen, You Were Aight.

Twenty-Fourteen, You Were Aight.

2014 was a year of stark contrasts, sometimes scary upheavals and massive change. We saw a new/old globe emerging as Russia moves away from the west, Cuba opens up and Africa grows. Planes disappeared. New words were born. Serial happened. It was a grand year. We now look forward to 2015 with a fresh nostalgia for […]

Goat Town

Goat Town

Guangzhou, the industrial powerhouse of southern China, is nicknamed “Goat Town” after its foundation myth in which five goats descended from the heavens with rice stalks to save the people from starvation. The photographic series Goat Town is an investigation into the vast and consuming alterations being made to the city’s landscape. Using the backdrop of my […]

Pie Town

Pie Town

Pie Town sits along a lonely stretch of US Route 60, about 80 miles from any modern town of note. Like most remote western towns along neglected old pre-Interstate routes, it has dwindled over the years into a no-horse town. A few faded buildings still stand, some flanked by rusted out cars and overgrown with […]

New Years Traditions

New Years Traditions

Say what you will about inevitably broken resolutions, a new year can be a much-needed hard restart. There is no better time to set oneself up for an imaginary better/more productive/richer/fitter future whilst attempting to exorcise bad omens/habits/spirits/obligations/people from the concluding year. And hell, isn’t it just cathartic to imagine? Beyond personal resolutions, though, the customs we use to welcome in […]

Interview: James Young

Interview: James Young

We first stumbled across the work of budding illustrator James Young earlier this year when he entered (and won) our Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover contest. While it’s rare for us to feature an artist while they’re still in school, his story struck us as particularly fascinating. He’s enrolled at both Brown University […]

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Christopher David Ryan, the graphic designer and illustrator better known as “CDR,” is by all accounts a generous person. Aside from the plethora of free printout downloads of the more shareworthy design on his site, he recently ran an online promo where anyone who filled out a form would receive a free original drawing for the holidays. Separate from giveaways […]

Underappreciated

Underappreciated

Gifts should be received graciously, sometimes. After all, they’re tokens of good will, given in a spirit of generosity, sometimes. Other times, they can be thoughtless, misguided, insulting: an obvious regift, a present with less-than-flattering connotations about your character, something stolen. We’re on the fence about whether smiling and feigning graciousness is always the best course of […]