It’s Time You Learned About Watches

It’s Time You Learned About Watches

If you came of age in the era of diamond encrusted behemoths, you could be forgiven for a lack of horological knowledge. Your phone, your microwave, your car stereo and that huge LED sign you drive past on your way to work are all in collusion to subvert the traditional wristwatch.  Horlogerie, or the art of […]

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

For this special Moments With Sunday piece, we hand the reigns to our friend and Human Being Journal alumna Erin Spens, editor of Boat Magazine. She and her team have just launched their 9th and largest issue yet, all about Bangkok.  © Adrian Morris Boat Magazine is a travel and culture publication that focuses on a different, inspiring […]

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, […]

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 […]