Polaroids: Ramón Felix

Polaroids: Ramón Felix

We were captivated by Ramón Felix’s gritty, irreverent imagery back when we first met him in Oakland this September. His story is fascinating — read the old post for his recounting of what is likely among the most unconventional paths to a photography career we’ve ever heard — and he makes plain excellent work, from portraits of the […]

Cactus Cocktail

Cactus Cocktail

Like Brussels sprouts, the oft misunderstood prickly pair is best just after autumn’s first frost. The fruit is rather unappetizingly called a tuna in Spanish, but its juice is smooth, subdued and rich and lends a brilliant colour to dishes and cocktails. Santa Fe’s prickly pear margaritas are something of a legend—they sparkle on late summer tables like a western version […]

The Cranberry

The Cranberry

We all know about the cranberry. But can anyone really say they know the cranberry? Bitter, red and polarizing, the curmudgeonly evergreen—yes, it’s an evergreen—is prolific during the tail end of the calendar year and the happy hour cocktails of lightweights the world over. Culled from bush or acidic bog, the fruit’s tart, pungent overtones provide […]

Autumn Roast

Autumn Roast

When the turkey’s all gone, but the family’s still in town, what is there to eat? A beef roast, of course. As the temperatures drop, the best way to satisfy that need for cozy comfort food is a perfect braised pot roast. This week, we caught up with Tanya Cauthen, the owner of Richmond, VA’s […]

Introducing: Grei NYC

Introducing: Grei NYC

GREI is a New York City accessories line that specializes in subtle and superlative—their products are the kind of quietly distinguished pieces every solid wardrobe should have more of. The brand has also become known for indigo hand dying, something that, like its all-NYC production, is a learn-by-doing balancing act that adds charm and depth to […]

Staff Picks: Lenny

Staff Picks: Lenny

Lenny Greenberg is a man of astute tastes. He’s a consummate denim head, a connoisseur of great coffee, a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and was at one point considered the best cab driver in the city of Richmond (and may still be). These days, Lenny works as our warehouse receiving lead and gets his hands […]

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui

Water and Shadow: Kawase Hasui

Alongside Miwako Nishizawa’s Twelve Views of Virginia, a sweeping retrospective of artist Kawase Hasue (1883-1957), Water and Shadow, also opened last week at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The prolific painter and printer remains one of Japan’s most significant artists of all time, and his influence and technique continue to resonate in contemporary Japanese art. For a long-form history of […]

Brutal Beauty: Lake Anne Plaza

Brutal Beauty: Lake Anne Plaza

Let’s say brutalism is an acquired taste, yes? That most reviled of architectural traditions, synonymous with communist tower blocks, impenetrable government fortresses and 1970s public works, has never done much to endear itself to a general populace who prefers pretty, light, flashy or whimsical. Brutalism is serious, stern. But it’s not called brutalism because it’s […]

Twelve Views of Virginia

Twelve Views of Virginia

To the wider world, Virginia is something of an enigma. The place might conjure images of colonialism, government bureaucracy or perhaps I-95 traffic, but compared to most any state from bayou Louisiana to flat Iowa to woodsy Oregon, Virginia is harder to pin down. It is officially Southern, but it’s a world away from the […]

Herd In Iceland

Herd In Iceland

As colder temperatures start to stick around, our attitudes shift to what winter comes to mean: hot cocoa, wool sweaters, bottomless slush puddles and piling logs in a fireplace. To the minds of many, a place that seems locked in eternal winter (and must really pile on the wool sweaters) is the country of Iceland. […]

El Camino: Nicaragua

El Camino: Nicaragua

Travelers tend to live their vacation time through smartphone screens—taking photos, navigating, reading up—instead of experiencing their surroundings first hand. But two professional nomads, Katalina Mayorga and Marianna Jamadi—both of whom are pretty handy behind the lens—have set about giving travelers an opportunity for disconnected, full-on, unfiltered experienced with no missed opportunities. They’ve combined their talents and […]

Singles Day

Singles Day

One is the loneliest number, right? Well, not when you put a whole bunch of ones together for a party. Once a year, China—the most populous country on the planet—celebrates Singles Day, an occasion for honoring the independence and serendipity that comes along with going solo. The holiday falls on November 11th every year, and was first […]

Soda Pop Sommelier

Soda Pop Sommelier

Soda. Soft drink. Fizzy water. Pop. Cola. Whatever you call it, we like it. Despite reports of dwindling soda sales across the board, we’ve always got a soft spot for an ice cold carbonated beverage. This week, we step up to the tasting table with our resident carbonation connoisseur, Holly, to test drive some favorite […]

Studio Visit : Scott Laufer

Studio Visit : Scott Laufer

As we walk to the car at the end of a visit to his studio in the back of a Los Angeles bungalow, Scott Laufer points out the zombie figurine in the yard of the home across the street. “They put it up a few nights ago and I jumped the first time I saw […]

C’era una volta: Gaia Stella

C’era una volta: Gaia Stella

Milan illustrator Gaia Stella literally has a storybook life—in her young career, she’s become a reference point for children’s book illustration, a few of which have become contemporary standards in Italy. She builds stamps and then composes her tableaux in a technique that combines drawing, construction and collage. It makes for a whimsical chunkiness that naturally lends itself to storybooks, […]

Introducing: Merz b Schwanen

Introducing: Merz b Schwanen

Aside from Berlin’s grungy street style and rare icons like Birkenstock and Jil Sander (which moved to Italy years ago), Germany might be one of the last places that comes to mind when thinking of apparel. While the world knows that “Made in Germany” is a mark of superlative quality through names like Miele and Audi and […]

Dieter Rams & Braun

Dieter Rams & Braun

Now in his 80s, Dieter Rams has long been a sort of shorthand avatar for Designer (intentional capital D)—he’s the bespectacled, wise, invisible portrait beside its dictionary entry. Along with Eames’ chairs and Helvetica, Rams himself is a definitive icon of universal good design. And while the scope of design in everyday life has changed drastically since his 1960s […]

Introducing: Dress Up

Introducing: Dress Up

Dress up. It’s a simple imperative, but set against the striking creations of Melbourne-based designer Stephanie Downey, it becomes an call to action for fashion as a means of emotional expression. For 8 years now, the Australian brand has been making waves with season after season of restrained elegance. Combining subtle yet considered details with […]

Studio Visit: Jon-Phillip Sheridan

Studio Visit: Jon-Phillip Sheridan

Jon-Phillip Sheridan’s studio sits on a row of once-stately old houses in Richmond, on a street lined by grand, twisted old trees. It’s a perfectly evocative setting for an artist the Oxford American has hailed a “Superstar” Southern artist. He has exhibited at the prestigious VMFA, has had solo shows in a number of respected galleries, […]

The Badlands

The Badlands

Our good friend Hillary Taymour has a knack for inspiring wanderlust. When she’s not busy at the helm of Collina Strada, she’s jetting off to one place or another to surround herself with immense natural beauty. Luckily, she’s always willing to share photos and stories from her trips. Taymour’s most recent excursion with photographer Jonathan […]

The Mansions of Newport

The Mansions of Newport

At the turn of the last century, America’s wealthiest families divided their time between various residences throughout the country. Whether one’s fortune had been found in a bank in Manhattan or a mine in Nevada, the question of where to spend the summer season had only one answer: Newport, Rhode Island. Although of slightly lesser […]

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, […]