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 […]

Mikkeller

Mikkeller

The story of the Mikkeller reads like a particularly juicy description for a new television series. It began in the kitchen of a high school in Copenhagen, where a young Physics teacher named Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and two of his students bonded over a mutual distaste for substandard beer. The trio decided to take up brewing themselves, […]

Interview: Jonathan Schoonover

Interview: Jonathan Schoonover

For being relatively young, NYC-based photographer Jonathan Schoonover has a signature style in hand. Currently pursuing his MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, he also spends his time shooting still life, portraits, and dodging blood spray while shooting amateur wrestling matches for an ongoing project. The latter is actually a family affair–he has been shooting indie […]

Kitsuné Tour The Stores Party

Kitsuné Tour The Stores Party

Last weekend our good friends Maison Kitsuné rolled into town for a stylish all-night soirée. As one of only three stops on the US arm of this year’s Tour The Stores trip around the world, we were happy they decided to drop in. The night started out in-store with fun, fox masks and French beer […]

Introducing: Fanmail

Introducing: Fanmail

Long gone are the days that sustainable style meant either crunchy burlap or shrewd rummaging through charity shop discount bins. The convergence of demand for lower-impact apparel and modern textile technology has meant that better synthetics and conscientiously-sourced organics have made real marketplace progress over the past few seasons. Still, the spectre of hollow greenwashing […]

Bishop Allen: Lights Out

Bishop Allen: Lights Out

Depending on where you reside, the arrival of August signifies the stoppage time of summer. Nights slowly get shorter and that slight temperature drop you notice on a 2am bike ride home sticks with you. In summer’s defense, don’t let those fouls fool you — there’s plenty of time to play and adventures to be […]

Jamie Ho: Polaroids

Jamie Ho: Polaroids

In theory, regardless of subject matter, a good image is made by the careful consideration of line, composition and light combined with a little technical ability. But in practice, most contemporary photographers we consider talented are masters of just one of the three. Take Juergen Teller, for instance, who is indifferent to lighting and line, […]

Dirty Furniture

Dirty Furniture

While design and its role in human society are immense, its general discourse has for far too long been two-sided and too narrow. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the assortment of titles that are ostensibly authorities on design. On the one hand, we have those that lionize and fetishize the culture of […]

Interview: Marianna Jamadi

Interview: Marianna Jamadi

Wanderlust isn’t a strong enough word to describe the energy that propels Marianna Jamadi on her journeys around the world. Wanderlust implies a want, a strong desire. The way Jamadi speaks about her global wanderings, it’s clear she moves out of pure necessity. After ditching her New York City job several years ago, the venturesome […]

Introducing: Wolfgar Handmade

Introducing: Wolfgar Handmade

Wolfgar Handmade was created almost by accident. Founded in 2012 by Joseph Wolfgar Coleman, the semi-eponymous, Jacksonville-based line was created from the scrap wood left over from the renovation of a 1916 craftsman-style house. “Curiosity led me to see what I could make from this hodgepodge of leftover materials,” Coleman says. “The end result was […]

super/collider

super/collider

For all its arcane mystique, whiz-bang equipment, and general air of omnipotence, the culture of science is nonetheless a pretty unsexy beast. Generally speaking, this is because science in practice is a mix opaque, slow, and deliberate processes devoid of instant gratification—and without going off into the sci-fi deep end, it can be quite a […]

Kitsune Tour The Stores at Need Supply Co.

Kitsune Tour The Stores at Need Supply Co.

Join us in wishing a warm bienvenue to our friends Maison Kitsuné, who will be taking over our house in Richmond this weekend for a crazy stylish soirée. From 7-9PM Kitsuné will be in house while we mingle to the tunes of DJ duo Chordashian. There will be fox masks and a PHHHOTO booth, too. Later in […]

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 […]

Ohbliv

Ohbliv

Richmond, VA beatmaker Bradford Caudle speaks in music. Recording under the monicker Ohbliv, his frenetic and hypnotizing brand of instrumental hip-hop has set him apart within the burgeoning production scene, catching the ears of seasoned hip-hop heads and casual head-nodders alike. With a background in classic singing, training in an array of instruments, and college […]

Grand Prix Party at Need Supply Co.

Grand Prix Party at Need Supply Co.

On Friday, August 1, Need Supply Co. had the pleasure of showcasing the reinterpreted Grand Prix™ chair, originally designed by Arne Jacobsen and reimagined by Fritz Hansen and Han Kjøbenhavn. Richmonders and out-of-towners alike gathered in our Richmond, VA store with cups of Carlsberg for the unveiling of the newly designed chairs, featuring black tubular […]

Interview: Molly Steele

Interview: Molly Steele

We’ve had a giant friend-crush on photographer Molly Steele for quite some time now. A girl who jumps in her car for a midnight solo camping trip, who knows all about secret California hideaways, and who quits her jobs to hop trains around the South… Yeah, exactly like the type of girl we want to be […]

Bitter Italians

Bitter Italians

It’s no secret we’ve got a proclivity for most things Italian. So it should come as no surprise that we’ve recently become drink swigging cheerleaders for a pair of refreshing Italo-liquor cocktail drinks. The first, a quick and easy cocktail made from an herbal, artichoke-derived spirit called Cynar. The second, an ingeniously carefree twist on the age old […]

Interview: Geordie Wood

Interview: Geordie Wood

For those in creative pursuits, it can be either a dream or nightmare to balance personal work with more professional, stable employment. Geordie Wood, Photo Director at The FADER, manages to gracefully hold onto both. For the uninitiated, The FADER is an NYC-based music publication that also focuses on art, culture, and style. As Photo Director, Wood has […]

Arcosanti

Arcosanti

From Ville Radieuse to Bucky Fuller’s Dymaxion world, architecture has never been short on grand utopian ideas. But unlike most, which live on in only notebook pages, renderings and speculative writings, Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti is a living, growing city unto itself. At the end of an unassuming, washboarded dirt road off I-17 halfway between Flagstaff […]

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Spoon – They Want My Soul

It’s simply been too long since we’ve heard from Spoon. You’d have to look back to 2010’s Transference to recall that truly unique clamor that front man Britt Daniel creates. In fact, when was the last time you played anything from Transference, better yet listened to the album all the way through? When was the last […]

Staff Picks: Marleigh

Staff Picks: Marleigh

Need Supply Co. graphic designer Marleigh Culver is a plant whisperer. With a flat filled to the rafters with succulents, palms, banana and rattlesnake plants, she surrounds herself with organic beauty as stimulus for her prolific output. It seems to be working pretty well. Her designs and paintings all reflect her own naturalistic tendencies and […]

Introducing: Alex Mill

Introducing: Alex Mill

Mass production has long meant mass-indifference, as we’re generally left to fit generic, modular objects into the fine contours of our lives. But we run the opposite direction, and so are always happy to find headstrong, do-it-your-own-way types in blazing a better path where none existed before. Alex Mill is just such a company. Founded […]