Introducing: Shockoe Denim

Introducing: Shockoe Denim

Shockoe Denim is a family affair. Founder Anthony Lupesco started the company in Richmond, VA in 2012 to honor the craft of his father, Pierre. For over 40 years, Pierre Lupesco had established manufacturing operations for luxury menswear brands like Isaia and Belvest. So when Anthony approached him about making jeans, Pierre replied, “I only […]

Cozy Cocktails

Cozy Cocktails

Holiday shopping. Holiday travel. Holiday family gatherings. Holiday office parties. Unpredictable holiday weather. It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? There never seems to be enough time at the end of the year to slow down and reflect, to take care of yourself. In search of a remedy to the holiday madness, we sought out […]

Chinatown, New York City

Chinatown, New York City

Chinatown is a city in itself. A tidal restlessness permeates the neighborhood, as does the distinct aroma of fresh fish and damp cigarettes. People move quickly here, but not in the tight, choreographed shuffle of the typical Midtowner — it involves more ducking and turning, a lot more cursing and tripping over small children and […]

Our Place

Our Place

That chasm between friends who move apart, and then reunite can be an impossible one to bridge. One grows in every which way when out in the world, and perspective and inside jokes and priorities inevitably change. What is there to talk about? How does one find their place with each other again? Our Place […]

Milk & Oysters

Milk & Oysters

Tonight Ed.Varie opens Milk & Oysters, a new group photography exhibition curated by Alldayeveryday. The ‘do will showcase limited-edition photography work — to be unveiled this evening — from “eleven long time friends” in its venerable Tompkins Square Park space (host also to Ana Kraš’ Mothers With Spoons exhibition earlier this year). Ed. Varie sets the mood with perhaps this season’s best exhibition teaser: “As […]

Introducing: Doug Johnston

Introducing: Doug Johnston

Doug Johnston thinks at every scale. With an education in architecture and a body of work that spans installation, fiber, and performance art, sculpture, design, architecture, and music, the Brooklyn-based polymath creates multimedia pieces that could just as easily be set on a bookshelf as they could be lived in as a temporary sitting room. […]

Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover Winners

Human Being Journal 5: Cover the Cover Winners

During the month of November, we challenged our Instagram followers to reinterpret the cover of Human Being Journal 5 — any medium, any style with the directive to Cover the Cover and its iconic photograph of Ana Kraš by Marcelo Gomes. The response was fantastic, with dozens of entries coming in from as far away as Italy, Japan and New Zealand as well […]

Aaron Smith: Skate!

Aaron Smith: Skate!

Skateboarder Magazine was, for many of us, our first contact with skate culture. First published in ’64, the magazine was for decades the go-to resource for everyone from would-be skaters to legit pros. Its impossible photos and slick type and ambitious write-ups were the stuff of dreamers and arguable helped create the cultural narrative of perhaps […]

Get Lit: Independent Bookselling with Ward Tefft

Get Lit: Independent Bookselling with Ward Tefft

Just a short walk away from Need Supply Co., Chop Suey Books is Richmond’s secondhand lit haven. True to its name, the two-story shop serves up an eclectic selection of obscure gems and beloved classics. Its shelves brim with the potential energy of newfound knowledge as shop cat WonTon naps in the display windows. Amid […]

Lessons Learned in Slab City, CA

Lessons Learned in Slab City, CA

Nearly 200 miles east of Los Angeles in California’s Badlands lies a tight-knit squatter settlement known as Slab City. A smattering of festively painted RVs dot the parched land amongst concrete slabs from abandoned WWII marine barracks. Residents — also known as “slabbers” — endure 120°F summers with little more than shady tents and macgyvered […]

Louisiana: Paula Modersohn-Becker

Louisiana: Paula Modersohn-Becker

Paula Modersohn-Becker died from an embolism at the age of 31. It was an abrupt and untimely end for an artist whose visceral, almost unnerving work made her one of expressionism’s foremost pioneers. Yet, when viewed through her paintings it seems a poetic conclusion to an artist whose portrayal of life itself is as enigmatic as […]

The Digestif

The Digestif

A few courses of heavy creams and foie gras and breads and the French stand right up after dinner and sashay down cobblestone streets, probably to go dancing. A whole paella and a kilo or so of patatas bravas and jamón and Spaniards get right up to fight some bulls. Or at least climb a few flights […]

Beautiful Bakelite

Beautiful Bakelite

Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride — better known as bakelite, was among the first synthetic plastics. Heavy, hardy, lustrous and rather versatile, it had become omnipresent within a few decades of its 1907 patent. Telecom utilities issued standard bakelite phones by the hundreds of thousands, it was liberally used in electronics and machinery components and allowed for unprecedented new shapes for everything from […]

Photography: Yann Faucher

Photography: Yann Faucher

Yann Faucher is the kind of uncompromising, unyielding artist that seems to come along less and less frequently. He left a promising career in the sciences for the uncertain path of a photographer, and jumped ship on a lark for London with no contacts and minimal possessions. He works hard to support his photography, mostly earning money […]

The Podcast Update

The Podcast Update

For the very first time since it debuted on This American Life back in October, the pulpy true-crime podcast Serial took a break this week. The show has been listened to by millions from Durban to Dallas, and the break in programming gave Serial’s audience a glimpse into the not-too-distant future in which Friday meetings […]

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 […]