Robert Nolley is an articulate man of leisure and currently, limping. He is soft spoken, honest, and will make you laugh in an instant. While he waits for an injury to heal, we caught up with him to find out what he loves about this city and what keeps him going through the winter. You can find him behind the curtains at Need, or occasionally on the sales floor if you’re lucky enough.
What are you most looking forward to about springtime in Richmond?
Richmond is already a small city so you begin to see the same people everywhere you go. When spring hits everyone gets outside and the people watching gets awesome; no one is stuck inside somewhere and you can just cruise and enjoy the day. Nothing like some weirdos to get over that seasonal depression, right?
What are you up to on your days off of Need Supply?
Lounging. I am an avid home-body and a general fan of moving slowly. Right now I am in a cast because of foot surgery, but if I feel like utilizing my time off I have been trying to go climbing as much as possible.
Where’s your favorite place for lunch while you’re at work?
Cappola’s Deli, the grilled smoked turkey is a perfect sando and my go to everyday lunch.
Describe a typical day in Need Supply’s shipping department?
A typical day starts at 9am when we print the orders that came in from the online store over night. Once printed, we begin to pull all of the internet orders while juggling plenty of coffee, talking about conspiracy theories, and planning what to eat for the day (see above). Once all the orders are pulled, we pack them up and ship them out. By the end of the day I’m usually trying to see how much Gucci Mane radio everyone can handle- never a dull moment.
What is the best part about working at Need Supply? I am still a very new employee of Need Supply, but the work environment is a calm and efficient one. The transition of going from being an observer to behind the scenes has shown me that at Need Supply everyone has their own style (and usually a weird one) of how they go about getting responsibilities done, but the mesh of personalities make the entire place tick successfully.
Tell us 10 things you’re into right now at Need.
1. Momotaro 0201 Jeans: Details are everything. I really enjoy classic Japanese selvage denim. It is the small things that make these jeans well worth the price tag. Hidden pocket rivets and slubby, selvage denim dyed in traditional methods are just a few of the points that will bring out my inner dork, as well as my wallet.
2. Vans SK8 Hi: This is the main shoe I have worn since high school, what’s not to like? They are a simple, beater shoe; wear them until they explode.
3. Gitman Japanese Cotton Yarn Dyed Dubbed Cloth: I have too many plain button up shirts. This one not only has a sweet looking pattern and fit, it has a crazy texture.
4. Happy Socks Hemp Stripe: I didn’t care at all about socks until about 2 months ago. I can’t explain it, but wearing cool socks makes you feel awesome all day. I am slowly building a pile of awesome socks and hopefully these will be added to the pile.
5. Red Wing 6″ Iron Ranger: Two years ago I was given a pair of Red Wings and since then they have been my never failing work boots. I wear them everyday, they aren’t meant to be pretty or have a polish. These boots last forever through whatever abuse you want to serve up, so why not get another style.
6. Rogue Territory ARG Trouser: Well made pant by an awesome brand, with a perfect slim cut silhouette for people with chicken legs like me.
7. Billy Kirk Rectangle Belt: Made by the Amish in Pennsylvania, that’s so awesome. And I just need a lighter tan belt that doesn’t feel like plastic.
8. Norse Projects Aros Light Chino: Norse Projects makes products that are made to withstand anything. These are an interesting duck color and feel a little thicker and quality made, I want pants that I know aren’t going to get holes or blow out anytime soon.
9. Woolrich A Rak Sax Pop: Perfect to keep in the back of your car or in a backpack to throw on whenever it gets colder. It is classic and comfortable and it being super simple makes me want it.