Category: Guest

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

City Guide: São Paulo

City Guide: São Paulo

Rio has the reputation and Brasilia has the Neimeyer, but Brazil would be a pretty tropical also-ran on the world stage if not for mighty São Paulo. The city is among humankind’s largest, and its metro is home to just over 20 million people. It’s also geographically enormous – people swear they can see it […]

City Guide: Sydney’s Northern Beaches

City Guide: Sydney’s Northern Beaches

Sydney has really come into its own lately, making major inroads as the southern hemisphere’s premier hub for technology, design, fashion and media. The world has at last realized that its cityscape is much more than a nifty opera house, and its retail and coffee scenes have exploded accordingly. Sydney has swag, too, and is […]

City Guide: Cape Town

City Guide: Cape Town

When the New York Times decides you’re the #1 city to visit, you’re definitely doing a few things right. Following in the lofty footsteps of Helsinki, Seoul and Turin, Cape Town is this year’s World Design Capital and is home to the influential Design Indaba conference, which has long been a major voice in design for […]

City Guide: London

City Guide: London

If Paris is pretty and New York is powerful, London nails the bullseye. From posh Chelsea in the west to hardy Hackney in the east, no other A-list city on earth can match its mix of fine cultural institutions, idiosyncratic charm and out-and-out quality of life. While it will always be endearingly rickety in spots, […]

Artist Interview: Jay Riggio

Artist Interview: Jay Riggio

The artist generally has total control over brushstrokes, line and even the photographic manipulation of light. But a collage is the product of the skilful agglomeration of disparate, found elements, which makes the form both a constant hunt and a delicate process of editing. With titles like “Roaming Charges Inside the Cathedral” and “What You […]

City Guide: Copenhagen

City Guide: Copenhagen

There’s probably no place on the planet as effortlessly cool as Copenhagen. The city seems to climb to the top of pretty much every Monocle survey ever, its residents are devastatingly stylish and it is by all accounts a haven for hygge. Bikes and fantastic coffee abound, and the vibrant food scene—underpinned by the plucky New […]

Hilo, Hawaii

Hilo, Hawaii

Our friend Celeste Rodero, the designer behind DIGDOGDIG jewelry, talks about her life split between Virginia and the bucolic beach town of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii. No matter where you might call home, her story is a lesson in the power of community and hard work.  For almost twenty years, I have been […]

Sonya Clark: Same Difference

Sonya Clark: Same Difference

Sonya Clark is a leading fiber artist who specializes in intricate and politically charged sculptures using human hair. We talked to her about the reductive quality of working with hair, her technique, and the “same difference” that connects us all. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? Where are you […]

A Short History: Victory in Europe Day

A Short History: Victory in Europe Day

Seventy years can make things disappear into vapor, even the most momentous of events. For those that lived in the 1940’s, the rest of their days were a blessing, a joy of every day being thankful for what actually happened versus what could have happened;  but also anti-climactic because nothing they would ever do or […]

Jim Naughten Hereros

Jim Naughten Hereros

British photographer Jim Naughten’s trip to the hostile desert of Namibia yielded more than pockets full of dust—he came back with a glimpse into the largely unknown culture of the Hereros tribe. Passionate about the process as much as the end result, Naughten’s photographs allow a glimpse into the tribe’s cultural past through their men, women, […]

The Punk Singer

The Punk Singer

Well, Kathleen Hanna is back, back indeed. In case you forgot about the raven-haired lead of Le Tigre, the Julie Ruin, and perhaps most notably the kick in the (excuse us) nuts that is Bikini Kill, Sini Anderson is here to remind us all. In her feature The Punk Singer(2013), Anderson tells the story we […]

The Noodle King of Bushwick

The Noodle King of Bushwick

Eating at King Noodle is like hanging out in a tiki bar inside an arcade where you snack on small plates that sound like East Asian Mad Libs. “Mapo tofu chili cheese fries.” “Vietnamese coffee flan.” “Banana-hoisin ice cream.” Of course we had to try it. Before opening King Noodle in Bushwick last year, chef […]

Danish Tradition of Hygge

Danish Tradition of Hygge

The time I have spent in Denmark cannot be described as anything more than ephemeral. However, there’s something about Danish culture that I don’t ever foresee losing. Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) in particular, leaves quite an impression. Hygge is a Danish word used to describe their sense of hospitality and community. But it’s more specific and […]

Interview: Leonard Greco

Interview: Leonard Greco

Leonard Greco has lived in more places than most, and it’s reasonable to see how it’s reflected in his photography. His portraits range from musicians like Sébastien Tellier and Zach Condon (of Beirut) to cultural legends like GQ’s “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, while his ethereal still life scenes could be from another planet. He’s even […]

Style Icon: Rufio

Style Icon: Rufio

As far as Hollywood movies go, 1991 had some real significance. Major titles like Beauty and the Beast, The Addams Family, Boyz N The Hood, Point Break, City Slickers, Fried Green Tomatoes and the return of Schwarzenegger as the protagonist in Terminator 2, were all on our watch list. Hollywood rang in the 90’s with ticket […]

The Minimalist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

The Minimalist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

Spring is officially here, seemingly in earnest, with no pending snow storms on the horizon (at least where we’re sitting.) It’s one of our favorite seasons, heralding all sorts of fresh starts and newness: new blooms, new shoes, new opportunities. We couldn’t think of a better time to talk to our favorite professional organizer, Kristen […]

A Brief History: Slaughterama

A Brief History: Slaughterama

Last week, our friend and local photojournalist Zach Gibson attended Richmond’s annual demolition derby and tall bike fest, Slaughterama. The following is a short history of the event, now in its 11th year. Since April Fool’s Day of 2010, I have seen self-administered stitches, tattoos, and black eyes.  I’ve seen a nude dude in a […]

Baseball: Game of Beards

Baseball: Game of Beards

With this week marking Opening Day of the 2014 season, we thought it would be a perfect time to look back at an oft-forgotten chapter in American baseball. To most Americans, baseball holds a special place in the hearts of nostalgic sports lovers everywhere, even dubbed “America’s National Pastime.” To some, just the crack of […]

New Music: The War on Drugs is Real

New Music: The War on Drugs is Real

It’s hard to describe Philadelphia’s, The War On Drugs, to someone who hasn’t heard them before. The description quickly falls in the common refrain, “…well, you’ll just have to check them out.” If I really tried, I would say they’re an ambient jam band meets a young Bob Dylan. In there somewhere they run into […]

Design: Wes Anderson Palettes

Design: Wes Anderson Palettes

Like many, I find myself completely mesmerized by the cinematic world of Wes Anderson. His movies are an art director’s dream- every shot is completely thought through with microscopic attention to detail. I stumbled upon this fairly new and simple Tumblr this week,  and relived a few of my favorite scenes accompanied by simple color palettes. The […]

Design: Contemporary Architecture of Denmark

Design: Contemporary Architecture of Denmark

Denmark. To begin, I should mention that I’ve yet to visit this seemingly wonderful place. After hearing so many positive things about it, I simply can’t wait to step foot there. Aside from the obvious reasons that make Denmark a great country, it’s capital city, Copenhagen, seems to be the crème de la crème of global […]

Recipe: When You Thought You Were Over Kale Salad…

Recipe: When You Thought You Were Over Kale Salad…

I’m sharing a little secret with you today: my go-to dinner party dish, a raw Tuscan  kale salad. I can’t take credit for the recipe- it’s from incredible Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks fame, but it’s really a dish that could turn any kale hater into a kale believer. And while it may not sound […]

The Wes Anderson Collection

The Wes Anderson Collection

Today marks the nationwide release of Wes Anderson’s 9th film “The Grand Budapest Hotel (a “complex caper” according to the New York Times) delighting Anderson-ites across the country. In honor of that release, our friend and graphic designer Emma Robertson (of the lovely design blog  Emma Dime) took a closer look at The Wes Anderson Collection, the first […]

Listen / Scroll / Eat: Three Things to Try Right Now

Listen / Scroll / Eat: Three Things to Try Right Now

Hello, Need Supply Co.! I’m so happy to be here blogging this month. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Kate Arends and I run the lifestyle blog Wit & Delight.  I thought we would kick things off with a little series I like to call “Listen / Scroll / Eat”, […]

Guest: Kate Arends

Guest: Kate Arends

Kate Arends is a Minneapolis-based designer and creative consultant. She started Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog, in 2009 to collect and share her favorite things. She now runs a small brand design firm, Wit & Delight Studio, focusing on graphic design, branding and social media strategy. Kate likes rain, over-easy eggs, 90’s rap, wool socks, […]

Cabarete to Samana

Cabarete to Samana

An interlude between two coastal towns in the breathtaking Dominican Republic.

KEVIN KUNSTADT – THE DOLOMITES

KEVIN KUNSTADT – THE DOLOMITES

Kevin Kunstadt’s stunning photo essay of a trip to the Dolomites in Italy are presented in a human context, revealing their magnificent scale. A magazine of the trip is available for purchase here. For more of his work visit, kevinkunstadt.com

The Yucatan by Hand

The Yucatan by Hand

There’s something welcoming about a city that talks to you in hand-written language. Merida and Valladolid are prime examples. Every corner has its own voice, rather than being limited to ten or so default typefaces from the sign shop. These types of advertisements are truly authentic. It’s the beautiful imperfection that gives these samples of […]

Guest: Drew Heffron

Guest: Drew Heffron

Drew Heffron is a graphic designer living in New York. After first becoming interested in design in high school, Drew landed a college internship for Scott Stowell at his firm Open, which he describes as a mind opening experience to how design can be smart and fun. Graduating from Winthrop University with a BFA, Drew moved to New York […]

Travel Destination: The Woodstock Exchange

Travel Destination: The Woodstock Exchange

Woodstock is a bustling suburb just outside the City Bowl in Cape Town. This increasingly gentrified area has become a mecca for cultural diversity, creativity and urban renewal. The Woodstock Exchange used to be a dilapidated industrial building, but has since been renovated and reopened as creative hub with the aim of regenerating the area by providing […]

Georgina Gratrix

Georgina Gratrix

The brashly tactile and colourful surfaces of Georgina Gratrix paintings immediately capture your attention: “Part mocking, part criticism, part play, Gratrix’s work offers an inverted visual take on the world. Instilled with her youthful energy and personal experience, her work is refreshing, entertaining and complex.”.  Georgina is a Cape Town-based artist whose humorous, at times grotesque, […]

Loux the Vintage Guru

Loux the Vintage Guru

Lourens Loux Gebhardt, otherwise known as The Guru, is a Namibian fashion designer with a killer sense of style. He documents his outfits and those of his fashionable friends on his tumblr. He recently collaborated with a fashion collective known as Khumbula, who are:  “a group of young visionaries who advocate for a well cut Africa, […]

Katrin Coetzer

Katrin Coetzer

I think it’s safe to say that Katrin Coetzer is one of my favourite South African illustrators. From her delicate style to her choice of subject matter, Katrin manages to balance accessibility with art in a way that I could never imagine achieving. Her use of negative and/or white space is truly exceptional. Katrin studied […]

Dokter and Misses

Dokter and Misses

Husband and wife team Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin are the creative powerhouses behind Dokter and Misses, one of the best and brightest, independent industrial design companies in South Africa. Their aesthetic combines a modernist approach with the bold colour and geometry of African Design. The Dokter and Misses range comprises of a variety of furniture, […]

Outfits & Landscapes

Outfits & Landscapes

One of my favourite features on my blog Wolf Eyebrows is a series called Outfits & Landscapes that pairs street fashion portraits with landscapes. For this special Need Supply edition of the series, I thought it would be appropriate to pair South African street fashion with some of the country’s most beautiful locations. I chose […]

Kent Andreasen

Kent Andreasen

The work of 22-year old Kent Andreasen spans the photographic genres of fashion, advertising, portraiture, still life, and cinematography. Despite his young age, this Cape Town-based photographer has developed a signature style marked by his use of light to create contrast, draw focus and play with colour. No matter how arbitrary the subject matter, Andreasen manages […]

Travel Destination: Babylonstoren

Travel Destination: Babylonstoren

Established in 1690, Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa. The 200-hectare farm can be found in the Drakenstein Valley in the Western Cape, surrounded by the vineyards and orchards of the Simonsberg Mountains. The original farm buildings are rendered in the style of 17th and 18th Century Cape Dutch architecture, featuring whitewashed […]

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders is a sculptor and fine artist from South Africa, whose work is an intimate portrayal of her relationships and the milestones in her life. She was born in 1973 in Pretoria, but currently lives and works in Cape Town, where she graduated with a master’s degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her […]

Indalo Wood Backpacks

Indalo Wood Backpacks

Inga Gubeka is a South African designer who heralds from the hot and sunny city of Durban. Indalo Décor is a selection of Inga’s wood-based products, that range from bags to iPhone covers and fashion accessories. “Indalo”, which also happens to be the name of Inga’s son, is the Xhosa word for “natural” or “from the […]

Cape Town Creatives

Cape Town Creatives

Cape Town has been officially selected as the World Design Capital for 2014, after battling out a shortlist of noteworthy design capital potentials. The title not only acknowledges the wealth of creative talent in the city but also works to encourage future design-focused projects and initiatives. Over the course of the year 450 projects will […]

Nigerian Nostalgia Project

Nigerian Nostalgia Project

The Nigerian Nostalgia Project is a captivating tumblr documenting Nigerian fashion, culture and history from the early 1900’s up until the 1990’s. The tumblr is run by a 21-year old woman called Olayemi, who currently resides in Houston, but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. Olayemi comes from the Yoruba people, one of the largest ethnic groups in […]

True Romance

True Romance

Alexis Barrell is a South African-born fashion designer who currently lives and works in both London and Athens. She originally studied architecture in Cape Town, before changing her career path to fashion after she enrolled at the Istituto Marangoni in Paris. She went on to work under couturier Marc Bouwer (another of South Africa’s successful fashion […]

Simon and Mary

Simon and Mary

Simon and Mary is a family-run hat company in Johannesburg that has been in operation since 1935. The company was founded by Simon Pozniak’s father, Mordechai, who fled from Poland to South Africa in the 1930’s. Simon grew the business until he boasted the title of largest felt hat manufacturer in Africa. Simon’s millinery skills and expertise […]

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is an artist based in Cape Town, represented by Whatiftheworld / Gallery, known for his colourful and expressive painting style. He completed his Masters in Fine Art in 2006 and has gone on to win a number of accolades, including being named one of Modern Painters Magazine 100 Artists to Watch in 2012. He […]

John Dominis

John Dominis

Renowned LIFE Magazine photographer John Dominis died on the 30th of December 2013, he was 92. He leaves a legacy of iconic images that covered a broad range of subject matter from war to celebrities, wildlife, food and political figures. Born in Los Angeles in 1921, Dominis showed an interest in photography early on. He studied […]

Konstellation Klan

Konstellation Klan

South Africa has a rich sartorial history because of our diverse mix of cultures and ethnic groupings. From the vibrant, geometric patterns and beadwork of the Ndebele, to the detailed Shweshwe fabric of the Xhosa tribe, dress is a primary form of cultural and individual expression. Johannesburg, the main financial centre of the country, is […]

Electrick Children

Electrick Children

Hello! A big thank to Rachel and the Need Supply Co. team for asking me to be a guest blogger for the month of January. I’m a big fan of Need Supply Co. so it is a huge honour to be asked to post here. I’m looking forward to sharing a mix of beautiful and […]