Category: Industry

Introducing: Sun Buddies

Introducing: Sun Buddies

Sun Buddies is a new sunglasses line from the masterminds behind the Swedish-based fashion label and retail store Très Bien. Brothers Simon and Hannes Hogeman created the vintage-inspired and handmade frames in homage to classic 1960′s cinema. We talked to them about the staying power of Prada, Swedish sunshine, and what’s next for their line. […]

Travel: Escape from Coachella

Travel: Escape from Coachella

Our friend Hillary Taymour is the mastermind behind Collina Strada, constant traveler, and consummate cool girl. She went to Coachella this year for her 8th (!) time and took a quick escape from the madness to some of the most ethereal and mystical parts of California. For all of you brave souls out there heading to […]

Meet the Maker: Clare Vivier

Meet the Maker: Clare Vivier

We recently hosted our 13th Meet the Maker event in our Richmond, VA store with Los Angeles-based handbag designer Clare Vivier.  In commemoration, we went behind the scenes in her bustling Silver Lake studio and discussed her connections to France and the beginnings of her brand. We enjoyed a Parisian-inspired playlist, custom cocktails by our friends […]

Introducing: Haerfest

Introducing: Haerfest

Haerfest (pronounced harvest) is a New York-based bag company created by brothers Daniel and Tim Joo.  Not satisfied with the overly detailed and sporty backpacks on the market, they gave it an elevated redesign and created day bags that seamlessly transition into night with ease. We talked to Daniel and Tim about sibling collaboration and […]

Interview: Fleabags

Interview: Fleabags

Our favorite overnight bags, Fleabags strives to create products that are as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design. Shira Entis, a fashion designer and lover of all things tiny and over-sized, and Alex Bell, a lawyer and seeker of adventures, have been fleamarket addicts since they met at Brown University. Frustrated by […]

Interview: LAND

Interview: LAND

Land is an Austin-based design studio owned by Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. We talked to the guys about living and working in the Lone Star State, the ancient symbolism that influences their work, and what they have in the works. Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your backgrounds. How did you […]

Introducing: Dana Lee

Introducing: Dana Lee

Canadian-born designer Dana Lee launched her ultra-wearable eponymous menswear label in 2009. Season after season she has created effortlessly cool collections rooted in simplicity, a sense of ease, and an informed and inspired color palette. We talked to Dana about her start in menswear, who she envisions as her customer, and the idosyncratic inspirations for her current […]

Introducing: Building Block

Introducing: Building Block

Los Angeles-based sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu  founded multi-media design project Building Block in 2011 with the intent of returning to square one. Their pared down approach to design somehow melds utilitarianism and an unconventional take on luxury, resulting in a collection of highly covetable bags and leather accessories. We talked to Kimberly and Nancy […]

Introducing: Kaarem

Introducing: Kaarem

Emerging label Kaarem is a collaboration between four friends: Chuong, Brian, Ben, and Kathy. They share roots in Vietnam and strong ties to California and New York, where they live and work on their beautifully minimal line. We talked to them about their use of traditional Vietnamese hand-stitched details and the earthy inspiration behind their […]

Meet the Maker: Clare Vivier

Meet the Maker: Clare Vivier

Spring signifies many things: new beginnings, renewal, and for us it’s when we kick off our Meet the Maker event series, where we invite some of our favorite designers down to Richmond to learn the stories behind the brands. For the first event of 2014, we’re thrilled to announce that Clare Vivier will be joining […]

Introducing: Raf Simons x Fred Perry SS14 Collection

Introducing: Raf Simons x Fred Perry SS14 Collection

We’re proud to introduce the SS14 Raf Simons x Fred Perry Collection, which marks the 9th time the 62-year-old British heritage brand has paired with Belgian designer Raf Simons. The full collection consists of 29 pieces showcasing check designs, fade-out ginghams, and floral patterns applied to the iconic Fred Perry polo. Despite seeming like an […]

Travel Destination: Montana

Travel Destination: Montana

Jesse Lenz is an editorial illustrator and creative director of the Collective Quarterly, a beautiful lifestyle magazine that recently launched with the goal of showcasing the concept of the creative process through the lens of a travel journal. This past month, Lenz and his team ventured out west to Montana to scout for their next […]

Meet the Maker: Assembly New York Video

Meet the Maker: Assembly New York Video

Last fall we held our 12th Meet the Maker event with Assembly New York designer Greg Armas here in Richmond, Virginia. We sat down with the 2012 CFDA finalist and discussed his process of designing clothes for people who aren’t scared to take risks, how L.A.’s “brand of cool” informs his clothes, and his plans for […]

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, […]

Introducing: 6397

Introducing: 6397

6397 is a ready-to-wear in-house collective project from The News showroom, in response to the needs of the modern woman. With an effortless style and boyish spirit, the line is made up of essential pieces that are understated and minimal, and free of decoration and unnecessary detail. We got the inside scoop on how the […]

Introducing: Shaina Mote

Introducing: Shaina Mote

Since her eponymous line’s inception, Shaina Mote has been striving towards bringing a timeless, regenerative quality into her work. By aligning clever detailing and subtle cues for versatility within her design, the line offers conversational pieces that are created to evolve with the wearer through the years. In all, the brand reflects the laid back […]

Introducing: Bandelier

Introducing: Bandelier

Bandelier is a Los Angeles based accessories line rooted in traditional craft and culture. Each piece is painstakingly made by hand, and though they make a statement, are exceptionally easy to wear. Intrigued by the brand’s artistic vision and loyalty to time-honored techniques, we chatted with Andria, the artist herself, to find out more. photo […]

Maison Kitsuné and Kitsuné Parisien

Maison Kitsuné and Kitsuné Parisien

Maison Kitsuné was founded in 2002 by architect Masaya Kuroko and Daft Punk’s artistic director Gildas Loaëc. The Maison Kitsuné lines combine the philosophy of tradition with a modern attitude and a distinctively Parisian sensibility. This season, Kitsuné takes inspiration from New York’s “New Wave” of young creatives, artists and musicians. The collection reinterprets and […]

Introducing: Datter Industries

Introducing: Datter Industries

Kaye Blegvad, the ultra-cool, multitalented, and whip-smart lady behind Datter Industries describes herself as a maker of things, a title perfectly fitted for her sea of talents and forever-long list of ongoing artistic projects. Datter, meaning ‘daughter’ in Danish as well as a fusion of the words data and matter, is Kaye’s quirky and a […]

Introducing: Stutterheim

Introducing: Stutterheim

Inspired by his grandfather’s old, weather-beaten raincoat found in a barn, Alexander Stutterheim created Stutterheim Raincoats with the same durability, practicality, craftsmanship and great attention to materials and detail in mind. As many things do, the brand was initially born out of necessity. Stutterheim, not being able to find a high-quality and good-looking raincoat, set […]

Introducing: Draught Dry Goods

Introducing: Draught Dry Goods

Draught Dry Goods is a creative platform with a working philosophy of balancing efficiency and effectiveness. While emphasizing sustainable practices and quality craftsmanship, Draight is passionate about sewing and leather working, and hope that there is evidence of this in each stitch and rivet. With an intent to make smart, beautiful things, with materials and […]

Introducing: Want Essentiels

Introducing: Want Essentiels

If there are two words to describe WANT les Essentiels de la Vie, they are subtle luxury. The opposite of flashy but the epitome of sumptuous, the brand focuses on the experience of traveling rather than the end destination, looking at the needs of people in motion, considering each detail, in order to better their […]

Introducing: Shinola

Introducing: Shinola

Detroit-based Shinola works to create a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work, reclaiming the making of things that are made well and defining American luxury through American quality. Founded as a small-scale shoeshine manufacturer by the New York-based Shinola-Bixby Corporation in 1907, Shinola now runs out of Detroit’s historic […]

Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen

Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen spent her formative years in a place full of vivid colors, sharp sunlight, and pure, quiet darkness. Her childhood memories would forever follow her in dreams, and through her work have come alive in images. For Sassen, Africa is a place that stays with you, and she’s spent an impressive career […]

Introducing: Harper Ave

Introducing: Harper Ave

Based in Los Angeles, Harper Ave. creates simple, sleek, and always appropriate bags, suitable to accompany you from day to night, studio to farmer’s market, desk to disco, airport to art show – everywhere & anywhere! Each backpack is named after an architect or artist whose work inspired its particular colors and textures, giving each […]

Introducing: Bec & Bridge

Introducing: Bec & Bridge

Bec & Bridge strikes a fine balance between aspirational and achievable fashion, a niche creators Becky Cooper & Bridget Yorston have worked to perfect since the label’s inception in 2003. The brand is renowned for its innovative take on the party dress as well as a refined collection of chic separates in fresh and vibrant […]

Elisa Nalin in Paris

Elisa Nalin in Paris

The super talented Backyard Bill has a knack for intimately photographing and getting to know his subjects. So much so that we feel like we know them all, the most interesting and stylish friends in their own spaces and in their own clothing. Paris-based (by way of Italy) stylist Elisa Nalin is an internet regular, […]

Introducing: Alpha60

Introducing: Alpha60

Based in Melbourne, Australia, Alpha60 launched in 2005 by brother-sister design duo Alex and Georgie Cleary. Since then, the Alpha60 collection has flourished into a unique, inimitable label known for its fresh take on classic styles and cuts, reflecting a sophisticated quirk unique to the brand. image by Sean Fennessy, via The Design Files We […]

2013: The Year in Trends

2013: The Year in Trends

2013 was a fantastic year in fashion. One in which just about anything goes, and one in which we’re encouraged to wear what we want and what we’re comfortable in. So much has happened between the winter, spring, summer, fall, and transitional trends this year that it’s hard to keep track, but we’ve picked out […]

Sean Hotchkiss Wishlist

Sean Hotchkiss Wishlist

Sean Hotchkiss is a writer, editor, creative consultant and brand strategist living in Manhattan. The on-the-go fashion journalist and style aficionado is widely considered a fashion expert, and it’s not hard to see why. His client list is like a who’s who in menswear, with just about anything he touches adding to that who’s who list. […]

Han Kjøbenhavn x Pendleton “The Sea Wolf” Collection

Han Kjøbenhavn x Pendleton “The Sea Wolf” Collection

This fall/winter season, the Danish design makers behind Han Kjøbenhavn teamed up with the premium American heritage brand Pendleton to release a small capsule collection. For the first time ever, Pendleton created a custom 100% wool fabric just for the Danish line, dyed with four different kinds of indigo. The capsule collection is comprised of unisex pieces […]

Meet the Maker: Gitman Vintage Video

Meet the Maker: Gitman Vintage Video

Gitman Brothers Vintage, the American heritage sport-shirt line, is one of the last remaining shirtmakers that bases its manufacturing entirely in America. As part of our Meet the Maker series, Chris Olberding welcomed us behind the lines into Gitman’s Pennsylvania factory and talked to us about the evolution of the brand, what it takes to […]

Meet the Maker: Assembly Event

Meet the Maker: Assembly Event

Assembly New York launched its in-house collection, by designer Greg Armas, a 2012 CFDA finalist, in 2009. Assembly garments are intended to create comfort and durability, allowing each piece to stand on its own and achieve archival quality. The collection, which Armas describes as authoritative minimalist, is one of our favorites, with clean designs and important details. Last month, Greg […]

Black is Black

Black is Black

I know what you’re thinking – “How is this kid going to start a post with a selfie?” Well, one, this isn’t a selfie. Two, I need this shot to illustrate a bigger point. But first, I want to ramble a little. Aren’t you over all these “____ is the new ____” phrases? “Orange is […]

Style Icon: Sally Albright

Style Icon: Sally Albright

When Harry Met Sally is the quintessential film to watch when you’re nostalgic for autumns in New York or the late ’80s in general. Meg Ryan’s Sally Albright knows a thing or two about style, and is the best things to happen to women-wearing-menswear since Annie Hall. WHMS is all button up blouses, brimmed hats, cable […]

Staff Picks: Emi

Staff Picks: Emi

Merchandise Assistant Emi has always admired the fashion industry and knew she wanted to be a part of it. Now, she plays a hand at what goes on our shelves, and gets to scratch her traveling itch a bit while doing so. Emi grew up in Arkansas and moved to Singapore when she was a teenager, […]

Guest: Justin Bridges

Guest: Justin Bridges

Justin Bridges is an American photographer based in New York. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Justin began his pursuit of photography as a college student studying finance and economics, and eventually realizing his need to align his career with his love of taking photographs. Justin’s approach is to capture the untraveled moment and apply a feeling of […]

Street Style: Winter Edition

Street Style: Winter Edition

It’s easy to feel frumpy sitting underneath fourteen layers of clothing and amidst an oversized trend that leaves absolutely everything to the imagination. Thanks to the internet phenomenon of street style photography, we’re here to give you a little hope and prove that you can still look cool and stylish when the weather blows. Check […]

Monocle: A Closer Look

Monocle: A Closer Look

Monocle keeps an eye and an ear on the world as a global briefing on international affairs, business, culture and design. With shops stretching across the globe, Monocle also sells products that cater to their readers’ style and tastes and make the perfect gifts for your design-driven friends. Monocle is a premium media brand with magazine, […]

Castello Cavalcanti

Castello Cavalcanti

In this short film directed by Wes Anderson for Prada, we follow the Formula 1 race car driver Jed Cavalcanti during the Molte Miglia rally in September 1955. The eight-minute feature is co-produced by Roman Coppola and stars Jason Schwartzman, who has appeared in five other films by Anderson. Having previously teamed up for the three-eposide series […]

Introducing: Helen Levi Ceramics

Introducing: Helen Levi Ceramics

Helen Levi is a photographer and ceramicist based in Brooklyn, New York. She began pottery classes as a child and launched her own brand of ceramics last year, using several kinds of porcelain and clay and focusing on the uniqueness and specialness of each thing that is made by hand. Levi grew up in Manhattan’s […]

Garrett Leight California Optical – Human Being Journal

Garrett Leight California Optical – Human Being Journal

Three years ago we were exploring the stores along Abbot Kinney in Venice California, and we stumbled upon a great looking optical store, which turned out to be GLCO. We had heard of Garrett Leight’s eyewear because of an early collaboration that he did. The vibe of the A. Kinney Court store was awesome, and […]

Introducing: BRYR

Introducing: BRYR

BRYR began in 2012 in a small clog factory in Minnesota. Bryr means “to care” in Swedish and is based on a whole-hearted belief in the intrinsic value of well-made things, created to be timeless and beautiful. Isobel Schofield is no stranger to the fashion industry, and created Bryr to feed her inner designer, pave […]

Introducing: Grey City

Introducing: Grey City

Grey City has been making shoes in Seattle, Washington since 2011. Constantly pushing the boundaries and blurring the lines of fashion for those who refuse to conform to the ordinary, the line was founded with the purpose of adding excitement and freshness to a woman’s wardrobe. We got the dish from the brains behind the […]

Style Icon: Patti Smith

Style Icon: Patti Smith

There are very, very few people cooler than musician, artist, poet, and writer Patti Smith. In fact, we think she’s a certified style icon for both men and women, and those of any age. Patti cemented her slouchy, androgynous style when she chopped off her own hair in the style of Keith Richards. Her look […]

Meet the Maker: Assembly New York

Meet the Maker: Assembly New York

Assembly New York launched its in-house collection, by designer Greg Armas, a 2012 CFDA finalist, in 2009. Assembly garments are intended to create comfort and durability, allowing each piece to stand on its own and achieve archival quality. Subtlety is paramount and design details are concealed and personal, available only to the wearer. On Friday, November 15, Greg will visit […]

Introducing: Rodin

Introducing: Rodin

There may not be a single person that represents ageless style and elegance quite like Linda Rodin. Now a timeless icon in the style and beauty worlds, Linda has a long and storied career in fashion as a model, boutique owner, stylist, fashion editor, and is well-known as one of the best in the biz. […]

Style Icons: Ladies of The Craft

Style Icons: Ladies of The Craft

The Craft, the 1996 teenage witchcraft film starring an incredible Fairuza Balk, is still a classic in our minds. It’s got just about everything: a little spook just in time to round out a Halloween week, a story of outcast teenage friendships, a little (albeit unrequited) romance, and some impressive 90s fashions that straight up […]

Interview: Mansur Gavriel

Interview: Mansur Gavriel

Mansur Gavriel makes simple, high quality leather goods with Italian vegetable tanned leather and brightly colored interior coatings. Inspired by natural textures, pop colors, clean lines and simple shapes, the collection evokes Italy in the 1960s, or a classic California easiness and casual elegance. Mansur Gavriel was established by two friends in 2012, designed to […]

Meet the Maker: Gitman Event

Meet the Maker: Gitman Event

We were lucky enough to bring the guys behind Gitman Brothers Vintage, the American heritage sport-shirt line that pays tribute to the past, down to good ol’ Richmond, Virginia for the 11th in our Meet the Maker series. We designed custom Gitman shirts during the event, released eight exclusives with the brand, available here, and of […]