Category: Interview

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 […]

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 […]

Interview: Fiona Jane of Woman’s Hour

Interview: Fiona Jane of Woman’s Hour

Conversations, the newest album by London-based four piece Woman’s Hour, came out last week on Secretly Canadian which has left us even more curious about front runner Fiona Jane. Their moody sound that filters through new wave electropop sounds like a combination that’s been done before, and maybe it has. However, Woman’s Hour is able to […]

Interview: Jung Kim

Interview: Jung Kim

Jung Kim cut her photographic teeth at Parsons before moving on to Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue. But while her formative years were spent in fashion, her style is refreshingly unpretentious—straightforward, intimate, introspective. It’s this cultural sensitivity and ability to, as she puts it, “be a fly on the wall” that has made her into a skilled storyteller, and she’s […]

Eat Here: Sweedeedee

Eat Here: Sweedeedee

Even before a move to Portland I had heard buzz about Sweedeedee, a humble little joint on Albina that whips up amazing pies and hugs in the form of home made corn cakes and oven-baked bacon. Walking into the unassuming dwelling tucked away in cozy North Portland, one is welcomed by the quaint sounds of a record player. At […]

Interview: Karin Kellner

Interview: Karin Kellner

Multicultural illustrator Karin Kellner works mostly the old-fashioned way, wrestling valiantly with watercolor and India ink. She works across design, food and fashion and her signature style is heavy on effervescent tones and devoid of extraneous detail, making for works that straddle a magical line between rigorous and wistful. Her portraiture is breathtaking, especially on paper, and she’s […]

Winner: Tanic Nakpresha

Winner: Tanic Nakpresha

8 cities, 6 continents and loads of good stories later, this year’s Go Explore has been a fantastic adventure. With warmest thanks to everyone who shared their epic shots from around the world with us, we’re very happy to announce Tanic Nakpresha as the winner of our Instagram contest. With a whopping 18% of the vote […]

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 […]

Interview: Ike Edeani

Interview: Ike Edeani

Capturing the essence of a person in a portrait can be a huge challenge for some photographers, but for the Nigerian-born and now San Francisco-based Ike Edeani, it’s his forte. Ike (pronounced I.K.) is a former architect-turned-photographer. He’s yet another example that a person’s “career” is really just a fluid, ever-changing journey. Edeani’s journey brought […]

City Guide: Bangkok

City Guide: Bangkok

On first gloss, Bangkok’s frenetic energy makes it seem like a chaotic mess—the Asian antithesis to tightly laced Tokyo and sober Singapore. But look beyond the willy-nilly traffic and indecipherable map into its rich and sprawling marketplaces, extraordinary cuisine and long spiritual tradition and it becomes clear that it is one of the most culturally significant […]

Interview: Form Us With Love

Interview: Form Us With Love

The Swedish design studio Form Us With Love is on a roll. In their less-than-a-decade of existence, they’ve worked with rarefied, holy design grail manufacturers like DePadova and Cappellini, as well a range of scrappy upstarts and big names from around Scandinavia. Beyond the obligatory lighting and chairs (which they, of course, do particularly well), […]

City Guide: Vancouver

City Guide: Vancouver

Vancouver is the synthesis of all that is fuzzy and good about Canada. It is cosmopolitan, progressive, welcoming, dynamic and tidy and is nestled into one of the most brilliant natural backdrops of any major city on earth. And compared with its eastern siblings, this sparkling city is less about maple everything and home-baked niceness […]

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, […]

City Guide: Los Angeles

City Guide: Los Angeles

Los Angeles is absurd and fast and beguiling and ugly and untamed and cosmopolitan and beautiful and even today feels like it’s on the cultural frontier. The California mega-metropolis built over bulldozed fruit groves remains the undisputed king of entertainment, with generations of unwavering preeminence in music and film. But beyond its cultural clout, it […]

Introducing: Jasmin Shokrian

Introducing: Jasmin Shokrian

No matter how perfect and clear early summer is in the South (where we’re at), it always undoubtedly evolves into oppressive heat and swampy humidity. It is these times that our minds turn to Los Angeles, the land land of milk and honey (and clear sunshine and endless juice bar options). Los Angeles-based designer Jasmin Shokrian […]

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 […]

Interview: Francine Dressler

Interview: Francine Dressler

Francine Dressler is an artist and illustrator who came of age in 1970’s Los Angeles.  She’s known for her bold Modigliani-esque female figures and love of cherry red. We talked to Francine about being an artist in the turbulent ‘70’s and the women that have influenced her work. Tell us a little bit about yourself […]

Interview: Justin Chung

Interview: Justin Chung

NYC-based photographer Justin Chung is a master of natural light. It’s by far his favorite to use in photos, whether he’s shooting in natural settings or mimicking it in the studio. Originally from San Francisco, Chung believes it’s his upbringing there in the City by the Bay that taught him to love the soft, overcast […]

Sight Unseen OFFSITE

Sight Unseen OFFSITE

With a background in design editorial, Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov launched much-loved art and design site Sight Unseen in 2009 with the intent of giving us peeks behind the curtains of artists and creatives alike. In 2010, they launched Noho Design District, a showcase for cutting-edge design which helped launch emerging talent like Fort […]

Meet the Maker: Mark McNairy Video

Meet the Maker: Mark McNairy Video

For the 14th event in our Meet the Maker series, we hosted influential menswear designer Mark McNairy in our Richmond, VA store. To mark the special occasion, we filmed Mark in his Garment District factory and talked with him about the inspiration behind his designs and the ever-changing nature of the menswear market. Directed by Duncan […]

Introducing: Yuvi

Introducing: Yuvi

The eponymous line of celebrated jewelry designer Yuvi Alpert, Yuvi is a line of finely crafted, easy to wear wrist jewelry. Crafted from materials sourced from around the globe, each piece is hand crafted for a refined take on everyday minimalism. We talked to Yuvi about his early inspirations and how simple details can add […]

Interview: Geographic North

Interview: Geographic North

With a pinpoint aesthetic combining intricate programming, hazy atmospherics, and off-kilter pop sensibilities, Atlanta-based music label Geographic North has accrued a one-of-a-kind roster of new and established artists. We recently spoke to label heads Farbod Kokabi and Bobby Power to discuss music in the internet age, digital aesthetics, and the blurring lines between analog and […]

Posing Beauty

Posing Beauty

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) has an incredible collection of art from all eras, and luckily for us it’s right in our backyard. Their newest exhibit, Posing Beauty, features paintings, sculptures, and photographs by African American artists exploring themes of personal and cultural identity. This week, we sat with the Assistant Curator of […]

Interview: David Kitz

Interview: David Kitz

Artist and photographer David Kitz uses texture in such a distinct way that it practically jumps off the page, begging you to touch it. His recently published zine, SIDELINES, combines a candy colored palette with tactile images from his day to day life.  He took a break from traveling Europe with his band to chat […]

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 […]

Human Being Journal 4: An Interview with Ryan McGinness

Human Being Journal 4: An Interview with Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is a New York-based visual artist whose large scale paintings draw heavy influence from the surf and skate culture of his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Known for his intricately layered pieces, McGinness weaves together the visual language of contemporary iconography, corporate logos, and public signage, creating abstract pieces that have established him […]

Travel: Chile with Ocearch

Travel: Chile with Ocearch

Our friend and local videographer Kevin Bennett recently traveled to Chile to live on a ship to track Great White Sharks off the coast with non-profit organization OCEARCH. We talked to him about his  month-long journey, OCEARCH’S mission, and his top 10 tips for boat life. How did you link up with OCEARCH? I received […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe: Beth Kirby’s Honey Thyme Ricotta Pancakes

Recipe: Beth Kirby’s Honey Thyme Ricotta Pancakes

Beth Kirby is a Tennessean and a cook, freelance writer, photographer, and stylist. Since 2012, she has been creating original and earthy recipes for her feast-for-the-eyes food blog Local Milk (with a name partly inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel), that in a few short years has risen to the top of every food lovers blogroll. […]

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 […]

Interview: Exactitudes

Interview: Exactitudes

Inspired by the street style scene of late 1990′s Rotterdam, photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have spent the past 20 years compiling photographic studies of the dress codes of Europe’s diverse social groups, called “Exactitudes”. The series, which is a contraction of “exact” and “attitudes,” is a fascinating and obsessive documentation of human […]

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 […]

Travel Destination: Nicaragua

Travel Destination: Nicaragua

Monique Lavie is an arts and culture writer based in Austin, Texas. Every year during SXSW she lists her home on Airbnb and plans a getaway to escape the festival madness.  This years annual get-the-hell-out-of-Dodge vacation took her to Nicaragua to surf and soak up some much-needed sunshine. Tell us a little about yourself and […]

Jackie Lee Young

Jackie Lee Young

Like many good things these days, we first discovered talented photographer Jackie Lee Young via her fantastic Instagram feed. Her work combines fashion and portrait photography in inventive and often-haunting ways. We talked to Jackie about living and working in Texas and what’s it like to spend her days at one of the country’s coolest […]

Artist Interview: Joan Tarragó

Artist Interview: Joan Tarragó

Joan Tarragó is an illustrator and art director from Barcelona with an infectious personality, a penchant for meticulous detail, and a love for Voodoo symbolism. We met him at his recent gallery show in Richmond and learned why “drawing, drawing, drawing, working hard, and being nice to people” is his motto. Tell us a little […]

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 […]

Interview: Alex Proba

Interview: Alex Proba

Alex Proba is a New York-based graphic designer who had a novel creative idea: every day before the day ends she would create a poster with one restriction, time (no more than 30 minutes to create.) It has become a routine and visual manifestation of her life, day-by-day (today marks her 268th poster). We asked […]

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 […]

Artist Interview: Emma Kohlmann

Artist Interview: Emma Kohlmann

We first discovered artist Emma Kohlmann at Farewell Books in Austin and were instantly drawn in to her darkly ephemeral work that explores themes of decomposition, finality, and self-deprecation. In 2011, she began working with Sumi ink and brush pen, and has graduated to collage and digital media. Currently she helps her friends run a […]

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, […]

Artist Interview: Jordan Grace Owens

Artist Interview: Jordan Grace Owens

Jordan Grace Owens is an artist, illustrator, and maker. If you don’t recognize her by name, you might by her perfectly quirky illustrations and other work that we just can’t get enough of. We had the chance to chat with the North Carolina-based artist about making things and analyzing faces. Hi Jordan! Introduce yourself. I’m […]

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 […]