Category: Interview

Introducing: Georgia Alice

Introducing: Georgia Alice

From seemingly the beginning of time, fashion has coalesced around a few capitals: Paris, New York, Milan, London, Tokyo. But as Internet has opened the world, we’ve seen an outpouring of creativity in apparel showcasing the quirks and traditions of places far beyond those major nodes. India, Scandinavia and Australia are thoroughly on the map, and […]

Interview: Jimmy Hunt

Interview: Jimmy Hunt

Montréal knows how to keep it’s cool… a little hidden trove of coffee shops, cuisine, and well-dressed dwellers all buzzing about in the brick-lined city. Holding major clout in producing grand talents, perhaps one can attribute the root of the city’s flourishing artistic community to the fact that it is simply too cold to go […]

Maggie Shannon: Portraiture

Maggie Shannon: Portraiture

Good portraiture is hard. To dig beneath the surface and expose vulnerable, multifaceted individuals whilst also maintaining a personal style is a delicate line to walk. Most famed portraitists—from Liebovitz to Richardson—are singularly about style and recreate subjects in their own images. Every so often, though, a rare eye emerges with real knack for portraiture. Maggie Shannon’s work is human, […]

Introducing: Anne Thomas

Introducing: Anne Thomas

When it comes to women’s fashion, the word “elegance” has become shorthand for lazy writers to describe dainty aesthetics that they’d rather not mull over. But every once in a while, a line comes along that’s truly deserving of the descriptor. When it comes to the work of Lyonnaise accessory designer Anne Thomas, there’s not […]

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

Kiyomi Iwata: From Volume to Line

The first meter of silk produced by a silkworm is not really silk at all. Rather, it’s a coarse, uneven fibre called kibiso that resembles something between twine and waxed dental floss. Compared to its more fully-developed self, kibiso is decidedly un-silky and has for most of silk-making history been discarded as useless. Artist Kiyomi Iwata, however, […]

Interview: Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort

Interview: Jade Lai of Creatures of Comfort

Jade Lai founded Creatures of Comfort in L.A. in 2005. In the decade since its opening, the boutique has grown into a label in its own right, spawned a second location in New York and counts a coterie of A-listers among its regulars — Kim Gordon, Rashida Jones and Meryl Streep to name just a few. […]

Strange Plants II

Strange Plants II

Last summer, Zioxla‘s Strange Plants hit bookshelves and became an overnight sensation—two printings have since sold out. Strange Plants II, its highly-anticipated sequel, has hit shelves at Need Supply Co., and we’re very happy to report that it outdoes the first version. SPII is once again a tactile delight, designed by the prolific and talented lads at Folch Studio and this […]

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

Studio Visit: Ryan Fitzgibbon

There is certainly no shortage of clever, well-designed indie publications today, but it’s fair to say that few transcend their intended audiences and even fewer become emblematic of larger cultural shifts. One young title that has certainly captured the zeitgeist is Hello Mr., founded by Ryan Fitzgibbon, a young designer who has spent time at IDEO and Fabrica, to […]

Interview: Jennifer Loeber

Interview: Jennifer Loeber

A universal theme of Jennifer Loeber’s work is acceptance: acceptance amongst one’s peers, acceptance of oneself, acceptance of loss. Much of the Brooklyn-based photographer’s recent work—a return to the summer camp she went to as a teen, following an old friend as she transitions from male to female, creating a visual inventory of her mother’s […]

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Studio Visit: Richard Haines

Richard Haines is among the most well-known illustrators working in fashion today. He cut his teeth in fashion design but has come to practically reinvent the art of menswear illustration and has worked prolifically for the likes of The New York Times, Prada, Dries van Noten and GQ. His seminal blog, What I Saw Today, is a feast […]

Interview: Base Range

Interview: Base Range

Every Paris Fashion Week, models suddenly appear on the métro and one hears everything but French on the streets of Le Marais and every empty space seems to have turn into a showroom. We took this as a great opportunity to pay a visit to the Base Range showroom and for a glimpse at what they have […]

Introducing: ETQ Amsterdam

Introducing: ETQ Amsterdam

We’ve got mucho respect for brands who let their products speak for themselves. The about section on ETQ’s website says, succinctly: We could tell you all kinds of stories But that’s not who we are.  We’re honest. Clean. Timeless. Exceptional.  And so is our product.  We’ll avoid telling too many stories about ETQ ourselves, but we’re […]

Introducing: Chiyome

Introducing: Chiyome

We like brands that go out of their way to produce in a transparent, equitable way — even more so when they keep production near design. We like brands whose design sensibility is driven by real perspective on art, functionality and culture. And we like brands that somehow manage to truly differentiate themselves in an endless of […]

At Home: Eddie Chacon & Sissy Sainte Marie

At Home: Eddie Chacon & Sissy Sainte Marie

Life is a wonderful, mercurial adventure. Something inauspicious might lead unexpectedly to transformative connection or opportunity. One very chance encounter between Eddie Chacon and Sissy Sainte-Marie changed led a remarkable creative relationship and a real symbiosis, underpinned by unwavering trust, love and mutual support. Despite their circuitous path to one another, it’s hard to say that […]

Fragrances with Na Nin

Fragrances with Na Nin

Under her studio monicker Na Nin, Virginia native Kate Jennings creates handmade perfumes and candles inspired by nostalgia and the evocative smells of the past. Starting first with a collection of carefully curated vintage goods and clothing, Kate has built Na Nin into a name recognized in Richmond and throughout the country for fragrances and […]

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Interview: Christopher David Ryan aka CDR

Christopher David Ryan, the graphic designer and illustrator better known as “CDR,” is by all accounts a generous person. Aside from the plethora of free printout downloads of the more shareworthy design on his site, he recently ran an online promo where anyone who filled out a form would receive a free original drawing for the holidays. Separate from giveaways […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Photography: Stella Berkofsky

Photography: Stella Berkofsky

Our new lookbooks for October, Foreign Exchange for women’s and North by North for men’s were shot in Richmond by London turned L.A. photographer Stella Berkofsky. We love her earnest, intimate style with its judicious use of light—helped along, no doubt, by her steadfast use of analogue film. After the images came back from the lab, we had a quick chat […]

Eat Here: Portland’s Dove Vivi

Eat Here: Portland’s Dove Vivi

Pizza never disappoints—from the wood fired variety, loaded with burrata or good greens, to plain old cheese and pepperoni. A few weeks ago, we found ourselves at Portland’s Dove Vivi, sizzling cornmeal crust pizza at hand. Naturally, as professional pizza critics, we weren’t prepared to be blown away. But just a few bites in, it was hard […]

Photography: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

Photography: Emma Elizabeth Tillman

A well constructed photograph is one that may take you minutes, hours, even days, to figure out and fully decipher. Photographer Emma Tillman (Garr) is a master of these deep reads—her photos are raw, deep and plenty mysterious on their own. They’re also rather unashamed of their genuine intimacy, and include everything from nude self portraits […]

Sounds: Caroline Smith

Sounds: Caroline Smith

Every so often, an artist is able to thoroughly redefine themself in an album. Charming folk-indie singer Caroline Smith did just that in her last album, Half About Being a Woman, cooling her tone and trading soft chords for smooth R&B vibes. The album has been in our regular rotation for a while now, and since she’s back in […]

Interview: Drew Tyndell

Interview: Drew Tyndell

Designer Drew Tyndell grew up doodling at the drafting table of his father, the architect. It is in the intersection of playful color and architectural simplicity that Tyndell’s work feels most at home. As an animator, Drew has worked with Cartoon Network and Fuel TV. As an artist, his dimensional wooden collages are shown around […]

Human: Erin Spens

Human: Erin Spens

Erin Spens is the founder and editor of the nomadic biannual, Boat. Part travel magazine, part sociogeographic study, each issue focuses on a different city around the world. But rather than reporting from afar, Spens and her team move twice a year to immerse themselves in the city of choice—so far they’ve covered Sarajevo, Detroit, […]

Interview: Ramon Felix

Interview: Ramon Felix

Viewing the work of photographer Ramon Felix is like catching a bit of conversation in passing. You want to know more, but there’s something beautiful in what’s left unknown. Felix is a connoisseur of glimpses, a self described voyeur with good intentions. Our conversation progressed with a friendly gait punctuated by ‘dudes’ and ‘likes’ that […]

Human: David Wilson

Human: David Wilson

Human Being Journal 5 has been proofed, polished and is fresh off to the printer. That means just a few weeks ’til the rest of the world gets to see it. In the meantime, we’ll be giving a few sneak peeks at what’s inside. One new section of note this time out profiles six Humans […]

Topless Blading

Topless Blading

New York is not a town that cares much for social norms. The liberal bastion of the Northeast flaunts it’s acceptance with aplomb – a twelve foot man in a pink wig won’t get a second glance here unless he does something horrendous like boarding the train before allowing the other passengers to exit first. Still, this […]

Staff Picks: Ryan

Staff Picks: Ryan

Need Supply Co. Men’s Buyer, Ryan Towns, helps keep us looking sharp. He spends a good amount of time on trains and planes travelling to shows and fairs in search of new brands, ideas and unexpected trends. He certainly knows his stitches from his knits, but is most importantly a master of the edit, wading […]

Studio Visit: Anna Valdez

Studio Visit: Anna Valdez

The studio of Oakland-based artist Anna Valdez feels familiar even on first visit. Light spills through the transom windows of the old warehouse, illuminating stacks of stretched canvas and a shelf full of hot sauce and postcards. A large canvas stretched across the far wall reflects the table near the door, artfully draped in textiles, […]

A Bright Idea: Michelle Steinback

A Bright Idea: Michelle Steinback

We liked Michelle Steinbeck of Cedar & Moss from the moment we met. From her well-curated mid-century dwelling tucked into an enchanted forrest, to the rope swing she let us try out in her backyard, we really just didn’t want to leave. Walking through her basement-turned studio, Michelle holds up an old car part which she fits a cylinder light-bulb […]

Interview: Jonathan Schoonover

Interview: Jonathan Schoonover

For being relatively young, NYC-based photographer Jonathan Schoonover has a signature style in hand. Currently pursuing his MFA in Photography at the School of Visual Arts, he also spends his time shooting still life, portraits, and dodging blood spray while shooting amateur wrestling matches for an ongoing project. The latter is actually a family affair–he has been shooting indie […]

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, […]