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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, […]

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 […]

Interview: Ganni’s Ditte Refstrup

Interview: Ganni’s Ditte Refstrup

Ganni’s ethos of flattering and stylish fashion “for contemporary women who are comfortable in their own skin” has earned it an enviable following. Over the past few seasons, though, the Danish brand has really hit a stride, easily becoming one of the defining brands of this decade. Just before we welcomed its AW14′ collection to the […]

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 […]

Introducing: Piola

Introducing: Piola

These days, the propensity in the fashion world for established brands to tack sustainability and good-will onto their end missions has led to some interesting (and less than genuine) places—“green” Gucci, anyone? But alongside the trendy zeitgeist of eco-centric selling points, several up-and-coming brands are making noise in the style world. And rather than merely […]

Color Story: Autumn’s Big Red

Color Story: Autumn’s Big Red

Red is the thunder in our ears when we meet. Love, like creation, is some other order of things -Linda Hogan Whether scarlet, vermilion, cinnamon or crimson—there’s something in the air this autumn that makes red just right. Shop Autumn’s Big Red. Additional images © Jonathan Schoonover.

Interview: Berta Pfirsich

Interview: Berta Pfirsich

Alfred Eisenstadt said, “The important thing is not the camera but the eye.” Some form of that adage has been dredged up a lot since the advent of mobile phone photography (it is hard to argue against the handiest camera typology ever), but a professional without a bag full of fancy doodads and gizmos still seems like an […]

Race Day: Drifting

Race Day: Drifting

Patrick and I are idling in the middle of a field as the August sun sets over Culpeper, Virginia. The smell of the soybeans cooking in the radiator wafts up to our noses as we sit in the cab of a beat up Dodge pickup truck. Its license plates read: FARM USE. It’s a wholly […]

Remembering Deborah Sussman

It is with sadness that we begin to speak of Deborah Sussman in the past tense. Sussman died in her West Hollywood home on Wednesday, August 20th, after a battle with cancer. She was a recognized pioneer environmental graphics, and helped define the aesthetic language of Los Angeles.   Deborah Sussman’s curriculum vitae reads like a design history textbook. Growing up in […]

Mikkeller

The story of the Mikkeller reads like a particularly juicy description for a new television series. It began in the kitchen of a high school in Copenhagen, where a young Physics teacher named Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and two of his students bonded over a mutual distaste for substandard beer. The trio decided to take up brewing themselves, […]

Bishop Allen: Lights Out

Bishop Allen: Lights Out

Depending on where you reside, the arrival of August signifies the stoppage time of summer. Nights slowly get shorter and that slight temperature drop you notice on a 2am bike ride home sticks with you. In summer’s defense, don’t let those fouls fool you — there’s plenty of time to play and adventures to be […]

super/collider

super/collider

For all its arcane mystique, whiz-bang equipment, and general air of omnipotence, the culture of science is nonetheless a pretty unsexy beast. Generally speaking, this is because science in practice is a mix opaque, slow, and deliberate processes devoid of instant gratification—and without going off into the sci-fi deep end, it can be quite a […]

Kitsune Tour The Stores at Need Supply Co.

Kitsune Tour The Stores at Need Supply Co.

Join us in wishing a warm bienvenue to our friends Maison Kitsuné, who will be taking over our house in Richmond this weekend for a crazy stylish soirée. From 7-9PM Kitsuné will be in house while we mingle to the tunes of DJ duo Chordashian. There will be fox masks and a PHHHOTO booth, too. Later in […]

It’s Time You Learned About Watches

It’s Time You Learned About Watches

If you came of age in the era of diamond encrusted behemoths, you could be forgiven for a lack of horological knowledge. Your phone, your microwave, your car stereo and that huge LED sign you drive past on your way to work are all in collusion to subvert the traditional wristwatch.  Horlogerie, or the art […]

Ohbliv

Ohbliv

Richmond, VA beatmaker Bradford Caudle speaks in music. Recording under the monicker Ohbliv, his frenetic and hypnotizing brand of instrumental hip-hop has set him apart within the burgeoning production scene, catching the ears of seasoned hip-hop heads and casual head-nodders alike. With a background in classic singing, training in an array of instruments, and college […]

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 […]

Bitter Italians

Bitter Italians

It’s no secret we’ve got a proclivity for most things Italian. So it should come as no surprise that we’ve recently become drink swigging cheerleaders for a pair of refreshing Italo-liquor cocktail drinks. The first, a quick and easy cocktail made from an herbal, artichoke-derived spirit called Cynar. The second, an ingeniously carefree twist on the age old […]

Staff Picks: Marleigh

Staff Picks: Marleigh

Need Supply Co. graphic designer Marleigh Culver is a plant whisperer. With a flat filled to the rafters with succulents, palms, banana and rattlesnake plants, she surrounds herself with organic beauty as stimulus for her prolific output. It seems to be working pretty well. Her designs and paintings all reflect her own naturalistic tendencies and […]

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 […]

B-Boy

B-Boy

“The newsworthy transformations wrought by Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been replaced by shiny ghosts. They are not news and they are not new. Some work is just more recent. The last new thing I saw was break dancing.” -Dave Hickey Breaking first emerged in the 1970s as one of the four original elements […]

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 […]

One Hundred Poems from the Chinese

One Hundred Poems from the Chinese

In 1927, Kenneth Rexroth moved to San Francisco. An esteemed poet, essayist, translator, ex-communist, IWW anarchist, pacifist, and high school drop out, he was nothing if not eclectic. With markedly radical world view and an unstoppable body of writing which touched upon everything from jazz to ancient Chinese science to California mountaineering, medieval mysticism, erotic poetry […]

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

Richard Linklater’s Boyhood

My introduction to the films of Richard Linklater took place in the back seat of a Jeep Cherokee that belonged to my best friend’s older sister. It was the summer of 2007 and California’s rolling blackouts had knocked out the power on our block hours earlier. Luckily she had a small TV with a built […]

Edible Beauty: Nasturtium

Edible Beauty: Nasturtium

Alas, the yearly May-June scramble for foraged ramps has finally tapered off. Luckily, there’s not much of a wait for the next hot-ticket ingredient, as the July heat brings with it the blossoms of another beloved culinary pleasure: nasturtium. A member of the Brassicaceae (cabbage) family, edible nasturtium is one of a genus of seven […]

A Brief History: Backgammon

A Brief History: Backgammon

Backgammon is one of the oldest board games in the world. But despite its age, it’s plenty more than a relic in grandma’s attic: it’s a tabletop mainstay of the Mediterranean, a test of skill and strategy, and our new addiction. Backgammon is literally played everywhere. Evidence of the game’s proliferation have been found by […]

Staff Picks: Eric

Staff Picks: Eric

Senior Designer Eric Gilkey is a stalwart of the Need Supply Co. creative team. With a razor sharp eye and particularly judicious tastes, Eric works through each assignment in search of the clearest solution, creating systems as elegant as they are visually powerful. A Richmond native, Eric likes to do things his own way. He […]

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 […]

Playlist: 32 World Cup Fight Songs

Playlist: 32 World Cup Fight Songs

It’s time once again for a spike in self-imposed nationalism, fueled by face paint, pints and jingoistic pundits. For those of us stateside (because we seem to be immune to winning), this generally means the mining up of tenuous international connections to forge temporarily unbreakable allegiances. Because, if your great grandmother was from Antwerp, you […]

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Remembering Massimo Vignelli

Last week the design world lost a hero. On Tuesday, May 27th, Massimo Vignelli, the renowned and highly influential graphic designer, died at the age of 83 in his Manhattan home. While his timeless designs will survive him in the public consciousness, he will forever be remembered for the values he imparted to the design […]

Read This: Karl Ove Knausgaard

Read This: Karl Ove Knausgaard

With a hypnotic hold on readers around the world and an avalanche of praise cascading upon him from the likes of Zadie Smith and Jonathan Lethem, Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard is poised to sit atop the international literary scene. And everyone knows it.  With all of that said, It would be completely unfair of […]

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 […]

A Brief History: Mescal

A Brief History: Mescal

Despite its increasing popularity in American bars, mescal lives in the shadow of tequila. The similarities are few, but the differences are vast. Each glass—never a shot—of mescal is a small lesson in craft, patience and ecology. Its smoky, layered complexity is a direct result of the air, earth, and hands that produced it. We […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Recipe: Mulberry Sarma

Recipe: Mulberry Sarma

With its delightfully eclectic blend of meats, vegetables, and earthen spices, Turkish cooking combines the wonderful flavors of Middle Eastern, Asian, and Mediterranean cooking. One of the many staples of this cuisine are the stuffed and wrapped dishes, known as dolmas or sarmas. In Turkey, sarma consists of leaves (generally grape, cabbage, or chard) rolled […]

The Writing of M.F.K. Fisher

The Writing of M.F.K. Fisher

You may not realize it, but M.F.K. Fisher taught you how to eat. With over 27 published books to her name, the prolific Californian food writer ushered in a new era of American culinary writing in the 20th century. Her words combined her adoration for food with an exceedingly gracious approach to the art of […]

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 […]

Espresso: A Brief Overview

Espresso: A Brief Overview

There are many things we can be thankful to Italy for: Burrata cheese, Bruno Munari, Catenaccio style football, and tumblr dashboards full of images tagged “sprezzatura”. But among these fantastic cultural contributions is Italy’s crown jewel: the fine art of making espresso. First imported in from Turkey by the Dutch East India Company, coffee has […]

Brick City: The History of Lego

Brick City: The History of Lego

It’s not difficult to remember. Bustling cities built in a day in primary blue, red, yellow, green. Pixelated space probes shattering into their component pieces on berber carpeted living room floors. Countertop kingdoms with pulley operated drawbridges. Pastiche combinations of the three, blended into one surreal and chaotic playworld. LEGO, the iconic children’s toy of […]

Recipe: Derby Day Mint Julep Ice Cream

Recipe: Derby Day Mint Julep Ice Cream

Mint Juleps are a classic cocktail steeped in tradition in the South. Originally they were a breakfast item, which was thought to aide in protecting against malaria. In modern day they are better known as the Kentucky Derby’s most celebrated cocktail. With Derby Day coming up this week we wanted to share a recipe for […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]