Category: Various

Milan: Salone del Mobile 2015

Milan: Salone del Mobile 2015

For all its reputation and renown, Milan is a pretty sleepy town, it’s most beautiful parts hidden in verdant courtyards and in unassuming warehouses. While it’s always possible to find fantastic food and a nice time there any time of year, its pace is dramatically slower than any other design or fashion capital—even during the […]

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 […]

Spring Drinks

Spring Drinks

“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep Spring from coming.”  – Pablo Neruda  Perhaps more than any other, Spring is a season that requires a hard refresh. New clothes, new palettes, new playlists, new hair-dos, new friends, new you. So while you’re at it, it’s more than appropriate to give your liquor […]

Richmond in 35

Richmond in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris Cafés, London tube stations. In Richmond, Virginia’s case, it’s the mighty James River. Tavish Timothy captures the unseen textures of the River City in stunningly composed film photography. He photographs his city in the time between a full time job downtown […]

Introducing: RMS Beauty

Introducing: RMS Beauty

Rose-Marie Swift is beyond celebrity. She’s a venerable fashion mainstay. The foundational voice of cosmetics within the industry, she’s a crusader for all things clean and natural. She’s worked with everyone from Calvin Klein to Victoria’s Secret, Vogue, The Gap, Milla Jovovich and Hedi Slimane. But after so many years in the fashion and make-up […]

Teaser: Human Being Journal 6

Teaser: Human Being Journal 6

We’re interviewing, photographing, writing, reading and collecting around the world. Skypes to Japan, Poland, Denmark, New Mexico, England… And this time out we’re doing it all in close collaboration with one of the coolest menswear brands on the planet. Our cover color’s set, we’re stoked about the world-class creatives who will be taking part and we’re tinkering with type […]

Interview: Richie Pope

Interview: Richie Pope

Illustration, video games, comics — we’re ever so slightly jealous of how Richie Pope gets to spend his days. This rising young artist with a supremely vivid imagination makes lush, layered, incisive scenes that are equal parts whimsy and reflection, and he has illustrated features for the likes of NPR, Wired and The Atlantic. He is also […]

Hear This: Camino Del Sol

Hear This: Camino Del Sol

It takes a while for spring to finally feel like spring. And while we generally advise a serene, maybe Zen-like live-in-the-now approach to confronting the cold, sometimes it’s good to engage in a little bit of escapism. Camino Del Sol, the 1980 12-inch mini-LP by barely-known French pop trio Antena certainly helps with that. It […]

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 […]

Here

Here

Synechdoche – n. A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole or vice versa. As in “hired hands”, referring to the movers who tidily pack away the the last of your belongings as you move away from your childhood home. As in “wheels”, referring to your first car in […]

Introducing: Vianel

Introducing: Vianel

Traditional luxury brands make really nice stuff. After all, the world’s best leathers, construction by hand and, more often than not, the savoir-faire of traditional European production go a long way towards distinction in an era of disposability. Nevertheless, the over the top bling these brands have become synonymous means that their popularity is increasingly limited to places like Moscow’s lavish/garish […]

The Boot Care Guide

The Boot Care Guide

Boots are made to be worn. To be worked into the ground. To be stepped on. Twisted up. Scuffed. But they’re also meant to be taken care of. Whether you’re looking to prevent future damage, apply regular maintenance, or trying to bring a lived-in pair back up to snuff, our boot guide is here to […]

Homes in the Badlands

Homes in the Badlands

Far beyond the desert chic glamor of Palm Springs stretches miles upon miles of “uninhabitable” desert. Summer temperatures reach a blistering 120F while nighttime temperatures dip down to a bone-chilling 40F. The clay-based soil yields little more than arbitrary dust storms and the occasional sagebrush. Here, the roads come to an end and the sun […]

Tokyo in 35

Tokyo in 35

Cities are all too often reduced to icons: yellow taxi New York boulevards, pretty Paris cafés, London tube stations. Tokyo transplant Alex Thomas is a self-described freeter. She captures her city between photography, design, and DJ gigs, as an “intensive, obsessive hobby”. Her candid images serve as a nuanced and raw portrait of Tokyo, day-to-day […]

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch

Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is a jeweled oasis located off Route 66 in the High Desert. It is owned and operated by Elmer Long, a Californian native who decided to expand his father’s bottle collection by quitting his day job and creating a gilded ranch full of meticulously welded metal trees adorned with rows of […]

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Interview: Alan Del Rio Ortiz

Brooklyn director and photographer Alan Del Rio Ortiz is quickly becoming indie music’s go-to creative force for clean, expressive visual treatments. One look at his work, and it’s easy to see why. He’s directed videos for Blood Orange, Danny Brown and more, and accompanied St. Vincent on tours around the globe. Much like the music […]

You Have Too Much Shit

You Have Too Much Shit

Chris Thomas has a simple message for you: you have too much shit. The UK-based designer’s latest project is a punchy little self-help manual to help you wade through the clutter of your modern life. One part Thoreau’s Walden, one part Adam Mansbach’s Go the F*ck to Sleep, YHTMS makes a pretty convincing case for ditching […]

Twenty-Fourteen, You Were Aight.

Twenty-Fourteen, You Were Aight.

2014 was a year of stark contrasts, sometimes scary upheavals and massive change. We saw a new/old globe emerging as Russia moves away from the west, Cuba opens up and Africa grows. Planes disappeared. New words were born. Serial happened. It was a grand year. We now look forward to 2015 with a fresh nostalgia for […]

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 of […]

Introducing: Shockoe Denim

Introducing: Shockoe Denim

Shockoe Denim is a family affair. Founder Anthony Lupesco started the company in Richmond, VA in 2012 to honor the craft of his father, Pierre. For over 40 years, Pierre Lupesco had established manufacturing operations for luxury menswear brands like Isaia and Belvest. So when Anthony approached him about making jeans, Pierre replied, “I only […]

Cozy Cocktails

Cozy Cocktails

Holiday shopping. Holiday travel. Holiday family gatherings. Holiday office parties. Unpredictable holiday weather. It’s all a bit overwhelming, isn’t it? There never seems to be enough time at the end of the year to slow down and reflect, to take care of yourself. In search of a remedy to the holiday madness, we sought out […]

Aaron Smith: Skate!

Aaron Smith: Skate!

Skateboarder Magazine was, for many of us, our first contact with skate culture. First published in ’64, the magazine was for decades the go-to resource for everyone from would-be skaters to legit pros. Its impossible photos and slick type and ambitious write-ups were the stuff of dreamers and arguable helped create the cultural narrative of perhaps […]

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 […]

Lessons Learned in Slab City, CA

Lessons Learned in Slab City, CA

Nearly 200 miles east of Los Angeles in California’s Badlands lies a tight-knit squatter settlement known as Slab City. A smattering of festively painted RVs dot the parched land amongst concrete slabs from abandoned WWII marine barracks. Residents — also known as “slabbers” — endure 120°F summers with little more than shady tents and macgyvered […]

The Podcast Update

The Podcast Update

For the very first time since it debuted on This American Life back in October, the pulpy true-crime podcast Serial took a break this week. The show has been listened to by millions from Durban to Dallas, and the break in programming gave Serial’s audience a glimpse into the not-too-distant future in which Friday meetings […]

Staff Picks: Lenny

Staff Picks: Lenny

Lenny Greenberg is a man of astute tastes. He’s a consummate denim head, a connoisseur of great coffee, a practitioner of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and was at one point considered the best cab driver in the city of Richmond (and may still be). These days, Lenny works as our warehouse receiving lead and gets his hands […]

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 […]

The Badlands

The Badlands

Our good friend Hillary Taymour has a knack for inspiring wanderlust. When she’s not busy at the helm of Collina Strada, she’s jetting off to one place or another to surround herself with immense natural beauty. Luckily, she’s always willing to share photos and stories from her trips. Taymour’s most recent excursion with photographer Jonathan […]

Fruity Candies

Fruity Candies

Halloween night in the American suburbs. We paraded about, a cavalcade of tots waddling in endless streams down the sidewalks, dressed as tiny grim reapers, walking baby Jack-O-Lanterns, and mini pop divas. Guises that ranged from the macabre to the innocuously pop-referential. In this autumnal haze, the days already grown shorter, we bounced from house […]

Autumn Cocktails

Autumn Cocktails

Fall is here. If you haven’t already outfitted yourself in your favorite trusty sweater, de-mothballed your wool throw blankets and swapped out your no-show socks for those of the cozy crew variety, chances are you will soon. While you’re at it, it’s probably a good idea to brush up your beverage repertoire. Fall calls for […]

Introducing: Alpha Industries

Introducing: Alpha Industries

Fashion, the familiar adage holds, follows conflict. The functional necessities of wartime have given birth to countless styles: desert boots, khaki trousers, the trench coat, aviator sunglasses, Woolrich blankets, and raglan sleeves. So it follows that as the nature of 21st century military engagement shifts from feet on the ground to an altogether less direct, […]

Staff Picks: Lauren

Staff Picks: Lauren

Need Supply Co. photographer Lauren Lyon is a beast behind the lens. The Roanoke native has a heart of gold, a discerning eye and is a technical dynamo with a camera. Whether she’s documenting Richmond’s vibrant burlesque scene or shooting in the studio with a broken foot, she keeps everything looking fresh. We caught up […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]