Category: Various

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“The newsworthy transformations wrought by Picasso, Pollock, Warhol, and Robert Mapplethorpe have been replaced by shiny ghosts.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 […]

An Ode to Climbing in Mallorca

An Ode to Climbing in Mallorca

How does a blog post about climbing in the Spanish island of Mallorca relate to a men’s and women’s clothing store? It doesn’t. Which is why we’re excited to post it. Believe it or not, we’ve written on climbing in the past. It’s one of those activities (if you will) that we’re pretty fond of. […]

The Minimalist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

The Minimalist’s Guide to Spring Cleaning

Spring is officially here, seemingly in earnest, with no pending snow storms on the horizon (at least where we’re sitting.) It’s one of our favorite seasons, heralding all sorts of fresh starts and newness: new blooms, new shoes, new opportunities. We couldn’t think of a better time to talk to our favorite professional organizer, Kristen […]

How To: Make Burrata

How To: Make Burrata

With one heavenly bite of burrata (meaning “buttery” in Italian), your perception of cheese is irreversibly altered. This ultra-creamy cousin of traditional mozzarella cheese is considered a rare delicacy, yet relatively easy to make at home. This week, we’re teaching you how to make this Puglian import in the comfort of your own kitchen and […]

Betty Who

Betty Who

I headed into Bunk Bar on Water St. in Portland the other night to grab a pulled pork Cubano and was quickly informed by the oddly polite bartender that I would have to be out by 9pm for the sold out show. That show, of course, was Betty Who, whose  sophomore EP, Slow Dancing, was […]

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 […]

Baseball: Game of Beards

Baseball: Game of Beards

With this week marking Opening Day of the 2014 season, we thought it would be a perfect time to look back at an oft-forgotten chapter in American baseball. To most Americans, baseball holds a special place in the hearts of nostalgic sports lovers everywhere, even dubbed “America’s National Pastime.” To some, just the crack of […]

New Music: The War on Drugs is Real

New Music: The War on Drugs is Real

It’s hard to describe Philadelphia’s, The War On Drugs, to someone who hasn’t heard them before. The description quickly falls in the common refrain, “…well, you’ll just have to check them out.” If I really tried, I would say they’re an ambient jam band meets a young Bob Dylan. In there somewhere they run into […]

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 […]

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 […]

Design: Contemporary Architecture of Denmark

Design: Contemporary Architecture of Denmark

Denmark. To begin, I should mention that I’ve yet to visit this seemingly wonderful place. After hearing so many positive things about it, I simply can’t wait to step foot there. Aside from the obvious reasons that make Denmark a great country, it’s capital city, Copenhagen, seems to be the crème de la crème of global […]

Recipe: When You Thought You Were Over Kale Salad…

Recipe: When You Thought You Were Over Kale Salad…

I’m sharing a little secret with you today: my go-to dinner party dish, a raw Tuscan  kale salad. I can’t take credit for the recipe- it’s from incredible Heidi Swanson of 101 Cookbooks fame, but it’s really a dish that could turn any kale hater into a kale believer. And while it may not sound […]

How To:  Make the Best Paper Airplane (Ever)

How To: Make the Best Paper Airplane (Ever)

Today is your lucky day.Why, you ask? Because you will learn how to make one of the best paper airplanes of all time. Step 1. Grab yourself a piece of paper, preferably size A4 or letter. Step 2. Bend the paper over from the corner, so the front of the paper is flush with the left […]

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 […]

The Wes Anderson Collection

The Wes Anderson Collection

Today marks the nationwide release of Wes Anderson’s 9th film “The Grand Budapest Hotel (a “complex caper” according to the New York Times) delighting Anderson-ites across the country. In honor of that release, our friend and graphic designer Emma Robertson (of the lovely design blog  Emma Dime) took a closer look at The Wes Anderson Collection, the first […]

How It Works: The Ballpoint Pen

How It Works: The Ballpoint Pen

It’s something you use every single day to do so many mundane tasks, to write (and check off!) lists, to produce whatever work it is you do, to write those big checks, to put your phone number on the receipt for the cute waiter or waitress, but have you ever thought about how it actually […]

The Hemingway House

The Hemingway House

Nestled on the little island of Key West, Florida, the residence of American author Ernest Hemingway became designated a US historic landmark in 1968. Whether you’re into literature, palm trees and salty air, or maybe cats are more your thing, the Hemingway House has just about something for everyone. Key West is about four square […]

How To: Build a Coffee Table

How To: Build a Coffee Table

When he’s not busy running his family’s farm, working on his racecar, or shelling out denim on our sales floor, store employee and jack-of-all-trades Patrick somehow finds time for some good old fashioned woodworking. He recently built a few beautiful mid century-inspired coffee tables for friends, and he gives us the know-how to do it […]

Winter Plant Care

Winter Plant Care

No matter how well your houseplants are thriving the rest of the year, helping them survive during the colder months is always a challenge. Contrary to popular knowledge, many care practices should be handled quite differently once the temperatures and sunlight take a turn. We’re here to talk you through it, so we can all […]

Loux the Vintage Guru

Loux the Vintage Guru

Lourens Loux Gebhardt, otherwise known as The Guru, is a Namibian fashion designer with a killer sense of style. He documents his outfits and those of his fashionable friends on his tumblr. He recently collaborated with a fashion collective known as Khumbula, who are:  “a group of young visionaries who advocate for a well cut Africa, […]