Maison Kitsuné and Kitsuné Parisien

Maison Kitsuné and Kitsuné Parisien

Maison Kitsuné was founded in 2002 by architect Masaya Kuroko and Daft Punk’s artistic director Gildas Loaëc. The Maison Kitsuné lines combine the philosophy of tradition with a modern attitude and a distinctively Parisian sensibility. This season, Kitsuné takes inspiration from New York’s “New Wave” of young creatives, artists and musicians. The collection reinterprets and […]

Introducing: Datter Industries

Introducing: Datter Industries

Kaye Blegvad, the ultra-cool, multitalented, and whip-smart lady behind Datter Industries describes herself as a maker of things, a title perfectly fitted for her sea of talents and forever-long list of ongoing artistic projects. Datter, meaning ‘daughter’ in Danish as well as a fusion of the words data and matter, is Kaye’s quirky and a […]

KEVIN KUNSTADT – THE DOLOMITES

KEVIN KUNSTADT – THE DOLOMITES

Kevin Kunstadt’s stunning photo essay of a trip to the Dolomites in Italy are presented in a human context, revealing their magnificent scale. A magazine of the trip is available for purchase here. For more of his work visit, kevinkunstadt.com

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 […]

Porcelainia

Porcelainia

Porcelainia is an amazing, charming short film by Dave Altizer about Bobby Jager’s journey of combining art and science. What I appreciate about Bobby’s work is that it’s informed. His process doesnt stop at his passion for science, but he has taken his passion and rolled it into his love of art, creating something truly […]

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 […]

The Yucatan by Hand

The Yucatan by Hand

There’s something welcoming about a city that talks to you in hand-written language. Merida and Valladolid are prime examples. Every corner has its own voice, rather than being limited to ten or so default typefaces from the sign shop. These types of advertisements are truly authentic. It’s the beautiful imperfection that gives these samples of […]

Introducing: Stutterheim

Introducing: Stutterheim

Inspired by his grandfather’s old, weather-beaten raincoat found in a barn, Alexander Stutterheim created Stutterheim Raincoats with the same durability, practicality, craftsmanship and great attention to materials and detail in mind. As many things do, the brand was initially born out of necessity. Stutterheim, not being able to find a high-quality and good-looking raincoat, set […]

Guest: Drew Heffron

Guest: Drew Heffron

Drew Heffron is a graphic designer living in New York. After first becoming interested in design in high school, Drew landed a college internship for Scott Stowell at his firm Open, which he describes as a mind opening experience to how design can be smart and fun. Graduating from Winthrop University with a BFA, Drew moved to New York […]

Travel Destination: The Woodstock Exchange

Travel Destination: The Woodstock Exchange

Woodstock is a bustling suburb just outside the City Bowl in Cape Town. This increasingly gentrified area has become a mecca for cultural diversity, creativity and urban renewal. The Woodstock Exchange used to be a dilapidated industrial building, but has since been renovated and reopened as creative hub with the aim of regenerating the area by providing […]

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 […]

The Present Company Project

The Present Company Project

One of our favorite creative gals, Amber Byrne Mahoney, lives in Brooklyn, NY and specializes in film, polaroid and digital photography. In her newest endeavor, The Present Company Project challenges Amber to engage with strangers, get to know people she otherwise may not, and open her eyes to the many possibilities of a genuine interaction. The […]

Georgina Gratrix

Georgina Gratrix

The brashly tactile and colourful surfaces of Georgina Gratrix paintings immediately capture your attention: “Part mocking, part criticism, part play, Gratrix’s work offers an inverted visual take on the world. Instilled with her youthful energy and personal experience, her work is refreshing, entertaining and complex.”.  Georgina is a Cape Town-based artist whose humorous, at times grotesque, […]

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, […]

Katrin Coetzer

Katrin Coetzer

I think it’s safe to say that Katrin Coetzer is one of my favourite South African illustrators. From her delicate style to her choice of subject matter, Katrin manages to balance accessibility with art in a way that I could never imagine achieving. Her use of negative and/or white space is truly exceptional. Katrin studied […]

Dokter and Misses

Dokter and Misses

Husband and wife team Adriaan Hugo and Katy Taplin are the creative powerhouses behind Dokter and Misses, one of the best and brightest, independent industrial design companies in South Africa. Their aesthetic combines a modernist approach with the bold colour and geometry of African Design. The Dokter and Misses range comprises of a variety of furniture, […]

Outfits & Landscapes

Outfits & Landscapes

One of my favourite features on my blog Wolf Eyebrows is a series called Outfits & Landscapes that pairs street fashion portraits with landscapes. For this special Need Supply edition of the series, I thought it would be appropriate to pair South African street fashion with some of the country’s most beautiful locations. I chose […]

Kent Andreasen

Kent Andreasen

The work of 22-year old Kent Andreasen spans the photographic genres of fashion, advertising, portraiture, still life, and cinematography. Despite his young age, this Cape Town-based photographer has developed a signature style marked by his use of light to create contrast, draw focus and play with colour. No matter how arbitrary the subject matter, Andreasen manages […]

Playlist: Leah Goren

Playlist: Leah Goren

Our friend Leah Goren is an incredibly talented illustrator known for her bright, fun prints, and quirky drawings of melancholic ladies. You might recognize her internet-famous black cat print or her equally internet-famous Devon Rex Moses. If you haven’t already fallen in love with Leah and her other work, check out her awesome zine, Sad […]

Winter Harvest: Brussels Sprouts

Winter Harvest: Brussels Sprouts

Gardening may not be the first thing on your mind during these brisk January days, but there are actually plenty of vegetables that flourish in the colder temperatures. Brussels sprouts, named for the Belgian city they are believed to have originated in, are just one of them, and this time of year they are ripe […]

Cody William Smith

Cody William Smith

Cody Smith is a Los Angeles-based photographer, cinematographer and director of photography originally from Reno, Nevada. Specializing in landscape, fine art and environmental portraiture, his work is a force to be reckoned with, causing you to slow down just a bit and take notice of something you may not have noticed before. Cody’s images are beautiful, […]

Travel Destination: Babylonstoren

Travel Destination: Babylonstoren

Established in 1690, Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in South Africa. The 200-hectare farm can be found in the Drakenstein Valley in the Western Cape, surrounded by the vineyards and orchards of the Simonsberg Mountains. The original farm buildings are rendered in the style of 17th and 18th Century Cape Dutch architecture, featuring whitewashed […]

Introducing: Draught Dry Goods

Introducing: Draught Dry Goods

Draught Dry Goods is a creative platform with a working philosophy of balancing efficiency and effectiveness. While emphasizing sustainable practices and quality craftsmanship, Draight is passionate about sewing and leather working, and hope that there is evidence of this in each stitch and rivet. With an intent to make smart, beautiful things, with materials and […]

Introducing: Want Essentiels

Introducing: Want Essentiels

If there are two words to describe WANT les Essentiels de la Vie, they are subtle luxury. The opposite of flashy but the epitome of sumptuous, the brand focuses on the experience of traveling rather than the end destination, looking at the needs of people in motion, considering each detail, in order to better their […]

Introducing: Shinola

Introducing: Shinola

Detroit-based Shinola works to create a community that will thrive through excellence of craft and pride of work, reclaiming the making of things that are made well and defining American luxury through American quality. Founded as a small-scale shoeshine manufacturer by the New York-based Shinola-Bixby Corporation in 1907, Shinola now runs out of Detroit’s historic […]

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders

Claudette Schreuders is a sculptor and fine artist from South Africa, whose work is an intimate portrayal of her relationships and the milestones in her life. She was born in 1973 in Pretoria, but currently lives and works in Cape Town, where she graduated with a master’s degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art. Her […]

Indalo Wood Backpacks

Indalo Wood Backpacks

Inga Gubeka is a South African designer who heralds from the hot and sunny city of Durban. Indalo Décor is a selection of Inga’s wood-based products, that range from bags to iPhone covers and fashion accessories. “Indalo”, which also happens to be the name of Inga’s son, is the Xhosa word for “natural” or “from the […]

Recipe: Breakfast Casserole

Recipe: Breakfast Casserole

If there’s one thing we love around here, it’s breakfast. And why not? It’s the first and most important meal of the day, and it’s downright delicious. This breakfast casserole recipe combines all the greatest things about our favorite meal and is pretty easy to put together. Plus, we can personally vouch for its tastiness. […]

For the Love of Alaska

For the Love of Alaska

Our friend Emily Sullivan has been spending her summers hiking through picturesque landscapes in Alaska and photographing her journeys. It’s not hard to fall in love with the seemingly untouched expanse and unwavering views that nature proves, and Alaska is quickly rising to the top of our list of absolutely must visits. Curious about the […]

VMFA: Hollywood Costume

VMFA: Hollywood Costume

Virginia Museum of Fine Art‘s fall exhibition, Hollywood Costume, celebrates a century of costume design and its contribution to cinematic history in American culture. On view through February 17, 2014, the exhibition allows viewers to explore the collaborations between directors, actors and costume designers that bring to life some of the most unforgettable and beloved […]

Cape Town Creatives

Cape Town Creatives

Cape Town has been officially selected as the World Design Capital for 2014, after battling out a shortlist of noteworthy design capital potentials. The title not only acknowledges the wealth of creative talent in the city but also works to encourage future design-focused projects and initiatives. Over the course of the year 450 projects will […]

Nigerian Nostalgia Project

Nigerian Nostalgia Project

The Nigerian Nostalgia Project is a captivating tumblr documenting Nigerian fashion, culture and history from the early 1900′s up until the 1990′s. The tumblr is run by a 21-year old woman called Olayemi, who currently resides in Houston, but grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. Olayemi comes from the Yoruba people, one of the largest ethnic groups in […]

Road Trip: NYC

Road Trip: NYC

On New Year’s Eve, friends and coworkers Jason and Marleigh decided to take an impromptu road trip to New York to see some friends and attend our pal Archie’s party. With about an hour’s notice, they packed up and drove to Brooklyn from here in Richmond for a one-night trip full of fun, friends, snacks […]

True Romance

True Romance

Alexis Barrell is a South African-born fashion designer who currently lives and works in both London and Athens. She originally studied architecture in Cape Town, before changing her career path to fashion after she enrolled at the Istituto Marangoni in Paris. She went on to work under couturier Marc Bouwer (another of South Africa’s successful fashion […]

Viviane Sassen

Viviane Sassen

Dutch photographer Viviane Sassen spent her formative years in a place full of vivid colors, sharp sunlight, and pure, quiet darkness. Her childhood memories would forever follow her in dreams, and through her work have come alive in images. For Sassen, Africa is a place that stays with you, and she’s spent an impressive career […]

Playlist: Chris Kim

Playlist: Chris Kim

Our friend Chris grew up a military kid that moved a lot but Richmond is the only place he would call home. After studying art direction at the VCU brand center, he graduated, moved to Brooklyn and started working at McKinney as an art director. Besides work, Chris likes to draw, play ping pong, and […]

Travel Destination: Singapore

Travel Destination: Singapore

Singapore, the island country in Southeast Asia, lies just 85 miles from the equator, on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Our very own Emi Moore spent her holidays in the country’s tropical rainforest climate, and we jumped on the chance to learn more about this highly urbanized and diverse island. Follow along as […]

Simon and Mary

Simon and Mary

Simon and Mary is a family-run hat company in Johannesburg that has been in operation since 1935. The company was founded by Simon Pozniak’s father, Mordechai, who fled from Poland to South Africa in the 1930′s. Simon grew the business until he boasted the title of largest felt hat manufacturer in Africa. Simon’s millinery skills and expertise […]

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor

Michael Taylor is an artist based in Cape Town, represented by Whatiftheworld / Gallery, known for his colourful and expressive painting style. He completed his Masters in Fine Art in 2006 and has gone on to win a number of accolades, including being named one of Modern Painters Magazine 100 Artists to Watch in 2012. He […]

Introducing: Harper Ave

Introducing: Harper Ave

Based in Los Angeles, Harper Ave. creates simple, sleek, and always appropriate bags, suitable to accompany you from day to night, studio to farmer’s market, desk to disco, airport to art show – everywhere & anywhere! Each backpack is named after an architect or artist whose work inspired its particular colors and textures, giving each […]

John Dominis

John Dominis

Renowned LIFE Magazine photographer John Dominis died on the 30th of December 2013, he was 92. He leaves a legacy of iconic images that covered a broad range of subject matter from war to celebrities, wildlife, food and political figures. Born in Los Angeles in 1921, Dominis showed an interest in photography early on. He studied […]

Montreal Biodome

Montreal Biodome

The Montreal Biodome is made up of replicas of four ecosystems that can be found in North and South America. Originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games, it now hosts the four environments along with a variety of animals and other species living in each habitat. It may never have been inhabited by Pauly Shore […]

Artist Interview: Zaria Forman

Artist Interview: Zaria Forman

Zaria Forman has an impressive ability to create ultra-realistic images using her hands. What on first glance look like photographs of pristine, icy waters are actually pastel drawings by the talented artist. Inspired by a lifetime of travels and solidified by her formal training, Zaria’s work is as breathtaking as the geography that influences it. […]

The Factory

The Factory

In the 1960s and ’70s, Andy Warhol’s famous New York City studio was busy producing art, making films, throwing legendary parties, and playing host to some of the era’s most talked about it crowd. Known as the Factory, the studio’s three different locations over two decades saw some of the world’s most prized art and […]

Konstellation Klan

Konstellation Klan

South Africa has a rich sartorial history because of our diverse mix of cultures and ethnic groupings. From the vibrant, geometric patterns and beadwork of the Ndebele, to the detailed Shweshwe fabric of the Xhosa tribe, dress is a primary form of cultural and individual expression. Johannesburg, the main financial centre of the country, is […]

Introducing: Bec & Bridge

Introducing: Bec & Bridge

Bec & Bridge strikes a fine balance between aspirational and achievable fashion, a niche creators Becky Cooper & Bridget Yorston have worked to perfect since the label’s inception in 2003. The brand is renowned for its innovative take on the party dress as well as a refined collection of chic separates in fresh and vibrant […]

Electrick Children

Electrick Children

Hello! A big thank to Rachel and the Need Supply Co. team for asking me to be a guest blogger for the month of January. I’m a big fan of Need Supply Co. so it is a huge honour to be asked to post here. I’m looking forward to sharing a mix of beautiful and […]

Guest: Catherine Green

Guest: Catherine Green

Catherine Green is a freelance copywriter and illustrator born in Johannesburg, where she lived until 2 years ago. Currently in Cape Town with her husband Doug, the lead guitarist of a local band called Desmond and the Tutus, the two also have an awesome dog named Larry David. Catherine runs a lovely little blog called Wolf […]

Staff Picks: New Year’s Resolutions

Staff Picks: New Year’s Resolutions

As we’re gearing up to head out to our respective parties, we can’t help but reflect on what an awesome year 2013 has been, and what we’re looking forward to in the upcoming year. We asked our staff to share their own New Year’s Resolutions for 2014. Share yours with us on twitter @needsupply! Molly […]

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for 2014

A 2013 Cheat Sheet for 2014

I don’t really make resolutions. The only thing I could muster up for 2014 was to cut out excess…i.e. mostly financial excess, i.e. spending more money than is necessary. One thing I do take stock in, and which I will share with you, are things that worked or I loved in 2013 that should be […]