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 […]

Introducing: Yuvi

Introducing: Yuvi

The eponymous line of celebrated jewelry designer Yuvi Alpert, Yuvi is a line of finely crafted, easy to wear wrist jewelry. Crafted from materials sourced from around the globe, each piece is hand crafted for a refined take on everyday minimalism. We talked to Yuvi about his early inspirations and how simple details can add […]

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 […]

Hear This: Ray LaMontagne’s Supernova

Hear This: Ray LaMontagne’s Supernova

If you’re hoping that Ray LaMontagne’s fifth studio album, Supernova, is going to be an even more melancholy follow up to “Trouble”, you’re wrong. Judging from the album cover and song titles alone with tracks like “Lavender”, “Airwaves”, and “She’s The One”, this album is anything but lonely. This time around, LaMontagne, now 40, joins forces […]

Interview: David Kitz

Interview: David Kitz

Artist and photographer David Kitz uses texture in such a distinct way that it practically jumps off the page, begging you to touch it. His recently published zine, SIDELINES, combines a candy colored palette with tactile images from his day to day life.  He took a break from traveling Europe with his band to chat […]

Sonya Clark: Same Difference

Sonya Clark: Same Difference

Sonya Clark is a leading fiber artist who specializes in intricate and politically charged sculptures using human hair. We talked to her about the reductive quality of working with hair, her technique, and the “same difference” that connects us all. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background? Where are you […]

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 […]

A Short History: Victory in Europe Day

A Short History: Victory in Europe Day

Seventy years can make things disappear into vapor, even the most momentous of events. For those that lived in the 1940’s, the rest of their days were a blessing, a joy of every day being thankful for what actually happened versus what could have happened;  but also anti-climactic because nothing they would ever do or […]

Meet the Maker: Mark McNairy

Meet the Maker: Mark McNairy

Mark McNairy is an American menswear designer born and bred in North Carolina who first fell in love with menswear while thrifting in his southern hometown. Inspired by classic suiting and Brooks Brothers, McNairy launched his eponymous line in 2008 with a collection of classic men’s shoes handcrafted in Northamptonshire, UK. His line, Mark McNairy […]

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 […]

Human Being Journal 4: An Interview with Ryan McGinness

Human Being Journal 4: An Interview with Ryan McGinness

Ryan McGinness is a New York-based visual artist whose large scale paintings draw heavy influence from the surf and skate culture of his hometown of Virginia Beach, Virginia. Known for his intricately layered pieces, McGinness weaves together the visual language of contemporary iconography, corporate logos, and public signage, creating abstract pieces that have established him […]

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 […]

Travel: Chile with Ocearch

Travel: Chile with Ocearch

Our friend and local videographer Kevin Bennett recently traveled to Chile to live on a ship to track Great White Sharks off the coast with non-profit organization OCEARCH. We talked to him about his  month-long journey, OCEARCH’S mission, and his top 10 tips for boat life. How did you link up with OCEARCH? I received […]

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 […]

Introducing: Sun Buddies

Introducing: Sun Buddies

Sun Buddies is a new sunglasses line from the masterminds behind the Swedish-based fashion label and retail store Très Bien. Brothers Simon and Hannes Hogeman created the vintage-inspired and handmade frames in homage to classic 1960′s cinema. We talked to them about the staying power of Prada, Swedish sunshine, and what’s next for their line. […]

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 […]

Interview: Leonard Greco

Interview: Leonard Greco

Leonard Greco has lived in more places than most, and it’s reasonable to see how it’s reflected in his photography. His portraits range from musicians like Sébastien Tellier and Zach Condon (of Beirut) to cultural legends like GQ’s “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien, while his ethereal still life scenes could be from another planet. He’s even […]

Travel: Iceland in Four Days

Travel: Iceland in Four Days

Pretend that you could book a trip for four days to anywhere in the world. Where would you go? Our friend and perpetual globetrotter Kelsey Thayer chose Iceland, and as expert travelers do, followed the perfect itinerary visiting as many iconic sights as possible. Lucky for us, she’s shared her top Iceland picks. Iceland had […]

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: Haerfest

Introducing: Haerfest

Haerfest (pronounced harvest) is a New York-based bag company created by brothers Daniel and Tim Joo.  Not satisfied with the overly detailed and sporty backpacks on the market, they gave it an elevated redesign and created day bags that seamlessly transition into night with ease. We talked to Daniel and Tim about sibling collaboration and […]

Interview: Fleabags

Interview: Fleabags

Our favorite overnight bags, Fleabags strives to create products that are as green as possible while maintaining high quality and covetable design. Shira Entis, a fashion designer and lover of all things tiny and over-sized, and Alex Bell, a lawyer and seeker of adventures, have been fleamarket addicts since they met at Brown University. Frustrated by […]

Interview: LAND

Interview: LAND

Land is an Austin-based design studio owned by Caleb Owen Everitt and Ryan Rhodes. We talked to the guys about living and working in the Lone Star State, the ancient symbolism that influences their work, and what they have in the works. Tell us a little bit about yourselves and your backgrounds. How did you […]

A Brief History: Slaughterama

A Brief History: Slaughterama

Last week, our friend and local photojournalist Zach Gibson attended Richmond’s annual demolition derby and tall bike fest, Slaughterama. The following is a short history of the event, now in its 11th year. Since April Fool’s Day of 2010, I have seen self-administered stitches, tattoos, and black eyes.  I’ve seen a nude dude in a […]

Recipe: Beth Kirby’s Honey Thyme Ricotta Pancakes

Recipe: Beth Kirby’s Honey Thyme Ricotta Pancakes

Beth Kirby is a Tennessean and a cook, freelance writer, photographer, and stylist. Since 2012, she has been creating original and earthy recipes for her feast-for-the-eyes food blog Local Milk (with a name partly inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel), that in a few short years has risen to the top of every food lovers blogroll. […]

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 […]

Interview: Exactitudes

Interview: Exactitudes

Inspired by the street style scene of late 1990′s Rotterdam, photographer Ari Versluis and profiler Ellie Uyttenbroek have spent the past 20 years compiling photographic studies of the dress codes of Europe’s diverse social groups, called “Exactitudes”. The series, which is a contraction of “exact” and “attitudes,” is a fascinating and obsessive documentation of human […]

Travel: Seoul Fashion Week

Travel: Seoul Fashion Week

Continuing our ongoing narrative of interesting things happening around the world, our very own quasi-expat and former Seoul resident, A.J. Lund, took a quick jump across the Pacific to catch the Seoul Fashion Week in its fourteenth year. While there, she caught up with old friends, mingled with supermodels and K-pop singers, and got a […]

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 […]

Introducing: Building Block

Introducing: Building Block

Los Angeles-based sisters Kimberly and Nancy Wu  founded multi-media design project Building Block in 2011 with the intent of returning to square one. Their pared down approach to design somehow melds utilitarianism and an unconventional take on luxury, resulting in a collection of highly covetable bags and leather accessories. We talked to Kimberly and Nancy […]

Introducing: Kaarem

Introducing: Kaarem

Emerging label Kaarem is a collaboration between four friends: Chuong, Brian, Ben, and Kathy. They share roots in Vietnam and strong ties to California and New York, where they live and work on their beautifully minimal line. We talked to them about their use of traditional Vietnamese hand-stitched details and the earthy inspiration behind their […]

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 […]

Jackie Lee Young

Jackie Lee Young

Like many good things these days, we first discovered talented photographer Jackie Lee Young via her fantastic Instagram feed. Her work combines fashion and portrait photography in inventive and often-haunting ways. We talked to Jackie about living and working in Texas and what’s it like to spend her days at one of the country’s coolest […]

Artist Interview: Joan Tarragó

Artist Interview: Joan Tarragó

Joan Tarragó is an illustrator and art director from Barcelona with an infectious personality, a penchant for meticulous detail, and a love for Voodoo symbolism. We met him at his recent gallery show in Richmond and learned why “drawing, drawing, drawing, working hard, and being nice to people” is his motto. Tell us a little […]

Meet the Maker: Clare Vivier

Meet the Maker: Clare Vivier

Spring signifies many things: new beginnings, renewal, and for us it’s when we kick off our Meet the Maker event series, where we invite some of our favorite designers down to Richmond to learn the stories behind the brands. For the first event of 2014, we’re thrilled to announce that Clare Vivier will be joining […]

Introducing: Raf Simons x Fred Perry SS14 Collection

Introducing: Raf Simons x Fred Perry SS14 Collection

We’re proud to introduce the SS14 Raf Simons x Fred Perry Collection, which marks the 9th time the 62-year-old British heritage brand has paired with Belgian designer Raf Simons. The full collection consists of 29 pieces showcasing check designs, fade-out ginghams, and floral patterns applied to the iconic Fred Perry polo. Despite seeming like an […]

Design: Wes Anderson Palettes

Design: Wes Anderson Palettes

Like many, I find myself completely mesmerized by the cinematic world of Wes Anderson. His movies are an art director’s dream- every shot is completely thought through with microscopic attention to detail. I stumbled upon this fairly new and simple Tumblr this week,  and relived a few of my favorite scenes accompanied by simple color palettes. The […]

Travel Destination: Montana

Travel Destination: Montana

Jesse Lenz is an editorial illustrator and creative director of the Collective Quarterly, a beautiful lifestyle magazine that recently launched with the goal of showcasing the concept of the creative process through the lens of a travel journal. This past month, Lenz and his team ventured out west to Montana to scout for their next […]

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 […]