Q&A | Krystle Kemp


Krystle Kemp is the fashion director of Need Supply Co., one of the preeminent sources for indie fashion labels with a sophisticated edit. I've long been a fan of Need Supply Co., but never thought of it as a real brick and mortar store based in Richmond. I just assumed it was part of the New York City online ether, but it's actually been a 3-D store since 1996. Need Supply Co. started by selling vintage clothing to Virginians and has grown incredibly since its days hawking old pairs of 501s. In 2008 the store went online and quickly made a global name for itself. Not only do they have customers all over the planet, but they also have a insanely beautiful biannual publication called Human Being Journal with their fourth issue forthcoming. Kemp, who is originally from Zimbabwe, has been involved with the store almost since its beginning, from working as a stylist, booking models, and editing photos, to becoming the women's buyer, to now the fashion director of both the store and magazine. Her latest look book, Elevated Basics, is pure genius.

If not in Richmond, I would live in...Cape Town, South Africa.

My dream vacation would be to...Bali to visit my friend Rika.

My current obsessions are... 

Food: Goat cheese with honey and sottocenere al tartufo (Italian cheese with truffles).

Music: Phosphorescent (Song for Zula on repeat), St. Lucia, and Jackson Browne.

Fashion: Fire Engine Red slip-on sneakers, Vans, culottes, Studio Nicholson, and all the great designers we work with based in L.A.: Jasmin Shokrian, Building Block, Shaina Mote, et al.

Retail Stores: Harvest, my neighborhood grocery store and Little Paper Planes in San Francisco.

I channel my childhood self when I...run. I’m running the New York and Richmond marathons this year.

The fictional character I most relate to is…Anne of Green Gables. 

If I had to be outdoors all day I would...go for a run in the sunshine, have a picnic with my 6-year-old daughter Zooey, or ride my bike.

My favorite quality in a man is...honesty and good manners.

My favorite quality in a woman is...confidence and worldliness.

I'm terrified of...cold water

My dream car is a...vintage Land Rover Defender. All the farmers in Kent, England drive the old Land Rovers.

My cocktail of choice is...a gin & tonic with a lemon slice.

My celebrity crush is...Phoebe Philo.

My beauty product of choice is...rosy blush from Ilia. Also into Argan Oil in any form.

My friends and I like to...eat good food, oysters, drink wine, and go for runs (not in that order, however.)

If I could go back in time for one decade it would be...Ernest Hemingway's 1930s Africa.

As a teenager I was totally into...Courtney Love, metallic lipstick, and things with dragons on them.

I tend to splurge on... food! I spend all my money on fancy cheese, truffle honey, and good wine.

My obsession with newness, learning, and adventure...is what makes me have Tomboy Style.

UNIFORM | Tie Dye


Photo of actress Missy Farmer while shooting La Route De Salina by Philippe Le Tellier, 1969.

It's undeniable that tie dye is back, and not just in the look I'm at Coachella! way or the traditional Japanese indigo way—lately I've been seeing the classic spiral tie-dye shirts that we all remember from summer camp, especially in monotones. And why not? Tie dye is still totally fun. I love these ultra soft unisex Jungmaven shirts ($67) made from a blend of hemp and cotton, they're American-made and manufactured sustainably.

GIVEAWAY | Danner x Beckel Canvas Collaboration Boots


There are a lot of great collaborations out there, but this collab is definitely one for the books! Two of Portland's most loved heritage outdoor brands have united in the form of a boot. Beckel Canvas, known best for their signature canvas tents and bags and Danner, known best for their well-made American boots, have partnered to create a classic Danner boot made from leather and Beckel canvas. The collaboration includes three men's styles and one women's style—which just launched today. In celebration of the launch, we are giving away one pair of the women's collaboration boot ($340)!

To enter the giveaway: Leave a comment below telling us where you'd take your boots if you won. We'll announce the winner here and feature a photo of the winner's favorite spot on Instagram too! Good luck!

The winner is lea who said she'd take her boots to "Acadia National Park in Maine, her family's favorite place!" E-mail me lizziegarrett(at)gmail(dot)com and we'll get your Danner x Beckel boot out to you! Congrats!



ICON | Elsa Martinelli


There is such an enduring appeal to Italian actress Elsa Martinelli. She was at once the European girl next door and a feminine bombshell, but always seemed to be landing roles where she was riding motorcycles, driving Jeeps, or loading rifles. She led the fabulous life of an international A-lister who even married royalty, but there's a genuine down-to-earth earnestness about her style all the same.



UNIFORM | Carrie Forbes

After discovering Carrie Forbes shoes earlier today at Dream Collective I had to find out more about these shoes! They've got classic lines but are hand-woven using an indigenous Moroccan technique, so labor-intensive that it only yields one shoe per day. This is Forbes' first time she's dipping into the shoe world after enjoying success as a former handbag designer. I tried some on earlier today and even though they're made from raffia, they've been treated with oil and water, so they're soft and perfectly comfortable. Check out all four styles and colorways and find a stockist near you right here. Or if you're interested in the Suite Loafer in natural (top left), you can get them online right here at Dream Collective ($226).

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GEAR | Lite+Cycle Urban Forest Candle


The world of scented candles is flooded with toxic, over-powering, unappealing crap. It's undeniable and unfortunate. That's why Lite+Cycle candles are such a breath of fresh air, literally. The line's creator Kristi Head (who contributes to the Base Layer column on this blog often) makes candles that are 100% conceived from plants and essential oils grown without pesticides or chemicals. Kristi used to live right inside Griffith Park (if you know the area, she was just a stone's throw from The Trail's Cafe) and her newest candle, Urban Forest, is inspired by just that—the wildlife and quietude of the park, the oasis in the center of urban clamor. The blend is of American wild-grown cedar (yum!), with notes of fennel, fir, and a hint of coffee—the perfect balance between zen-appeal and metropolitan exhilaration. Grab one right here ($40 for small, $72 for large).

WORD | Seven Sisters Style


Hold all my calls. I'll be reading Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look ($35) by Rebecca C. Tuite for the rest of the day. It hit the book stores just this morning, and I'm quite certain it will be a classic style title for years to come. The author is a Vassar grad and fashion historian and we have been corresponding for years now on the subject of tomboys, American style, preppy culture, books, and countless other items. I can't say enough great things about Ms. Tuite who came to this project in such an honest and passionate way. In fact, in June of 2011, when her book was tentatively titled Vassar Style (a title still forthcoming!), she published one her interviews on Tomboy Style, and I've been anxiously awaiting her book ever since. The final result of her research is a thorough definition and celebration of a truly iconic American style, from saddle shoes to Shetland sweaters to the inherent spirit of the Seven Sister student. Each page is a journey through time.

"...A new epitome of the American Girl emerged. She was sharp as a tack, au courant, and brimming with youthful athleticism and vigor, and no women were bringing this ideal to life more than the Seven Sisters students, who gradually discovered an emerging sartorial freedom, a passionate interest in sports, and a penchant for masculine, athletic details in their trailblazing college attire." —Rebecca C. Tuite in an excerpt from Seven Sisters Style: The All-American Preppy Look.

Trivia question: Can you name all of the Seven Sister schools? Answer listed below the last photo.








The Seven Sister Schools: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley.

GEAR | Vintage Barbour Bedale


Bored on a flight this weekend, I started scanning through eBay to see what was on offer in the vintage Barbour department. While there's usually a handful of men's coats, and most of the time for whatever reason they're XLs, I found this vintage A105 Bedale that is not only an XS, but it's also aged (or thrashed...depending on how you see it) in a way I've never seen a waxed cotton coat look. Like an old leather motorcycle jacket, its patina, rips, and cracks attempt to tell a story of its previous life. It's pretty cool looking—please someone buy it so I don't have to.

SCENE | Scotland


Photo near Ben Hiant, Scotland, 1969 via Flickr.

WEEKEND EXTRAS:

The Hill-Side's new floral lookbook will get you in the mood for Spring, and their Japanese-made shoe collection is pretty great, especially these Italian camo numbers.

There's a new sharing app I'm trying out called dscovr (currently in beta).

The best earbuds for hiking.

"When we post a link, we are outsourcing our interests."

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SCENE | The Canadian Rockies


Trail hikers in the Canadian Rockies using the brim of their hats as drinking vessels, 1924.

Before Nalgene and CamelBak there was The Brim of Your Hat.

SCENE | Surfrider Beach, 1966.


Photo from Surfrider Beach in Malibu during a Glamour Magazine shoot in 1966 by Susan Wood.

No one does old school surf like Mollusk. Their new Spring stuff is totally gnarlatious. Check it out the new women's collection here.

UNIFORM | Carrier Company


Thanks to Sadie of Tradlands, I'm newly obsessed with Carrier Company out of Norfolk, England. Almost two decades old, the small company was founded by Tina Guillory starting with a simple carrier bag. She draws inspiration from tradition, necessity, and environment with each piece made from traditional local materials—sailcloth, drill, canvas, wool, jute—and always by hand. Guillory designs from her 17th century brick and flint farmhouse and channels the textures and colors of her world—canvas sails of the dinghies in the creeks, weatherproof fisherman's Slops and oilskins, forged steel from the country blacksmiths, and the requirements of her family and friends.







GEAR | Portable Table Lamps

Lately I've been taking notice of portable table lamps. They're wireless, so super clean aesthetically when placed inside, and also totally functional to take outside (and good to have around for power outages, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.). Here are three indoor/outdoor lighting options I'm really liking right now: 

1. The M Lamp ($220) designed by David Irwin was inspired by the archetypal miner's lamps of 19th century North East England.

2. The Barebones Canyon Lantern ($80) has a retractable light and a USB port that will charge devices while you're on the road or at your desk.

3. The Snow Peak Tulip Lantern ($150) looks as smart as it is: its bulb has a patented focusing lens that automatically adjusts the focus of the light's beam.

GEAR | Mom Cars


I was talking to a friend who is expecting and was lamenting the idea of caving into a "mom car"—as she listed off the ultra-safe, un-sporty, spacious vehicle options I wondered about mom cars of the past. Were they always so...unsexy? Turns out maybe not. After a little searching of the words mom and car I found a few mamas that liked to go vroom vroom. As for the safety element: no comment. Porsche 356 at Wawona Mum in Dads first car. Mum's Mg Call child services.