Letter from the Editor
The best thing about “back to school” was always the illusion of re-invention. Magically, after eight weeks or so, you’d return with a new Jansport and you’d have evolved into some sort of majestic sex icon before all of your classmates.
The crowds would part, pressing up against the school corridor walls, while you walked — slow motion — like you’d tripped and fallen out of epic poetry toward your destiny as the embodiment of pure greatness.
Clearly, this would never work. And, although I’m too old to care about young people whatsoever now, I suspect it remains the same crippling moment of deflation every year.
In fact, the ill-planned haircut and spongey-armed backpack would, if anything, set your cause back by several years, damning you to another school year of awkward social interactions and being slightly in love with your teacher, despite them being objectively unattractive.
So, as I was passing through a shopping center a few weeks ago, I was struck by a thought.
Although adults are not given the luxury of lengthy summer breaks, they are provided the opportunities of dressing a little more interestingly, facing mildly-less scathing judgment, on a day-to-day basis.
So, why can’t everyone have their back to school moment at the tail-end of the summer? As we head into the busiest social season of the year, why can’t adults burn their closets to the ground — dancing in the ashes of their awful fishing shirts — and begin anew?
Well, there are a great many reasons, but we’re going to pretend there are not.
We’re proud to introduce Need, Vol. 2.9: Homework, featuring some of the finest clothing, accessories, and grooming products for your grand re-invention.
We even have a print book! You’ll be looking precisely 13.2x more sophisticated within mere seconds of walking into your local coffee shop.
Broken across three looks — morning, afternoon, and evening — we’ve pulled together all manner of products to help you be the person you so sorely wish you could be each day.
Ruben Burgess Jr. of Traffic LA deftly handled our morning look, Brent Rodgers, founder of Plat and Roots Juices, handled the afternoon, and Leandre Johns, head of Uber in the Southwest, took on the evening.
Photography was handled phenomenally-well by Mr. Richard Ross.
We hope you enjoy the latest from Need. And we’ll be back soon with a new-look, exclusives, and more. Keep your eye out*!
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