By Shea Parton & Luke Warner
Photos by Need Supply
The Commonwealth of Virginia's capitol, Richmond, is emerging nationally as a leader in American retail and the Need Supply store is leading the way. Late 2009 we crossed paths with Need Supply owners, Chris Bossola and Virginia native Gabriel Ricioppo. Over the course of the past few years it has been great to work with with Chris & Gabriel and couldn't help but share one of their stories.
Need Supply founder & creative director Gabriel Ricioppo was a Virginia Beach local until the age of twenty-three when he took a trekking trip to the Middle East for almost six months. Upon his return he moved to Atlanta where he enrolled at The Art Institute of Atlanta to study Web Design. He learned early on from his mother that success is impossible if you don't truly believe in what you're doing. He worked a series of odd jobs before honing his love for design and clothes and eventually opening Need Supply with Chris Bossola.
On any given morning, Gabriel starts his day with a legendary cup of coffee from Can Can Brasserie. When he's not busy renovating the family home or enjoying his new subscription to Surfer Mag, he's at Need Supply, managing, administrating and still designing. After a long day, he loves to get his family together for dinner and sometimes a fire out back. We are looking forward to getting down to Richmond some time soon to check out Need Supply firsthand, and if there's an invitation, we'll definitely bring the s'mores to a Ricioppo backyard bonfire.