Field + Supply is a Modern Makers Craft Fair, founded by Brad Ford in 2014. Growing up in Arkansas, interior designer, Brad Ford always had a fascination for handwork, the creative process, and loved attending craft fairs. As a result of the success of the first Field + Supply in 2015 Brad established Fair, a New York City showroom showcasing high-end, beautifully crafted furniture and home accessories from makers in the New York area. Each year as Field + Supply’s popularity has grown, so has its home, accommodating the increasing number of visitors. This year’s Field + Supply is at The Hutton Brickyards, Kingston. Brad shares more about Field + Supply and his inspirations with The Shopkeepers.
Why did you choose the name Field + Supply? It was somewhat of a play on words…the first Field + Supply was taking place on a small field, but I liked the idea of “fielding” the craft culture and “supplying” the best it had to offer. This year we’re at Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, NY.
What is Field + Supply best known for? I think we’re known as a place to discover modern, elevated craftsmanship.
How do you find your makers & vendors? We’ve developed enough of a reputation at this point that a lot of people reach out to us, but we’re also constantly on the hunt for inspiring work from across the country. We discover people through social media as well which is great resource for new talent.
What makes Field + Supply a unique market? I think it’s unique because we’re very strategic about who we ask to participate. Because of that we have a very thoughtful cross section of lifestyle categories, from furniture to fashion to food.
Who are your customers? I think we attract a nice mix of locals from upstate New York as well as a lot of weekenders. We also get quite a large number of people from the city as well as Conneticut.
How has the internet impacted your business? I definitely think it’s helped make people discover both Field + Supply and subsequently our showroom FAIR.
Brad Ford, founder of Field + Supply
Who inspires you? Hotelier and founder of Bunkhouse Group, Liz Lambert. I think she’s the coolest, but she’s so quite about it.
What inspires you? I’m still incredibly inspired by nature. I recently became aware of a Japanese practice called Shinrin-yoku which translates to “Forest Bathing”. The idea is that being surrounded by nature, even if it’s just a walk through the woods can be very healing and restorative. I have a house in upstate New York that’s surrounded by trees and a small body of water. It really has opened my mind, increased my creativity and been very calming over the years.
Before I was a shopkeeper, I… was and still am an interior designer.
The hardest lesson learned in starting a business? Spreading yourself too thin.
The best lesson you have learned starting Field + Supply? That if you ask, people will be very generous with their advice and support.
Which famous person would you like to visit Field + Supply? Frank Ocean.
What is your perfect day off? Sleep in late, go on a nice hike in the mountains, have a delicious lunch with a beer, then take in a late afternoon matinee before meeting friends for dinner.
Do you have a favorite neighborhood coffee shop? I love Rose Bakery in Dover Street Market
I wish I could… try to make a difference in either an industry, a community,or someone else’s life.
On the Future of Retail
“It depends on the type of product. Customers want to see and feel furniture, especially handcrafted pieces. They like seeing all the nuances, the knots in the wood, hearing the stores of how it was made. The internet makes it easier to edit your options down, but it’s best to see this kind of work in person.”
Hutton Brickyards, 200 North Street, Kingston