Just think of it as a hipster hardware store … venerable industrial design website Core77 has just opened Hand-Eye Supply, a brick and mortar DIY supply emporium — or, to be more precise, "A Vocational Haberdashery and Supply Store for Creative Activities" — in Portland, Oregon (but of course!) that caters to the city’s sizable fixie-riding, hand tool-hoarding, beard-growing, design-obsessing contingent. 

Reads the About Us page on the store’s website:

Located in Portland, Oregon, we're excited to be able to take part in the historic - and accelerating - culture of craftsmanship and creative labor which lives here. The store is for both "creative types" and those who love them (and really, now-a-days, who doesn't?) - it is built to appeal with a selection of the basic tools of creative work - pencils, paper, pens - a line-up of high-quality tools and fabrication implements - foam cutters! wrenches! - and a wide variety of task-specific clothing made for the shop or studio - e.g. more aprons than you've seen in one place ever. It is a lifestyle store but for what you do, so it is a Workstyle store.
Organized by Design Supply, Shop Tools, Workwear, and Objects, the store’s well-curated inventory (also available for purchase online) is quite comprehensive that is, if you’re on the market for a wrench set, a reversible ratchet, or a herringbone work apron. There’s even a small selection of books and magazines, (back issues of Make, natch), home accessories, and Core77-branded merch if you’re not in need of a new utility knife or Rhodia drawing pad. 

It's an interesting retail concept — inspired by none other than Buckminster Fuller as explained by Core77 founder Eric Ludlum — and although I'm pretty much DIY incompetent, I can see how folks would dig this ... it's certainly much more cool than hitting up your local Lowe's. 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

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