Life partners Leah and Adam established Thirteen Supply Company to celebrate their love of tattoo culture, the alternative music scene, traditional typography and the process of making everything by hand.
Four years on, and they have a wide catalogue of cool accessories, prints and pins that combine true love with a darker edge. As they say on their website ‘You can’t have the good without the bad’ and Baltic Shop thinks there is a lot good things about their stuff.
So much so, that they have been commissioned to produce a new window design for our 20th Birthday with, of course, a tattoo inspired Northern twist!
We think they sum it up better in their own words:
"Thirteen Supply Co is an independent company that has rapidly developed into a fully-fledged alternative art & clothing brand. We like to play devil’s advocate with the concept of luck, the number 13 is deep-rooted as unlucky and seen as a “curse” by most, so we wanted to challenge it - for us, it has been a significant number in our lives, so it’s something we want to celebrate. Sometimes, our style and approach may appear a bit negative or dark, but it is designed with a positive conviction - you can’t have the good without the bad.
We proudly undertake every element of the brand in-house from our studios based in Middlesbrough (NorthEast of England). All aspects from design, the varied production processes, photography, and marketing are undertaken by us. We are a hand screen printing studio; we adopted this process early on and have stuck with it since. The hand screen printing technique allows us to create products with different distressed/textured finishes, meaning no two of our products are alike. We have adopted several brand slogans over the years, but “BUILT BY HAND” has become one that we stand by.
We love being based in the North East, Middlesbrough. It's quite common for people in the creative industry to feel the pull or the need to move to big cities such as London or Manchester. We can do what we love right here at home and sell anywhere in the world. We grew up here and are proud of that - a lot of our clothing even has "custom made in Middlesbrough" and we love that people from all over the UK, and potentially the world, wear these pieces. It makes us very proud".