From its namesake's humble beginnings as a 1940s army surplus store in a rural West Texas town to a fine artisan production business in Chicago today, West Supply wears its heritage on its sleeve.
The name’s simplicity misleads only in its plainness. WS collaborates with clients and creatives who inspire, challenge, work hard and elevate.
We produce pieces we know will travel through the homes and hands of many generations. We won’t know most of those stories, but it’s a big part of what we love about what we do.
Angie West graduated from Vanderbilt University with majors in Human and Organization Development and Fine Arts with a minor in Studio Art.
From 1999-2002 she worked for Holly Hunt in Chicago as an executive assistant coordinating visual and branding matters for the showroom and in-house collections. In 2002, Angie moved to NYC for photographic pursuits (primarily reportage), and in 2004 she moved her photography home base to Texas. From there she traveled on location to India, Cambodia, Vietnam, Mexico, and extensively through the rural US. During this time she continued to provide commercial product photography to design industry clientele.
During a 2007 photoshoot, Angie was invited to return to Chicago and rejoin Holly Hunt as the Marketing Director, eventually moving on to become Design Studio Director. In 2009, her father transferred ownership of the business name of West Supply, a 70 year old Texas-based family company, and one year later, she purchased a small foundry in Chicago with plans to reinvent the business.
Culture is paramount at WS. Every day we embody made-in-this-country while embracing the future-heirloom nature of the task at hand. The work is intense but also intensely rewarding. When we stamp or etch the WS maker's mark on the underside of a piece, it represents us all.
As these products travel the ether from generation to generation, we are proud to stand behind the mark - a statement of quality, integrity, and respect for craft.
As a family of artisans, builders and facilitators who share professional and creative time and space, these principles and practices are critical to our roots and development as individuals and as a collective.