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Owning cool brands is one thing, but really knowing about their origins is a whole other chapter. For those of you who have all the gear but no idea, one online retailer has got you covered with some extra reading on Highsnobiety‘s favorite masters at work.

Amsterdam-based book retailer MENDO sells beautiful page-turners both online and in its physical store, located in the city’s The 9 Streets neighborhood and built out of books. Curating all the best titles relating to photography, fashion, travel, lifestyle, and design, MENDO ships worldwide to anyone looking to delve deeper into the archives of their favorite brands and designers.

We’re particularly drawn to the quality-looking titles covering some of the designers who continue to shape Highsnobiety‘s output. In amongst MENDO’s carefully selected books, we found publications providing exclusive insights into brands and artists deep-rooted in our culture, including a closer look at the great works of KAWS, Rick Owens, and the one-and-only Shepard Fairey.

Take a closer look at the books below — each a design feat in themselves — and click through to start building your Highsnob-approved library.

KAWS: Where The End Starts

Covering the eye-popping work of KAWS, this comprehensive hardback monograph from the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth explores the brand in depth, featuring contributions from Andrea Karnes, Michael Auping, and Pharrell. The designer’s last 20 years of paintings, sculptures, drawings, fashion, and beloved toys are covered at length, starting with the artist’s graffiti beginnings and going onto his collaborations with COMME des GARÇONS, Supreme, A Bathing Ape, and Nike — a must-read.

Rick Owens: Furniture

Look inside the interiors of fashion’s dark lord, Rick Owens, and his muse wife Michele Lamy, in a book which sheds light on the designer’s first furniture collection, which debuted in Paris in 2007. Illustrated with never-before-seen photographs of materials and process, the volume is an intimate inside guide to one of fashion’s most acclaimed couples.

Obey: Supply and Demand

Chronicling Fairey from his early art school days to his OBEY apparel and extensive street art career, this book is a must-have for anyone with interests in contemporary street art and graphic design. Learn the ins and outs of his greatest work, which has featured in collections from the Smithsonian in D.C. to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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