Lily Savage / Wallflower Management
Lily Savage / Wallflower Management
One of your friends gets their hair cut or colored here, we’d bet on it. Seated in the Design District, Revel Workshop is a learning and working space for a group of passionate and talented hairdressers. Adriana Martinez, with the help of Paw Rudd, has grown Revel into an elite Dallas hair salon that never feels pretentious.
Long before Secretary, Revel was one of our owner Marshall’s first clients. We’ve loved getting to know these artists and watching this business grow.
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We were invited by Taylor Madison of Sol Society to attend the first ever Marfa Invitational; “part contemporary art fair, part exhibition, part experience” curated and organized by Michael Phelan and Ken Bauso. For one weekend, ten international galleries were under the same roof, each displaying a single featured artist’s work. A painting by Tomoo Gokita sold for $140,000, some artists sold every piece within hours of opening - from Houston to Berlin, attending galleries were warmly welcomed by visiting collectors.
Taylor Madison, travel mogul and vision behind The Simple Sol / Sol Society, got wind of this event and had the foresight to know it would be something incredible - she did an amazing job pulling the group together and getting us premium access to the experiences. Along with Taylor and our photographer Marshall Cox were Courtney Anderson - owner and maker behind Arrowwood Designs, Allison Crawford - interior designer and creator of Hotelette, and Makenzi Hogan - founder of Austin based marketing concierge East 72nd.
As VIPs, we were able to attend a preview of the exhibition opening night and dinner at the Hotel Saint George pool + garden. The next day was nothing less than spectacular with sunset cocktails at the breathtaking ranch home of Douglas Friedman, photographer for Architectural Digest known as The Facinator, with Douglas Friedman himself, artists, gallerists, VIPs, and local makers/artists. As the sun tucked itself away, people trickled over to the lovely Melissa Bent and Michael Phelan’s home for dinner. An evening drenched in views, conversation, and ranch water - it was truly an experience. The final event of the inaugural fair was a seated dinner at Capri prepared by chef Rocky Barnette. Capri is an experience in and of itself, the 8+ expertly prepared courses took it to another level.
A huge success - we are so happy to have been a part of the first Marfa Invitational. Marfa has been ingrained with our brand since its origin. Minimalism is fully realized there and it’s something that never ceases to inspire. Take a look at our weekend in Marfa:
Thank you Taylor Madison and Sol Society for having us. Thank you Marfa Invitational for an unforgettable experience.
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Lela Orr + Lea Nyland
Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley - Dallas chefs renowned for Savor and Up on Knox - started R&O Pantry in 2018 to bring a collection of their favorite flavors to shelves. We were introduced to Melody and Dennis by our friends at Tribal and have had the pleasure of working with them on several projects.
Currently, R&O is producing a Thai Spicy Sauce, their special Tomato Sauce, and a 4-8 jam varietals.
We developed a system of four labels spanning three individual product types. Each of the three products has a front facing adhesive label with designated spaces for writing batch information.
Considering the seasonality of the jam, we were hesitant to print ingredients on the main label without knowing how often new labels would be ordered. In an effort to be both cost effective and sustainable, we designed a separate label printed with common ingredients. The ingredients specific to a batch of jam can be checked off or written in and we won’t have to worry about throwing labels away every season.
When viewed as a grid, the products appear to be on a shelf or in a.. pantry.
Using elements from the label, we created a mark to be used on business cards, letterhead, announcements, etc..
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Founded by Amy Graham in Dallas, Texas - Southcott is a line of contemporary casuals for women seeking better everyday wear. Made sustainably from bamboo cotton and to fit every body shape, their clothes boast comfort and quality for all.
We’ve had the pleasure of working with Southcott a number of times now and have shot up to sixty looks in less than eight hours. The team is always well directed by Angela George of By George Partners, and we’re so grateful she pulled us in on this project.
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We were honored to have this photo published in Elle USA March 2019 as part of a profile on designer and season 17 Project Runway contestant, Lela Orr of Ferrah.
REVIVE mobile wellness is Dallas’ premiere mobile medical spa service where their priority is your comfort and your convenience. REVIVE was founded and is run by RN Patty McCoy and Dr. Sean Black who both come from a background in the ER. The beauty of REVIVE is they bring their office to you and are very discreet. You can throw a party for your service or keep it a secret.
In our conversations about the brand and image - we agreed to go in a strong educational route. We didn’t want to play in to vanity or insecurities - we wanted to give the straight facts and let the customer decide their motive. It was super interesting learning the medical benefits of the products aside from the cosmetic benefits. Regarding to strategy and the target market, we wanted the services to be appealing to all. In the initial concepting, we offered the following three options:
With the med spa industry generally leaning toward middle age or older women, we wanted a concept more appealing to all. We used very bold and matter-of-fact language educating the consumer on the benefits rather than influencing them. This with a high contrast photo and design style is intended to get the point across and let the customer make up their own mind.
This concept pulled on abstract shapes to symbolize structure, perfection, and lift while staying in a muted color palette open for interpretation. The abstract shapes keep the identity a little more concealed which might be appreciated by the clients who may have been burned by the industry in the past or want to keep things on the down-low.
The banner on the original REVIVE website was a splash of water. The reviving property of water was something that had inspired Patty when thinking about the brand. The puddle of water and drop falling into it inspired a plump, smooth style throughout the type and a fluid, organic style through the illustrations.
The logotype stays very clean, simple, and modern. The mark was inspired by the word Revive: The Latin word vivere, meaning “to live,” gives us the root viv. Words from the Latin vivere have something to do with living. To survive is to remain alive. To revive is to bring back to life. To be vivacious is to be full of life. These are all things we see in the Revive Mobile Wellness brand story. We played off of that and created something with VIV in the middle, reflected off an M and W for mobile wellness, completely locked into a single geometric mark.
This concept was chosen.
The logotype starts out broken and ends complete, symbolizing the revitalization this brand brings to their customers. Staying true to classic yet modern approaches to typography, we wanted to show a serif option that leans into both the older audience, younger audience, and the stencil effect creates a bit of a masculine balance. The mark has a simple plus sign inspired by the universal medical red cross symbol, alluding to the fact that this brand is medical without giving it away. Adding to the inspiration, there is a 1 that the R stencil creates, symbolizing that it is for you rather than for society to accept you.
For the photography, we used a high flash style with stark shadows to bring out the boldness of the concept. Since we’re working with a pretty monochromatic color palette, we used GIF animations to grab people’s attention rather than color. A questionable decision was the vast use of syringes due to some people’s fear of needles; we decided the use of them in a fun modern way could work in our favor to make needles less scary and more approachable.
To match the brand colors perfectly, we shot the syringes on a bright colored set with high contrast; this way we would have good structure and light, but could isolate and adjust the color in post.
Once we had the identity locked down and the photography was done, pulling the website together had more to do with strategy than creativity. We approached the wireframe similarly to the other websites we’ve created: draw people in with bits of information, stunning creative, and give them the option to find out more but don’t overwhelm them right off the bat. We created this website with Squarespace where we are Circle Members and can extend a 20% discount + extended free trial to our clients. You can check out the full website here.
REVIVE has a heavy presence on Instagram mainly using before/after photos and testimonials to educate followers + witty quotes to keep them entertained. To create more consistency with the overall brand image, we gave them three social templates to use: one for before & afters, one for quotes, and one for phrases. We preloaded each of these into the Canva app with the correct color settings and fonts for REVIVE to simply swap out the photos or copy.
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Set Design/Photography: Secretary Studio
Styling: Calli Martin with Seaminx Artist Management
Hair & Makeup: Rocio Vielma with Seaminx Artist Management
Model: Jane Harris with Wallflower Management
Foreign Collections is an incredible brand created & pioneered by our dear friend Marti. The handcrafted pieces pay homage to Marti’s Ethiopian culture and in her words “are a statement of individuality without an apology”.
We photographed the new maxi jumper dress campaign on model Roué Vera for the e-commerce launch and new lookbook with makeup by Ariana Hajek and florals by Patricio Rivera.
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Blake Coleman is a center for the New Jersey Devils endearingly referred to by his fans as “Pickles”. We won’t spoil the story on how the nickname came about, you’ll have to read about it on his site.
How did we get connected with an NHL player? Lucky for us, he’s from Texas and his sister Lauren was working with him to launch a personal brand. Being a talented designer herself, Lauren reached out to us for help on the photography end.
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A Place to Love is an interior design studio in Dallas, TX. Sarah Hancock founded her business in May of 2018 when making a career pivot from finance.
Initially, Sarah brought us in to photograph one of her first big projects - she was the first person who wrote a check to Secretary Creative LLC; we still have it on our wall. A few months later we heard from Sarah again, this time in need of a website.
Using Sarah's existing brand identity & the photos we took, we gave A Place to Love a bright, inviting website that is straightforward without being bland. The bright, airy feel of the home we photographed for her played perfectly with her branding & Sarah was pleased with her results.
We continue to consult with Sarah on social media marketing, managing her website, & photographing her new projects.
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Indigo Child is a luxury hair salon where clients get a full treatment every time. Indigo Child is built on positivity, on the simple idea that ALL eyes are on YOU. Their talented stylists thrive on the energy you bring, and they are united in the sole purpose of helping you bring that energy out into the world.
The concept for the name Indigo Child came from the owner Sarah's experience with an aura reading where she was told she is an Indigo Child. Indigo Children are highly intelligent, perceptive, empathetic, & strong willed. Their strong intuition & perception relates to the sixth chakra, or third eye, which is the inspiration for the logo. We wanted to go a classic luxury route that isn't "trendy", but also isn't stale. In the initial concepting, we offered the following three options:
The concept of Indigo Children was a new age term coined in the 70’s. With this concept, we'd to pay homage to that era in a subtle, yet classic way. The colors would be bright & the logo + illustrations would be minimal, incorporating organic curves while staying geometric. We'd create a custom logo-type for the storefront (inspired by the Vada in the right corner).
Indigo Children are extremely spiritual. This concept leans into the classic style of illustration when thinking of mystic branding. We would pair the classic illustration style with a modern high x-height typeface. Another option would be to do a custom marbling (similar to bottom left) for a pattern
In order to keep current but stay classic, line illustrations are always a respectable way to go. We could play into the Chakra and different plants indigo symbolizes for illustrations. A modern line would be paired with a modern sans-serif typeface.
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Photography & Styling - Secretary
Makeup - Sandra Saenz
Floral Styling/Styling Assist - Patricio Rivera
Model - Nina Kong of Kim Dawson Agency
Sunglasses - Glass Optical
Now that we have told you all the different ways you can use your content, we wanted to show you the ways we have used ours.
E-commerce is shutting down brick & mortar's left and right. The percentage of people who say they prefer shopping online has grown exponentially over the past 5 years. Whether you're selling pottery, organic trail mix, or vintage clothing - your product images need to be high quality, especially if that's the customer's only interaction with your product.
The images shown above are a taste of what a lookbook could look like. Usually each product would have a front, back, & detail shot. You want it to be simple, but give the product some life too.
Instagram is THE platform to be on. Instagram lives almost completely on the mobile app where over 800 million users go to shop, share, & discover. With the ability now to advertise & shop directly on the app, it's the perfect place to showcase great content, draw in new customers, & engage current customers.
Posting regularly on your feed is vital to keeping customers interested & drawing in new customers. It can be a daunting task to constantly create & post content on social media - that's where we can help. With our campaigns, you'll have plenty of content to mix in to your Instagram feed - we'll even tell you how to lay it out as well as give you some social media tips & tricks.
Facebook has changed countless times over the years and with their new algorithms it can seem hard to get your name out there. But a little money and a lot of strategy can change that. Facebook has an advanced self-serve advertising platform that allows you to target specific audiences with your tailored ad creative. Between the two of us here at Secretary, we have years of experience in social media advertising. We can create content that combats the algorithm & performs better.
Email marketing doesn't immediately strike anyone as the most effective marketing technique; maybe because it's nothing new, or maybe because we are all flooded with so many emails that it seems like a diluted approach. In reality, email marketing has a higher return on investment & higher conversion rate than the majority of other marketing tactics. It has the potential to be automated, it feels more personal to the consumer, & it has a high rate of mobile interaction. We are suckers for email campaigns from Aesop & Everlane - they get us every time.
All the content you just scrolled through came from a single campaign with a single theme & goal. Our theme was a mid-century office secretary with a modern influence & our goal was to create content that we could use to launch our brand on web and social.
These are some ways we used our campaign, we can't wait to hear what you want to do with yours.