Hugo & Marie: Talent show

Every story has to start somewhere, and it was a housewarming party in New York that first set the scene for what would become Hugo & Marie. “We met having both just moved to Brooklyn in 2004,” co-founder and business director Jennifer Gonzalez says of her initial encounter with artist and designer Mario Hugo.

“We lived across the street from each other, and shared a love of interiors, fashion, film and design. We quickly became inseparable.” Nine years later, and that’s still the case. Together, they’ve turned Hugo & Marie into one of the world’s most exciting creative agencies, dividing their energies across an intriguing split focus.

Essentially, the company is one part artist management and one part boutique design studio. Being one of the very select group on Hugo & Marie’s roster means getting your teeth into an eclectic mix of projects in the fields of fashion, music, publishing, advertising and online, taking in everything from editorial illustrations and record covers to custom typography and textile patterns.

Hugo & Marie encourages its artists to collaborate with each other, drawing from its talent roster to hand-pick creative teams ad hoc. For example, Hugo and Norwegian graphic designer and illustrator Magnus Voll Mathiassen, aka MVM, recently teamed up to create illustrations, photo treatments and custom type for Rihanna’s seventh studio album Apologetic. Other collaborative projects range from a collection of record sleeves for the Secret 7” showcase, which raised funds for Art Against Knives, to creating artist packs for the interactive iPad app Granimator.

Also among the agency’s recent endeavours, you’ll find a collaborative T-shirt collection for Lacoste L!VE by illustrator Micah Lidberg, who is based in Kansas City, USA, a videoshoot for the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2013 that was produced and directed by London-based designer and art director Tom Darracott, as well as illustrator and designer Deanne Cheuk’s custom typography for the Wanderlust store in Japan.

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