This past week (January 7) marked 6 months from our launch date, and almost three years from idea to business with products to sell.
As a young company, you learn so much so fast—especially that nothing great is done alone. Besides realizing the importance of delegation, and that as a small team we simply can’t do everything, we have loved including friends new and old as collaborators to take Bruce & Olive from concept to reality. That’s actually our favorite part: working hand in hand with the talented Austin community (and our community coast to coast!).
Since its 2017 ideation to public launch on July 7, 2019, Bruce & Olive has been lifted up by friends, family, and fans around the world. We’re thankful for this: unwavering support and the opportunity to pursue a dream. Isn’t that the definition of #blessed? We think so.
We have so much planned for 2020, but first, we want to thank the enormous cast and crew of people that got us to this inflection point. If you’re looking for anything from makeup to video production, website creation to models, look below for a wealth of talented individuals.
Shoutout to the following homies!
Josh Currie, after building and selling his own digital Agency, Josh has continued to drive creative as Executive Producer for The Charles NYC. When he wasn't doing one of a million things, he found time to create a beautiful site to help us say hello to the world. We're forever grateful for Josh!
Chris Crawford: Insanely quick, expert knowledge, and lots of personality. If you're looking for the man in all legal things in fundraising and startup land, his firm, Gunderson Dettmer, should be your first stop.
Claudia Tetreault-Percy: the brainchild behind CTP Studio, an online virtual studio that groups creative work from multi-faceted artists in a community space while encouraging thoughtful sharing and collaboration, Claudia acted as the stylist behind our launch video (see desktop version of bruceandolive.com). When she wasn’t diving into this full-force, she styled our studio shoots, and even helped us prep before and during events and pop-ups!
Weston Ave Styling: the power of social media! Sierra reached out to us in the fall looking to collaborate, and collaborate we did. Feeling so thankful, because she created our first co-branded look book for fall and winter that you can find on our IGTV!
Hair & Makeup:
Lo Shabino: Austin’s resident shag expert and razor cutting specialist. Is she a bad b? Yes, we think so. Lo has built an enormous following in Austin for her unmistakable precision, deep knowledge of hair textures, non-toxic products, and true dedication to transforming the way her clients think and feel about themselves—starting with their hair. We have been so lucky to have her in our corner from the start, especially after full days of work! You can find her at Roar Salon.
Tiffany Hunter: Is she the queen of Austin? Mmmmm, yes. Tiffany has been around the block and the globe from touring as a celebrity hair stylist and never meeting a head of hair she couldn’t tame. We have been lucky to welcome her as both a stylist behind our launch video AND as a model in our studio shoot for the full site. You can find her at CLVT. Oh and by the way, she just launched a new full-service business (hair, makeup, styling) with co-founder Trish Mock. Check them out here: https://www.damnglam.cool/
ArtiRose Hernandez: you took a chance on us early in 2019 for an all-day video shoot, and your incredible attitude, amazing skills (shoutout to those Fenty products) left us BEAMING with joy and pride in our brand imagery. She killed it on the makeup for our full-site shoot too. If you’re looking for a makeup artist who will keep you cracking up, ArtiRose is your girl <3
Kat Cox: a collaborator on finalizing our brand story and the creative director of this blog! She is a freelance writer and marketer leader (and she has a killer voice, too).
Preston Conroy: Thank you for the power hour of SEO knowledge that brought us out of the dark ages. You da man! Hit him up if you need quick, impactful SEO help ya’ll.
Location, Location, Location:
Native Hostel: one of our favorite spots in Austin and the name behind the Native Henley, we can’t thank our friends at Native Hostel enough for letting us host a critical photo shoot at your venue and do two pop ups over 12 hours in one day. You’re the best, and we can’t wait to come back and hang again. #fans
Craft Apartment Locating—besides being our great friends, thank you for lending your space on multiple occasions, particularly for a critical feedback session and event in the summer of 2018. We’ve loved the opportunity to host pop ups and events in the heart of east Austin chez vous!
Jet: thank you for lending your creative feedback to our brand (he designed the new signature gold bar, coming soon!), and for collaborating with us on our largest event this fall with an original Bruce & Olive inspired oil painting, it is breathtaking.
Andrei Matei: This Austin based DJ has been on the ATX scene for a minute y’all. Drei, thank you for lending your time and talents in being our DJ for multiple events!
Thank you to all our friends new and old that have lended your time as models.
We can’t WAIT for everything we have planned for 2020, so stay tuned. If you’ve been thinking of starting a creative project, however big or small, here are a couple tips:
In the meantime, take care of yourselves and each other.
Be bold, give light.
–The Bruce & Olive Team
PS—Interested in working with Bruce & Olive? Send us a note: firstname.lastname@example.org