When Jon Alagem and Michael Scott Cohen first started Harper + Scott five and a half years ago, they had no idea their $50 investment would turn into a business valued at $50 million. Working with top brands and companies like Netflix, L’Oreal, Sephora and Twitter has landed this design and sourcing studio a reputable spot on the merchandise map. The creators behind Nike’s Crazy Dreamer campaign necklace and the designers driving the L'Oreal extraordinary clay ball, Harper + Scott have a proven track of creating memorable and noteworthy products.
Based in New York with a production space in Guangzhou, the Fast 50 company is known for taking on the challenging and unattractive projects that other companies pass up. Turning around work in less than half the normal time in the industry, Harper + Scott has earned trust and built strong relationships with top labels in ways their competitors have struggled to do.
Not only is this company bringing in exclusive clients, their work life and culture is just as notable. Ranked number four on the Best Places To Work list in 2018, Harper + Scott values their relationships with their clients just as much as they do their employees, treating every employee like a founder in the company, no matter how small their role. We sat down with the founders of this thriving business to learn more about how two guys with a logo and a business name were able to create a leading company in branding.