Jeffstaple + Karen Okonkwo
Unexpected Connections gathers global luminaries, industry leaders, and curious creators from different disciplines together to find new perspectives in creativity, and provide long lasting relationships.
Nov. 7th. 2018 Unexpected Connections At Beverly O'Neill Theater, Long Beach CA, USA
Jeff Ng (aka "jeffstaple") is an established graphic and fashion designer, curator, branding expert, footwear aficionado, and all-around creative visionary. He founded Staple Design, Inc. in 1997: now a well-known streetwear brand (@StaplePigeon), creative consulting agency (Staple Design) and retail concept (@ReedSpace, founded in 2002). Some clients include HBO, Levi’s, Sony, Microsoft, Nike, Burton Snowboards, LVMH, Uniqlo, Kid Robot, Kia and ESPN. Over the years, Jeff has taken Staple's motto, "A Positive Social Contagion" to whole new levels, spreading his instinctual design know-how and fresh knowledge across all media platforms and worldwide.
Karen is the co-founder of TONL, which seeks to transform the idea of stock photography by displaying images of diverse people and their stories around the world.
TONL’s photography and storytelling helps humanize and hopefully diminishes the stereotypes and prejudice against black and brown people, especially, to challenge the stale, homogenous look of traditional stock photography by showcasing the many ethnic backgrounds of every day people. Karen is a Nigerian-American social entrepreneur owning various companies in the event planning and online business realm. Having been an avid blogger since starting a site with her two sorority sisters in 2013, Karen struggled to display diversity on it. Her experience with this major setback in the online world and knack for planning and marketing make her passionate to display what the web has been missing.