This Agency Develops New Brand Categories

JWalk also helps bolster the profiles of brands like DeLeon Tequila


Who (From left) Michael Lastoria, managing partner; Ashley Heather, co-president, chief digital officer; Sarrah Hallock, co-president, COO; and Doug Jacob, CEO

What Digitally focused ad agency concentrating on fashion, beauty and lifestyle

Where New York office

Doug Jacob, who helped develop the New York nightclub Tenjune, says his experience launching such hot spots provided a great entrée to advertising, informing the creation of the shop JWalk with Charlie Walk (who’s no longer involved in its day-to-day activities). “In hospitality, you don’t sell food—you sell experience,” Jacob said. “As an agency, we sell ourselves on what’s next in culture.” That has paid off for clients like DeLeón, a premium tequila brand acquired by Diageo and Sean Combs. (Its other clients have included Bebe, Bare Escentuals, Proximo spirits, Stuart Weitzman, Rubbermaid and PepsiCo’s Pure Leaf tea.) The agency also invests in developing new brand categories, including one of its most recent, the chia food company Health Warrior.