Everybody has a story. Here’s ours.
I’m Tauhir Jones, founder of Suit & Artist. I’m an entrepreneur, a producer, and I’ve always been an artist at heart. So, in 2009, when I needed a creative outlet from my corporate day job, I started working with artists, promoters, and “influencers” in Chicago, where I lived at the time. We developed creative projects, events, and interactive media of all kinds serving vastly different audiences. Art installations at local galleries, splashy promotional events for liquor brands, private after-hours loft parties, underground (read: illegal) House music sets, block parties, and live performances.
Why did I do this?
To wake up a side of me that had been dormant. I’d worn the suit and now I was being an artist.
Producing events, some legendary and some disastrous, taught me invaluable lessons about myself, business, and life in general. In addition, I gained a reputation for building partnerships, digital marketing, and helping artists develop new revenue streams.
Clients started to trickle in by word-of-mouth and I realized I was running what was essentially a marketing/creative agency. So, I recruited a small team to help with the growing workload, incorporated the business, and called it Suit & Artist, Inc, which describes our philosophy and how we approach our endeavors.
The Suit & Artist Agency
How we work with clients began with what is native to me. I’m not particularly suited or attracted to the traditional corporate work experience. I’ve worked on the trading floors of financial exchanges, led sales teams for publicly traded corporations, and was an Army Combat Photographer and Broadcaster. I’ve done public relations, marketing, and communications work for Federal agencies and non-profits. I make great collard greens, speak French, and am something of a filmmaker.
I don’t share these characteristics to humble brag. Like you, my team and I have multiple passions and skills. As a result, we understand how to work effectively with people and organizations of all kinds. The Suit & Artist Agency is small, agile, savvy, seasoned, and resourceful. We draw from our vast collective experience to deliver agency work artfully, cost-effectively, and in alignment with your brand and your principles.
The Suit & Artist Life
Over the years we’ve diversified. In addition to the Agency, we operate a Production Company, an Online Shop, and a private Membership Community for professional artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
Suit & Artist is a commercial enterprise, a philosophy, and a lifestyle, which distinguishes us from the sea of agencies, lifestyle brands, and organizations in the coaching, tech, and adult learning industries.
Living The Suit & Artist Life reconciles the often opposed agendas of art and commerce, uplifts the disenfranchised, and earns fat checks in the process.
To that end, we create experiences, provide tools, and offer insights to help you live your Suit & Artist life. We keep you informed, bring you closer to local culture, and dazzle your senses. Through interviews, events, retreats, and performances featuring the people who are redefining success in art and business, we give you the blueprint to execute your vision and the tools to thrive as an entrepreneur.
You already have everything in your heart and mind to profoundly impact your industry and our world.
It’s time to take action.