Nicky Balestrieri &
Nicky Balestrieri and Luigi Tadini have been creative partners for most of their careers. Having met during their tenure at Paper Magazine, their creative affinity was evident from the very start.
Nicky hails from a background in event design and nightlife where he learned the foundation of his skill set. As Managing Creative Director at Extra Extra, he transformed the then back-of-house consulting business into an award-winning experiential company working for a multitude of brands ranging from Target and American Express to HP and Burberry. Nicky has produced and designed over 1,000 large scale initiatives and was named one of the Top 35 Event Designers by BizBash amongst other accolades from publications like the Wall Street Journal and New York Times.
Luigi began his career as a style consultant for GQ Magazine. In 2009, Luigi joined the editorial team at Paper Magazine as a leading voice in their fashion department where he produced some of the independent glossy’s iconic covers and fashion editorials. Over the years, Luigi has contributed to a slew of notable US and International publications such as Town & Country, Harper’s Bazaar Brazil and SCENE. As a brand consultant, Tadini has worked closely with a wide variety of fashion brands and organizations from H&M and the CFDA to Lanvin.
With nearly twenty combined years in the industry, Luigi and Nicky have amassed an impressive client roster that has included brands such as Starwood Hotels, Rémy Cointreau, Gruppo Campari, Refinery29 and Creative Time.