The Agency

Our name says it all

Whittier is a town in Alaska, an English poet, a neighborhood in Minneapolis, and now an advertising agency. Its spelling is a nod to our founding neighborhood. Its pronunciation is our promise to outsmart our client’s competitors with ideas that craft brand stories more clever and magnetic than the rest.

We are an independently owned, full-service advertising agency, infused with equal parts creative and technology, with experience in retail, fashion, CPG, start-ups, technology, entertainment, automotive, home improvement, and product development. Our passion for strategy, extensive capabilities, and an insistence on having fun at work, make us the ideal partners to put your brand squarely in the spotlight. And from large campaigns to the tiniest execution detail, we at Whittier take it all, well, very seriously.

We also consider ourselves fortunate to have collaborated with some of the biggest names in fashion, working on projects and campaigns for the likes of Nate Berkus, Isaac Mizrahi, Orla Kiely, Zac Posen, Dror Benshetrit, Liz Lange, Patrick Robinson, Richard Chai, Libertine, Erin Fetherston, Alexander McQueen, Nina Garcia, Josie Natori, William Rast, Thomas O’Brien, Michael Graves, Rachel Ashwell, John Derian, Sabrina Soto, Calypso St. Barth, Albertus Swanepoel, Jean Paul Gaultier, Liberty of London, Mulberry, Temple St. Clair, Tracey Feith, Jovovich Hawk, Jonathan Saunders, Alice Temperley, Proenza Schouler, Benhaz, Paul and Joe and more.

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A Whittier Approach

• Our process is your process. We work with you to develop a project plan that fits your needs and seamlessly works with your existing structure.
• Work should be fun. This attitude drives our day and inspires us to do more.
• Perfection is the unattainable quality for which we strive.
• As our client you are going to have questions. As your creative partners, our answer will be “yes” then “how.”

Whittier Capabilities

We start with a thoroughly modern approach to advertising, marketing, and technology.

Advertising

Film & Broadcast
Print & Direct Mail
Internet & Mobile
Out of Home & Radio
Social Media & Editorial
Event & PR

Branding

Consulting & Strategy
Design & Development

Social Media

Strategy & Consulting
Creative Direction & Content Planning
Community Management & Audience Building

Technology

Strategy & Consulting
Experience Design & Creative Application
Development & Maintenance

Whittier Partners

MONTANA SCHEFF

Founder and Chief Creative Officer

Whether restoring an old house, writing music, or creating a multi-media marketing campaign, Montana is driven by one thing: Creativity. Every decision is thoughtfully based on what is needed versus what is expected. His extensive design experience runs from traditional art direction, print, film, broadcast, out-of-home, events, to the complex and ever-changing landscape of digital and social media. Montana is driven by flawless execution. Which is probably why he had so much to talk about over lunch with the affable Jean Paul Gaultier while working on a campaign for his fashion brand. Or why having a hot dog with the down-to-earth Nate Berkus after a shoot in NYC was such a pinnacle moment. Or why he was trusted to travel to Italy to meet the iconic Missoni fashion family and gather visual assets for the Missoni for Target launch.

MICHAEL HANNUKSELA

Founder and Chief Operating Officer

Without the key word “fun” the term “creative accountant” could be misconstrued. But nobody’s more buttoned up than Michael. Fifteen years of successfully managing finances and operations for established national ad agencies has made him an expert in working out the fine details, contributing to daily business management, and ensuring sustainability of both client and agency account structures.