JOLLY AWESOME is a design-led stationery and gift brand founded in the summer of 2014 by London-based Illustrator Matt Nguyen.
What started as Matt’s passion project quickly grew into an awesome international brand and you can now find our greetings cards, gifts & prints in hundreds of the nicest retailers around the world including Paperchase, ASOS, Scribbler and Urban Outfitters.
All JOLLY AWESOME ranges feature Matt’s original illustrations and designs, influenced by his love of British pop-culture, street fashion, funny looking animals and his childhood fascination with all things Americana – those 90’s Saturday morning cartoons, 80’s cult movies and Hip hop.
Matt aims to create products that are authentic to himself and his passions, never floundering on this promise. This ensures we will always remain fun, humorous and on-trend – a mix that is in the DNA of all our products.
We are proudly printed in England on FSC certified substrates and materials.
MEET THE TEAM
MATT NGUYEN - FOUNDER, ILLUSTRATOR & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
Matt started as a freelance designer whilst studying Business & Management at University, during which he was commissioned to create album artwork for some of his favourite hip hop record labels such as Bad Boy Records & Shady Aftermath and legendary artists like Outkast, Rick Ross and Diddy.
Once graduated, he moved into the corporate world where he spent a successful 5 years at HSBC’s Global HQ, progressing through roles in Digital marketing, Branding and Design before he eventually quit his day job to follow his Jolly Awesome dream in 2014.
As an Illustrator Matt has proudly exhibited at Sir Quentin Blake’s House of Illustration. He has been commissioned to direct creative campaigns by brands including Glaceau Vitamin Water, Harper Collins children’s books and has collaborated with fashion brands like Converse.
Matt is keen to share his experience and passion in creating awesome products and always welcomes collaborations with likeminded people if there’s an exciting project involved.
KATIE NGUYEN - SALES & OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
Katie brings a wealth of retail experience to our Jolly awesome team, having worked in retail merchandising for over 5 years at international fashion brands such as Monsoon-Accessorize & Austin Reed.
She helps to steer our business development and oversees all our daily Jolly Awesome operations.
RAFFY - MODEL & DIRECTOR OF WALKIES
Our resident studio puppy. Raffy is a boy French bulldog brought into the family as a result of Matt’s obsession with frenchies.
Raffy brings a wealth of experience in eating, pooping and shoe chewing. You might recognise his handsome face on some of our Jolly Awesome products.