Despite his father’s best efforts to have an accountant in the family, Zoltan studied Visual Communications and spent the following 7 years as an advertising creative between Sydney, Barcelona, London and Amsterdam. He has worked fulltime or freelance for some of the world’s best three-letter agencies and biggest brands: R/GA, DDB, BMF, BBH and Fallon for Adidas, Nike, VW, Nokia, Panasonic, Sony, Zain and Tommy Hilfiger among many others.
After countless attempts to get clients to buy product ideas, he couldn’t wait any longer and founded a collaborative SaaS tool for creative professionals called MoodShare (RIP). After interviewing for YC, launching at SXSWi and modest traction, it turns out that it’s pretty damn hard to make sticky digital product and not at all like making advertising. But since diving into something new with zero experience worked so well the first time, Zoltan pivoted from software to menswear.
His second startup The Affair has been featured in WIRED, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, BBC Radio, Tech Crunch, Boing Boing, Engadget, io9, Cool Hunting, The Creator’s Project, Virgin Australia’s Voyeur and Acclaim among many others. Not bad for a self-taught fashion designer who values classic silhouettes over disposable trends. Zoltan loves the challenge of vertically integrated physical products, but still tells people that if he was smarter he would’ve made Pinterest.