Paris Cole: Creative Director, Wardrobe Stylist and Artist Manager
Co-Founder + Creative Director | GANDER
Formerly: Associate Creative Director at Soundcloud | Co-Founder at Outlihers | Co-Manager to Ari Lennox and Lucky Daye
Born and raised in Washington D.C. Paris Cole is a multi-hyphenate music and fashion enthusiast with a background in artist management, creative direction, wardrobe styling, and consulting for artists and companies alike. From overseeing art direction, marketing, and creative strategy, Paris has developed a knack for artist development and amplifying brands, with a speciality in bridging gaps between cultures, concepts + campaigns.
In 2017, Paris relocated to Los Angeles to co-manage and style Dreamville/Interscope recording artist, Ari Lennox, while also becoming co-founder of Outlihers management company alongside her good friend and music executive, Natalie Prospere. Together Paris and Natalie developed Keep Cool/RCA recording artist, Lucky Daye which garnered 4 grammy nominations during their time as management.
Paris served as the lead creative and co-manager, for both artists and their debut albums, Shea Butter Baby and Painted. In 2019 Ari and Lucky received NAACP Image Award nominations for Best New Artist, as well as many other accolades including NPR Tiny Desk performances, sold out headlining tours, RIAA Certified records and millions of streams on all of the DSP platforms.
After taking a break from music management in 2020 Paris focused on styling and creative direction working alongside with artists like Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Ambré, Chiiild, and brands like Jordan, Nike and Lexus. Paris has styled everything from red carpet appearances to music videos, album covers, editorial magazines and commercials.
Developing and creating an authentic style and voice for brands and artists has always been a priority for Paris and in 2022 she became Associate Creative Director at Soundcloud leading campaigns like Scenes:SoCal Soul, Kia:Labor of Love and developing Soundcloud’s editorial platform, Soundcloud stories.
In 2023, Paris created a new hybrid creative agency and independent label called GANDER, which will focus on artist development and more dynamic creative collaborations with brands and companies. Paris is a true multi-faceted creative entrepreneur that is paving her own way in the music, fashion and creative landscape.