Core For Sale

Agencies build brands for clients everyday, but often overlook the careful construction of their own. Core, in St. Louis, is not one of those agencies. Core For Sale, an online store peddling Core-branded merchandise, is a unique way to build the agency brand, and showcase the design sensibility of its hyper-talented staff.

core is a 19-person creative studio based in saint louis, missouri that started in 1995 as a design-driven advertising firm, and quickly developed a reputation as one of the premier studios in the united states.
ten years on, core decided to launch its own brand and webstore called, simply, coreforsale.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. Who owns the rights to the artwork? The employees or the employer?

  2. Susan,
    Good question. I don’t know.
    I sometimes wonder the same thing about the Grand Mercury Award, where the winning agency gets $100 grand to play with. How much of that money filters down to the copywriter?

  3. Actually, our people work on their fine art while they are at work. We budget and spend time on these projects the same as if they were client projects. Everyone gets involved. Usually, they cost us as much to produce as they make, so we’ve never really had an issue of rights, etc. I guess it could be a sticky issue, but we’d never infringe on anything an employee wanted to do, and most of them think that the environment we foster helps so much in getting their work published/seen, that they don’t have any issues. Lucky we all get along so well I guess.

  4. Marc, Thanks for enlightening us. Your agency environment sounds as inspiring as some of the work Core has created. Funny how that works.